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High school senior class has only one student

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"By Associated Press, 05/24/02

DAYVILLE, Ore. -- On senior skip day, Matt Sagaser was the only one who took the day off. On graduation day, he'll be the only senior to be handed a diploma.

Matt also is the only senior at Dayville High School.

"We have the smallest graduating class in the nation, or at least we're tied," said Lori Chapman, the school secretary.

It's been years since Dayville High, with 19 students this year, had more than a handful of graduating seniors. Last year, there were five; the year before six; the year before that five. But never just one.

When Matt enrolled in the seventh grade, there were 14 students. Gradually, the others moved or transferred to other schools. As a junior, it was just Matt and an exchange student from Mexico.

Matt said he's enjoyed his high school years, especially the camaraderie in such a small student body. It was also nice being the runaway choice as senior class president and most outstanding senior.

But there have been drawbacks, too: He went alone to the senior prom, held with senior classes from five other small eastern Oregon schools."

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