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Bozeman High honors Class of 2017

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BOZEMAN, Mont. - Bozeman High School held its 117th Annual Commencement Ceremony at Montana State University's Brick Breeden Fieldhouse on Sunday afternoon.

Hundreds poured into the "Brick" to celebrate their final day as high school students.

"I'm really excited, knowing all the hard work in athletics and academics has paid off, and that I'm graduating with all my best friends," said Lance McCutcheon.

"It's an amazing feeling to just be able to complete all that work and get here, and be able to get your diploma," said Allie Lynch. "It's really cool."

After a performance by the school choir, and speeches from Class President Matt Lieb and English teacher Jim L. Thompson, 445 students walked across the stage to receive their diplomas.

Bozeman has the largest senior class in the state, but it is one that remains very united.

"I'd say a lot of us are pretty tight," McCutcheon said. "This class has gone through a lot. We just kind of stuck together, and became closer as a graduating class."

A total of 28 students from the Class of 2017 received academic honors as valedictorian, after all of them achieved a perfect grade point average of 4.0, which a record number at Bozeman High.

"It's just really awesome that we have a bunch of hard-working people in our class, and they're willing to work for a perfect GPA," said Lynch, who is among the group of valedictorians. "You know that will translate into other things in their lives also."

In addition, six students who graduated on Sunday are National Merit Scholarship honorees, and three more were appointed to a U.S. military academy by Senator Steve Daines.

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