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Marysville Getchell honors Class of 2017


Christopher Andersson

Marysville Getchell High School graduating seniors celebrate after turning their tassels at their graduation on June 14.

After 13 years of school, 359 Marysville Getchell students walked across stage during their graduation ceremony on June 14.

Getchell students held their graduation at Xfinity Arena in Everett.

It has been a long journey for the students to get to graduation, having made it through elementary school, middle school and high school.

"Some of you have known each other since the first grade," said Jadyn Noriega, senior class officer with the International School of Communications.

"You're about to start a new chapter of your life with your old friends by your side," she said.

Danielle Daguisan, senior class officer for Bio-Med Academy, said middle school seems like such a long time ago with flip phones and "Call Me Maybe" and "Dynamite."

"Middle school is the most awkward time for us. Being young, we were trying to figure out who we were," she said.

"Going through that experience is what made us who we are today," she said.

And in high school students had to begin the transition to adulthood, said Lester Flores, senior class officer for the Academy of Construction and Engineering.

"We are entering a new chapter where we find out where we want to go," he said.

Flores said that Getchell is a special place.

"As a campus composed of four schools we are unique," he said, and that has given students their own choice of path, a choice that will only increase now.

"How far will we branch out with what the world has to offer us?" he asked.

Getchell student Mallory Ford said that choice at the end of middle school, of where she wanted to attend high school, was the first choice of her path.

"We must choose the high school that will lead us to our dream," she said.

Now comes the murkier choices though, said Ford.

"The tricky thing is we really don't know the exact path that we'll take to our goals, we can only see what's on the horizon," she said.

"Our paths are for the first time uncertain. The future is in our own hands. And that is a scary thought," said William Cozart, valedictorian for the School for the Entrepreneur.

Academy of Construction and Engineering valedictorian Benedict Banay said that it won't be easy to go forward though.

"Achieving our goals requires will and determination," he said. But he thinks it is possible for Getchell students.

"What we think we cannot do is the only thing that limits us," he said.

Ford is confident in Getchell graduates as well. "Today is a new starting point, a new road to a dream," she said.

Marysville School District Superintendent Becky Berg said she is excited for the class of 2017 as well.

Christopher Andersson

Marysville Getchell International School of Communications graduate Elizabeth Price sings "Rivers and Roads" by Robert Tyler Williams and Christopher Shane Zasche during the school's graduation on June 14.

"The class of 2017 has shown to be a passionate group of students who are civically minded, determined and innovative. Each one of these students is positioned to make a difference in this world, and I look forward to seeing what they will accomplish in the years to come," she said.

Getchell principal Shawn Stevenson said that the students should feel honored.

"As a staff we are extremely proud of your efforts, persistence, growth you've demonstrated to get you here tonight. This commitment to learning will serve you well," he said.

Students also appreciated the help from parents, teachers and others in the community.

"All of us had support to help us through it all. Maybe it was a teacher who helped guide you, a parent who listened to you, a friend who challenged you to do better or maybe it was a coach, a mentor or a role model," said Bio-Med Academy valedictorian Cameron Coe.

"Without them, we wouldn't have gotten here," he said.

"Their support and motivation made us passionate to do what we are capable of," said Banay.


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