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First two NCSD graduations commence

Natrona County High School seniors sit on the floor of the Ford Wyoming Center as they await to...
Natrona County High School seniors sit on the floor of the Ford Wyoming Center as they await to hear their names called for their diplomas at graduation on May 27, 2021.(David Graf)
Updated: May. 27, 2021 at 11:23 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Natrona County High School and Roosevelt High School were the first two Natrona County School District schools to honor their seniors this year. Both graduations were held at the Ford Wyoming Center on Thursday.

First up, Roosevelt High School honored their graduates as the seniors sat in the front rows on the Ford Wyoming Center floor with their families behind them.

In an interview prior to graduation, Roosevelt senior Carson McLaughlin said he would always remember how supportive Roosevelt’s teachers were of him during his time there.

“For the longest time I thought like no one really paid attention to me or what I did,” said McLaughlin. “And so knowing that they actually do look at that and pay attention and want you to succeed actually makes me feel good and feel like someone actually cares.”

After the Roosevelt graduation ended, Natrona County High School and the color orange took over the Ford Wyoming Center.

Natrona County’s ceremony included speeches and musical performances from students before the diplomas were handed out.

It was an extra special evening for Tanya Southerland, the NCSD director of public relations, because her son was one of the NC graduates.

“It’s a tremendous night, tremendous moment, but really, I’m just excited to see what the future has for him next,” said Southerland prior to the graduation ceremony. “Tonight is really great, but his future is bright, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what he and all the graduating seniors of 2021 do in their next steps.”

NC senior Gage Baker was notably missing from the graduation because he shipped out to Fort Benning earlier in the week to begin training for the National Guard. He received a special shoutout after the national anthem.

Baker will attend the University of Wyoming after training concludes before he joins the active-duty army.

In an interview prior to his departure, Baker said Natrona County High School’s legacy is inspiring to him.

“One of the most important aspects of my life that I’m going to take with me from here is always knowing that wherever you go as Coach Harshman would put this is, ‘You gotta keep your head high like a Mustang and run fast and wherever those plains take you, it doesn’t matter because you’re going with full strength,’” said Baker.

The final two NCSD graduations will commence on Friday. Midwest’s seniors will graduate in their gym at 3 P.M., and Kelly Walsh will commence their graduation ceremony at the Ford Wyoming Center at 7:30.

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