Mount Si High School 2021 Graduation Slideshow & Highlights
This year, 456 seniors in the Class of 2021 earned Mount Si High School diplomas. Due to COVID safety requirements, the school’s 77th Graduation was conducted in-person through three ceremonies on Friday afternoon, June 18, 2021. This approach enabled the school to celebrate the students in person, while limiting crowd size with fewer grads and guests, and adhering to public health school safety requirements. Students selected the ceremony time they wanted to attend (at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. or 7 p.m.) and could sit with a friend with whom they wanted to walk. In addition, all three events were livestreamed.
Below, enjoy a slideshow, links to the ceremony videos, and some Class of 2021 highlights shared by Mount Si High School Principal John Belcher.
Enjoy 300+ photos from all three celebrations here:
Among 456 Mount Si graduates, students self-reported that 87% of the class will be continuing with post-secondary education. Their plans include: 311 (67%) enrolling in a four-year institution; 67 will attend a two-year community college or technical school; 14 are going into military service; 4 are participating in apprenticeship programs; 20 are entering the workforce; 20 students are taking a gap year, and 3 are going on mission trips before resuming their education.
8 valedictorians — Aileen Cha, Cole Elsasser, Logan Garwood, Nina Horn, Makena Lau, Jacob Marzetti, Natalie Swanda, and John Winder — earned 4.0 grade point averages. Additionally, 4 students earned a 3.994 (one A-), earning the salutatorian honors: Caleb Dalgleish, Samuel Husemann, Raymond Silverman, and Malakhi Wheaton.
8 seniors from the Class of 2021 earned National Merit Achievement Scholar awards, based on high scores on the PSAT exam their junior year. Commended Scholars include: Anika Cusimano, Samuel Husemann, Austin Kinsella-Johnson, Jacob Marzetti, Sullivan McLaughlin, Emma Tuttle, and Malakhi Wheaton. Raymond Silverman was a National Merit Finalist from Mount Si, who also was awarded a National Speech & Debate Association Academic All American award, for placing in the top 2% of students involved with Speech nationwide.
68 seniors earned their Associate of Arts degrees through the two-year Running Start program at Bellevue College while also earning high school diplomas.
3 students were named Wildcat Seniors-of the-Year awards. Mount Si staff honored Aileen Cha, Sam Husemann, and Ahlam Khaleefa as students who model integrity, pride, leadership, sportsmanship, school spirit and service to the school.
4 students were chosen to be class speakers at graduation: Emma Cullen, Lauren Bleyer, Ahlam Khaleefa, and MacKenzie Cooper.
Graduates recognized for their academic excellence were awarded: gold stoles (3.8-4.0 GPA); gold cords (3.5 GPA or above); and silver cords (3.2 GPA and above).
Earlier in May, many other students were recognized for their achievements, awards and scholarships through virtual events (Senior Awards event, Local Scholarship Celebration, and National Honor Society Senior Night). You can find those links here.
Congratulations and Best Wishes Class of 2021 Graduates!