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'To infinity and beyond': River Falls Class of 2017 reaches for the stars

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Tyon Burch lets out an excited yell as he walks across stage at the River Falls High School graduation at 1 p.m. June 4. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 8
Co-Valedictorian Elizabeth Gunderson is all smiles as she receives her diploma at the River Falls High School graduation at 1 p.m. June 4. Gunderson was one of eight valedictorians. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 8
Lauren Kasten receives her diploma and walks off stage during the River Falls High School graduation at 1 p.m. June 4 at River Falls High School. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 8
Marika Hanson addresses the crowd after the graduates walk into the gymnasium at the River Falls High School Graduation at 1 p.m. June 4. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 8
Camron Hughes was one of two students who were chosen as the 2017 class speakers at the River Falls High School graduation at 1 p.m. June 4. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 8
Sophie Langlois was one of two students who were chosen as the 2017 class speakers at the River Falls High School graduation at 1 p.m. June 4. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 8
River Falls High School Principal Kit Luedtke addresses and the crowd and speaks about legacy at the River Falls High School graduation at 1 p.m. June 4. Matthew Lambert/ RiverTown Multimedia8 / 8

RIVER FALLS—River Falls Class of 2017 celebrated its commencement ceremony Sunday, June 4 in the high school gymnasium.

Class motto: "To infinity and beyond." ~ Buzz Lightyear

Class colors: Purple

Class song: "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green Day

Valedictorian: Andre Dusek, Elizabeth Gunderson, Rachel Kelm, Madeline Kieren, Bailey Kusilek, Anna Luebke, Bailey McLain, Jack Porter

Honors students: Logan Anderson, Madison Andrea, Andrew Armitage, Aric Avestruz, Hazel Bastien, Christian Bell, Brandilyn Bennett, Lynsey Bilicke, Will Bohnert, Meaghan Borchardt, Shanelle Borth, Nicholas Cobain, Ellen Coggio, Michaela Cook, Alexander Crooks, Meagan Davis, Andre Dusek, Madeline Edwards, Stephanie Fleming, Arabelle Force, Samuel Fritz, Olivia Fronmueller, Mason Garin, Brittany Ginn, Natalia Glynn, Mason Graetz, Kailee Gregg, Elizabeth Gunderson, Zachary Hadzima, Jesse Halling, Marika Hanson, Donald Hershaw, Heman Huang, Caileen Hughes, Camron Hughes, Megan Ista, Thomas Kagan, Cole Kaiser, Max Kaminski, Roman Karpovich, Ian Keller, Katherine Keller, Rachel Kelm, Madeline Kieren, Ashley Kiesler, Tallee Klewicki, Emma Kozitza, Jacob Kraft, Matthew Kramolis, Bailey Kusilek, Cassandra Laidlaw, Joshua Langlois, Sophie Langlois, Breanna Larson, Maria Lee, Sophia Lee, Kendra Lesmeister, Megan Loney, Anna Luebke, Bailey McLain, Bryce Mergens, Ryan Meyer, Brian Miller, Madisyn Morrow, Brooke Nelson, Samuel Nelson, Jacqueline Obeidzinski, Geoffrey Osterbauer, Ciara Parnell, Reid Plackner, Jack Porter, Christian Pound, Syliva Putzier, Madeline Raverty, Tessa Rayne, Jakob Reed, Arcelia Rivera, Micaela Rivera, Taylor Rock, Kinsey Ruemmele, Alex Sather, Faith Schaar, Aaron Schmidt, Hannah Schneckenberger, Lauren Schoenthaler, Blake Skogen, Ella Smith, Nicole Smith, Hayley Snell, Valerie Soley, John Sowieja, Logan Spiczak, Isaiah Stieger, John Swindle, Alaina Syverson, Olivia Tepp, Erin Tersteeg, Abbott Vanderwagen, Taylor Voss, Rachael Wakefield, Mackenna Welke, Mitchell Wolf, Maya Woodwick, Benjamin Wurdell, Gabriel Wurdell, Zion Zaloudek, Jennifer Zaruba, Riley Zyduck.

Commencement speakers: Students Camron Hughes and Sophie Langlois

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism. 

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