A 'Surreal' and Emotional Graduation for Paradise High

17 min
Seniors personalized their caps with message of hope and inspiration.  (Stephanie Lister/KQED)

"Surreal" is the word Paradise High School seniors used over and over again to describe their graduation months after the deadly Camp Fire that leveled most of the town. Most of the students lost homes in the fire, the most deadly and destructive fire in recorded California history. Last week's ceremony was the first time most students had set foot on campus since they were forced to evacuate. We hear from students whose sense of normalcy was restored, at least for an evening.

Guest: Jeremy Siegel, KQED reporter

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Read Jeremy's story about twins Kirsten-Grace and Nicholas Baker graduating together from Paradise High, and see photos of the moving graduation ceremony.

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