Bear River’s graduation ceremony set for 7 p.m. |

Bear River’s graduation ceremony set for 7 p.m.

What: Bear River graduation

Where: Bear River High School at 11130 Magnolia Road, Grass Valley

When: 7 p.m. Friday

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The Bear River Bruin seniors will bid farewell to their high school days with a graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. today.

Valedictorians Joel Stroeve, Tyler Hajewski and Timothy Wong will deliver the graduation speech as a way to mirror each of their experiences over the past four years.

“We’ll be giving one combined speech with alternating lines we wrote together,” said Stroeve, the top-ranking student in his class, who attended Bear River for two years and wanted input from students who had attended the school all four years.

“Because the speech is often looking back on your years of high school, I thought it would be good to have other valedictorians help me with that aspect.”

Stroeve will attend University of California, Berkeley, in the fall and study chemical biology with plans to pursue a career in the medical or pharmaceutical field.

Many students expressed their excitement for college and the future ahead.

“I’m nervous as expected but excited to start the rest of my life,” said Hajewski, who will attend the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.

“My history teacher, Mr. Morehouse, started talking about it, and I researched it and came to the decision to go there,” Hajewski said. “I’ll be focused on aeronautical engineering.”

“It’s just going to be weird that we’re not going to be back here next year and see everybody we know who we’ve grown up with for a long time,” said Wong, who will study physical science at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the fall.

“I’m definitely excited and honored to be able to give this speech with Tyler and Joel.”

Their speech reflects on experiences with different classes and looks forward to the future with triumph and optimism.

“The world that we will face is more competitive than ever before. We have to not only hit the ground running. We need to be ready for the marathon,” the speech stated. “But that is OK. Because I believe in us.”

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email or call 530-477-4230.

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