Fifty-five students graduated from Friday Harbor High School Saturday, June 0, 2018. With a C.S. Lewis quote on the backdrop - "There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind" - the class participated in the traditional graduation traditions.
ASB President Hallie Hargrove welcomed everyone. Emma Carpenteria took everyone through the class history detailing when each student joined the Class of 2018. Class Salutatorian Laurel Robertson gave a speech entitled "How Far We've Come", valedictorian Zach Fincher's speech was called "Island Life."
The community showed its outstanding support of education as it took about an hour for dozens of scholarships to be presented. Friday Harbor High School Principal Fred Woods and counselor Gordy Waite handed out a series of scholarships before representatives from local businesses and non-profits took the stage and awarded more.
The slideshow drew the usual cheers as photos of each student as a child and young adult were shown on the large screen accompanied by a lively and poignant soundtrack.
Photos by Sharon Kivisto
Then it was time for the diplomas. Woods, Superintendent Dr. Danna Diaz, and School Board member Sarah Werling-Sandwith handed out the diplomas and shook the graduates hands. Woods' daughter Kiana was one of the graduates.
A very short video of the graduates throwing their mortarboards is posted at the bottom of this article.