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Set for success, IHS grads celebrate

Class of 2018 boasts bunch of honors
Damian Mulinix

Published on June 12, 2018 3:44PM

Makenzie Kaech embraced a well-wisher following the 2018 IHS graduation ceremony Saturday.

Makenzie Kaech embraced a well-wisher following the 2018 IHS graduation ceremony Saturday.

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IHS seniors and the audience at Saturday’s graduation ceremony watched a slideshow featuring the graduates.

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IHS seniors and the audience at Saturday’s graduation ceremony watched a slideshow featuring the graduates.

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2018 IHS seniors tossed their hats in the air at the conclusion of the graduation ceremony Saturday in Aase Gymnasium.

2018 IHS seniors tossed their hats in the air at the conclusion of the graduation ceremony Saturday in Aase Gymnasium.

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Ilwaco High School senior Elora Ekvall waited to enter the graduation ceremony.

Ilwaco High School senior Elora Ekvall waited to enter the graduation ceremony.

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Faculty selected senior speaker Madeline Jacobson pointed out someone in the audience during her speech.

Faculty selected senior speaker Madeline Jacobson pointed out someone in the audience during her speech.

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ILWACO — As the lineup of soon-to-be Ilwaco High School graduates waited outside the back door of Aase Gymnasium last Saturday, the atmosphere was pretty casual. Seniors adjusted each other’s hats and tassels and chatted. That is until the music began to play inside and the students slowly started to file into the ceremony, with excitement building on their faces.

Of the 56 seniors who graduated from IHS Saturday, nearly half — 27 — did so with honors, highest honors, or as a member of the National Honor Society. This included the two senior speakers, Eliza Bannister — who was chosen by the class — and Madeline Jacobson — who was chosen by the staff. The two made their speeches together. (IHS does not designate a valedictorian and salutatorian.)

“We would never have made it here today if it wasn’t for the support of family, Ilwaco staff, community and friends,” said Jacobson.


The ceremony


The format of the ceremony featured multiple musical performances at the front end. Senior choir member Cheyenne Bent sang the national anthem to open the evening, before joining the rest of the choir for a take on the theme song from the TV show “Friends,” “I’ll Be There For You.”

The popular senior slideshow, which featured both contemporary and childhood photos of each grad, was followed by a performance of “This Is Me,” from the symphonic band. The jazz band performed a great version of “Miss Mango,” a song that has become one of the best in their repertoire.


The speeches


Jacobson began her portion of the senior speeches thanking the many people who helped get the graduates to that point.

“Thank you to our parents, grandparents and family members for being there when we needed someone to help guide us in the right direction. Your love and support helped us get through tough times the last four years,” she said. “Without our teachers, principal, caring staff, coaches, mentors — and our office secretary (Jacobson pointed to her mom in the audience, who is the school secretary at IHS) — we wouldn’t be graduating.”

She also noted the great deal of local support they’ve received.

“The outreach from the community has been nothing short of amazing, so we would like to thank all the people on the Peninsula who are so committed to supporting our student body,” she said, adding, “And thank you to our friends in all grades for plenty of laughs and great memories.”

Bannister noted how time seems to fly when you think back.

“It’s crazy to believe we’re graduating. One second we’re going on a field trip to the park and the next thing you know we’re decorating grad caps. Time is a funny thing,” she said. “Each of us have experienced the high school roller coaster and there are parts we won’t miss, but there are more we wish we never had to say goodbye to. We came to Ilwaco together, and today, after our years of being Fishermen, it’s time for us to move on.”

Principal Dave Tobin made sure to mention all 56 graduates during his speech, which touched on the remembrances of the students during their time at IHS.

“Tonight we make the time to recognize, honor and celebrate this outstanding group of young men and women before you,” he began.

Tobin thanked the students for their hard work and dedication during their time in school, which made, “This night a reality.”

“Individually and collectively, this is an amazing group. So let me tell you a little something about them,” said Tobin, going on to call the grads “very caring and very much people-focused,” adding that, “They’re also very diverse in their interests and talents.”

Jacobson summed up the finality of the ceremony as she and Bannister closed out their speech.

“After today, all of us will go our separate ways and begin our journey into the world. From what I hear, we’re going to be eating a lot of Top Ramen,” she said, with a laugh from the audience. “Just like in the last four years, we’ll face both easy and difficult times. But through it all, make an effort to stay present and enjoy the life you’re living. Do what challenges you and makes you happy, not what others may expect you to do.”


The graduates


The following is a list of the 2018 IHS graduating seniors, with notions for honors. *NHS - National Honor Society, *HH - Highest Honors, *H - with Honors, *SB - Seal of Biliteracy

Isabel Aguilar - NHS

Hans Amor - NHS, H, SB

Antonio Arriola

Kasey Bageant

Azalie Bahrt

Alicia Baker

Eliza Bannister - NHS, H

Brandon Bates

Britney Bennett

Cheyenne Bent - NHS, H

Ezequiel Borrayo

Noah Carper - NHS, H

Devin Cavness - NHS, H

Madison Chabot - NHS, H

Allen Chetwood

Marcus Conner - NHS, H

Alora Ekvall - NHS

Jorge Galvan-Pacheco - NHS

Andrew Gervasio

Besannie Godwin

Macy Guidinger

Paul Huff

Madeline Jaconbson - NHS, HH

Makenzie Kaech - NHS, HH

Jay Kelly - NHS

Marcello Lazaro

Kristofer Lurf

Isaac Manchester

Alayna Marsh - NHS, H

Faith Mathison - NHS, HH

Keaton McColm

Brandon McMullen - NHS, HH

Cahlin McNabb

Jorge Merino-Ortiz

Matthew Minnick

Cheyenne Montgomery

Justin Moos

Royce Murry

Cameron Odell

Makayla Olson - NHS

Reece Pierson

Preston Poe

Ivan Ramirez-Talancon - NHS, SB

Trent Ramsey - NHS, H

Kira Roby - NHS, H

Adam Rutherford

Jonathan Salvador

Grace Scarborough

Taylor Sheldon - NHS

Madeline Skillings - NHS, H

Chandelle Thomas - NHS

Joe Thompson

Grace Thrasher - NHS

Allyson Wagner - NHS

Cahlabe Wheldon

Emeri Wilson - NHS, H



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