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GRANVILLE -- For some it was the victories of one last high school football season, which surprised even the players.

For others, it was approachable, entertaining teachers like Mr. Cosey and Mr. Lambert, and a class full of "good people" that some Granville Central High School graduates said created the memories that will stick with them forever.

"We're all different, but we connect really well in this small town," said Jessica Kjelgaard as she lined up with the other 115 members of the Class of 2010 in two single-file lines on Friday night for the 124th commencement ceremonies, which were held outdoors.

Because the number of family and friends in attendance surpassed the number of folding chairs provided, hundreds of people scattered lawn chairs and blankets across the grass.

Out of the 2010 class, high school guidance counselor Nick Healy said about 80 percent of the students are moving on to higher education post graduation.

"They really are a great bunch of kids. They worked hard each and every day. The top 25 have outstanding GPAs," he said.

The work ethic of the class wasn't lost on Principal Dan Poucher, who described the group as being perseverant, diligent and resilient.

"I have no doubt they'll do great things," he said. "As your principal, I'm telling you to dream big dreams."

In her address, Salutatorian Crysta Cadella told her fellow classmates that resilience is what carried them through their high school years.

"I see the faces of strong, young men and women," she said

Like the school announcements, which air in the morning, Cadella left her peers with the words of Henry David Thoreau.

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined."

Valedictorian Kathleen Beecher told the graduates it's their time to fly: "I can't wait to see what kind of adults we turn out to be."


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