They may not have been the first class to graduate from Wheatland Crossing School west of Drumheller, but they were the first Grade 12 class to have spent the entire year before graduation at the area's newest school.
 
They held the ceremony Friday night (June 1) in the school gymnasium as 23 young people paid their final respects to their teachers and fellow students.
 
"I've been with most of these students since I was in Kindergarten or play school, so growing up throughout the years with them, it's awesome to see," said grad Jessica Clyne.
 
"All of my classmates and I have a huge connection, so having us all together here and celebrating together was really awesome," echoed Erica Lynn Skibsted.
 
Wheatland Crossing 1Valedictorian Reece Kenney.
 
Reece Kenny, who plans to take engineering in university, was the class valedictorian.
 
It feels pretty great, honestly," he said afterwards. "We've come a long way since Kindergarten and now it's us."
 
Also speaking to the grads was Wheatland Crossing's first principal, Karen Smith, who left last October, but was invited back for the occasion.
 
"I've been with these kids for nine years," she recalled. "I'm extremely proud and I knew they all had the ability to do it. Sometimes they need a little push or for people to understand them, but I'm very proud of all of them; they did a great job."
 
Wheatland Crossing 2Erica Lynn Skibsted receives her diploma from Principal Doug Raycroft.

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