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Belgrade High celebrates record graduating class

By Jordan Moore, KTVM Reporter, jmoore@ktvm.com
Published On: Jun 01 2014 08:18:45 PM MDT
Updated On: Jun 01 2014 11:16:12 PM MDT
BELGRADE, Mont. -

Graduation season is here for high schools across Western Montana. Sunday afternoon in Belgrade, the school celebrated one of their largest graduating classes in recent history, 197 students. Belgrade Schools Superintendent Candy Lubansky says that number is only expected to grow.

"In a couple of years we will be into the 240 student range for graduating classes," said Lubansky.

On Sunday we watched as the class of 2014 anxiously waited in the wings. Family and friends filled the bleachers, excited to see the gradates walk across the stage. Lubanksy says that is her favorite part.

"My favorite part of it is when they get their diploma, they come through the line, and they shake our hands," said Lubansky.

We spoke to several students like Shiloh Christopher, who says he is ready for life after high school.

"Its actually been a goal of mine since I was little to go to MSU, so I am really excited now that I finally get to go and do it," said Christopher.

We found some students were going a little further away from home, and we even found those who were headed to places thousands of miles away.

"After this I am going up to Havre, Montana to play volleyball for MSU Northern," said Taylor Woolman.

"In 20 days i am moving to L.A. to audition for a performing arts center, the Edge performing arts center to become a professional dancer," said Miranda Hillenius.

We asked students before they walked across the stage to sum up the feeling of graduation day.

"It's going to be one of the best feelings that I've ever experienced to finally be done with high school and all the hours we put in," said Christopher.

"Super nervous, but super excited just ready to move on and go into the big kid world," said Woolman.

Graduations continue throughout the next couple of weeks throughout the state with some of the larger high schools celebrating spring commencement.