Class of 2018: Principals praise, celebrate graduates

May, 2018 Posted in Community, People, School

Screen Shot 2018-05-30 at 11.35.51 AMBy Mary Owen

Graduates are getting ready to walk into the future, after receiving diplomas at their commencement ceremonies.

Stayton High School will have 161 graduates receiving diplomas on Friday, June 8, 7 p.m. at the Salem Armory.

The Class of 2018 valedictorians are Amanda Lackey, Bradley Phelps, Emma Lindemann and Kaitlyn Hofmann. There are no salutatorians this year.

“This graduating class is full of energy and personality,” said Principal Alan Kirby. “They are headed off to many different schools and careers, and have bright futures. I am excited and proud of all of our graduates this year who will take that next step into the world.”

Regis High School will honor 33 graduates at commencement exercises at Sunday, June 10, 1:30 p.m. at the high school.

The Class of 2018 valedictorian is Emily Adams and the salutatorian is Rachel Dolby.

“We are excited to present our 2018 graduates and are proud of their achievements, success and faithfulness,” said Principal Rick Schindler. “They are an incredible group of young men and women!”

Cascade High School has 188 graduates this year. The ceremony will be held at Wednesday, June 6, 7 p.m. on the CHS football field.

The Class of 2018 valedictorians are: Damian Ball, Emma Woods, Skylar Perlichek, Gracie Rasmussen, Tessa Rosenau, Faith Craig, Jacob McBeth, Teresa Kenline, Erica Mitchell, Ally Bradley, Kade Van De Hey, Alejandra Osuna Sola, Erin Masterson, Min Wei, Ryan LeDay and Alissa Hart. There are no salutatorians.

At Santiam High School 32 graduates will receive their diplomas at the Friday, June 8, 8 p.m. ceremony at the Santiam Junior/Senior High School gymnasium.

The Class of 2018 valedictorian is Joshua Fawcett. Salutatorian is Michelle Briley.

“I have 38 years of memories with graduating classes, but since I’m retiring this class will always be a special memory to me,” said Principal David Plotts. “This graduating class overcame a lot of obstacles in their last six years of school. This class was probably affected more by all the cuts the district had to make about six years ago than other classes in the district.

“As the district has recovered from these challenges this class took things in stride and figured out ways to overcome the obstacles and turn those obstacles in opportunities,” Plotts added.

“Many in this class will graduate with many college credits already completed. Other students have already planned out their pathway into trade schools or even directly into some high-demand, high- paying jobs. This has been a relatively small graduating class, but it also has three students who normally would be juniors who worked hard and are graduating a year early.”

Plotts said he is proud of these students – a “fun class.”

“They have worked hard and will no doubt be successful,” he said. “They have been part of some very successful programs in the arts, academics, and athletics. I wish them nothing but success and happiness.”

Oregon Connections Academy counselors are still totaling credits and grades but expect the number of graduates to exceed 400 this year. ORCA does not have a valedictorian or salutatorian.

“This year, one of the speakers will be a bright young man from Canby, Jack Starrett, who was instrumental in creating the Canby Fire Department’s Explorer program and has been taking classes at Chemeketa Community College to become a paramedic firefighter,” said Laura Dillon, ORCA outreach manager.

“The other speaker is Anna Selchow from Portland, ORCA’s student body president and a cadet colonel in the Civil Air Patrol who was accepted to attend the prestigious U.S. Air Force Academy.”

ORCA’s graduation ceremony will be held the second weekend in June at the State Fairgrounds in Salem.

“We congratulate every member of the Oregon Connections Academy class of 2018,” said Allison Galvin, executive director at ORCA. “We are very proud of them, and all they have achieved, and know they will continue to find success in college and in life. This graduating class represents a highly diverse and accomplished group of students.

“There are several legacy students graduating this year who started at ORCA when the school first opened its virtual doors in 2005,” Galvin added. “We’re starting to see more and more students who enroll in elementary school and continue through graduation, whether it’s due to a need for schedule flexibility, a desire to learn at their own pace or other reasons. Each year in June, we look forward to celebrating the high school graduation milestone for our seniors.”

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