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Eagles Eye the Future: Belpre High School Class of 2021

Members of the Belpre High School Class of 2021 recess at the close of their commencement ceremony before friends and family at Ralph Holder Field. Principal Samuel Pepper said his gift to students was making the wearing of masks optional, since the ceremony was held outside and guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently changed. (Photo by Evan Bevins)
Several members of the Belpre High School Class of 2021 decorated their mortarboards for Sunday’s commencement ceremony at Ralph Holder Field. Addressing her fellow students, valedictorian Kelly Erb said they’d adapted to an unusual senior year due to the ongoing pandemic, but had “learned how to persevere long before COVID-19 shut down our world.” (Photo by Evan Bevins)
Belpre High School graduating senior Tyce Church embraces language arts teacher Erica Wright after accepting his diploma during Sunday’s commencement ceremony at Ralph Holder Field. Wright was the commencement speaker and discussed how the Class of 2021 made her cry from joy, empathy and pride over the last five years. (Photo by Evan Bevins)
Several members of the Belpre High School Class of 2021 decorated their mortarboards for Sunday’s commencement ceremony at Ralph Holder Field. Addressing her fellow students, valedictorian Kelly Erb said they’d adapted to an unusual senior year due to the ongoing pandemic, but had “learned how to persevere long before COVID-19 shut down our world.” (Photo by Evan Bevins)
Members of the Belpre High School Class of 2021 throw their caps in the air to celebrate their graduation Sunday during a commencement ceremony at Ralph Holder Field. (Photo by Evan Bevins)
Belpre High School language arts teacher Erica Wright addresses members of the Class of 2021 at their commencement Sunday at Ralph Holder Stadium. Wright said the nearly 80-member class had made her shed tears of joy, empathy and pride over the last five years. “One of the hallmarks of the Class of 2021 is the absolute tenacity of your spirits,” she said. “Good enough has never been good enough for you.” (Photo by Evan Bevins)
Belpre High School graduating senior Collin Alloway laughs as language arts teacher Erica Wright hands him a copy of the novel “Peak,” a book he loved as a student in her class, after accepting his diploma during Sunday’s commencement ceremony at Ralph Holder Field. Wright was the commencement speaker and discussed how the Class of 2021 had made her cry from joy, empathy and pride over the last five years. Alloway’s excitement over the book was one of the happy moments she shared. (Photo by Evan Bevins)
Several members of the Belpre High School Class of 2021 decorated their mortarboards for Sunday’s commencement ceremony at Ralph Holder Field. Addressing her fellow students, valedictorian Kelly Erb said they’d adapted to an unusual senior year due to the ongoing pandemic, but had “learned how to persevere long before COVID-19 shut down our world.” (Photo by Evan Bevins)
Belpre High School graduating senior Connor Baker, left, shakes hands with junior Ethan Coyner after receiving his diploma during Sunday’s commencement ceremony at Ralph Holder Field. Degrees were conferred on more than 70 graduates during the ceremony, where masks were optional thanks to the outdoor location and recently revised guidelines. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

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