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Pass High Seniors' Graduation Wish Comes True

As they waited for their moment of glory Friday night, the Pass High graduates found it hard to contain their excitement and nerves.

"I am so excited to be graduating from Pass High School", says senior Katarina McCormack. "Right now, we are ecstatic."

Katarina and 101 fellow graduates have learned more about perseverance, survival, and the importance of education than any other graduating class.

"We also learned quickly that portable classrooms do not clean themselves," Salutatorian Rodney Smith says with a smile.

Their school coliseum still needs a lot of work after Katrina flooded the building, but on this night, it didn't matter.

"It feels good," says one senior.

"Really good," says his friend. "I wish we could have been here the whole time."

"I think that being able to graduate here tonight, in our building, where I've been going to school here since 9th grade, means more to me than graduating from high school," says another senior.

Katarina says, "Being here means so much, to be able to graduate from this gym at Pass High School. Our bathrooms are up and running. It feels like home again. It's amazing."

As they reflected on 12 years of education and overcoming the losses and challenges of their senior year, the graduates were thankful they still have each other and fulfilled their goals.

"It feels amazing!" says one senior. "It's very emotional, but I'm glad it's over."

Here's something else amazing about the commencement ceremony. The entire graduation, from the cap and gown rentals to the diplomas and invitations, did not cost the seniors any money. Students from Ashbrook High School in Gastonia, North Carolina, donated $30,000 to Pass High, so the seniors could have a graduation to remember.

By: Trang Pham-Bui

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