2014 graduating seniors are already soaring

Sumner School DistrictJune 4, 2014 

There are plenty of things to celebrate and be proud about in the Sumner School District. Namely, our students!

Many of our seniors are counting down the minutes before they fling the mortarboard and embark on a new journey. The high school years go by quickly and it’s always impressive to see what senior students have accomplished — and learn of what they will do next. We want them to soar as they exit high school.

But the soaring is already occurring. So many of our students have successfully “launched” and are positioning themselves for success. With the help of parents, teachers and principals, our students are accomplishing great things. Let me share some highlights with you:

Arturo Perez will be graduating from Sumner High School this year. Arturo has been awarded many honors, including International Baccalaureate Math student of the year and Tacoma Athletic Commission athlete of the year. Arturo speaks English and Spanish fluently and has excelled all the way through his 12 years as a Sumner student. He has overcome all obstacles and has been awarded a full ride, four-year scholarship to the University of Notre Dame.

Celine Patrick and Ashlee Tarro, 10th graders at Sumner High School, were just honored at The White House Science Fair. Because of their National Award Winning FFA agri-science projects, Celine and Ashlee were invited to attend the 2014 White House Science Fair and meet President Barack Obama.

Chelsie Conroy is a Bonney Lake High School graduate. Chelsie took first place in the Congressional Art Competition. Her astounding, winning painting will be on display for a full year in the U.S. Capitol beginning in June.

Elise Wilson is the South Sound Regional Science Fair winner and was recognized with the “Outstanding Scientist” award at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair. She won an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles to compete in the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair.

Chili Sabin will be graduating from Bonney Lake High School with an associates of art degree through the Running Start program. He is an Eagle Scout and is ranked as one of the top 25 182-pound wrestlers in the country.

Cheyenne Peltier is also a Bonney Lake High School graduate. Cheyenne received a full-ride scholarship to Stanford University in the fall. Cheyenne has also been chosen for The News Tribune’s 2014 All-Star Graduates team, which recognizes 12 outstanding high school seniors from south Puget Sound high schools.

We believe students leave our system with the ability to build strong relationships and serve as community role models. They are doing it now.

As a district, we instill in our students hope, resilience and the ability to confidently face life’s challenges. The Sumner and Bonney Lake communities partner with educators to surround students with support. June is a wonderful time when we see the fruit of years of work. Congratulations students — families and community — on a job well done!

Sara Johnson is the superintendent of the Sumner School District.

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