Above all else, the Andover High School Class of 2021 demonstrated resilience in their senior year, Anoka-Hennepin School District Superintendent David Law said during the school’s commencement ceremony June 6 at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.

“If there’s ever been a year to celebrate the accomplishments of the senior class, it’s this year,” he said.

The COVID-19 pandemic made the class’s last year of high school an unusual one, speaker Dawson Clifton said.

Having lived through a pandemic thus far, Clifton told graduates they should give thanks for the gift of life, while living life to the fullest.

He led the class in a moment of silence to reflect on its achievements.

Sofie Sherburne, the senior class speaker, reflected on the senior year.

“The Class of 2021 is a resilient class,” Sherburne said.

Living during the pandemic and throughout many social justice movements proves that, she said.

Although Sherburne said Generation Z is seen as a generation full of depressed and social media-obsessed people, she sees a generation of change-makers.

“After today, we enter the world as high school graduates,” She said. “We will be Andover alumni.”

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