ST. CROIX — The phrase “The Effervescent Class of 2019” was repeated over and over again as 147 St. Croix Central High School seniors received their diplomas Wednesday morning.

The school’s gymnasium was electrified with loud cheers, thunderous applause, smiling faces and tears of joy as the graduates filed in to a rousing rendition of “Pomp & Circumstance” played by the St. Croix Central High School Jazz Band.