The crowd cheers as the students turn their tassels to mark their graduation. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Cedarcrest High School says goodbye to the 231-student Class of 2017

Cedarcrest High School celebrated the graduation of 231 students at the Overlake Christian Church on Friday, June 16.

Cedarcrest Principal Ray LaBate kicked off the event by recognizing the students who earned the highest GPAs in the class, salutatorian Courtney Tobin, valedictorians Alia Hanson, Alice Ish, Julia Knox, Margaret Knox, and Raina Mooney.

After a performance from the Cedarcrest Combined Choir, The previously recognized students gave encouraging and motivational speeches to their classmates about the possibilities of their futures.

After another musical performance of the song “Many the Miles” by students, Cedarcrest Teacher Dan Armstrong gave a similarly motivational speech about making the most of the possibilities of life.

The ceremony closed as the 231 student class accepted their diplomas and turned their tassels, making their graduation official.

The Cedarcrest High School Combined Choir perform a song at the beginning of the ceremony. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Margaret and Julia Knox, valedictorians and twins, give a speech about about the possibilities for the future of the class of 2017 at Cedarcrest’s commencement ceremony June 16. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Students are given their diplomas as a camera captures of the ceremony for two projected screens along the sides of the stage. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

The six students with the highest GPAs were recognized at the ceremony. They are, from left, Salutatorian Courtney Tobin, Valedictorians Alia Hanson, Alice Ish, Julie Know, Margaret Knox and Raina Mooney. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

A group of students perform “Many the Miles” during the graduation ceremony. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Mary Ward and Noha Elbahouty sing during their performance of “Many the Miles.” (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Cedarcrest teacher Dan Armstrong asks students to pick the red or blue folders, which he said contain different speeches. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Graduates listen to Dan Armstrong’s speech about making the most of of the opportunities life gives you. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Alex Zarco carries bunch of graduation balloons out of the venue after the ceremony. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

The Hammontree family celebrates graduation. From left, Molly, Amy, Monty, Cameron and Julie Cullen. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Graduate Morgan Roe poses with Anna Stein, left, and Alex and Brayden Falconi. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Chris Hunt congratulates his brother Devin. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

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