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Tri-City Seniors Graduate from High School

KENNEWICK, Wash. -  Armed with their cap and gown, seniors all over the Tri-Cities attended their high school graduation ceremonies this weekend. Some said they were said others were ready to leave.

The Kennewick High School Principal said he has seen a huge increase in the number of kids taking college prep classes.  Principal Jack Anderson said, "Kids are looking ahead, their parents are looking ahead, knowing that the workforce is not the way it was. It's changing."

Graduating senior, Libby Villa said, "There are moments when I'm bursting with happiness and some when I'm ready to cry because I know that despite all the I love you's and we'll call each other. It's going to be extremely difficult."

Many seniors said they are staying local and going to Columbia Basin College for a number of reasons and others heading to colleges further away.

Tyler Rauh and his twin brother are attending college together in Spokane.  Rauh said, "I'm going to Spokane with my brother Lionel. We're going to be at Whitworth."

Bobbie Zimmerman, another graduating senior said, "I'm going to the University of Idaho next year on a full scholarship to study art education with a minor in special ed."