BURNSIDE - The 33 graduating seniors of Southeast Webster-Grand High School may go far in life, but as student body president Hayley Housken put it, "far isn't good enough for us."
"We have to be the best ... competition is our fuel," said Housken.
It's a notion that perhaps goes well with the class's motto: "We'll find a way, or make one."
As they celebrated their graduation Sunday afternoon at Southeast Webster-Grand High School, Superintendent Mike Jorgensen shared some of the class's accomplishments over the years, including qualifying for state competitions in jazz band and numerous athletic events.
"They have their own mind and they know what they want to do and they do it," said high school principal Dan Grandfield. "It's a pretty successful group of students."
Grandfield added the students also had success in vocal music, band and speech.
Most of the students plan to go on to college, though some have jobs lined up or are joining the military, he said.
"There's a lot of good things for this class still to happen," said Jorgensen. "More than 40 percent of this class graduated with 3.0 (grade point average) or better."
Jorgensen described himself as having somewhat of a kinship with the class as "I came in when they were in kindergarten, and with the graduation of of this class I'll be departing as well," he said.
"We never had any boring times," said student Shane Stoneburner of their entire tenure through school.
School board president Grant Gibbons had some final advice on what's important in life for the aspiration-driven seniors before they went out into the world: "It's not how much money you have or how impressive a job title you have - It's just to be happy."
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