An emotional Misty Rush received a yellow rose from her daughter, Michelle Carter at Naselle’s high school graduation ceremony on Saturday.
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Naselle High School Valedictorian Samanta Mayrel Franco Monroy, left, walked down the aisle with NHS Salutatorian Samantha Wert at graduation on Saturday afternoon. Mayrel Franco Monroy earned a $1,000 scholarship from the Ocean Beach Hospital Foundation along with many other scholarships and awards. Samantha Wert was presented with a $1,000 scholarship from the Peninsula Arts Association. She also received numerous awards and distinctions of merit.
Naselle Valedictorian Samanta Mayrel Franco Monroy addressed family, friends and faculty at graduation Saturday. She is the first English Language Learner from Naselle to graduate with the Washington State Seal of Biliteracy. She earned this distinction by demonstrating fluency in both English and Spanish on a very rigorous national literacy test. Franco Monroy will study nursing at the University of Washington in the fall.
Superintendent Lisa Nelson, upper right corner, presented Naselle High School’s class of 2018, as the graduates celebrated the end of a very arduous yet rewarding public school career.
Class speaker Carson Bergeson talked about the memories that he will cherish from his time as a student at Naselle. The Naselle Education Foundation presented him with the Ron Holm Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $500. Bergeson was recently named to the All-League Coastal baseball team for his outstanding play with the Comets this year.
“Phonetographers” were very busy at the Naselle High School graduation on Saturday. Although the graduating class of 16 seniors was the smallest in almost 20 years, this group of graduates showcased some of the most talent in recent memory as well, school counselor Justin Laine said.
NASELLE — The enthusiastic Naselle community on Saturday celebrated the achievements of the Comets Class of 2018.
The school’s top 2018 graduate — Samanta Mayrel Franco Monroy — was singled out for her success in overcoming language barriers after immigrating from Mexico halfway through her freshman year, and enrolling at NHS in February 2015.
“Samanta Mayrel spoke very little — if any English — upon arrival and had to take the rigorous Smarter Balanced English Language Arts test during the spring of 2016,” school counselor Justin Laine said Saturday. “In little more than one year, Samanta scored at the highest level (level 4) on the Smarter Balanced test along with a few of her peers.”
Into a rigorous academic schedule, “She has also volunteered extensively around the community — far exceeding our minimum community service requirement,” Laine said. She’s has been accepted to the University of Washington and will enroll there in the fall.
Laine said this year’s class of 16 may be the smallest in more than two decades, but has been a good group.
“Although small, they are very talented and have unlimited potential. It will be exciting to see what they accomplish in the coming years. This class finished strong and we are very proud of them,” he said.
The class salutatorian, Samantha Wert, also has an inspirational story, Laine said.
“She is an amazing young lady who overcame the tragic loss of her father during her early childhood,” he said. “This is something she has never complained about. She is an excellent student, an outstanding citizen, and a community servant. Like Samanta, Samantha has far exceeded our school’s minimum community service requirement.”