The class of 2019 tossed their caps on Friday night to become the first graduates of the new Perham High School. The bleachers in The Hive were packed with parents, friends and relatives as over 110 seniors received their diplomas.
Colton Kostynick opened his speech by saying "you are by and far the most intelligent, best looking and funniest group of people that has ever graduated from this high school."
Kostynick went on to say that the stuff that's important now will be of no significance in the future.
"We may not remember the conversations and interactions we have with other people, but what we will remember are the life long bonds and relationships that were forged throughout our career here at PHS."
Kostynick ended with a quote from Author Lucy Maud Montgomery "Nothing is really lost if you remember it."
Margaret Ingebrand said excitement is overflowing in each of us.
"We truly have the world in our fingertips," Ingebrand said. "Embrace wherever you're headed and live a little... The only way to get through it is just to keep walking."
Annika Kovar said the time spent volunteering in Perham and the surrounding communities has been one of the most valuable experiences and has taught many life lessons.
"When we get involved with community service, not only do we help others, we develop leadership skills, improve our self worth, learn to better empathize and see first hand how our actions can create a positive impact," Kovar said.