Photo of the Week – May 27

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Abbi VanValkenburg

During the 54th annual graduation commencement ceremony at St. Charles Family Arena, principal Jeremy Mitchell applauds cum laude students’ academic achievement. Mitchell has been the principal at West High for the past 12 years and plans to retire after the 21-22 school year ends. “Kids are good. I get irritated by news reports and friends [who say,] ‘Oh, I couldn’t do it, how do you put up with those high schoolers?’ Are you kidding me? I mean, you guys are great. Anytime I doubt that something happens, and boom. So I think that’s the lesson that has been verified and reinforced year after year,” Mitchell said. “It’s fun because I have my own children, and when I’m with those kids, it’s kind of the same thing. I just think the teenage years are really interesting. That’s why I work here. I’ve been going to school since 1978, and it’s just so fun to see the growth in students. So I think my life lesson is learned from that enjoyment.”