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YGC: River Hills graduates six seniors

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by Danielle Wagner

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) Graduation day is special for any high school senior.  May 28 was a special day for the six seniors graduating from River Hills School in Cedar Falls.

"What are you most looking forward to? Getting my diploma," said Mirranda Fintel. 

For more than 40 years River Hills has helped educate mentally and physically challenged students. This year, the school saw students from more than 20 school districts.

"Emotions are running pretty high, both for students and for staff. When you have students that have been here from age three and up through 21. It's a pretty emotional time," said Prinicpal Mike Lonning.

At the commencement ceremony, students got two diplomas. One from River Hills and one from their home district. 

A couple weeks before graduation, the seniors got their hair and nails done at New Creation Salon in Waterloo. Then they took a Hummer limo ride out to eat and to a movie.

The students paid for the day of activities themselves by selling cookies and cards.

Mirranda Fintel and Sara Brown are happy to be graduating, but say they're going to miss River Hills.

"What will you miss most? The teachers and students," said Fintel. 

"The teachers, classmates, people," said Brown. 

Sara Brown is graduating early, at age 19. She plans to live in Waverly with her family and work.

"Work at Trinkets and Togs in Waverly," she said. 

Mirranda Fintel's goal is to work a grocery store.

Now, Brown and Fintel and their four classmates are high school graduates.

Thanks to their education and experiences at River Hills, they're ready for the real world.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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