Paradise High seniors graduate

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Months after the Camp Fire destroyed the city of Paradise, high school seniors who escaped the deadly wildfire are celebrating their graduation.

The class of 2019 filled the Paradise High School football field.
Some thought they’d never get to see this moment. When the Camp Fire tore through Paradise,
it destroyed nearly 14-thousand homes. Of Paradise High School’s 980 students — about 900 lost theirs.

While the high school wasn’t damaged — classes were forced to be held in Chico.
But on graduation night — the seniors returned — to *their* high school — with friends who have become family.

The class of 2019 — the class that survived the Camp Fire — is ready to face the world.
The school principal said of the 220 graduates, about 80 percent are expected to attend college.
That’s about the same as in past years but he says it’s an amazing statistic, considering most college applications were due about three weeks after the fire … when the school was closed and many were displaced.

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