Bayview High School says farewell to 10

Few in number but immense with courage, the Bayview High School class of 2002 graduated Thursday afternoon at Bayview Hall.

Amid tears and hugs, seniors were honored individually by their teachers for their journey to graduation. Ten seniors decked out in caps and gowns participated in the sixth Bayview High School graduation. Two students who were not present had graduated in January.

According to the school's director, Dianne Moondancer, some students overcame challenges and obstacles, and all demonstrated dedication and determination to achieve their goal.

Graduation programs were used as fans as an audience of about 75 friends and family members endured the nearly 90-degree heat in the hall to celebrate the day with grads. The ceremony took place on one of the hottest days in memory.

There was a moment of levity and relief when Superintendent Martin Laster stepped to the podium and literally tore up the notes for his planned 20-minute speech in favor of a much shorter version.

"Bayview Class of 2002 we honor and salute you," he said. "May life bring you the best you can imagine."

Guest speaker Sue Frause went on a bit longer, dispensing advice to graduates.

"Up to now, it's been all about circumstances," she said. "From here on out, it's all about possibilities. In other words, it's up to you."

During part of her speech, Frause listed off 10 items she brought to the ceremony, items she said graduates should take with them through life. The list included bottled water (drink eight glasses a day, she said), a notebook and pen to jot down thoughts, goals and dreams, or maybe send Mom a postcard, books, passport and map, and a sense of humor because it adds years to a life.

Frause was encouraging in ending her speech.

"We embrace you and your generation," she said. "Be kind to yourselves. Be kind to each other. And walk gently on the earth among family and friends."

Bayview teachers Scott Mauk, Jean Shaw, Don Zisette and Moondancer spoke at length about each graduate while standing beside them at the podium.

Tori Johnson was lauded as one of the most creative and articulate in the class.

"Tori is like a butterfly who has landed beautifully and made your mark forever on Bayview," Shaw said.

About Amber Lomax, Zisette said "she is a tiny slip of a thing but with a huge spirit who is fiercely independent."

Another grad, Catherine Tauscher sought an education at Bayview because of its flexibility to pursue her passion for miniature horses. She has been in Running Start this year and is on the honor roll list at Edmonds Community College.

Mauk said of student Amanda Gage that she has overcome challenges and will never give up, while another graduate, Malina Vande Wefhorst, was honored for her passion for animals.

Mauk described Bayview graduates as having taken a different path to earn their diplomas.

"One that requires independent study, the ability to set goals and find their own pathways, to seek out teachers help on their own," he said.

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