Wednesday, November 2, 2005
June 15, 2005
Through high school, Rick Vaughan was that guy, who worked hard in basketball every single year. And every single year, the coach cut him. But he always turned out the next year, a little more skilled and a lot more determined.
He told this story how his father died eight years ago; how his mother burned in a house fire months ago and how the thing he wanted more than anything else was to have a house ready for her to come home to for when she recovered.
It was a rousing speech, one that brought the thousands gathered Friday night at Henderson Memorial Stadium for graduation to their feet.
"I thought it was marvelous," said Hood River Valley High School co-principal Martha Capovilla. "A very powerful speech that was certainly from the heart. I think it had a wonderful message for his classmates as well as people in the audience."
Hood River Valley High School graduated 275 students Friday night, in a ceremony that lasted two and-a-half hours.
"The class of 2005 has shown tremendous passion for humanities, in terms of they're outreach to the community for community service," Capovilla said. "I think they have really exemplified what it takes to be good citizens as a group. We were so proud of how the students responded and performed through the ceremony. Not one glitch on behalf of students. That is a good example of how as a group the class just matured and will move forward to become great citizens."
Six of those students completed the 26.5 credits necessary to graduate without ever receiving a grade less than an A. Abby Capovilla, Alicia Friend, Meghan Flink, Sarah Hourston, Jillian Jones and Rose Kelter were the valedictorians of the Class of 2005. To achieve this, all six had to survive a sophomore year up to which dozens of students were still in contention for valedictorian status.
The last to drop off the valedictorian list was Diana Chen, a semester before the ceremony.
This group might be the last in an era of multiple valedictorians at Hood River Valley High School. Starting next year, the school will execute a long-anticipated system that should produce a single valedictorian by awarding merit to grade point average, class difficulty and study of emphasis.
All students who receive 4.0s next year will be salutatorians.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge