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story.lead_photo.caption Jamestown High School graduation promoted 21 students Friday night, May 17, 2019. Photo by Danisha Hogue / California Democrat.

The Jamestown High School class of 2019 included 20 eighth-graders and 21 seniors, who shared in the graduation festivities Friday.

High school valedictorian Courtney Matthews said she would describe the class as interesting. Many of the seniors have been together since first grade. Interesting also fit their many field trips, fun and games, she added.

"Class of 2019, we have made so many memories together, and our memories will not stop here," Matthews said. "Although we may no longer be roaming these halls together, we will continue to grow because the world is at our fingertips, much like it was in our eighth-grade history class."

High school counselor Hannah Wilson announced to the crowd the plans each graduate has for the future. Many will continue their education at Lincoln University, University of Missouri at Columbia or others.

Salutatorian Evan Croy is undecided on his major but plans to attend MU. He said he is excited but will need to adjust to life outside of high school.

In his speech, he told his class it's their choice what changes they take on next in life.

Three sets of twins will separate after being together all their life.

Drew Strange and Blake Street will head to the U.S. Army.

But their twins are taking different paths.

Dason Strange is following in his father's footsteps as a union laborer in Jefferson City, and Damion Street plans to attend State Technical College in Linn to study engineering and drafting technology.

Ethan Gerlach plans to join the police academy, and Ross Gerlach will enter the workforce.

After class president Samantha Nivens guided the class to turn their tassels, the crowd cheered for their accomplishment.

School officials said the 20 eighth-graders will return to the district as freshmen in the fall. Their class motto was: "We didn't even realize we were making memories, we were just having fun."

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