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HHS Class of 2019 graduates

Valedictorian Sun Li Xin Hao Batten tells her classmates that hard work and determination can make them all excellent people. She joined Class President Cameron Knott and English teacher Kimberly Behnke as the event’s speakers. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 8
Senior Class President Cameron Knott encourages classmates to be a person with compassion, intuition and empathy during his commencement speech on Saturday, June 8. With the ceremony, Hudson High School graduated the class of 2019. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 8
Morgan Taylor was one of many graduates who decorated their caps in celebration of the Hudson High School commencement on Saturday, June 8 at Hudson High School. After hosting commencement in River Falls last year, the event was once again back in Hudson now that the school’s renovation is complete. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 8
Paul Sparstad accepts his diploma from Hudson School Board Member Sue Kattas at Hudson High School graduation June 8. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 8
Anabelle Miller shows off her diploma Saturday evening at Hudson High School. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 8
Isabelle Wiste waves to the audience gathered before the Hudson High School commencement June 8. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 8
Daunte Situmbeko dances it out after receiving his diploma at the Hudson High School graduation June 8. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 8
Lindsey Fall walks across the stage to accept her diploma as part of the Hudson High School Class of 2019. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia8 / 8

In the newly-renovated gym, the Hudson High School Class of 2019 stepped across the stage to receive their diplomas.

The class was the first to graduate after the completion of the school's extensive renovation project. School Board President Jamie Johnson said the night was a benchmark for the whole community.

"This class of 2019 will have something to brag about," he said.

Senior Class President Cameron Knott encouraged his fellow graduates to be compassionate, intuitive and empathetic people.

"By being this person in someone else's life, the kindness that you can spread and the courage that you can instill will work wonders for them, just as the people in my life did for me," he said.

Valedictorian Sun Li Xin Hao Batten thanked the Hudson school community for all the support over the years, from Principal Peg Shoemaker to her own parents and the parents of her classmates.

"Whether you're extremely athletic, smart, musical, artistic or even if you don't feel like you excel at any of those, it is with hard work and determination that we can become excellent people," she said. "Trust in your actions and trust in yourself as that is how you'll become the best you can be."

English teacher Kim Behnke shared lessons with the graduates she's learned from her family and friends, as well as herself.

"No matter what you are feeling, as you move on to the next chapter of your lives, remember you have people who care about you. Send that text, email, visit your parents spontaneously, however you choose to do so, keep in touch," she said. "Your parents, family, friends, teachers have stuck with you throughout the years. It's true when they say it takes a village."

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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