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Outdoor commencement shines brightly on La Conner high graduates

 

‘I MADE IT!’ MASK IS OFF, SMILE IS ON – Shalaya Solomon-Martin pulled her mask down so the whole world could see her happiness. The La Conner High School Class of 2021 graduate has just had her name called, walked across the platform, received her diploma and been congratulated by school district officials. Congratulations Shalaya! And kudos to your 53 classmates! Go build the future of your dreams. – Photo by Ken Stern

It has often been dark and gloomy during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Friday was not one of those times.

At least not for members of the La Conner High Class of 2021 and their families and friends.

It was, instead, a rare opportunity to celebrate. Together.

Bright sunshine and a spectacular view of Mt. Baker greeted the class and about 500 people attending outdoor commencement exercises at Whitaker Field for what was an often emotional 75-minute program.

Valedictorian Sarah Malcomson and salutatorian MacQuaid Hiller captured the mood perfectly.

“The last year and a half,” Malcomson s...



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