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Seniors bid farewell to Stilly Valley School
ARLINGTON The Stillaguamish Valley School graduating class of 2007 marked the next chapter of their lives June 22 at the Linda M. Byrnes Performing Arts Center.
Only 14 of the 18 graduates were able to attend, but the PAC was still packed with parents, teachers, families and friends, there to wish the students well.
SVS graduate Sara Holcomb recognized the roles that the students parents played in helping them get this far, citing their selflessness and endurance as foremost among their admirable traits.
Theyve given of themselves so we could lead better lives, Holcomb said. Theyve been long-suffering, in all theyve gone through with us. We took what they said into consideration, even though it was often harder to take it into action. We can honor them by showing them that their work has not been in vain and that were grateful for every second theyve given us.
SVS Valedictorian Ruth Atwoods remarks were relatively brief, as she reflected upon the number of people whose encouragement had impacted her life. She congratulated her fellow graduates on overcoming shared obstacles such as the senior project, before encouraging them to explore the possibilities that lay ahead.
Atwoods musical solo followed those of classmates Laura Mills and Elisa Fuller, as well as a poem by fellow graduate Ruth Champagne. SVS graduate Jonathan Hansen would later lead his dance group in a choreographed performance.
Retiring SVS teacher Sue Webber was both tearful and smiling as she said goodbye to her last class of graduates from the school, and admitted as much in her speech.
Were reluctant to say goodbye, and thats where our tears come from, but as you embark on new paths toward your futures, we smile, said Webber, who compared the students lives to the quests of medieval knights. Youre on a journey to make the world a better place. The world is calling for you. How far will you go?
SVS Principal Ed Aylesworth characterized the schools 10-year history as a successful partnership between parents and educators, before noting that this years graduating class included two Eagle Scouts, two students who have attained associates degrees and three who have completed their entire high school curricula at SVS.
Theyve already been involved in the world around them, from volunteer work to mission trips, Aylesworth said. Im thankful that they could be part of our school and Im confident that they will go on to be good neighbors.