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AHS GRADUATES 232 — Above, members of the Artesia High School Class of 2018 face the crowd to acknowledge their families and friends Thursday during commencement exercises at Bulldog Bowl. AHS graduated a total of 232 students Thursday, collectively earning more than $3 million in scholarships. Below, graduation speakers Alexandra Mauritsen and Chase Smith deliver their speeches, respectively titled “Today, We Run” and “Sacrifice Made Worthwhile.” See the gallery at bottom for more graduation, as well as Baccalaureate, photos. (Brienne Green – Daily Press)

Alexandra Mauritsen

Chase Smith

 

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    The Student Worship Band performed several songs at AHS Baccalaureate. (Brienne Green - Daily Press)

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    The Artesia Student Ministries Choir opens Baccalaureate with special music. (Brienne Green - Daily Press)

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    Senior Michaela Phipps implores her classmates to keep their spiritual batteries charged during a Baccalaureate Challenge to the Class. (Brienne Green - Daily Press)

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    Charlie Knight, associate pastor of worship and students at Catalyst Church, speaks to the soon-to-be graduates about success as illustrated in the story of David and Goliath during the Baccalaureate keynote message. (Brienne Green - Daily Press)

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    APS Superintendent Dr. Crit Caton speaks during graduation. (Brienne Green - Daily Press)

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    Gracie Puentes and Jorgie Avitia make their way into graduation. (Brienne Green - Daily Press)

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    The Class of 2018. (Brienne Green - Daily Press)

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    Students' colorfully and creatively-decorated caps help family and friends distinguish them from behind. (Brienne Green - Daily Press)

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    Students' colorfully and creatively-decorated caps help family and friends distinguish them from behind. (Brienne Green - Daily Press)

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    The Border Patrol Honor Guard presents the colors. (Brienne Green - Daily Press)

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    Nathan Martinez and Maegan Lemon smile as they make their way beneath the palm arch. (Brienne Green - Daily Press)