The 2014 graduating class at Runnels High School was highlighted by 22 students who attended the Baton Rouge school since entering as kindergartners or preschoolers. Known around campus as “lifers,” these students were recognized at the 2014 commencement exercises at the Runnels Theater, a news release said. Each of them received a bouquet of roses to present to his or her parents.

The group represented nearly 40 percent of the class.

Honored as lifers were Rahliat Animashaun, Caroline Bonaventure, Grey Carruth, Zoe Craig, Erin Dean, Rebecca Fennell, Michael Gallant, Alexandra Hedrick, Bobby Johnson, Jake Johnson, Lane Kesel, Kourtney Khalid-Abasi, Amelie Kharey, Riggs March, Olivia Neyland, Joseph Pusateri, Roz Rafii-Tabrizi, Lena Sheikha, Carson Szot, Meghana Theegala, Alec Warren and Stephanie West-Harmon.

Kharey led the group of lifers as the class of 2014 valedictorian and National Merit Scholar. She will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the release said.

As the class salutatorian and another lifer, Bonaventure is one of only 75 students to win Tulane University’s Dean’s Honor Scholarship, which covers full tuition for four years of college.