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Mt. Edgecumbe seniors look ahead

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Donovan Gurule belts out a solo from a Michael Jackson song, “Will You Be There,” while the other students sing the chorus. Gurule was chosen as a “most representative student,” along with Cingarkaq Pavilla. (Photo by Anne Brice/KCAW)

High school graduation is a big deal. It marks the end of adolescence and the beginning of a newfound independence. On Thursday, May 9, Mt. Edgecumbe seniors graduated from the state-run boarding school while families and friends watched from the auditorium at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. Here’s an audio postcard that highlights some of the memorable moments of the students’¬†speeches.

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As 68 Mt. Edgecumbe seniors walk slowly onto the stage, one-by-one, families take photos and video with their cameras and smart phones. (Photo by Anne Brice/KCAW)

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After the student and faculty speeches, seniors bring red roses to their families in the audience to show their appreciation for their support throughout their four years at Mt. Edgecumbe. (Photo by Anne Brice/KCAW)

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Kory Joe was named Valedictorian of Mt. Edgecumbe’s class of 2013. Before giving his speech, Academic Principal Bernie Gurule read excerpts from Joe’s school application, like, “I’ll clean up my room real great…most of the time.” (Photo by Anne Brice/KCAW)

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