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New York Mills grads ‘small in number, but mighty in ability’

Graduating seniors during their commencement ceremony at New York Mills High School on Friday, May 24.

The New York Mills High School class of 2013 graduated at a ceremony in the school’s sports center on Friday, May 24.

The commencement program included a farewell video with photos and pertinent quotes from each senior, a series of speeches from class representatives, and a commencement speech by Principal Blaine Novak, who will become the district’s superintendent after this year.

Additionally, Orin Peterson and Kenneth “Bud” Welter were given spontaneous standing ovations as they accepted honorary diplomas from Superintendent Todd Cameron. Both were unable to finish high school due to commitments to military service.

“I know the memories I made here at New York Mills High School will last a lifetime,” said class representative Lexi Rankka.

The class of 2013 is one of the smallest classes in years, Novak said, and they had a combined GPA of 3.65.

In all, 48 people received diplomas, including Peterson and Welter.

The graduates may be “small in number,” but they are “mighty in ability,” he said.

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight,” he added, quoting Mark Twain, “it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”