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Bayview graduates 14 students

Bayview School seniors set their own fashion standards for graduation. Some wear the traditional cap and gown, while others choose their own unique fashion for the day. Fourteen Bayview School seniors received their diplomas Thursday during commencement at Bayview Hall. - Gayle Saran
Bayview School seniors set their own fashion standards for graduation. Some wear the traditional cap and gown, while others choose their own unique fashion for the day. Fourteen Bayview School seniors received their diplomas Thursday during commencement at Bayview Hall.
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Amid cheers and tears, the 2005 senior class of Bayview School graduated Thursday afternoon.

Proud parents and family members looked on as 14 graduates received their diplomas during a ceremony at Bayview Hall.

Prior to receiving their diplomas, each student was introduced by two Bayview teachers who highlighted the student’s journey to graduation – a Bayview graduation tradition. They were honored for their skills and creativity; celebrated for their individuality and congratulated for overcoming personal and academic challenges. It’s probably the only graduation ceremony where small packages of tissue are offered as party favors.

The filled-to-capacity audience put them to good use. It was a two-tissue event.

“This is an extraordinary group of kids,” said Scott Mauk, a teacher at Bayview. “They worked through sometimes difficult personal challenges to achieve their goal of graduation.”

Courage in crisis, overcoming extreme odds, dealing with mental illness, and substance abuse were just a few of the personal challenges the students had to overcome.

On an academic level, this is the first Bayview class to graduate with electronic portfolios.

To graduate, students were required to complete a portfolio, a year-long project approved by the faculty, and required to earn 19 high school credits. Students had to show they mastered 45 different components in their portfolios. The students spent a minimum of 360 hours each on their projects. Three teachers then approved the completed portfolios.

“It is a very diverse class but we were all were very close to one another because of the intense amount of work they accomplished,” Mauk said.

It is also the first graduating class to have students who have attended Bayview School for their four years of high school.

“That says a lot about our school and the quality of education offered here,” he said.

Jim Freeman, master of ceremonies, collected messages prior to the event from the parents of each graduate and read them aloud. That meant more tears and laughter.

Freeman read tributes of parental love and pride to advice from one student’s grandmother who advised her granddaughter to “always use lard in your pie crust for a flaky crust.”

Another Bayview School tradition: all graduates received a gift from Linda Moore, executive director of Goosefoot.

She sent them out into the world with a roll of duct tape and a Swiss Army knife engraved with Bayview 2005.

“It’s a small but essential gift for going out in life,” Moore said. “Use the knife to cut up your credit cards and duct tape to reuse, repair and recycle. You are not what you consume.”

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