More than 400 Copperas Cove seniors graduated last Saturday in a ceremony that was so crowded that friends and family of the graduates were forced to sit in the aisles of the Bell County Expo Center. The 466 graduates were filled with excitement as they prepared to begin the next stage of life.

This year’s salutatorian, Abdiel Hernandez-Lopez, thanked several people in his speech and gave advice to his classmates. “Be respectful and most importantly bring people together. Do not divide them.” Abdiel wants to become an aerospace engineer and will be training with NASA this summer.

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