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Graduation honors close-knit class

By NATHAN WHALEN
Whidbey Examiner Staff
June 14, 2013 · Updated 4:11 PM
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Coupeville High School Senior Josh Wilsey holds his diploma high after receiving it during a graduation ceremony Friday. / Nathan Whalen photo

Nearly 70 students spent their last moments together Friday.

Coupeville High School’s Class of 2013, many of whom have been together since grade school, graduated Friday night during a ceremony at the high school gymnasium. Following the festivities, the graduates will head in separate directions. Some will attend college, while others will enlist in the military or head into the workforce.

Before that happens, graduates enjoyed a light-hearted event where speakers shared stories about their lives, enjoyed a nice slideshow and sang a rousing rendition of Coupeville’s fight song.

Colleen Fox was one of two teachers who spoke. When she taught graduates during their freshman year, she said they were like second-graders in giant ninth-grade bodies. They were noisy, they didn’t have age-appropriate senses of humor and some would giggle while others would draw pictures everywhere.

But she was quick to point out their efforts collecting numerous items during food drives, their show of school spirit, thoughtful gifts and nice treatment of their classmates.

“You were crazy bananas, but you were amazingly kind to each other,” she said.

Valedictorian Amanda d’Almeida talked about how a recent mission trip to China inspired her to serve others. She cited her aunt’s efforts fighting cancer an example of how a handicap shouldn’t endanger your goals.

Fellow valedictorian Tommy Lile pointed out that while “schooling may be over, but education never is.”

He pointed out that the Coupeville High School has a higher graduation rate than neighboring school districts. Lile also thanked his family and other people in the community who helped him through high school.

Teacher Barbara Ballard also spoke during the ceremony. She encouraged the graduates to turn their heads around and look at the people who have supported them through high school.

The Coupeville High School Class of 2013 gave the school a banner that has the words to the Coupeville Fight Song. That banner is hanging on the wall in the high school gymnasium.

The Friday evening ceremony capped a full slate of activities for the graduates. They paraded down Main Street June 6 following their senior assembly.

 


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