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Hastings Class of 2019 graduation

A class of over 350 Hastings High School students graduated on Friday, June 7. The ceremony was jam packed with friends and families in the high school's gymnasium. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 9
After graduates filed in, they stayed standing and gave a round of applause to their parents. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 9
Allison Amy was the first of four student speakers, welcoming her fellow classmates. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 9
Hastings seniors gathered in the auditorium before lining up for the ceremony. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 9
Students formed a single-file line walking into the gym for the processional. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia 5 / 9
Graduates anxiously waited in the hallway, lining up for the processional to start. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia 6 / 9
The Hastings High School Commons was decorated for the all-night senior party. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 9
Principal Mike Johnson spoke to students and welcomed them before introducing the student speakers. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia8 / 9
The halls on the lower level of the high school were covered in posters that showcased photos of students from the class of 2019. Kelsey Roy / RiverTown Multimedia9 / 9

A full gymnasium of friends and family watched as 370 Hastings High School seniors walked the stage and accepted their diplomas during the June 7 commencement ceremony.

There were four students who spoke to their classmates: Kathy Blissenbach, Deanna Small, Allison Amy and Trevor Zeyen.

Amy was the first to speak, welcoming her fellow graduates.

Blissenbach took a unique approach to her speech, making comparisons between the trials of high school to superheroes such as Batman to Iron Man.

"Everyone has their own greatest strengths," Blissenbach said, "whether it be on the field, in the classroom or on stage.

"We all had moments where we faltered and we felt like throwing in the towel. All odds seem against us like Iron Man up against an entire alien army. We couldn't do it alone," Blissenbach added, thanking the teachers that have been by the students' side every step of the way.

Later that night, grads celebrated at an all-night party. From 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. seniors ate food, played games and more. The night ended with a hypnotist show.