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Rainier High School’s class of 2020 was celebrated and honored Friday, June 5, with a digital graduation posted online and an evening graduation parade that weaved throughout the town. 

Community members, friends and family members gathered along Binghampton Street and at the Rainier High School parking lot for a 7 p.m. start. “Pomp and Circumstance” played from the intersection near the Shell gas station as students waved from trucks and cars passing by on the 6-mile route. 

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The video for the high school’s graduation ceremony is available online at YouTube.com at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhOi-RYqgic&t=120s. 

Co-valedictorians Erika DeMint and Brody Klein gave remarks during the virtual ceremony. 

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“It’s easy to look at everything we’ve lost as an individual, as a class, as a nation and even as an entire world, but if there’s one thing I want you to take from me today it is to look at the future,” DeMint said. “For some it’s uncertain and for some it’s well-mapped, but whichever it is for you, just look for positivity in it.” 

“The class of 2020 has faced down many challenges, most recently the pandemic. As Forrest Gump’s mama so eloquently said: ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get,’” Klein said. “These last few months have truly proven those words to be true. Do not let this define what our class will be, rather use this as an opportunity to grow. Look toward the future — you will overcome this obstacle as you have many before.” 

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