"South Whidbey graduates another classSuccessfully completing 13 years of public schooling is no easy task, so this year's graduating class at South Whidbey HIgh School has earned the congratulations of the community.The graduates deserve a lot of credit for getting up every morning and going to school, whn the world is so full of other, seemingly more attractive alternatives. And today's students have it harder than those in the recent past with the mandatory state testing they have endured in grades seven and 10. Many hit the books hard to earn the GPA's and SAT scores required to get into college, and they have also volunteered their time to better their community -- both for the satisfaction of helping others and also to make those college applications shine a little brighter.The community as a whole deserves some credit, too. The Class of 2001, with all its intelligence, knowledge, skills and promise, is the product of more than just their parents. Think of all the school teachers, dance instructors, sports coaches, employers, Sunday school teachers, service club members and myriad other adults who helped shape the character of this graduating class. No senior graduates alone; he or she encompasses the knowledge and values given to each by many loving and caring adults. No wonder then that when the South Whidbey High School Class of 2001 graduates on Saturday much of the community will figuratively be with them as they pick up their richly deserved diplomas. The same, of course, is true of the Bayview High School Class of 2001, whose members overcame their own set of challenges to achieve their diplomas.The graduates of 2001 reflect their community. In South Whidbey's case, it's an outstanding community which has produced another exceptional class of graduates.We trust that wherever they go next, be it college, the workplace or military, the Class of 2001 will continue to reflect well on the community that prepared them to go out into the world and succeed.Who could argue with Anderson Park?South Whidbey's newest park -- 25 acres at Possession Point -- came as a surprise to most islanders. They didn't realized that Dave Anderson had been working to acquire the property for a number of years. Last month, the former state representative finally succeeded in his long-held goal.The property is now owned by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. The unspoiled beach will serve as a place for kayakers and others using the Cascade Marine Trail to pull up and spend the night. The upland area contains a house but is largely untrammeled woodlands.Not only did Anderson push the state to find $1.1 million for the property, but he closed the gap between that and the asking price by acquiring the remaining $300,000 from the Goosefoot Community Fund, whose contribution we all appreciate.Without Dave Anderson, the new park simply would not have happened. We've come close before only to lose ideal park property. In the 1980s the Wahl Farm above Double Bluff was nearly acquired by the state, but when negotiations got sticky there was no one like Anderson there to save the day.Future generations of South Whidbey residents will enjoy the new park immensely. Naming it after Dave Anderson would remind them who made it possible. "

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