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MG's Class of 2018 celebrate graduation


Christopher Andersson

Marysville Getchell High School graduating seniors turn their tassel at the end of the school's Commencement Ceremony on June 13.

Marysville Getchell High School seniors took their first steps as graduates on June 13 at the school's Commencement Ceremony.

Students walked across the stage at the Angels of the Winds Arena and for many it was an emotional experience.

"It is an incredible opportunity to share in the intensity of emotions as we may all be ready or not ready to close this era of our lives," said Komal Gill, senior class president.

"It seems like just yesterday as we were walking to kindergarten," he said.

Graduation is the culmination of more than a decade of schoolwork for the students.

"As we look around we see the people we have grown up with. Together we have been through so much," said Jon Thill, senior class treasurer.

"No matter who you are you're going to walk up onto this stage and take your life into your own hands," he said.

Valedictorian McKenzie Sumsion said that kind of freedom can be intimidating.

"How many opportunities do we pass up because it looks like too much effort or because we are afraid of failure," she said.

Graduating seniors were encouraged to push themselves though.

"Sometimes we have to do something we're uncomfortable with to grow," said valedictorian Francinne Alarcon.

"We've all had moments where we told ourselves that we aren't good enough," she said.

Valedictorian Thanhnhu Tran wanted to say that everyone should be proud of themselves, regardless of accomplishments.

"Throughout my high school experience I have seen many people feel discouraged because they don't have the highest grades. Everyone should recognize and be proud of their strengths: community service, athletic performance or even simply being kind," she said.

Graduates who don't have fond memories should be recognized as well, said valedictorian Caden Natterstad.

He said during his time volunteering at a camp for middle schoolers he "had many difficult conversations. Some have been about loneliness or difficult parent relationships," he said.

Natterstad said that there are many who continue to have those experiences as they go through high school.

"Whatever story you have is a part of you and makes you who you are, for better or worse," he said.

"We can choose to leave it behind, to let it haunt us as we look upon our past, or to motivate us to make a difference," he said.

Those who are not sure of their place in the world should remember that many are figuring things out, said student-selected speaker Shyann Fischer.

Christopher Andersson

stage to receive his diploma during Marysville Getchell High School's Commencement Ceremony on June 13.

"When I was 7 I wanted to be Spider-Man. When I was 10 I wanted to be an actor. When I was 13 I wanted to be a therapist. And now at 17, I still want to be Spider-Man, but since I don't have 'spidey senses' [one of Spider-Man's superpowers] I guess I'll be a police officer," she said.

Fischer said her goal is to help people and encouraged students to find something that want to strive for.

Becky Berg, who served as superintendent for the Marysville School District the last five years and retired this May, also gave a final address to students in which she encouraged them to help advocate for better mental health support, safer schools and "reasonable, meet in the middle" gun laws.

"It's time, especially in our community, to advocate both at the state and federal level for our children," she said.


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