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Two Harbors grads celebrate achievement

Lake Superior School District Superintendent William Crandall shakes Two Harbors High School graduate Bob Libal's hand as he crosses the stage. 1 / 4
Two Harbors High School Class of 2018 graduates throw glitter and caps into the air to celebrate. (Photos by Teri Cadeau/News-Chronicle)2 / 4
Two Harbors High School graduates Brianna Hiukka, Katarina Hanson, Mason Eckman and Spencer Ross share memories from their years at Two Harbors schools. 3 / 4
Friends and family members wait with phones and cameras ready to photograph the graduates as they pass by on their way to the stage. 4 / 4

The 77 Two Harbors High School graduates entered the high school gymnasium from two directions to hear the sounds of cheers and applause from their family members and friends. The ceremony Friday, June 1, consisted of band and choir selections, with graduates performing in their caps and gowns.

Student speakers Katie Archer and Cassie Price shared words of wisdom about how far the graduates had come and the various directions the students would now go.

Principal Jay Belcastro encouraged students to "know your 'why' and find your 'how.'"

"Some of you already know your 'why;' some of you are still figuring it out, and that's OK," Belcastro said. "But when you do find it, make sure you use the skills you've learned here to get there — that's your 'how.'"

Graduates Brianna Hiukka, Katarina Hanson, Mason Eckman and Spencer Ross shared stories from over the years, particularly students' most memorable experiences, such as those from the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland and senior classes.

After a mostly silent presentation of diplomas, the family members, friends and teachers burst into applause when the Class of 2018 was presented while the graduates threw glitter and caps in the air.

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. 

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