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Three graduates look toward the crowd to find their family and friends.

Hundreds gathered this past Friday night to watch as the 2019 graduating class of Freedom High School gathered one last time to receive their high school diplomas.

During the ceremony, the National Anthem was played by the Freedom High Commencement Band and the school’s Chamber Singers sang “The Road Home” to the graduating seniors.

Caleb Morris, student government association president, stepped up to the podium and read a letter that he wrote to himself his freshman year of high school and how it has allowed him to see how he has matured over the years.

“We all have matured but we can’t stop here,” Morris said. “We have to keep growing. We have to improvise, adapt and overcome. Because at the end of the day, the one person that it has any effect on , how the rest of your life will play out is you.”

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Principal Felicia Simmons shakes the hand of one of her students as he walks across the stage.

He encouraged his fellow classmates to remember and cherish special memories from their high school years.

Kinsley Michaels, FHS senior class president, told the crowd how she remembers wal k ing into Freedom for the first time.

“And on that day, I remember thinking ‘Gosh, I cannot wait to get out of this place,’” she said. “However, it just so happens that those four years that I thought would go by so slow, actually went by too fast. Coincidentally, my time here at Freedom has given me some of the best times of my life and it is now time to leave some of those behind.”

Although you will be leaving some things behind, Michaels reminded her classmates that there will be moments and memories to go with them where ever their paths take them.

“We can take all of the memories that we have made while wearing red, white and blue . W e can take all of the laughs we have had, the lessons we have learned, and the friendships that we have made along the way that will last a lifetime,” Michaels said.

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Graduates were all smiles as they received their diplomas.

She said their graduation day marks the end of an era, but also marks the start of a new part of life.

“And today, I challenge each of you to always be the best you that you can be and never to lose yourself as you chase your dreams,” she said. “We are the students of today, the leaders of tomorrow, we are the class of 2019.”

To see more photos from Freedom’s graduation ceremony, visit www.morganton.com or 828-432-8907.

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