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PARADISE, Calif. - Several hundred Camp Fire survivors graduated from Paradise High School on Thursday.
The Paradise High School class of 2019 wasn't able to have its final year on campus due to the Camp Fire.
It was an emotional return for many who consider the school to be a second home.
Several students spoke about how the Camp Fire changed their lives.
"To me, Paradise Strong means helping others and exceeding expectations," said a student speaker at the event. "Doing the best with what you've got and then some."
The California Department of Education also gifted Paradise Unified School District with nearly $1 million in education technology.
San Diego real estate developer Bob Wilson gave $1,000 to the students and high school staff he spoke to at the ceremony.
"There's a great wide world of opportunity which awaits each and every one of you," Wilson said. "You should seize that opportunity and begin the happiness that will go with it."
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea spoke at the ceremony telling people what he thought it meant to be Paradise Strong.
As for what's next for some of these graduates, some told Action News Now they do plan to stay in town and others have said they're pursuing higher education and will be attending Butte College in the fall.