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NDSU overpowers SHSU to advance to FCS national championship game

Many Red River High graduates plan to stay close to home

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GRAND FORKS -- An exciting day for many at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks as over 300 students from Red River High School walked across the stage and received their diplomas.

"It's a really exciting day graduation. Moving on to a new chapter in my life," said Daniel Pierce, Graduate.

After completing 4 years of high school, every graduate is heading down a new path.

"Going to the University of Minnesota for business," said Pierce.

"Going to college in Nebraska, but I'm going to join the army first," said Zamani Gessler, Graduate.

"I'll be going to Creighton for pre-dental," said Kishen Patel, Graduate.

While many students are going out of state or even to other countries for college, many of them are staying right here in North Dakota.

"I will be going to UND to study mechanical engineering," said Brinna Richtsmeier, Graduate.

"I'm planning to attend UND," said Kendra Bohm, Graduate.

"I'll be going to NDSU, but I'm not sure what I'll study yet," said Bryce Enerson, Graduate.

The majority, content with staying here at home.

"I feel like most are staying in town to stay close to family," said Bohm.

Regardless of where the road takes them, the class of 2017 is ready for the next chapter, but they won't soon forget the memories they made along the way.

"I think Red River has done a good job of giving me a good foundation for the rest of my life," said Pierce.

"It was very fun and exciting and I met lots of good people. So just lots of good memories over the years," said Richtsmeier.

The class of 2017 was the 50th class to graduate from Red River High School.

We wish them all the best of luck.

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