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Bayview graduates 12
It's not a big senior class, but 12 Bayview High School seniors will generate plenty of emotion between them when they graduate Thursday.
The students bid high school farewell with some sadness, but are looking forward to their futures.
"I am very proud of myself to be graduating," said Bayview Class of 2002 member Amanda Gage this week. "That has been my goal and it's something I accomplished by myself."
The graduates at Bayview have taken a slightly different path than the graduates at South Whidbey High School. It is an alternative school certified by the Washington Alternative Learning Association. With an average enrollment of about 75 students, the school promotes a style of learning that leads up to and emphasizes the completion of a student portfolio as a graduation requirement.
Students like Gage describe Bayview as more of a community than a school.
"It's more like a second home for all of us," said Gage, who plans to study at Everett Community College in the fall.
For Jessica Albright, graduating from Bayview is the beginning of work toward her goal to become a pediatric cardiology nurse and to give back some of what she has received in her life.
"I was born with a congenital heart disease," she said. "I received so much care I wanted to give back and help other kids with medical issues."
Soon-to-be graduate Tori Johnson said Bayview High School helped her realize some dreams, now and will help her in the future. She and fellow graduate Beth Forbes credit their teachers with getting the to the point where they can see their futures.
"All the teachers are inspirational," Forbes said. "It's difficult to single one of them out."
But she did anyway.
"Scott Mauk teaches with his heart and respects all of the students," she said.
Gage had her own favorite. She described teacher Don Zisette as "an inspirational awesome" teacher.
Several students at the school also agreed that Jean Shaw also inspired them with her caring attitude, while the school's administrator, Dianne Moondancer, "brings out our best."