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      Mary Immaculate says goodbye to eighth graders

      Mary Immaculate Catholic School eighth graders are graduating.

      Schools across the Heartland are saying goodbye to students as they take the next step in their education.

      Mary Immaculate Catholic School in Kirksville held a graduation mass Wednesday morning as students, teachers and faculty gathered for one last time to wish their eighth graders the best of luck. Each of the eight graduates participated in the mass.

      The students said their years at the school were the best, and they will miss it. "It's been a lot of fun. I love to get up every day to come here and see my friends, teachers, and faculty. I'm going to miss it all," said graduate Alex Herleth.

      "I'm probably going to miss the teachers because they have a really funny sense of humor that I'm going to miss a lot and I may not see at the other school," said graduate Ashlin Wilson.

      "They welcome you as a family then you have to leave, so it's like leaving a family," said graduate Adriane Cole.

      After the mass, the graduating students took a class picture and had breakfast with their families.

      Their actual graduation ceremony will be Friday.

      The students will be attending Kirksville High School this fall.