Dawn Merchant, 18, second from right, laughs after crying with her friends Emily Meuller, right, and Romina Delgado, left, before the Gulf Coast High School commencement ceremony Friday at Alico Arena in Estero where 431 students graduated. Lexey Swall-Bobay/Staff

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Dawn Merchant, 18, second from right, laughs after crying with her friends Emily Meuller, right, and Romina Delgado, left, before the Gulf Coast High School commencement ceremony Friday at Alico Arena in Estero where 431 students graduated. Lexey Swall-Bobay/Staff

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