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By Haley Yarborough

Sunset School bids tearful goodbye to graduates and staff


Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder

Lucas Nygard (left) and Jadesa Stevens holds up their eight-grade graduation diploma next to Sunset School Supervising Teacher Toni Hatten (middle) and Missoula County Superintendent Erin Lipkind (right). Nygard has been at Sunset School since kindergarten and Stevens is Hatten's granddaughter.

GREENOUGH - Supervising teacher Toni Hatten bid two graduating eighth-graders a tearful goodbye for the Sunset Schools' annual end of year celebration on Friday, May 27. Graduating students included Jadesa Stevens, Lucas Nygard and kindergarten graduate Cade Carstens.  

The event featured farewell speeches, student awards, a flower presentation and a drum performance directed by Matthew Nord, music teacher and owner of Tangled​ Tunes in Missoula. Students sang "Funga Alafia" to kick off the celebration, a greeting song used throughout West Africa that translates to "We welcome you" in t...

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