More than 300 graduates walking out to their high school commencement.

It seems like just yesterday that Grace Mann was starting her first day of high school. At least that is how her mother, Krystin, sees it.

On June 13, the Salem High Class of 2019, featuring 309 graduates, received their high school diplomas at the Salem Civic Center.

Not even the calmest of parents can accurately predict how they will react when they see their child walk across the stage.

“We moved here her sophomore year from the Turks and Caicos Islands. The first day of school was full of worry for me with her going to a completely foreign environment and not knowing anyone. Graduation was so different as we watched her hug friends and share some laughs with former teachers,” Krystin said. “She really worked hard in her academics and made an effort to find friends and activities that suited her. I know that experience will do well for her as she goes on to Virginia Tech.”

Many parents and family members took out their cameras as soon as their relatives walked out on the floor. Clair Skidmore also wasn’t sure how she would react to seeing her niece, Kinsey Ebel, walk across the…



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