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Finkner Graduates with Gratitude for Mothers, America

Nebraska City High School graduated 89 students in the Class of 2014 on Sunday.

Honor addresses were given by Sarah Woodman, Blake Lechner, Nathan Zaroban, Hemisha Kanji, Marcella Mercer, Jessica SChomerus and Andrew Finkner.

Finkner recognized all mothers for Mother's Day and showed a poster-sized photo of his mom.

He said he was put up for adoption immediately after he was born on Sept. 2, 1995, in South Korea, but was adopted by the Finkners and brought to the United States.

"To this day I consider my greatest blessing to be the United States and my wonderful parents who adopted me. This is a land where you can literally be whatever you want if you work for it. It doesn't matter if you're a guy or a girl, if you're a Catholic or a Buddhist, if you're black, white, brown, green, blue or all of the above everyone has the right to the pursuit of happiness. This is my greatest inspiration."

Kenia Balquier, Alissa Edwards and Katie Zech gave the opening address.

The ceremony also featured Principal Brian Hoover's traditional declaration.

Hoover: "Who are We? Whose House?"

Nearly half of the class received academic scholarships.

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