2015 Commencement: Meadowdale High School graduates draw inspiration from the past, leave with hope for the future

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Meadowdale's Taylor Monroe-Jones (left) is congratulated as she walks to pick up her diploma. (Photo by David Pan)
Meadowdale’s Taylor Monroe-Jones (left) is congratulated as she walks to pick up her high school diploma. (Photo by David Pan)
Meadowdale High School Principal Kevin Allen interrupts his speech to take a selfie.
Meadowdale High School Principal Kevin Allen interrupts his speech to take a selfie.

Editor’s note: Commencement week is upon us. Since many people know students graduating at all of the Edmonds School District high schools, we will be sharing photos from all of the ceremonies. Enjoy!

“You as a class inspired me. With the passing of Matthew Truax, you came together as a class and made a difference out of tragedy and heartache and for many of you the first experience you’ve had with loss. You rose up and took action. Many of you worked tirelessly and because of your effort more students were screened than ever for possible heart conditions.”

“I’ve never seen a class come together as a community and remove many of the barriers that are so often associated with high school.”

– Meadowdale Principal Kevin Allen

“It takes courage to stand up and do what you think is right, especially when everyone else is sitting down. But when you can do that with dignity and compassion, you have become an honorable person.”

“I would like you all to promise yourself today that you will make the most out of every moment to come and you will do so honorably and along with all of that, you will remember to laugh a little.”

Alicia Wright, class speaker

“I’d like to encourage each and every one of you to live for every day of the week. We can’t live in anticipation of the weekend. You have to make every day meaningful.”

– Aileen Duong, Valedictorian

Meadowdale Class Speakers included Griffin Over, Brett Shafer, Aileen Duong, Hannah Long and Alicia Wright (left to right).
Meadowdale class speakers included Griffin Over, Brett Schafer, Aileen Duong, Hannah Long and Alicia Wright (left to right).

“Follow your own passions and your own dreams. Too often years later people look back later in their lives and realize that they are not following their own passions, but something that society has thrown in front of them.”

– Griffin Over, Valedictorian

“I’m just here so I won’t get fined.”

– Brett Schafer,Valedictorian

“We can change the world by simply sharing pieces of ourselves with the world around us because our uniqueness truly is a gift. But to live this way each of us must truly understand the weight of our existence on each person in our lives.”

“Find out what inspires you, what challenges you and what drives you. Set goals and write them down. Hold yourself accountable to your dreams because you are worthy of your greatest aspirations.”

– Hannah Long, Valedictorian

Class Speaker JV Valle encouraged everyone to take a little time to laugh.
Class Speaker JD Valle encouraged everyone to take a little time to laugh.

“We love each other. We’re one class and we’re one body.”

“We need to be kind and we need to love one another. Preach love to those you hate. And show love to those who fail to show love back to you. Without kindness and love we are nothing.”

“Laugh a little. Take time to laugh with your friends. Take time to laugh at your own little mistakes. Take time to laugh about how beautiful this life is.”

– JD Valle, class speaker

Edmonds School District Board President Diana White celebrates as her son Charlie White (left) graduates Meadowdale High School.
Edmonds School District Board President Diana White celebrates as her son Charlie White (left) graduates Meadowdale High School.
Cheyenne Neff walks to receive her high school diploma.
Cheyenne Neff walks to receive her high school diploma.
Meadowdale High School graduates look to their families in the stands.
Meadowdale High School graduates look to their families in the stands.
Sunglasses were a good idea on a sunny day.
Sunglasses were a good idea on a sunny day.
Plenty of photos were taken by family and friends.
Plenty of photos were taken by family and friends.

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