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Graduations on the Hi-Line


May 20, 2013

Tears, cheers, laughter for Box Elder grads

There were cheers, tears and laughter as the 11 members of the Box Elder High School Class of 2013 were saluted at commencement ceremonies Saturday.

The graduates walked into the gymnasium down a yellow and white path lined with blue balloons.

Leading the procession was Jonni Rose Bacon, the valedictorian, who won a host of scholarships, including a GEAR UP Scholarship with a value of $22,580. She was one of 50 in Montana to win such a scholarship.

Bacon will go to Montana State University at Bozeman. She plans to become a doctor specializing in diabetes prevention and care.

A slideshow with photos of the graduates from their younger days through graduation brought laughter and cheers from the audience.

Featured speaker Joel Rosette, a Chippewa Cree tribal attorney, Box Elder alumni and girls basketball coach, urged graduates to become leaders in the effort for change.

“There’s a lot more to be done out there ... in this commun...

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