First LHS graduating class hopes to leave its legacy

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BISMARCK, ND - When Legacy High School began educating students four years ago, it was a school without a home or traditions.

Now, as the first graduating class moves on to the next level, they hope they've left their legacy for classes that follow.

Two years ago, as Legacy High School students learned in the Hughes Building, construction workers put the finishing touches on the kids's new home.

When they walked in their new home, they say they immediately loved it.

"It was awesome. Hughes was a nice building, but it's not quite this," said Taylor Pinks, rising Arizona State freshman.

"We couldn't ask for a better crew to come through this and as a staff we've been talking about this for the last couple weeks. We started with these guys four years ago just as a freshman, and now that they're leaving us, it's starting to hit us and we're really going to miss them," said Tom Schmidt, LHS principal.

Schmidt said these students have been resilient in overcoming all the changes from their freshman-to-senior years.

"It's been a long ride, but it's been good and we've started a lot of traditions that can go through to the underclassmen," Rachael DeMaria, rising NDSU freshman.

More than 240 students walked across the graduation stage, bringing with them to the next adventure the SABER Code, which is sacrifice, attitude, believe, effort and of course respect.

"It's a good principal to live by, you know, kind of every day, not even school life, outside of school life," Derek Wax, rising Minot State freshman.

The Sabers say book smarts isn't all the school's taught them.

"I think the most important thing I've learned is that I need to work hard for myself and advocate for myself," said Katie Kraft, rising University of Mary freshman.

"Working hard will get you far in life and if you know the right people, a lot of times you can get a lot more stuff done," said Sierra Talmadge, rising University of Jamestown freshman.

Having the honor of being the first is something they all say they won't soon forget.

"Looking down the road and telling your kids you were part of the first graduating class ever, that's something you can't describe," said Tyler Boone, rising Bismarck State College freshman.

The Saber seniors did their part, now it's up to the underclassmen to continue on their Legacy.