West Seattle schools – West Seattle Blog… https://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:00:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 DONE! One last work party completes playground for Roxhill Elementary at EC Hughes https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/done-one-last-work-party-completes-playground-for-roxhill-elementary-at-ec-hughes/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/done-one-last-work-party-completes-playground-for-roxhill-elementary-at-ec-hughes/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2018 07:43:49 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925449

From Friends of Roxhill:

About 25 volunteers finished leveling the wood chips Monday night at the new playground for Roxhill Elementary at E.C. Hughes. The new playground must be inspected by Seattle Public Schools before it will be open. The district hopes to conduct orientation and safety training during our back-to-school barbecue on Aug. 30. More information on when it will be open to the public will be available soon.

Thank you to everyone who came out in support of Friends of Roxhill Elementary’s efforts to bring a new playground to our school. Without community pledges and hard work, none of this would have been possible. Also, take a look at the corner of 32nd and Kenyon, where the mural (also designed through a community process) is taking shape.

If you have questions or want to get involved, contact friendsofroxhill@gmail.com.

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SAFETY: New crosswalk at 45th and Charlestown https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/safety-new-crosswalk-at-45th-and-charlestown/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/safety-new-crosswalk-at-45th-and-charlestown/#comments Tue, 07 Aug 2018 20:13:59 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924750

Thanks to Fiona Preedy for the photo and tip: That new crosswalk is in place at 45th SW and SW Charlestown. Safety at that intersection was one of the concerns voiced by the community committee convened to review a zoning “departure” required for 4 portables to be added to nearby Madison Middle School. Those portables recently arrived – thanks to Luckie for this photo, taken as they were being assembled last week:

We first reported on the portable plan back in January; they have been added to handle growing enrollment at Madison. The zoning departure required for their installation on the northeast side of the campus involved removing six offstreet parking spaces. The first day of school is September 5th – four weeks from tomorrow.

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Hope Lutheran School to build the next new West Seattle playground https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/hope-lutheran-school-to-build-the-next-new-west-seattle-playground/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/hope-lutheran-school-to-build-the-next-new-west-seattle-playground/#respond Tue, 07 Aug 2018 19:28:04 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924743 (Images courtesy Hope Lutheran School)

Another West Seattle school is about to get a new community-built playground project! The announcement is from Hope Lutheran in The Junction:

After two years of intense fundraising efforts and private donations, Hope Lutheran School will have a new playground to greet students on the first day of school. Starting at 8 a.m. on August 11th, volunteers from school and church, under the guidance of local company PlayCreation, will begin to assemble the new structure.

Work began July 28th with demolition of the 20 year old existing structure by volunteers; it has seen countless children sliding down the spiral slide and withstood many feet and hands running over bridges and swinging on monkey bars. When the idea of a new playground structure was broached in 2016, students chimed in as to what they thought the new structure should include. Everything from swings to zip lines was mentioned and certain features such as slides and monkey bars were an absolute must.

“One of the reasons I’m so excited about our new playground is because it’s been a true community effort,” said Hope School principal Kristen Okabayashi. “Our families raised funds over two years to pay for the new playground, our students voted to choose which structure they wanted, parents, students, and congregational members are volunteering to prep and build the new playground, and we are using a West Seattle company for the structure itself. It’s been a team effort and we can’t wait to see our first students playing on it!”

PlayCreation submitted two designs and students were asked to vote their favorite. The winning design is blue and tangerine and includes circular monkey bars, a curly-cue slide, climbing wall, three social areas and plenty of features that encourage imaginative play.

An OmniSpin (similar to the merry-go-rounds of old) is also included in the build. “It was amazing to witness the enthusiasm of our whole school in raising the funds to revitalize our playground,” said Hope parent, Heather Paar. “The generosity of the families and community friends was so inspiring. We were fortunate to partner with our neighbor (PlayCreation) in West Seattle for the purchase of the playground, who worked with us – and our budget- to bring our vision to life!”

The weather forecast calls for cool skies on Saturday when volunteers begin at 8 a.m. to assemble this new structure. Hope welcomes volunteers who would like to be a part of this fun day and celebration. You can contact Admissions Director Sally Heit for more information at sheit@hopeseattle.org.

Hope Lutheran’s campus is adjacent to the church at 42nd/Oregon.

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FOLLOWUP: Mural work begins at Roxhill Elementary’s new EC Hughes home https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/followup-mural-work-begins-at-roxhill-elementarys-new-ec-hughes-home/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/followup-mural-work-begins-at-roxhill-elementarys-new-ec-hughes-home/#comments Sun, 05 Aug 2018 19:33:15 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924573 The photo and report are from Friends of Roxhill:

Artist Henry Luke has started working on the community inspired mural for Roxhill Elementary at E.C. Hughes at the corner of 32nd and Holden. The mural has been designed through a community process, with 75 comments through West Seattle Blog outreach alone. Friends of Roxhill Elementary, the 501c3 booster club for Roxhill Elementary, received a $100,000 grant from the Department of Neighborhoods, which funded both the recent playground for Roxhill at the renovated, updated E.C. Hughes (built by community volunteers) and the mural. Stop by and say hello if you see Henry at work! Questions? Contact friendsofroxhill@gmail.com.

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Inside the new building that West Seattle charter school Summit Atlas is about to open https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/inside-the-new-building-that-west-seattle-charter-school-summit-atlas-is-about-to-open/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/inside-the-new-building-that-west-seattle-charter-school-summit-atlas-is-about-to-open/#comments Fri, 03 Aug 2018 21:02:46 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924380 (WSB photos)

West Seattle’s first and to date only charter school, Summit Atlas, plans a ribboncutting event tomorrow for the new building they’ve added to their Arbor Heights site (which had its first ribboncutting a year ago). We toured it and talked with Summit Atlas’s high-school principal Katie Bubalo as she prepares for the new school year, which starts August 20th for new students, August 21st for returning students.

Summit Atlas opened a year ago with 6th and 9th grades and this year will continue ramping up toward being a full 6th-12th-grade campus by adding 7th and 10th grades. Bubalo says the 7th grade has a waiting list but there’s room in other grades. Asked about last year’s enrollment, she said it fluctuated but ended the year around 105 students in 6th grade, 65 in 9th grade, and while she couldn’t cite numbers, she said the “overwhelming majority” are returning this year.

The new building – adjacent to the former supermarket/church that Summit remodeled before opening last year – has two stories and will mostly be used for the high-school grades, though elective classes for all students (including drama, art, yoga) will be held there. It includes room for special-education classes and a new program called Joy Academy for special-education students whose disabilities might lead them to seek alternatives to traditional college – job training, life skills, etc.

The emphasis in Summit buildings is on flexible open space. Each floor in the new building has a common area; on the ground floor, that space will be used as a lunch area for the high-school students, among other things. (It is a closed campus; Bubalo says they might have a conversation with parents in future years about whether to change that for the older high-school students.)

Upstairs classrooms include spaces for English classes that will also include the school library.

This year, Summit Atlas’s staff will double in size, about 30, according to Bubalo. They will all be on hand at tomorrow’s 12 pm ribboncutting event, as will students and families. We asked about other stats from the first year. Their assessment results will eventually be released by the state, Bubalo said. She describes their demographics as “no (ethnic group) over 35 percent” and evenly split between students eligible for free/reduced-price lunch and those who are not.

Charter schools, approved by Washington voters in 2012, receive state funds for operations; purchase of and construction at the 9601 35th SW site was funded by Washington Charter School Development, from which Summit leases it. Both WCSD and Summit are part of California-based organizations.

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New degree program at South Seattle College: Network Security Administration https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/new-degree-program-at-south-seattle-college-network-security-administration/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/new-degree-program-at-south-seattle-college-network-security-administration/#respond Tue, 31 Jul 2018 02:14:47 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924060 Looking for a new career direction – or know someone who is? South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) on Puget Ridge is about to launch a new degree program. Here’s the announcement:

South Seattle College is offering an Associate of Applied Science degree in Network Security Administration starting this fall quarter, with classes beginning Sept. 24. The two-year program, designed for working adults, prepares students for immediate employment in information security, with the option to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program for further study.

Network security professionals play a key role in the development of network security systems and protocols to protect vulnerable digital infrastructure. SSC’s Network Security Administration program provides the technical skills and practical knowledge needed for students who plan to enter the information security field.

Program highlights:

· Designed in collaboration with cybersecurity experts from Microsoft and Amazon

· Classes are held in the evenings, on weekends and online to accommodate working adults

· Fast track to completion: prior industry certifications can count towards degree completion

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 56 percent increase in IT security job opportunities in the computer systems design and related services industry by 2026. With a degree in Network Security Administration, students have the opportunity to enter a variety of career fields including network administration, computer network defense and technical support.

Future student information:

Registration is now open for Fall Quarter. To learn more about the Network Security Administration program, sign up for an information session, and apply (go here).

The next Professional & Technical Career Training Information Session will be held on Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sessions are held in the Library (LIB), Room 217 (campus map). To sign up (go here).

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SUMMER SCHOOL: Deadline extended for program open to all high-school students in West Seattle https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/summer-school-deadline-extended-for-program-open-to-all-high-school-students-in-west-seattle/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/summer-school-deadline-extended-for-program-open-to-all-high-school-students-in-west-seattle/#comments Sun, 01 Jul 2018 21:30:26 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921075 Two weeks ago, we reported on the free summer-school program that’s available to all high-school students in West Seattle, regardless of where they go to school. Its administrator Sandi Whiton e-mailed to say they extended the registration deadline after word that one local school had canceled its own summer-school program – so you have until tomorrow (Monday, July 2nd) to sign up if interested. Here’s the updated registration form. She adds, “This is mainly a credit recovery program; however, if you have an incoming 9th grader who needs to brush up on his or her math skills, we are offering an Intro to Programming class that is taught by a recipient of UW’s Distinguished Professor Award. The class will be an animation through storytelling class, and all students will receive a .5 elective credit. Space is limited, so please get your applications in asap!”

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West Seattle Elementary celebrates math improvement with software provider https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/west-seattle-elementary-celebrates-math-improvement-with-software-provider/ Sun, 24 Jun 2018 23:45:16 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=920524 As of Friday afternoon, Seattle Public Schools students are out for summer. Before the school year is too far in the rear-view mirror, a Seattle school-software company wanted to give a shoutout to one local school with which it continues to partner. The photos and report are from Claire Douglas at MasterTrack:

MasterTrack Solutions was delighted to host a Happy Hour at Salty’s for the staff of West Seattle Elementary School. We celebrated the end of a successful school year as well as the 5th year of the ongoing partnership between MTS and WSE – which has improved student performance in mathematics! It was great to enjoy some food and drink, hear about all the gains students are making, and celebrate some very special, very hard-working teachers.

(MasterTrack founder Torrey Volk with WSE principal Pam McCowan-Conyers and assistant principal Sahnica Washington)

Thanks to both the MTS and WSE families. Happy summer!

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HAPPENING NOW: Football-fundraiser pancakes with Chief Sealth IHS team https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/happening-now-football-fundraiser-pancakes-with-chief-sealth-ihs-team/ Sat, 23 Jun 2018 18:07:42 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=920428

Thanks to Leslie Harris (your rep on the Seattle Public Schools Board as well as its president) for the photo from the Chief Sealth International High School football team’s fundraising pancake breakfast. $5, all-you-can-eat, in the Sealth/Denny galleria until noon.

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SATURDAY: All-you-can-eat pancakes for Chief Sealth International High School football program https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/saturday-all-you-can-eat-pancakes-for-chief-sealth-international-high-school-football-program/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:04:31 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=920384 School’s out for summer – but fall is right around the corner. Among those very aware of that – those involved with fall sports! Like the Chief Sealth International High School football team, which is raising money for new headsets, dummies, and sleds. As part of that, they’re serving all-you-can-eat pancakes for $5 tomorrow morning, 10 am-noon (Saturday, June 23rd), in the Denny International Middle School Galleria (2601 SW Kenyon, adjacent to Sealth). Just show up – tickets will be available at the door! (Thanks to Jeanette for the tip.)

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CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle High School Class of 2018 graduates https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/congratulations-west-seattle-high-school-class-of-2018-graduates/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/congratulations-west-seattle-high-school-class-of-2018-graduates/#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:13:40 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=920305

The field lights were on, the caps were up, and West Seattle High School‘s Class of 2018 graduates were off to their respective futures as their commencement ceremony concluded around sunset at Southwest Athletic Complex.

Student-body president Lillian Murphy welcomed all by declaring that “West Seattle is an awesome school for so many reasons.”

She cited three – a “generous, supportive community”; a staff from which there “always seems to be …someone in the building who has inspired us … to pursue our goals”; and her classmates, saying she has made friends she expects to keep for life. “I truly believe we are leaving as a unified class … I am excited for our future.” This is the school’s 100th graduating class, so her alma mater has a lot of past, too. And she brought that number back in a quote from Drake, “All I ever asked is keep it eight more than 92 with me, one hundred.”

Next, the student-chosen faculty speaker, class adviser Sean Riley.

He hailed the grads for “arriving at this moment … of autonomy …Now you get to make your own laws, on how you get to live.” He reminded them that they “do have powers,” including zaniness, audacity, artistic vulnerability, physical majesty, resolve, and more. The seniors had thrived to “reach this moment of rich and ripe autonomy … it’s the daily freedoms that build the only currency that matters … self-respect.” On the freeway of life, they can pull over to ponder the joy of existence. From Mary Oliver‘s poem “Summer Day,” he quoted the question, “What is it you plan to do with your wild and precious life?”

Valedictorian Madalyn Stewart spoke next.

She acknowledged that “much of high school has been a blur,” so, she said, it’s vital to not take for granted “those who have been there for us” – family, friends, teachers, coaches. “It feels like those before us really didn’t want us to have it easy,” she said, while expressing confidence that her peers are ready to “change the world. … You will never meet a more bright, outspoken group of students. … We are the next doctors, actors, female presidents” – that drew cheers – “and more.”

First-year principal Brian Vance then started what he called a new tradition:

Not long after he led that spirited W, E, S, T, S, I, D, E cheer, Vance turned somber, with a tribute to Avery Scheit, a Class of 2018 member who died of a sudden illness in March, a young woman “who always will be remembered as a caring and loving friend.” An empty chair had been placed in her honor, and a moment of silence was observed.

Declaring that his first WSHS graduating class had set a “new bar to reach’ for those that will follow, Vance presented the class to West Seattle’s school board rep, board president Leslie Harris (below right, entering the stadium with Vance and other faculty).

She advised them to “be kind, be fierce, be lifelong learners, come home and show us where you’re going, because you guys are going to amazing places, and, last … vote. … You can change the world, and it needs changing.”

With that, and with the principal’s spirited, “Let’s do this!” it was diploma time. But that didn’t end the ceremony; the presentations were followed by Alec Maroon‘s “Lessons of Life” speech.

He wished everyone a Happy Solstice (summer arrived just after 3 am today) – “it’s also the first day of the rest of our lives.” He said the word “journey” informed his speech – “the journey that has brought us all here today, and that we will continue to go on tomorrow.” Tomorrow will bring a new start, he added, also noting that kindness, respect, attitude are choices – and he quoted Maya Angelou, that people will never forget how you made them feel.

“All right people, we made it thus far, we might as well go out with a bang,” began the performer who followed, Zoser Dunbar.

“Love can change the world in a moment, but what do I know,” he sang, full of optimism, before the tassel-turning, and the school song.

According to the program, this year’s WSHS graduates number more than 240.

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CONGRATULATIONS! Chief Sealth International High School Class of 2018 graduates https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/congratulations-chief-sealth-international-high-school-class-of-2018-graduates/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/congratulations-chief-sealth-international-high-school-class-of-2018-graduates/#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2018 02:41:12 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=920281

Now launched out into the world – the Chief Sealth International High School Class of 2018, in the first of tonight’s two commencement ceremonies at Southwest Athletic Complex.

The Sacred Waters Canoe Family sang a “victory song” toward the start of the ceremony, which also was attended by dignitaries including deputy superintendent Stephen Nielsen, a Sealth alumnus. Principal Aida Fraser-Hammer delivered words of thanks to the faculties of Sealth’s feeder schools: “You taught these students to investigate their world, to challenge the status quo …” She congratulated valedictorian Zhen Williams and salutatorian Rumi Conley; she noted that gold cords marked those graduating with GPAs of at least 3.2. She also noted that the school had ben touched by tragedy, including the murder of sophomore Derek “Peachy” Juarez-Lopez just before classes began. But she also offered words of celebration for students who led social-justice actions in support of causes including gun safety and racial equity. And she mentioned the students who shone in athletics including Quinn Wiley and Elijah Jackson, as well as academic-related pursuits such as Mock Trial, and musical/artistic endeavors. “As you can see, there’s a lot to be proud of.” No one knows that more than the family, friends, and community members, and the students were asked to turn and salute them too.

Featured faculty speaker was social-studies teacher Matt Baudhuin, who started at the school when this year’s seniors were freshmen.

“Of all the classes I’ve had, no one has pretended to laugh more at my jokes than you guys.” So he offered a few more. The students, in turn, held up fake beards they’d made in tribute:

And then he turned serious, quoting from Maya Angelou, “Just Do Right” … including “Try to be the best human being you can. … This is your life, your world, you make your own choices. … It is up to us to just do right.”

Student speaker Gregorio Avalos followed, first acknowledging that not only is the school on Native lands, but that it’s named after Chief Sealth.

Then: “Four years felt like four months.” He shared memories going back even further, all the way to elementary school at Concord. He expressed gratitude to those who’ve been part of his life, and for this day as a chance to “be very proud of ourselves to know we overcame many barriers and obstacles” to reach this milestone.

Following him, “lunch lady Doree” (Fazio-Young), who joked she hadn’t seen some of them since she “threw PB&J’s at them in 8th grade.”

She graduated from CSIHS in the class of 1978. “One thing has remained the same – tonight you’ll receive a piece of paper, a piece of paper you’ve earned.” She urged them, “Never forget where you came from.” She hadn’t imagined she would wind up serving lunch to students for 26 (so far) years – but she says it’s exactly where she’s meant to be. “I got old, you grew up.” And she left them with the words “Choose your roads wisely … I love you.”

Another student speaker, Lauryn Haywood, spoke next, beginning with a Dr. Seuss quote that start “You have brains in your head, feet in your shoes” (read the entire quote here).

She acknowledged nervousness at looking to the future, but also excitement. “The future is in our hands .. we are the future doctors, lawmakers, inventors … the people who will create change. … We can accomplish whatever we choose.”

Then, the big moment(s) – diplomas, smiles, and cheers:

According to the ceremony program, this year’s CSIHS graduating class numbered 229.

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Second-to-last day of school makes a splash at Highland Park Elementary https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/second-to-last-day-of-school-makes-a-splash-at-highland-park-elementary/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/second-to-last-day-of-school-makes-a-splash-at-highland-park-elementary/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2018 22:46:01 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=920264

Big fun at Highland Park Elementary on this second-to-last day of school – a Field Day celebration! Thanks for HPE’s PE teacher Chellie LaFayette for inviting us to stop by. Third- through fifth-grade students had fun for an hour and a half in the morning, which is when we visited:

Then in the afternoon, preschoolers through second-graders got their turn, and the school day was scheduled to end with free balls for everybody courtesy of the YES Foundation. P.S. The district’s school year ends with one-hour-early dismissal tomorrow.

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FOLLOWUP: West Seattle High School hires new head football coach; prospective players invited to meet-and-greet https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/followup-west-seattle-high-school-hires-new-head-football-coach-prospective-players-invited-to-meet-and-greet/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/followup-west-seattle-high-school-hires-new-head-football-coach-prospective-players-invited-to-meet-and-greet/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:21:26 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=920261 Last week, we reported that West Seattle High School was looking for a new head football coach after Marcis Fennell‘s resignation. Today, there’s word a new coach is on board and inviting prospective players to a meet-and-greet pizza party tomorrow:

“The WSHS team is extending an open invitation to a Pizza Party Meet & Greet with the awesome new head football coach, Jeff Scott, and his coaching staff. Any potential football players are invited to come and learn more about the team. Incoming Freshmen as well as any upperclassmen are welcome! If you know a student who loves football but is unsure about their experience or ability, or the practice schedule, come have some pizza with the team and check it out. The Wildcats have only had a few practices so far in spring training so it’s not too late to suit up and be a part of the action. Join us Friday afternoon at 4 pm at the Hiawatha football field, adjacent to the high school.

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CONGRATULATIONS! More than 800 graduates in South Seattle College Class of 2018 https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/congratulations-more-than-800-graduates-in-south-seattle-college-class-of-2018/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/congratulations-more-than-800-graduates-in-south-seattle-college-class-of-2018/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:49:02 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=920140

Congratulations to the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Class of 2018! Here’s the college’s announcement following last night’s commencement ceremony:

South Seattle College’s Class of 2018 graduates were honored at the Seattle Colleges “A Promising Future” Commencement Ceremony on June 19, 2018 at Safeco Field. Over 800 South graduates were celebrated, having earned a wide variety of degrees, certificates, and diplomas to support their future endeavors.

South Seattle College is part of the Seattle Colleges District which includes Seattle Central College, North Seattle College and the Seattle Vocational Institute. Students from all four institutions were joined by family, friends and Seattle Colleges faculty and staff for the celebration.

“Today we celebrated a wonderful class of South Seattle College graduates who will carry the pride of this moment with them forever, inspiring their next steps and future careers,” said South Seattle College Interim President Peter Lortz. “I’d like to thank our new alumni for the dedication they exhibited in getting to this moment, and thank our faculty and staff for supporting our students every step of the way. These graduates are the inspiration for South’s mission to improve lives through education.”

Outgoing Student Body President Angel Delker, a South graduate who will transfer to the University of Washington’s School of Social Welfare this fall, spoke during commencement.

“It wasn’t an easy road getting here,” Delker said. “Thankfully, I found my way to South Seattle College. Here, I found my support system. There were people who believed in my dream. They helped me find the resources I needed to keep going on this path. They knew I was valuable, and knew I would make a positive difference in the world.”

South Seattle College conferred a total of 806 awards this year, including:

· 438 associate transfer degrees that enable graduates to transfer to four-year colleges and universities in Washington and beyond to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

· 207 associate degrees and certificates that prepare graduates to enter the workforce immediately.

· 102 high school diplomas or equivalents, allowing graduates to take a significant step toward future educational and career opportunities.

· 59 bachelor’s degrees, taking graduates’ careers to the next level and increasing their earning potential.

Graduation season continues tomorrow night, with our area’s two biggest high schools both holding Thursday evening graduations at Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle) – Chief Sealth International High School at 5 pm, West Seattle High School at 8 pm.

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