This year, 493 seniors in the Class of 2022 earned Mount Si High School diplomas. Following the past two years of the COVID pandemic, we were delighted to celebrate the school’s 78th Graduation all together again in one in-person ceremony! Commencement took place Friday evening, June 10, at the ShoWare Center in Kent. Below are some highlights shared by Principal John Belcher of our graduates' impressive student achievements .
Here, you can watch the recorded livestream (2 hrs, 9 min). MSHS Grads: The livestream featured some fun childhood photos in the first 16 minutes of the video, before the ceremony began.
Highlights from the MSHS Graduating Class of 2022
Among 493 Mount Si graduates, students self-reported that more than 81% of the class will be continuing with post-secondary education.Their plans include:
1 entrepeneur will continue to grow his business
1 is travelling overseas to play soccer
3 are going on mission trips
5 are planning to go into military service
8 are doing apprenticeships
16 are entering the workforce
18 students are taking a gap year
39 are enrolling in a community college, trade school or technical institute
354 are enrolling in a four-year university (72% of the class!)
6 valedictorians earned 4.0 GPAs: Tate Baker, Hayden Gosnell, Amy Jenkins, Ayano Loucks, Tashfia Sharmin, and Brittan Wadsworth. Additionally, 3 students earned a 3.994 (one A-), earning the salutatorian honors: Megan Gonzales, Emily Middleton, and Julia Schraml.
8 seniors from the Class of 2022 earned National Merit Achievement Scholar awards, based on high scores on the PSAT exam their junior year. Commended Scholars include: Astrid Anson, Jackson Crist, Claire Haindfield, Tess Huestis, Jordyn Padzensky, Tashfia Sharmin, and Nevada Simpson. And, Faris Shaik was a semi-finalist and continued in the competition to be named a National Merit Finalist and scholarship recipient.
76 seniors earned their Associate of Arts degrees through the two-year Running Start program at Bellevue College while also earning high school diplomas.
2 students, Elizabeth Huard and Tate Baker, were chosen to be class speakers at graduation.
2 students were named Wildcat Seniors-of the-Year by Mount Si staff: Max Harris and Shea Thompson were honored for modeling integrity, pride, leadership, sportsmanship, school spirit and service to the school.
To recognize students’academic excellence, gold stoles were awarded for earning 3.8-0 grade point average, gold cords for 3.5 GPA or above, and silver cords for 3.2 GPA and above.
A few highlights from the year included:
In sports, Mount Si had 17 teams qualify for post-season play, with baseball, softball, boys and girls golf, volleyball, cross country, dance, cheer and boys swim making it all the way to State! Boys Basketball made it to the state final for the 3rd year in a row; Kaitlyn Holt was our first 4A state diving champion; and Kasey Maralack placed 5th in state for girls golf. Cheer and Dance also brought home state titles. We also had our first female wrestler Ayslee Hester sign a letter of intent to wrestle in college.
In performing arts, our students picked up where they left off before COVID, as Mount Si Jazz 1 was selected for the 7th time to perform at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival in New York. Vocalist Zach Miller took 1st place in the WIAA State Choir Solo and Ensemble competition. And, drama students enjoyed performing in two excellent theater productions in the school’s beautiful new Performing Arts Center.