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A 66-foot-long submarine sandwich in honor of 31 junior and senior high school graduates stretched along two walls at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Mich. “It makes us feel the church appreciates us,” said Kara Venema, an eighth-grade graduate.

The custom of serving a giant sub at a church supper started about 10 years ago with a 10-foot sub. The proportions gradually increased to accommodate the growing number of grads, leading to the 2007 record-sized version.

“It’s become a tradition,” said Brenda Van Essendelft, who helped organize the edible tribute. “They think it’s neat that we recognize them this way.”

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