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Silver State Charter School says goodbye to 38 members of the Class of 2017

Silver State Charter School celebrated 38 graduates Wednesday night with warm wishes toward the future while reminiscing on the stories they shared over the past four years.

The theme of the ceremony, held at the Carson City Community Center, was stories: stories the students created over their high school career as well as the stories they will make after graduation.

"So often in education we talk about data and it is important but the thing is that data can't share stories," said Silver State Principal Krystal Hoefling. "It can't share with you what is unique and special about this class."

Hoefling shared a personal sentiment about each graduate, from their special characteristics to anecdotes of their time at school.

She also told the graduates that it was now time for them to make new stories as they continue through life.

"You are now making new stories, you have the responsibility to make your own story," Hoefling said. "Make it a great one."

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"Create a story worth telling and share it with others, because though you are moving on from your Silver State stories, just remember it is your prequel."

The school also had Georgia White, director of the Career and Technical Education at Western Nevada College, speak to the students about the next chapter in their lives.

"I hope that you will always be exploring, so keep your curiosity," White said.

She also explained to the students the importance of staying present in life and making everything they do count.

"No one gets out of this life alive so make everyday count," White said.

In addition to the graduates, the staff made sure families were included and thanked for their participation and support.

Each of the students received two roses to pass out to their families and loved ones who helped them through their journey.

Hoefling also had the families of the valedictorian and salutatorian come onstage and present their children with their medals.

"I am so proud of you son. Wear this with honor," said valedictorian Steven Russel's father.

Annalysia Fontaine was named the salutatorian.

Russel, Fontaine and four other students were also awarded with the Silver Eagle Award — given to students with academic excellence who achieved a 3.0 grade point average or higher.

In the end, surrounded by cheers and tears from the audience, the graduates turned their tassels signifying the close of their high school time.

Accompanied by bubbles and Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten," the students walked out of the Community Center and onto the next stage of their lives.

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