A nearly 90 percent graduation rate at Kearney High School this year has educators praising efforts to prevent drop-outs.
About 350 students received their diplomas on Sunday, an average class size for Kearney High.
School officials say it's the community support that has made higher graduation rates attainable.
"If the trend's looking like it's going down, Kearney's the type of community that rallies around that and starts to move it back up to where it should be for our school, our community," said assistant principal Jeff Ganz. "The staff has done a great job with working with those who are at risk of not graduating."
Ganz adds the high graduation rate bodes well for the future of Kearney, the state and the nation.