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Originally published Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11:21a.m.

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Ronnie Tate Butler fires back a glance of confidence to classmates during the graduation ceremony.

The 2017 graduating class of Kingman Academy High School had the luxury of air conditioning for their ceremony Wednesday night. The Betty Rowe Gymnasium was packed with the 75 graduates, their teachers, family, board members and Kingman Academy of Learning Founder Betty Rowe. A few students are leaving high school ahead of the curve. Seniors Laura Borden, Madeline Goldsberry and Felicia Maupin graduated high school as certified nursing assistants thanks to dual enrollment programs through Mohave Community College. Senior Caytelyn Clinkenbeard will be going before a phlebotomy board in June.

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Students get themselves together minutes before the start of Wednesday’s ceremony.

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U.S. Marine Corps recruiters Sgt. Eric Karstensen (foreground) and Staff Sgt. Daniel Pinochi applaud the graduates, including their one KAHS recruit, Daniel Wright.