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Posted: Saturday, June 4, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 1:21 pm, Sat Jun 4, 2011.

This year's crop of high school grads was more persistent, inspirational, clever and downright interesting than most.

The Addington quadruplets graduated. Jared, Hannah, Haley and Heather were all near the top of their Lodi High School class. It seems just months ago we carried the news of their births.

The Tokay High School Class of 2011 was the one that began its freshman year a month late because mold was discovered in many classrooms.

Emma Greene, valedictorian at Lodi High, was especially inspirational. She earned her top grades while battling cystic fibrosis and studying at home. Her schooling was "a group effort," she said, made possible by extra efforts from her teachers, counselors, parents and siblings.

We giggled at the valedictory remarks of Tokay High's Jannelle Wu. To find inspiration for her speech she did what we have all learned to do — she Googled it. She asked the great digi-guru "What is the meaning of life?" and got 84 million responses.

Here answer? "Life is what you make of it."

Congratulations to all the grads at all our schools. The Class of 2011 appears to be ready to make quite an impact on life.

— The Lodi News-Sentinel

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