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Bittersweet end for East High graduates

Rochester, N.Y. - Some call it the end, while others see it as the beginning.

It feels great, East High School Valedictorian Daniel Newbury said.

Hundreds of students walked across the stage with their heads held high with East High pride.

To me it's like the ultimate celebration and fruit of our labors, East High School Principal Anibal Soler said.

Students were proud of their accomplishments and those whove helped them along the way.

Our teachers and administrators are great. They pushed us from day one to graduate and now we're here, graduate Dorothy Holloway said.

I think that we get a lot of bad rep but we are a good school, the teacher's, the curriculum, we all worked together and we worked hard together, graduate Sha-yon Ross said.

As they listened to fellow students talk about all the possibilities in their futures, some students couldn't help but wonder about the future of the school many say always made them feel welcome.

Honestly, I'd be sad. It'd be special for me but I want other kids to go through this school, said Newbury.

Newbury said all of his brothers attended East High.

There's been someone from my family here for 15 years, said Newbury. I live in the neighborhood so I've been seeing this school since I was a baby.

A familiar name many would like to see stay in the community.

East High School, many of the parents went here, grandparents and many of their siblings so to be a part of this legacy and to be a part of this community is so significant to these kids, said Soler.

School leaders say they're confident that things will work out for the school.

Last week, a meeting to discuss changes at East High School next year was changed at the last minute.

No word yet on whether the meeting will be rescheduled.

The district has until July 1st to finalize a plan and submit it to the state.

 
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