Surrounded by friends, family, and teachers, 261 seniors graduated earlier tonight at Roy Wilkins Auditorium. Wise words were shared by faculty, guests, and graduates to aid the Class of 2014 in all their future endeavors. Speakers included Mary Doran from the Saint Paul Board of Education, Senior Class Advisor Charlotte Landreau, and Superintendent Valeria Silva. The Highland Park choir serenaded the graduates, and the symphonic band played a special rendition of “Happy” by Pharrell. Rachel Lindholm, a member of the Top Ten, gave the valedictorian speech. The members of the Senior Class Council also spoke to their peers about the years they’ve shared together.
The commencement address was given by Andrew Dirks, physics teacher, who was chosen by the students. Many would say his speech ended with a bang, as Mr Dirks closed with a demonstration of a ping-pong ball cannon to simulate traveling through high school. The ceremony was both exciting and saddening.
As red and white caps flew through the air, a new chapter opened in the lives of these students. On behalf of the rest of the current student body: Congratulations Class of 2014 and thank you for all your contributions to Highland Park. We wish you the best.