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Pokémon generation cheers, tosses caps

Class of 2012 wants to ‘be the very best like no one ever was’

As gusts of wind blew across the Payson High School field at 20 miles per hour, and the sun set, the class of 2012 ended their childhood education to move onto the next phase of their life during the evening graduation ceremony. “Parents won’t understand this ... we’re the Pokémon generation ...!” said valedictorian Sam Grassel as he clutched at the sashes draped over his graduation gown to keep them from blowing away. The 2012 graduating seniors roared with approval.

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Payson High School Scholarship Awards

Tyler Aguirre (ASU): AIMS high honors award — $36,800. Ashley Ammann: (ASU) Dean’s Scholarship — $11,000 over four years. Tyler Apps (Grand Canyon University): President’s Scholarship $40,000 over four years. Sarah Cluff (ASU): Provost Scholarship $30,000 over four years. Samuel Grassel (ASU): AIMS high honors award — $36,800.

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