Stepping into the future: Peninsula high school graduations set this week
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Forks High School Principal Cindy Feasel, far left at podium, looks on while Forks High School graduates toss their caps at the end of Saturday evening's ceremony at Spartan Gym in Forks.
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Chimacum seniors Karynna Eichmann and Samantha Cerna adjust the lei and tassel on fellow senior, Lauren Thacker, prior to graduation ceremonies at McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend on Saturday.
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Micah Evalt holds the camera for a group selfie before the commencement ceremony of the 2014 Port Townsend High School class at McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden State Park on Friday.
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With just minutes to go before the start of graduation, Quilcene senior Dillon Bettinger gives a high-five to Martina Papetti as Celsea Hughes looks on.

By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

U.S. Rep. Kilmer to speak at Peninsula College commencement
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Congressman Derek Kilmer will be the keynote speaker at Peninsula College's 52nd commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The commencement ceremony for 403 graduates will be in the college gymnasium on the main campus in Port Angeles at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

A reception will follow.

The Port Angeles High School Orchestra will perform before and during the ceremony, and members of the PC Jazz Ensemble will perform at the reception in the PUB following commencement.

The college will confer 34 bachelor's degrees, 221 associate degrees and 177 professional or technical certifications.

Guests are advised to arrive early.

The doors will open at 1 p.m.

Overflow seating will be available in room A-12 with a video stream of the event.

Entry to the graduation is limited. Each graduate will receive four free tickets for entry.

The student speaker will be Grace Tulsi Marshall of Port Angeles, who has a 4.0 grade-point average.

Marshall, who will graduate with an associate degree, plans to major in engineering and minor in environmental science.

Kilmer, elected to the 6th Congressional District seat in November 2012, is a native of Port Angeles. He now lives in Gig Harbor.

The Democrat's district includes the North Olympic Peninsula.

He served in the state House of Representatives from 2005 to 2007 and in the state Senate from 2007 to 2012, representing the 26th District.

Online viewers can watch on the student-run PATV Internet broadcast studio at www.ustream.tv/peninsulacollege.
Five North Olympic Peninsula high schools will conduct commencement ceremonies this week.

Last week, Quileute Tribal School and Port Townsend, Chimacum, Forks, Neah Bay and Quilcene high schools held graduations for about 300 members of the class of 2014.

Tassled and gowned, the graduates will walk across stages Thursday, Friday and Saturday from Clallam Bay to Sequim.

Thursday

Lincoln High School's graduation ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in the Little Theater on the Peninsula College campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

The Wildcats Class of 2014 includes 16 graduates.

Lincoln High is an alternative school, where students are given a second chance at graduation after having difficulty for a variety of reasons.

Students may graduate in four, five or six years, and many come from backgrounds where they have struggled to attend school.

One student's father died, another had a child and others may be the first generation of their family to graduate from high school, said Principal Cindy Crumb.

Some are homeless and struggle just to find a meal and place to sleep each night, she said.

“No one has ever given these kids anything,” she said.

Despite their challenges, she said, 16 of the school's 28 currently registered seniors will complete their education and receive diplomas on Thursday, and many others will persevere to earn diplomas later, no matter what life throws at them.

Friday

Sequim High School's graduation ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. at the Wolves Stadium at the high school at 601 N. Sequim Ave.

The Wolves Class of 2014 is expected to include 204 graduates.

The school selected four valedictorians for the class: Angela Bentley, Makayla Bentz, Wilson Eiland and Allison Masangkay.

“This is a class that has giving in their hearts. They are very service-oriented,” said Principal Shawn Langston.

Port Angeles High School's graduation ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. in the high school gym at 304 E. Park Ave.

The Roughriders Class of 2014 is expected to include 230 graduates.

Online viewers can watch the graduation from the student-run PATV Internet broadcast studio at www.ustream.tv.

Those who plan to watch the ceremony using a smartphone will need to download a phone application at www.ustream.tv to view the webcast.

The graduation also will be broadcast live on KONP radio, 1450 AM.

No valedictorian is selected for the school. Instead, 20 high-performing graduates have been named “academic honor graduates,” said Principal Garry Cameron.

“[The class of 2014 is] a very high-achieving class, with the most number of graduates since 2010 and highest four-year graduation rate since 2005,” Cameron said.

Saturday

Clallam Bay High School's graduation ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the high school gym, 16933 state Highway 112.

The Bruins Class of 2014 includes 11 graduates, which represents a 100 percent four-year
graduation rate.

Crescent High School's graduation will begin at 3 p.m. in the high school gym, 50350 state Highway 112, in Joyce.

Entry is open to the public. No tickets are necessary.

The Loggers Class of 2014 includes 16 students.

The valedictorian is Meghan Shamp, senior class president.

“There is a lot of variety in this class,” said Clayton Mork, Crescent principal and superintendent.

However, the students have become very close, with tight friendships, he said.

“In a small school district like ours, by the point they are seniors, they feel they are part of a larger family,” he said.

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Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: June 08. 2014 8:38PM
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