Mount Si High School Graduation Highlights & Photos
This year, 406 seniors in the Class of 2018 earned diplomas from Mount Si High School. The school’s 74th graduation ceremony was held on June 8, at the ShoWare Arena in Kent. Below, read some of the many highlights that were shared by Principal John Belcher at commencement and enjoy photos from the event.
Click on the image for a slide show of 75 photos from the event.
Also, to watch a webcast of the 2018 Mount Si High School Graduation ceremony, click here.
Highlights from the Class of 2018:
- 218 graduates (54% of the class!) earned special stoles or cords to wear at graduation for their academic excellence. Gold stoles signified those who earned a 3.8+ grade point average (GPA) (16% of the class); gold cords represented a 3.5 GPA or above; and silver cords achieved at least a 3.2 GPA.
- Three valedictorians — Elizabeth Bourgault, Rachel Brucchieri, Christina Williams — earned 4.0 GPAs and had the honor to speak at the ceremony. Salutatorian Corey Seaman had the next highest GPA of 3.98.
- 9 seniors from the Class of 2018 earned National Merit Achievement Scholar awards, one of the highest academic honors in the United States, placing in the top 3% of seniors, based on PSAT scores. The Commended Scholars included: Tyler Bateman, Liam Cole, Julia Crumb, Briana Dowling, Mallory Golic, Olivia Henning, Amanda Linder, Andy Roman Pantoja-Valerio, and Nick Young. Pantoja-Valerio is also a National Hispanic Scholar, one of 5,000 top Hispanic students in the nation.
- $12 million in scholarships were awarded this year—$53,000 of which came from local scholarships.
- 450 students took at least one AP exam, and a total of 697 exams were taken this year. Of those students, 110 were seniors or roughly 27% of the Class of 2018 accepted the challenge of rigorous college-level coursework in high school.
- 16 seniors earned AP Scholar awards for completing 3 or more college-level exams with a score of 3 or more, out of 5 possible. 10 seniors earned AP Scholar with Honors awards for completing 4 or more AP exams with an average score of 3.25 per exam. And, 9 students were AP Scholars with Distinction for completing 5 or more exams before their senior year with an average score of 3.5.
- 8 seniors have enlisted in U.S. military service: 4 Army (1 of whom will receive ROTC Officer Training while attending PLU), and 4 Marines (1 of whom will enter as an officer due to Sea Cadet service).
- 72 senior members in National Honors Society logged a total of 16,680 hours of community service during their membership, while maintaining academic excellence. 31 seniors volunteered over 200 hours each, and 3 students — Chloe Lind, Anastasia Killian, and Mia Fowler — served over 400 hours each.
- 6 seniors earned scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout, each contributing a service project to the community.
- Seniors Mallory Golic and Jake Ehrlich received the Wildcat Senior-of-the-Year awards from Mount Si staff for modeling integrity, pride, leadership, sportsmanship, school spirit and service to the school.
- In sports, 34 senior athletes earned a 3.75 GPA or higher. Individual recognition was given to Kat Hodgson (golf), Chloe Cosgrove (cross country), Alec Bothwell (soccer), Duncan Harrison and Conor Holt (wrestling), and Jesiah Irish (football). Mount Si Varsity Cheer (with 8 seniors) placed 3rd at Nationals and finished 2nd in the Worlds competition, in Orlando.
- In debate, Alejandro Ramirez was ranked 8th in the state in Public Forum and competed at the prestigious Tournament of Champions in Kentucky. Filmmaker Kaiden Barlow earned three Awards of Excellence at the Northwest HS Film Festival and produced the Mock Crash video this year.
- Mount Si’s Jazz I Band was one of only 3 high school jazz bands selected to play at the prestigious Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. In state competitions, Tyler Bateman earned 3rd place two years in row, for the multi-percussion category. In choir, Alison Caswell received an outstanding vocal jazz soloist award at the Reno Jazz Festival, and Hayla Takele’s ensemble placed 1st in the regional WMEA competition.
- Among 406 Mount Si graduates, 69% of the class plans to attend a four-year institution; 14% will attend a two-year college; 8 are going into the military; 4 are participating in apprenticeship programs; 23 students are taking a gap year or mission trip before resuming their education; and 3% are entering the world of work.
- 78 seniors earned their Associate of Arts degrees through the Running Start program at Bellevue College while also earning high school diplomas.
- And, Cameron McCarty had perfect attendance since the 4th grade!
Congratulations Class of 2018 Graduates!