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Seniors at Sacred Heart, East Grand Forks Senior High receive diplomas

Both schools held graduation ceremonies Friday, May 27.

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Graduates at Sacred Heart School sing the gathering song, titled "We Are Called," at the beginning of the graduation ceremony on Friday, May 27, 2022, in East Grand Forks.
Sydney Mook / Grand Forks Herald
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EAST GRAND FORKS – For the Class of 2022 at East Grand Forks Senior High, 944,580 minutes of school have come to an end.

East Grand Forks Senior High Principal Brian Loer on Friday reminded graduates how many minutes they had spent in the classroom in their 13 years of school, as family members and friends filled the seats of the East Grand Forks Civic Center to honor the school’s 127 graduating seniors.

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Graduate Jaycee Klein hugs her cousin Major Braten after the East Grand Forks Senior High graduation ceremony on Friday, May 27, 2022.
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Thirty-six graduated with honors, which requires a GPA of 3.75 or higher.

Loer left the Class of 2022 with a few pieces of advice. He told them to keep in touch with family, encourage others, work hard and, most important, to be a good person.

“You are all great people right now – continue to be great people,” he said. “Be nice to everybody, and they’ll be nice right back. And think of what a great world that would be.”

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Both high schools in East Grand Forks held graduation ceremonies Friday, starting at Sacred Heart High School late Friday afternoon, followed by East Grand Forks Senior High early in the evening.

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Brynn Havis recounts the journey that East Grand Forks Senior High Class of 2022 has taken together in 13 years of school during graduation on Friday, May 27, 2022.
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At both events, speakers discussed the years leading up to graduation, as well as hope for the future.

At Senior High, Brynn Havis and Megan Dauksavage gave speeches.

Havis, an honor student and member of the National Honor Society, will be attending Minnesota State University in Moorhead in the fall. In her speech, Havis recounted the journey the class of 2022 had been through together, from memorable class trips, to facing – and making it through – the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have the knowledge, the perseverance and determination to change our world,” she said. "As our class motto by Ashleigh Brilliant states, ‘nothing we can do changes the past – everything we do changes the future.’”

Dauksavage, an honor student and member of the National Honor Society who will be attending UND in the fall, compared going through life to driving a car: Looking back into the past in life, or the rear-view mirror in driving, is important, and can help you navigate the road ahead.

“But the rear-view mirror is small,” she said. “What you want to do is look out of the large windshield in front of you. It’s so much bigger and you can see so much more, so look to the future.”

At Sacred Heart, family and friends filled the gym at the small, private Catholic school, cheering on their loved ones and friends from the stands.

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Tyla O'Neil, center, prepares to take her seat at Sacred Heart's graduation ceremony on Friday, May 27, 2022, in East Grand Forks.
Sydney Mook / Grand Forks Herald

Valedictorian Isabelle Herberg transferred to Sacred Heart her sophomore year. She said while she had hoped the transition would be an easy one, she found it challenging the first couple of months to find her place at the school and make friends. As students prepare to go through a big change in all of their lives, Herberg challenged her classmates to embrace the transition, even when it’s difficult.

“There is always light at the end of the tunnel,” Herberg said. “I know it sounds cliche, but it’s true. … In life it is necessary for a person to go through struggles because that’s how you become stronger.”

Herberg will be attending the University of Mary in Bismarck, where she plans to pursue a nursing degree.

The senior class, made up of 28 students, completed a combined total of more than 2,000 hours of community service during high school, outgoing Principal Blake Karas said.

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Sacred Heart Valedictorian Isabelle Herberg gives a speech during the graduation ceremony on Friday, May 27.
Sydney Mook / Grand Forks Herald

“Thank you to the Class of 2022 for being such great leaders in our school and setting a positive legacy for yourselves that won’t be forgotten,” said Sacred Heart School President Carl Adolphson.

He added that in their exit interviews the graduates said they were grateful for the family, faculty and community members that helped them during their lives. They also expressed gratitude for one another, Adolphson said.

“Keep those bonds strong,” he said.

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Tassels and caps fly as the East Grand Forks Senior High Class of 2022 tosses their caps at the end of graduation on May 27, 2022.
Ingrid Harbo / Grand Forks Herald

Ingrid Harbo joined the Grand Forks Herald in September 2021.

Harbo covers Grand Forks region news, and also writes about business in Grand Forks and the surrounding area.

Readers can reach Harbo at 701-780-1124 or iharbo@gfherald.com. Follow her on Twitter @ingridaharbo.
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