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2016 graduate Shakila's strength comes from within

Eighteen-year-old Shakila remembers the exact moment that she realized she could control her own destiny. It was the day that she met a woman that owned a dress shop in her small Ugandan village. Independence was a rarity for women in Shakila’s village, but here was a woman that was single, self-supporting, and lived life by her own rules. Shakila was enthralled by the prospect.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 10:30am

Lexie Bland and Kassidy Malcolm have always shown great chemistry playing together

For decades, basketball teams have found success from great chemistry between a point guard and a post player.

In the NBA, the Utah Jazz had Karl Malone and John Stockton.

In college basketball, Kentucky had John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 10:26am

Snohomish County schools win 5th Avenue Theatre Awards

If musical theater were a sport, the 5th Avenue Theatre Awards competition would be the state tournament for high school drama kids. Or, better yet, let's call the 5th Avenue awards the state high school Tony awards.
Snohomish County schools tend to do well, and this year was no exception. And even better than usual for Arlington High School.

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 10:54am

Skagit Valley Herald Softball Player of the Year: Paityn Cyr

Paityn Cyr had an excellent softball season. So did her Mount Vernon team.

That was no coincidence.

Cyr was spectacular as a pitcher and a hitter to help the Bulldogs reach the Northwest 4A District Tournament.

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 10:53am

Birding has been a part of Granger teen’s life as long 
as he can remember

Eric Heisey learned to read by looking at bird field guides. So, not only could he read well by age 6, he could readily identify many birds.

“I vividly remember being in Trout Lake when I was this age, and being able to identify birds like Red Crossbill and Evening Grosbeak,” Heisey said in an email.

The recent Sunnyside High School graduate can’t say for sure when he first became interested in birds, but that makes perfect sense. It’s as if birding has been part of his life from the very beginning — before it began, even.

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 10:51am

Standout Grad: Josie Bowen

Normally, Josie Bowen is a top shot putter for Toledo High School. But on a rainy day in Raymond this spring, she threw poorly at the the district championship and failed to qualify for state.

Josie was crushed. She had placed sixth in state last year.

“I managed to keep my cool … but I pretty much wanted to sit there and ball my eyes out,” she said.

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 10:49am

Delta High grad uses his own struggle to help others

During a student club discussion earlier this school year, senior Edward Lee decided he needed to speak up.

Delta High School’s Ambassadors Club was debating which organizations to help with a fundraiser. One student suggested My Friend’s Place, a shelter for homeless teens in Kennewick.

That’s when Edward, 18, told his fellow students that he had lived for a time at the shelter and it needed support, such as more beds to accommodate youth. The shelter’s washer and dryer at the time were on their last legs as well.

“A lot of them couldn’t believe (I’d been homeless),” Edward said.

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 10:46am

Tiny Chartwell High School graduates a class of four

Here’s a perk of attending a small high school: You and three peers get to listen to a personalized message about the fantastic things you’ve accomplished and the promise that lies ahead of you.

In turn, you have the chance to read a letter describing your journey and how grateful you are before teachers, classmates and parents, an audience of 100 people tops.

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 10:45am

Medical problems are no match for this grad's determination

She doesn't define herself by the standards others set.
Kortney Danson, who graduated from Mariner High School last week, was born with a condition that causes hundreds of tiny tumors and cysts to swell inside her left cheek and upper lip, paralyzing her facial expressions.
She has undergone more agonizing surgeries to remove the growths than she can count. She was 11 months old when she had her first. Her most recent was shortly before mid-winter break of her senior year. Her future includes surgeries every two years.

Friday, June 10, 2016 - 11:58am

Tukwila's Foster High School among most diverse in U.S.

A lot of people talk about "celebrating diversity," but at Tukwila's Foster High School, students live it every day. Students are greeted with a sign welcoming them in scores of different languages. Flags of more than a dozen different nations ring the cafeteria.

In fact, students from 50 different countries speak 45 different languages at Foster.

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 9:06am
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