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Delta High School Graduating First Senior Class

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- Delta High School is graduating its first senior class Friday night. The graduates are leaving with a specialized education and well prepared for college.

At the Three Rivers Convention Center Friday night the very first graduating class from Delta High School will get their diplomas.

The success of the school can be seen in the 59 graduating seniors who are all going to college.

Delta High School offers students a science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education that's setting them apart as the class of 2013 graduates.

Delta's first graduates are setting a new standard for education in the Tri-Cities.

"We're done but we've made it this far. We've set the stepping stones for everyone. We've set everyone's new goals," said Isaac Chassin, graduating senior.

"I think the Tri-Cities will be a place even more than it is already where people will come to for STEM education, STEM learning and jobs. And we can really define ourselves as a community by our STEM nature," said Deidre Holmberg, Delta High School principal.

The Delta graduates say they feel prepared for college because of the rigorous academics and exposure to the STEM industry.

"Everything we've done here is from the real world. We've had mentors come in. We've had real industry people com in and they're taught us thing they do," said Jahnvi Rana, graduating senior.

Friday night's graduation marks the end of their time at Delta High School but Holmberg says it's just the beginning of their life-long learning.

"At Delta we want to make kids who finish college and finish what they start. So they're heading into the next phase of their lives. So while we celebrate today, we're very mindful that this is just the first of many graduations for these kids," Holmberg said.

Friday night's graduation begins here at 7:30 and includes speeches by graduating seniors in English and Spanish congratulating students and wishing them well in college.

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