Mikayla Hezel was among 89 gradutes receiving diplomas at South Whidbey High School graduation Saturday. Photo courtesy of Go Blue

Mikayla Hezel was among 89 gradutes receiving diplomas at South Whidbey High School graduation Saturday. Photo courtesy of Go Blue

School’s out! for Class of 2018 at SWHS

Academy graduates two dozen and high school graduates 89

South Whidbey High School’s Class of 2018 are now officially alumni of Langley’s schools.

Saturday, 89 seniors walked across the stage and received diplomas from Superintendent Jo Moccia, Principal John Patton and South Whidbey School District board members.

Several students spoke, including Valedictorian Grace Callahan. “Choice Speakers” were Aengus Dobendorf, nominated by his class, and Matt Johnson, chosen by faculty, to address the graduates.

South Whidbey High School Jazz Ensemble performed the traditional processional, national anthem and “Michelangelo” by Argentine composer Astor Pizzolla.

Senior Caroline Burns sung “We’ll Meet Again” and Music in Motion played “This is Me.”

Scholarships to 40 students adding up to $172,545 were donated by 47 separate organizations, businesses, nonprofits, churches and individuals.

Friday, South Whidbey Academy graduated 24 students in a separate ceremony.

Students Lion DeShong and Kyle Starkweather spoke at the Academy commencement and staff spoke about each individual graduate.

From left, Ethon Schuch, Charlie Lewarne and Ben Borson applaud during the Saturday commencement. Photo courtesy of Go Blue

From left, Ethon Schuch, Charlie Lewarne and Ben Borson applaud during the Saturday commencement. Photo courtesy of Go Blue

South Whidbey Academy graduated 24 students Friday. The colorful sashes represent the diversity of the school. Staff spoke about every individual’s achievements during commencement. Photo provided

South Whidbey Academy graduated 24 students Friday. The colorful sashes represent the diversity of the school. Staff spoke about every individual’s achievements during commencement. Photo provided

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