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Debra Dillman, 18, a Strasburg High School senior, plans to attend Pensacola Christian College in Florida this fall. She will graduate Friday morning with her other classmates.

Debra Dillman, 18, will be one of 142 graduation candidates to accept a diploma during Strasburg High School’s commencement excercises on Friday.

“I am so excited about the future,” Dillman said.

She said she considers the Class of 2019 “family.”

“We are a very close class,” Dillman said. “No matter who you are talking to or who you’re hanging out with, you instantly become family.”

She describes her fellow classmates as diverse, with many students good at different things, whether it is athletics, academics, music or other activities.

The family idea extends even to teachers. Dillman and other students – mostly seniors – stepped in to help a teacher who was moving into a bare classroom.

“We came in early one Friday morning. Staff let us in, and we decorated his classroom so he would feel more at home,” she said.

Dillman played basketball and soccer throughout high school. She also ran cross country starting in the 10th grade.

Dillman, whose father is a youth minister at Liberty Baptist Church, plans to attend Pensacola Christian College in Florida where she will study mission work.

The school, her family and her church have all been leading her to a life of service, she said.

Once her studies are complete in four years, she plans to begin missionary work, with the support of sponsors, by opening up youth sports camps throughout the United States to reach kids and help them gain a better understanding of Christianity.

Principal Melissa Foltz agreed with Dillman about the diversity of the class.

“It’s a very unique class. They have very different views, different interests but all in all a very strong class that supports each other. They are 142 unique individuals that have come together as one,” Foltz said.

The Class of 2019

The graduation ceremony at Strasburg High School will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Ram Stadium, weather permitting.

The speakers will be Class President Madison Herman and Principal Foltz.

Of the 142 graduation candidates, 70 of them are bound for college or higher education, 62 plan to enter the workforce and 10 will enter the military.

– Contact Melissa Topey at mtopey@nvdaily.com