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Watch Norwalk High School's graduation ceremony here

Alisa Bishop • Jun 6, 2011 at 1:55 PM

(UPDATED with full story.) The Norwalk Reflector broadcasted Norwalk High School's graduation ceremony on Sunday. In you missed it live, don't worry. You can watch it now.

You also can look at pictures of the ceremony by clicking HERE and HERE.

Watch live streaming video from registermedia at livestream.com

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What a year to remember for the Norwalk High School Class of 2011.

Championships, awards and honors galore were achieved by the class, which went out in style at the school's 151st graduation ceremony Sunday afternoon.

There were the five Northern Ohio League championships -- volleyball, boys' basketball, wrestling, baseball and boys' tennis. Isaac Smith was a National Merit Scholar. And then the year was capped off when Taylor Blakely returned from Columbus with a fourth-place medal in the discus at the state track meet.

There were many more honors, from the artists to the musicians to the actors and -- most importantly -- the 143 graduating seniors.

And all of that success didn't come without a lot of help.

"My grandmother has always instilled the importance of determination and perseverance in me," salutatorian Jaclynn Hipp said. "She once told me to ... 'live your life to the fullest; don't let things keep you down. Pursue your dreams and accomplish every goal you set your mind to do. Remember the support and guidance of your teachers and family and always appreciate the blessings we have received.'

"And be thankful that we live in America, where dreams and hard work can still lead to a better life."

It was a special day for valedictorian Kistina Mason, whose mother, Carol, was right next to the stage leading the choir.

"I recently had someone say to me, 'When you lose sight of a dream, you lose sight of your destiny,'" she said. "Too often, in fear of failure, we cease to pursue our dreams. It has been said, 'Without a vision, the people perish.' Choosing not to dream is truly our failure because a dream creates a drive in us; it's a catalyst. It is what urges one to seek and strive for what appears to be the unattainable.

"...Thus, choosing to dream is choosing to achieve."

Class president Caleigh Ott encouraged all of her classmates to keep striving to get better.

"As we move on to the next chapter in our life, I want to challenge all my classmates to make a difference and to strive for excellence in everything they do," she said. "Over the years our teachers and parents have instilled a sense of drive in us and I know we can do whatever we put our minds to. I want to leave you with our class motto and I hope you will take it to heart: 'Go confidently in the direction of our dreams, live the life you have imagined."

Superintendent Dennis Doughty said this is only the beginning.

"Our graduating seniors are prepared to write their own history," he said. "How exciting it is to know where and how far our school district has come. ... to where we are at now! We know that this class of 2011 will continue to respond to the call for educational excellence and will respond just as the great citizens of Norwalk have in the past. ... We know this class will continue to value and cherish their education."

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