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Kaycee celebrates 12 graduates

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graduates walk back into the school to get out of the wind

Kaycee High School graduates walk back into the school to get out of the wind on Saturday night. The graduates hid in the hallway until moments before the ceremony when they entered the gym through the outside doors.

Kaycee High School hosted their annual high school graduation again this year, back to the regular traditions after last year's COVID changes. The 12 graduating seniors are headed all over the country in the near future but for now they celebrated together in the gym, surrounded by friends, family and the school walls many of them have long known. Class president Kade Neville, valedictorian Madison Gosney and salutatorian Dylan Fauber spoke during the ceremony as well as commencement speaker Jeanette Geis. As the ceremony ended, balloons tried to fall, hats got stuck in basketball hoops and thunderstruck filled in behind the clapping and cheers. 

Each graduating senior got a space to put out photos

Each graduating senior got a space to put out photos and a display where community members, friends and family could leave notes, cards or small gifts on Saturday night.

All 12 of the students graduating decorated their caps

All 12 of the students graduating from Kaycee High School decorated their caps individually on Saturday night. Decorations ranged from family photos to words to paintings.

ake Evans welcomes family, friends and students

Kaycee High School Principal Jake Evans welcomes family, friends and students to the 2021 Kaycee High School Graduation on Saturday night. Balloons were suspended in front of the stage to be dropped at the end of the ceremony. The balloons got stuck and didn’t all fall when the kids tried to drop them.

Guest speaker Jeanette Geis addresses the class of 2021 and recalls her memories

Guest speaker Jeanette Geis addresses the class of 2021 and recalls her memories from when she taught most of them in third grade on Saturday night. To match her speaking, photos of all twelve students from third grade were printed and mounted on each side of the stage.

Kaycee’s graduating class of 2021 stands for recognition

Kaycee’s graduating class of 2021 stands for recognition before receiving their diplomas on Saturday night.

Kaycee High School graduates laugh as the front row of students

Kaycee High School graduates laugh as the front row of students walks to the stage on Saturday night.

Graduation caps and gowns block the bottom

Graduation caps and gowns block the bottom of the screen as the slideshow presentation of the class is set up on Saturday night. The presentation included photos and music for each kid from across their lives.

Kade Neville high fives his classmates

Kaycee High School graduate Kade Neville high fives his classmates on his way back to his seat after receiving his diploma on Saturday night. Neville was the senior class president and the first student to speak in the ceremony.

Kaycee High School graduate and class valedictorian Madison Gosney

Kaycee High School graduate and class valedictorian Madison Gosney, right, laughs with her classmates as they are introduced as the Kaycee class of 2021 on Saturday night.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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