Newly-minuted Dunnellon High graduate Markus Casiano pumps his fists and lets out a shout of excitement Friday at Richard Kennedy Stadium, as the Marion County Public School District honored the Dunnellon High Class of 2017.

With thunderstorms looming in the horizon, the Dunnellon High School Class of 2017 was also looking to it, not because of the threat of inclement weather, but as the next chapter of their lives are set to unfold: a chapter of newfound freedom, challenges and obstacles.

But for the 200-plus members of the Class of 2017, they were reminded of the past four years: the newfound freedom, challenges and obstacles, which awaited them as they entered Dunnellon High School.