By: Sabrina Ahmed
Graduation is just around the corner and some of the best and brightest high school students were honored today by Channel 8.
Adorn in cap and gown, the students celebrated 13 years of hard work and dedication at this year's Best of the Class, held at Southeast Community College.
Countless hours of studying went in to making each of them one of the top two in their graduating high school class. Many say they don't regret a single moment.
"I figured if I was going to do the work, I may as well do it well," Beatrice Senior Isaiah Friesen said.
With scholarships coming at them from everywhere, and schools around the country accepting them, universities are theirs for the choosing. Some are staying in Nebraska, others chose schools a little further away.
"I kind of wanted to get out of the state for a couple of years. I don't hate Nebraska or anything, it's fine, but I think it'll be good to experience somewhere else for a few years, too," Friesen said.
No matter where they're headed, they all agree that events like this help them feel a part of something.
"A lot of kids that I've seen here like, we were just talking to some of the other people I've met in speech, FFA, making all those connections and realizing that you're not the only one who was really working that hard throughout high school," Raymond Central Senior Morgan Rezac said.
That was a common theme for a lot of the kids being recognized. The college bound students at the event were those who aspire to do something big.
"It makes me feel like I'm not alone. That there are other kids that are just like me trying to push through school, like, dream big. Do those big things in life," Lincoln Southwest Senior Punjaa Rajan said.
Channel 8 was proud to sponsor "Best of the Class" again this year, with Rod and Vanessa emceeing the event.
Coming soon, there will be a series of 30 second spots airing on Channel 8 throughout the day, that recognize all of these high achieving students.