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Ready. Set. Graduate! Red Wing High School class of 2019

Delaynee Fox adjusts her graduation cap after walking to her seat. Fox and her 203 Red Wing High School classmates graduated on June 7, 2019, in Larry Sonju Gymnasium. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 7
A pair of students hold hands while they sing "Wild Geese" by Cary John Franklin during the Red Wing High School graduation ceremony on June 7. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 7
Cayanne Korder spoke during the Red Wing High School graduation ceremony on June 7. Korder urged her classmates to enjoy the moment and embrace post-secondary life. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 7
Towerview Alternative High School Teacher Emily Christianson is full of Winger pride, welcoming the soon-to-be alumni to the club during the Red Wing High School graduation on June 7. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 7
Raihan Islam, of Indonesia, and his fellow exchange students were given special recognition during the Red Wing High School graduation ceremony on June 7, 2019. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 7
Thomas Lidahl thanked his classmates during the Red Wing High School graduation on June 7 for always been welcoming. And for putting up with all of his questions in class. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 7
Red Wing High School math teacher Ben Whitcomb encouraged the Red Wing High School graduating class on June 7 to choose kindness and to help everyone they can. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 7

Thomas Lidahl thanked all of his fellow Red Wing High School graduates on June 7.

Stuffed in the Larry Sonju gymnasium, Lidahl said he appreciated that everyone was so welcoming in the school, even when he asked too many questions.

Lidahl and the other 203 graduating seniors will prepare for the post-secondary life after tossing their caps.

Lidahl was one of two student speakers to address the crowd of friends and family.

Cayanne Korder took the time to remind the class of 2019 that throughout the elementary bliss, middle school tragedies and high school procrastination stories they had in fact "made it."

Lidahl and Korder each urged classmates to take their adulthood head on, standing up and standing out among the many graduation going on around the country.

Lidahl said what he really desires is for them to change the world, for only if they embody change, will the world do the same.

Similarly, Korder told her classmates to embrace the absurdity and invest themselves in this irreplicable moment.

In all, 34 students graduated this year with a 3.93 grade point average or more, and 57 students graduated with honors.

Towerview Alternative High School teacher Emily Christianson welcomed the soon-to-be graduates into the alumni club. She shared her family's long history of Winger pride, giving notice to many of the alumni in attendance, too.

Ben Whitcomb, a math teacher at the high school, told students the best thing they can do in a challenging moment is to choose kindness.

"No matter how great life is, kindness is always needed to build trust and maximize the potential of others," Whitcomb said.

It's not just about saying hello to someone who might need it, Whitcomb said. It's about spreading joy to as many people as possible, building each other up rather than taking each other down.

While Lidahl asked his classmates to embody change, there's one change that's envidiable: the class of 2019 are adults now.

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism. 

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