Schools prepare for commencements


It’s time for the Senior Class of 2022 to start checking off those final boxes, completing assignments, taking tests, picking up caps and gowns, turning in books and Chromebooks as they get ready for a few more final events together and one big graduation ceremony in front of friends and family.

Graduation at Wahkiakum High School is outdoors for this year’s 35 seniors, who will be seated at the football stadium on Friday, June 10, at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

Speakers include Valedictorian Megan Leitz, Salutatorian Gabe Moon, and Faculty Selection Landon Luce. The Class Speaker had not been chosen as of Tuesday.

This year’s motto is: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift. That’s why they call it present. —Master Oogway, Kung Fu Panda

Prior to graduation, Baccalaureate will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 5 at the River of Life Church, located at 45 Main Street, and an awards ceremony will take place on Thursday June 9 at 1 p.m. in the high school gym.

Naselle seniors will continue their tradition by holding graduation in the Lyle Patterson Gymnasium on Saturday, June 11 at 4 p.m.

Salutatorian Josh Chadwick will welcome the audience. Valedictorian Grace Hunt will be the Class Speaker. Sylvia Hoagland will be this year’s Faculty Speaker, and Mia Watson will lead the class in the turning of the tassel.

Their motto is: Everyone wants happiness. No one wants pain. But you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain. — Anonymous

The class will be feted in an Evening of Excellence on June 8 at 7 p.m. in the Commons.

Here are interviews with the valedictorians and salutatorians of each school.


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