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Marysville Getchell High School celebrates Class of 2016


Christopher Andersson

Marysville Getchell High School students celebrate after turning their tassels and officially graduating during the school's commencement ceremony on June 15.

Graduating seniors at Marysville Getchell High School thought about the future and the possibilities in front of them during the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2016 on June 15.

"With the end of high school in just a few moments we, the class of 2016, have a whole new chapter of our lives waiting for us," said Lorraine Abagatnan, valedictorian for the International School of Communications.

"At 18-years-old we have so many opportunities to live our lives to the fullest," she said.

There will be many new experiences for graduates as they head out of high school, said class speaker Megan Sadorus from the School for the Entrepreneur.

"Our first college lecture, our first rent payment, our first full-time job," she said. "This is not the end of our lives, it's just the beginning, regardless of which path each of us takes."

Sadorus said that all those new experiences will not come easy though.

"We are leaving the safety net behind. We are in the process of moving on from the comfort of routine and journey onto the unknown," said Jacob Lawrence, valedictorian for the School for the Entrepreneur.

"Who do we want to be? Up until now the outline of our lives has been predetermined," said Lawrence.

Class president for the School for the Entrepreneur Victoria Henry-LeMaster said that there are a lot of concerns over that very question for many of the seniors who walked across the stage.

"Who will we become? How successful will we be? How much money will we make? Will we be happy?" she asked.

She believes that success is possible for Getchell students, but it won't come simply for wanting it.

"We always hear that 'you can do anything you set your mind to' and yeah, sure, but in the world after high school it seems a bit more difficult and more complex. Our challenges will be tougher and our losses will be greater, but our achievements and successes is what will make it worthwhile," she said.

Valedictorian for the International School of Communications Theresa Ambat said that graduating seniors will be able to relax for a little bit now, but only a little bit, and that they shouldn't wait to be happy.

"We shouldn't think, 'I'll be happy once this happens' or 'I'll be happy once that happens.' We can't live our happiness in the future," she said.

Abagatnan hopes that her classmates try and live their lives to the fullest.

Christopher Andersson

Class speaker for the Marysville Getchell High School 2016 commencement ceremony Megan Sadorus from the School for the Entrepreneur gives her speech during the school's commencement ceremony on June 15.

"It's not my place to decide what is right for any one person, that is something you have to discover for yourself, but what I can say is that there will be an easier variant of our lives that will not be as satisfying," she said.

Getchell students also looked to the past to remember the times behind them.

"To some of us, our first day of high school is scary or intimidating, but to others it is a new and exciting chapter to our lives," said Piper Holiday, class president for the International School of Communications.

"We find ourselves remembering the good times and less time worried about the bad," said Henry-LeMaster.

Class president for the Academy of Construction and Engineering Trey Levold said that some will choose to remember those memories and some will choose to forget them.

"I believe we all grew from these memories nonetheless, we got to grow as people because of them," he said.


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