Bush hails graduating class of 18 in Kansas town

GREENSBURG, Ks. — Seldom has such a small graduating high school class in Kansas received such a rousing send-off from such a large crowd or in such strange and evocative circumstances.

In the first high school commencement speech he has given, President George W. Bush on Sunday called upon the 18 teenagers of the Greensburg class of 2008 to consider a life of service to others. His speech came exactly one year after the town was leveled by a tornado.

Their perseverance in completing school while helping their parents and others rebuild will shape their character all their lives, he told them.

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