Notre Dame seniors graduate without two classmates

COVINGTON, Ky. - The Class of 2010 at Notre Dame Academy graduated Friday nightat the Northern Kentucky Convention Center without two of theirclassmates.

The 100th graduating class observed a moment of silence forMaria Schaffstein, 17, who died in a crash on the way home from aspring break trip. They also honored Jessie Russo, 18, who is stillin the hospital from the same crash and could not make it to theceremony.

Each graduate held a bouquet of red roses with one white rose inhonor of Maria.

The school streamed the graduation live on its website so Russocould watch from her room at a specialized rehab center inAtlanta.

The SUV the girls were riding in crashed along I-65 in Alabamain April.


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