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KATELYN HIBBARD/Sun-Gazette Members of the Class of 2022 at Jersey Shore hug each other after being declared graduates early Saturday morning.

Jersey Shore area high school graduates have been invited to soar like eagles as they soar into the future.

District Superintendent Brian Ulmer congratulated members of the Class of 2022 who gathered for their graduation Saturday at the football stadium.

To be an eagle, Ulmer told graduates, is to be fearless with incredible vision and the ability to take advantage of difficult situations.

“They like storms” he said.

Ulmer told the class that their time at school, which included interruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, hasn’t been easy.

“Your last normal school year was ninth grade”, he reminded them.

However, he said they had now earned their wings and were ready to fly.

“You did it and you should be proud of your accomplishment,” said Ulmer.

Class president Kayla Mundrick paused before launching her speech to take a selfie with her classmates behind her.

She then asked everyone to blow bubbles in remembrance of Jacob Walters, a classmate who died in 2015.

Mundrick recalled his years at school and some of the less than happy events such as the pandemic.

“High school was a rollercoaster of events,” she says. “We had a hell of a ride.”

She told her classmates that she was happy to have grown up with them over the years and advised them to follow their goals.

Class valedictorian Edward Danneker greeted the teachers. parents and other people who helped them realize their achievements.

“This is just the beginning,” he said.

Danneker urged his classmates to be themselves and not let others dictate their lives for them.

“Define your path by yourself”, he said.

Wyatt Green, a class salutatorian, said life is about change.

“Things will never stop changing” he said.

Learning to accept change is what is important as well as discovering who you really are.

High school principal Steven Keen certified the seniors as graduates.

After the class members received their diplomas, they stood as one, as is tradition, and threw their caps in the air.

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