Twenty seven students from Sacred Heart High School and 139 students from East Grand Forks Senior High became alumni of their high schools Friday night
Sacred Heart sent its graduates out to “go make a difference,” with a prayer in the chapel and a speech from valedictorian, Gabriel Suda.
Suda thanked all the parents, teachers and other students in the auditorium. He also thanked God for making the journey with the class of 2019.
“Thank you Jesus, you helped us write this chapter which is at its end,” Suda said.
Two graduating seniors spoke at the East Grand Forks Senior High graduation, Kaitlyn Knutson and Savannah Vasek.
Both spoke about growing up with their classmates and learning together.
Vasek, who will be heading to the University of Minnesota to study clinical psychology in the fall, told her classmates she knows they will do great things.
“Growing up with you all, I have learned that as a whole, we are different from other classes,” Vasek said. “Think of all the times we have been there for each other, think of all the times we took time out of our day to help a classmate. Among us, we have some brilliant, creative and open minds and using those minds we will make an impact in the world.”
East Grand Forks High School Principal Brian Loer gave the class of 2019 four pieces of advice as they move on to the next phases of their lives.
“Be nice,” Loer said. “Be nice to your parents, be nice to your boss, be nice to your coworkers. No one likes mean people.”
His second piece of advice was to take risks.
“Don’t be afraid to fail,” Loer said.
Loer also advised the class of 2019 to be grateful.
“No matter what you’re dealt in life, be grateful,” he said.
Loer’s final piece of advice was to remember that “no job is beneath you.”
“Before I was principal, I was the janitor. I scrubbed toilets and floors,” Loer said. “Take that with you. That advice will take you far in life. Congratulations, Class of 2019.”