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Graduation 2020

[ UPDATE 6.1.20 ]
 
A day to celebrate our seniors ~~ June 5th is almost upon us! Much has happened behind the scenes to bring this day of celebration to you. While it won’t be like any other you have seen in past years, it will be one to be remembered! This community has rallied behind you!

The Graduation Ceremony will be a CLASS OF 2020 PARADE on June 5, 2020. Together, in coordination with Moses Lake city officials including the Police and Sheriff Departments and Grant County Health District, we have planned a parade route through Moses Lake. We hope this once-in-a-lifetime event will memorialize the Class of 2020 for years to come!

To make this day possible, it is important to abide by the expectations developed in collaboration with the Grant County Health District. These expectations are to keep all safe while at the same time allow for the Class of 2020 to have a special celebration. 

In preparation for this big day, detailed plans are below.

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RETURNS DROP-OFF  + YEARBOOK PICK-UP
SCHEDULE
 
Seniors (Grade 12)
Chromebooks, textbooks, library books, calculators*
Thursday, June 4   |   9 am–1 pm   and   5pm – 7pm
Tuesday, June 16   |   9 am–1 pm   and   5pm – 7pm
 
Grades 9-11
textbooks, library books, calculators*
Tuesday, June 9   |   9 am–1 pm   and   5pm – 7pm
Tuesday,  June 16   |   9 am–1 pm   and   5pm – 7pm
 
*You may also pay any outstanding fines at this time
 
 
Parade Routes
 
 
 
Group & Route
ROUTE 1
(teal)
 ROUTE 2 (orange)
 ROUTE 3
(yellow)
 ROUTE 4
(purple)
 ROUTE 5
(green)
 ROUTE 6
(pink)
Counselor
 Gonzalez  Valencia & Hueso  Holloway  Sansom  Tarver Philen
Last
Name
 Con–Gq  Gr–LE, All  A–Com  Lf–O  P–So Sp–Z
Ceremony Location
CB
Tech
 Moses Lake
High School
Chief Moses
Middle School
Peninsula
Elem.
 Lion's
Field
Aquatic
Park
 

Parade – June 5th, 2020

Line-up @ 3:00 PM   |   Begins @  4:00 PM
 
June 5th – Gear up
 
  • Many staff members will be at each site to ensure that all are practicing the regulations put in place to ensure the safety of all.
Social Distancing and health safety precautions will be in place at fairgrounds and the ceremony sites. These are not social gatherings. Please remain in your cars and abide by regulations.
 
  • Prepare to spend some time in your car! You will need:
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Water/snacks
    • Full tank of gas
    • There will be restroom opportunities at the Ceremony sites, but not along the parade route.
    • Don’t forget to wear your cap, gown, cords, pins, medallions, etc!
  • Seniors (and their immediate family) are invited to decorate ONE vehicle.
    • Cars in the parade route are only for graduating seniors- additional family vehicles will not be permitted to participate in the parade route.
    • One vehicle per senior
    • No extra cars at the Fairgrounds.
    • Staging space is limited. Spectators and additional family members are encouraged to view the parade along the specified routes below.
  • Social Distancing and health safety precautions will be in place.
    • This is not a social gathering.
    • Please remain in your cars and abide by regulations set by staff and law enforcement.
 
3 PM – Fairground Staging
  • Arrive at the fairgrounds (3 pm) to begin staging at your designated location
    • Cars in the parade route are only for graduating seniors- additional family vehicles will not be permitted to participate in the parade route.
    • One vehicle per senior
    • No extra cars at the Fairgrounds.
  • Upon arrival, you will be greeted and directed to park in designated lots according to student's Counselor
  • Students will receive 1 notecard to write their full name. This card will be given to their counselor at the ceremony site...
    • To announce your name
    • For the photographer to keep track of pictures
 
4 PM – Parade
  • Streets on the parade routes will be closed
  • The parade will be escorted by the Moses Lake Police Department
    • 2 groups at a time will proceed through the parade route(s)
  • Each group will have a police escort to their ceremony site/ diploma pick-up location (see the route map)
  • Graduation will LIVE STREAM on the radio! Tune in to AM 1470 KDRM to listen to speeches, music, and name recognition OR listen anywhere at https://www.kdrmradio.com/stream-radio/
  • We encourage families to cheer on their grads on the parade routes!
    • Do not block driveways
    • Adhere to social distancing for the safety of other families
    • For the enjoyment and celebration of all– be respectful of each other and law enforcement 
  • Practice safety during the parade: Reckless or irresponsible behavior may result in a driver-citation for negligence.
 
Ceremony
  • After entering the parking lot of the Ceremony Site, each car will be approached to:
  • Once at the Ceremony area, each senior will leave the vehicle with their completed index card to pick up their diploma cover and pose for a picture! (So, get ready to smile!) Also, the senior class has a gift that will be distributed at this time as well.
  • ONLY seniors will be allowed to leave the car. Families MUST remain in the vehicle.
  • Families/large groups/gatherings will NOT be permitted at the graduation sites. 
    • We recommend streaming your student via Facebook Live for your friends and family to follow along in real-time! 
  • Students will pick up their diploma cover and pose for a picture! (So, get ready to smile!)
    • Pictures will be available for purchase. Please have your picture packet filled out with payment and ready to return at the ceremony site. Picture packets will be available at your designated gate at the fairgrounds.
  • As is standard practice, seniors will not be receiving their diploma at the ceremony. Diploma distribution will be determined later.
  • No handshaking will occur and big smiles will undoubtedly be evident despite the face masks worn by all staff at all sites.

NOTE: All ceremony location parking lots will be closed to all for the event. Only vehicles that are part of the parade will be allowed in the parking lot once they are escorted to the location and individuals involved in hosting the event.

 

 

 

 

A group of my friends were planning to ride together. Is that ok?

No. Only the family of the senior is allowed in the vehicle with the senior. If multiple students are in a vehicle from different families, the vehicle will be asked to leave the fairground gate sites to arrange for more vehicles so the ‘one senior/family per vehicle’ expectation can be adhered to.


If my vehicle is a pick-up truck, can my other senior friends and I ride in the back?
No. Again, only the family of the senior is allowed in the vehicle with the senior - inside or outside. Also, it is expected that all safety traffic laws are followed for everyone’s safety.


Can my family make a float or decorate a trailer for the parade?

No. To avoid congestion and to allow for a timely parade and ceremony so all can be honored, the parade must be limited to one vehicle (no trailers, hitches, etc) per senior. However, we do encourage you to decorate the vehicle!


I heard that you can go to any gate or ceremony site you want and no one will check. I was hoping to be with my friends. Is that true?
No. Seniors participating in the parade/ceremony will be checked on a list and if they are at the wrong gate, they will be directed to the correct one. This is important because each senior’s diploma cover and senior gift is accounted for at their designated ceremony site.

Can my family and friends watch the parade from the street? 
 
Yes! We encourage families to cheer along the parade routes. Please be respectful of driveways, traffic laws, and practice social distancing when doing so.

I would like to be in the picture with my senior. Is that allowed?
No. Unfortunately, due to time constraints and safety regulations, family members must remain in their vehicle. Our professional photographers will be taking pictures of only the seniors, but we encourage you to take pictures and Livestream the event on Facebook from your car to share with your families later.
 
 
 

Find Your Route

fairground map

Route1

 

Exit the Grant County Fairgrounds Blue Parking lot on Valley Rd

Turn left onto Valley Rd (1.35 miles)

Turn right onto Stratford Rd (.48 miles)

Turn left onto Broadway Ave  (1.93 miles)

Broadway naturally becomes Pioneer Way

Turn right onto S Clover Dr (.52 miles)

Turn right onto Yonezawa Blvd (.30 miles)

Turn right into the Columbia Basin Tech parking lot

Drive back to the teacher parking lot and turn left and wrap around the parking lot to the graduation point near the main entrance of the building.

Route2

 

Exit the Grant County Fairgrounds Blue Parking lot on Valley Rd

Turn left onto Valley Rd (1.35 miles)

Turn right onto Stratford Rd (.48 miles)

Turn left onto Broadway Ave (1.73 miles)

Turn right onto E Sharon Ave (.36 miles)

Turn left @ Monroe into the MLHS teachers parking lot (.45 miles)

Drive around the backside of the Moses Lake High School and into the student parking lot.

Route 3

 

Exit the Grant County Fairgrounds Blue Parking lot on Valley Rd

Turn left onto Valley Rd (1.35 miles)

Turn right onto Stratford Rd (.48 miles)

Turn right onto Broadway Ave (1.45 miles)

Turn left onto Nelson Rd (.17 miles)

Turn right into the Chief Moses Middle School gym parking lot (.20 miles)

Drive to the back of the parking lot and wrap around toward the front.

 

Route 4

 

Exit the Grant County Fairgrounds Red Parking lot on Airway Dr

Turn left onto Airway Dr (.38 miles)

Turn left onto Valley Rd (1.44 miles)

Turn right onto Stratford Rd (.48 miles)

Turn right on Broadway Ave (1.53 miles)

Turn left onto S Locust Ln (.15 miles)

Turn right onto W Peninsula Dr (.61 miles)

Turn right onto S Burress Ave (.05 miles)

Turn left onto W Texas St (.15 miles)

Turn right into the Peninsula Elementary School parking lot (.19 miles)

Drive around to the graduation point near the main entrance to the school.

Route 5

Exit the Grant County Fairgrounds Red Parking lot on Airway Dr

Turn left onto Airway Dr (.38 miles)

Turn left onto Valley Rd (1.44 miles)

Turn right onto Stratford Rd (.48 miles)

Turn right on Broadway Ave (.36 miles)

Turn left onto Dogwood St (.38 miles)

Turn right onto South A St (.21 miles)

Turn right onto W 4th Ave (.14 miles)

Turn right into the Lyons Field home parking lot

Turn right into the grass parking area

Drive around the outside of the parking lot and back toward the main entrance to the graduation point.

Route 6

Exit the Grant County Fairgrounds Red Parking lot on Airway Dr

Turn left onto Airway Dr (.38 miles)

Turn left onto Valley Rd (1.44 miles)

Turn right onto Stratford Rd (.48 miles)

Turn right on Broadway Ave (.36 miles)

Turn left onto Dogwood St (.15 miles)

Turn left onto W 4th Ave (.14 miles)

Turn right onto S Beech St (.05 miles)

Turn right into the Moses Lake Aquatic Center parking lot (.28 miles)

Drive to the south toward Dogwood and back around in front of the main entrance and toward Beech St to the graduation point.

 

Top 10 Seniors!

issabellaWhat are your plans post-high school and why have you chosen this route?
 
I am very proud to be able to continue my education after high school at Gonzaga University in their nursing program. I am a very big Zag fan and as soon as I heard they had an amazing nursing program I knew that is where I wanted to be. Gonzaga is the perfect fit for my post-high school plans.
 
What do you want to be when you grow up and why? (At this moment in time!)
 
I have always wanted to be in the medical field, but I had never really known what occupation I wanted. As I have gotten older I have narrowed down my dream occupation to registered nursing. I want to be a nurse because I want to be able to help those in my community and as a nurse, there are so many paths and opportunities to choose from once I am in the profession.
 
What activities, including athletics, have you participated in during high school? Which one did you look forward to the most and why?
 
In high school, I participated in Key Club, knowledge bowl, volleyball, and golf. I looked forward to the Key Club the most. Key Club has been a home to me for the past three years and has taught me so many valuable lessons. This club has helped me grow my love for service, as well as made me realize the importance of a community. This club has made me more confident in the person I am and has given me some life long friends.
 
What honors, awards, recognitions, and/or scholarships have you received?
 
Throughout my four years at the Moses Lake High School, I have been on the honor roll every year as well as the student of the quarter. As a junior in high school, I was one of three girls to be invited to Evergreen Girls State. I have also received an activity participant of the month. For college, I received the Gonzaga Dean Scholarship as well as the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship.
 
What has contributed to your success with academics and why do you think so?
 
My support system of family and friends has helped me be successful with my academics. They have believed in me even when it was hard for me to believe in myself. This group has been there through all the ups and downs of the last four years and helped me get through it. I owe so much gratitude to these amazing people.
 
 
What has been a challenge for you during high school and why?
 
My biggest challenge in high school was realizing that sometimes I have to fall down to really gain valuable life lessons. Somethings don't come easily, but that's what makes them worth it. I like to think that academics are my strong suit, but I have definitely taken some classes at the high school that has challenged me more than ever before. It made me realize that just because it is hard doesn't mean it is time to give up.
 
What advice would you give to incoming freshmen and why do you think it is important?
I would like to tell incoming freshmen to completely immerse yourself in the high school experience. Show some school spirit, join a club or sport, and make some memories. It may seem like fours is a long time, but before you know it you are walking across the stage to get your diploma, so don't let it slip by without making the most of it.
sloanWhat are your plans post-high school and why have you chosen this route?
 
I’m going to Cornish College of the Arts to become an illustrator. I’ve always loved drawing and having the chance to pursue it as a career makes me immensely happy.
 
What do you want to be when you grow up and why? (At this moment in time!)
 
I’d like to be an illustrator because I love creating and designing both characters and scenery.
 
What activities, including athletics, have you participated in during high school? Which one did you look forward to the most and why?
 
I’ve been in jazz band and band for four years, and Jazz choir for three years. I’ve also taken AP classes all four years of high school. I most looked forward to Jazz band because of the special connection you make with other musicians while playing a song, especially when improvising. There could be people who you don’t even speak to, but once the music starts, it’s like you’re family.
 
What honors, awards, recognitions, and/or scholarships have you received?
 
I received a score of 1 at Solo/Ensemble for the last two years. Last year I was the first alternate for State, and this year I was selected to go to State Solo/Ensemble.
 
What has contributed to your success with academics and why do you think so?
 
Well, this might not be what people want to hear, but I have to tell the truth. My success with academics has been almost completely based on my anxiety. Ever since I was a kid, I have cried over my homework assignments and worried about tests. This mentality is what pushed me to take all of these so-called upper-level classes and get As. I was and still am terrified of disappointing people, whether it be my teachers or my friends. I would sacrifice my own wellbeing over doing poorly on a test or missing a homework assignment. This is extremely effective when it comes to doing schoolwork, not so much in any other aspect of life.
 
Who has been an influential person in your life and why?
 
If you know me at all, then you won’t be surprised that my answer is Paul McCartney. It might seem a little silly, but his music and The Beatles’ music have always inspired me to create, whether through music or through art. His music specifically has served as a sort of auditory comfort food, and never fails to relax me.
 
 
What has been a challenge for you during high school and why?
 
My biggest challenge has been overcoming stress. I am extremely high strung and can become extremely stressed extremely easily. This makes it difficult to get through life in general, let alone when I have a bunch of highly demanding classes. I’ve gotten better about this throughout my four years of high school, but I still have issues with it.
 
What advice would you give to incoming freshmen and why do you think it is important?
Well, my frame of reference for giving advice is pretty limited since I only know what worked for me. However, for any freshman who has goals of being in the top 10 or anything like that, I would say that it’s going to take a lot of work, and it most likely will exhaust you. So, spend more time with friends and doing things that you love more than you think is necessary. If you’re anything like me, you’ll think that any time spent not working is wasted, but I promise you that it is infinitely more important than the work to keep yourself mentally healthy.
 
Anything else?
I don’t feel I deserve this award, but I am grateful for it nonetheless. I’d just like to give a shoutout to some of my friends who have helped me through my many stressed-out periods. First, The Stromboladies: Aura, Grace, and Riley. Thanks for letting me make you as big of fans of Billy Joel, Tim Curry, and Paul McCartney as I am. Next up, my DnD group: Alana, Alex, Bella, and Kendall. You guys have always been my rocks in our many AP classes together, and I love being as chaotic as possible in our campaign. Finally, my band buddies: Aura, Stephanie, and Winslow. You guys are the reason I’m in band, you’re great people and great musicians, and I’m gonna miss being able to make music with you. Special shout-out to Alias, he’s been one of my best friends since freshman year, and we’ve always made each other laugh. Thanks all of you for being my friends, and, in an uncharacteristic show of emotions, I love all of you. 
knoxWhat are your plans post-high school and why have you chosen this route?
 
I plan to go to the University of Washington for my undergrad and then go to medical school to continue my education. I plan to study biology, human anatomy, and the Spanish language.
 
What do you want to be when you grow up and why? (At this moment in time!)
 
I want to be a pediatrician because I have wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember. I have also known that I want to help children in any way I can.
 
What activities, including athletics, have you participated in during high school? Which one did you look forward to the most and why?
 
I have participated in the MLHS cheer and stunt team, track and field, ballet, Mu Alpha Theta math honors society, National Honors Society, Key Club, MLHS Drama, Math Team, Sports Medicine, Knowledge Bowl, Link Crew, and ASB.

I look forward most to cheer because I am able to push myself and my teammates throughout the whole year to be the best that we can be. I have learned a lot about perseverance, determination, and teamwork through the cheer and stunt team. It is impossible to have someone's life in your hands while stunting and not develop a deep sense of trust and friendship with the others on your team. My favorite part of cheer is our competition season. While I was part of the program, we won state 4 years in a row and placed at the national competition. I have Cheer to thank for many of my friendships and some of the best moments of my life thus far.
 
What honors, awards, recognitions, and/or scholarships have you received?
 
Positions held/honors: Program Chair and Vice President of Honors Society, senior cheer captain, senior class representative for Key Club, an officer of Mu Alpha Theta for three consecutive years, team captain of the math team my junior year, track and field throwing captain, ASB junior class senator, ASB Vice President, and the Distinguished Young Women of Moses Lake for the class of 2020.
Recognition: I was a member of the honor roll all four years of high school and I was a student of the quarter fall of 2017 and fall of 2019.
Scholarships: Distinguished Young Women self-expression, interview, and 1st overall scholarships, WSCCA cheerleading scholarship, and the Rotary Club of Moses Lake scholarship.
 
What has contributed to your success with academics and why do you think so?
 
My parents have contributed immensely to my success in academics. They have always supported me and pushed me to do my best in everything I participate in. They created a standard in my family of hard work and perseverance. They never let me quit anything once I started it and that allowed me to learn to never give up even if I don't want to do something or if it seems too difficult. I have applied this principle to my academics. I pushed myself by taking hard classes and I pushed myself to earn good grades in those classes. I have also challenged myself outside of the classroom through various clubs. My parents have given me their unwavering support in everything I do and it has truly allowed me to push myself and succeed in academics.
 
Who has been an influential person in your life and why?
 
 
Any influential person in my life has been my ballet teacher Naomi Hanvey. There were times at dance were I did not feel like I had many friends but she was always there for me and she supported me in everything I did. Naomi was always someone I could talk to and express my frustrations and joys too. She has always wanted me to succeed and she has been one of my personal cheerleaders since I was a 3rd grader. She even choreographed the dance I performed for the Distinguished Young Women program. She dedicated many hours of her busy life to help me improve and to be the best that I can be.
 
What has been a challenge for you during high school and why?
 
A challenge for me in high school has been finding a balance between school, clubs/activities, sports, and still having downtime. I often leave my house for school at 6:30 am and I don't get home until after cheer practice until 9:30. I then have to do homework and still try to get enough sleep. I have had to figure out ways to give myself little breaks so that I don't feel burnt out. I struggled to find time for myself because I always have something that I could be doing or working on. It took me until partway through my senior year to realize that I need to schedule in some time where I just don't do anything in order to give myself a break.
 
What advice would you give to incoming freshmen and why do you think it is important?
I would tell them to get as involved as possible because that is how I have made most of my friends and have had some amazing experiences by doing many activities.
joyWhat are your plans post-high school and why have you chosen this route?
 
After high school, I plan to attend Utah State University this coming fall. I have chosen this school because my parents and several of my siblings have attended Utah State. This school has several opportunities that I am excited to be a part of. I have not declared my major yet, but I am excited to explore different areas like engineering, business, and architecture.
 
What do you want to be when you grow up and why? (At this moment in time!)
 
When I grow up I want to be an architect. Math has almost always been my favorite subject and I also enjoy science.
 
What activities, including athletics, have you participated in during high school? Which one did you look forward to the most and why?
 
During high school, I have participated in Drill team, dance, National Honor Society, Link Crew, and Mu Alpha Theta. I always looked forward to the drill team because I have learned to love dance and also my team. Drill team taught me so many lessons these past four years, including how to be a leader and to never give up.
 
What honors, awards, recognitions, and/or scholarships have you received?
 
Junior and senior year I have been an officer on the drill team while being a part of the drill team we have won several district, state, and national championships. I have also been president and secretary of the National Honor Society. As a junior, I placed as the second runner up in the Distinguished Young Women Program (DYW) and earned scholarships for fitness and scholastic. I was also awarded a Legacy scholarship from Utah State.
 
What has contributed to your success with academics and why do you think so?
 
I think my success with academics has come from participating in several activities. By developing talents and learning how to balance my time with a busy schedule, I have learned how to stay motivated and do my best when a task is given to me.
 
Who has been an influential person in your life and why?
 
An influential person in my life has been my dad. He has always taught me to focus on what is really important, he has shown me that knowledge is liberated. My dad is one of the smartest people I know and uses his knowledge to improve the world and he is always willing to help others learn. He is also always open to talk to anyone and make them feel important with a smile on his face.
 
What has been a challenge for you during high school and why?
 
Throughout high school, I have learned that not everything is going to be easy. Hard classes and a busy schedule made me realize that if I want to accomplish something I need to stay focused.
 
What advice would you give to incoming freshmen and why do you think it is important?
 
My advice would be to have fun in high school but don't get distracted! Stay focused on school and things that are going to affect your future.  
widdisWhat are your plans post-high school and why have you chosen this route?
 
I will be attending Gonzaga University as a Freshman in the Fall of 2020. I chose to go to Gonzaga because I got into their BSN program, which is a four-year program you get directly admitted to when you apply (if you choose to apply for it). Gonzaga’s BSN program is highly selective- with roughly a 10% acceptance rate. The BSN program at Gonzaga also has the highest NCLEX passing rate in Washington at 97%. When I found out I got into it I couldn’t turn it down. I also plan on trying out for the GU cheer team and continuing my cheer career by cheering on one of the best basketball teams in the country! I believe that Gonzaga is a good fit for me and is a great choice to further my education.
 
What do you want to be when you grow up and why? (At this moment in time!)
 
I plan on majoring in Nursing, although I don’t really want to be a nurse!! I want to become a nurse, work in a hospital’s burn unit for a few years, and then get licensed to do injectables. Ideally, I want to open my own medical spa and be able to do minimally invasive procedures like Botox, Filler, and PRP facials. The skin is the largest organ in the human body and it’s always interested me, so that’s really what I want to do- help people with their skin problems.
 
What activities, including athletics, have you participated in during high school? Which one did you look forward to the most and why?
I did Cheer my first three years of high school and contributed to a state title each year. I also was on the first team that attended the national high school cheerleading championship (and I went the next two years as well). Aside from my super busy cheer schedule, my junior year I got recruited to join the annual staff. I’ve always loved photography. Being in the annual staff, I attended many club meetings and sporting events to document them for the yearbook. During my senior year, I had the honor of being a Co-Senior editor with my good friend Mia Vela. We both collaborated very well and the book turned out very good. Being in the yearbook my senior year I decided I may as well join photography club, so I did.
My favorite activity I took part in was probably Cheer because it taught me what it felt like to be knocked down, stomped on, trampled over, but still, it was all worth the feeling of winning state. The reason I didn't cheer my senior year (despite rumors) is that I needed some time to focus on my academics in a positive environment and I really wanted to give yearbook my all this year.
 
 
What honors, awards, recognitions, and/or scholarships have you received?
 
I’m a 3-time coed state champion cheerleader. I’ve received the WIAA scholastic award the 3 years I did cheer. In my junior year, I received the AP Scholar award for getting a 3 or better on 3 or more Ap exams. I received the Dean’s Scholarship from Gonzaga University. I received the local Rotary Club Scholarship.
 
What has contributed to your success with academics and why do you think so?
 
My perseverance. I push through the bad times because I think to myself “it’ll get better”, and it always does get better. If I felt overloaded with assignments from multiple classes at once, I just pushed through it and got it done. I’d say my will to do good, and push through all those tough study sessions contributed to my academic success. I never let myself fall behind, I never let myself fail.
 
Who has been an influential person in your life and why?
 
My parents because they support me.
 
 
What has been a challenge for you during high school and why?
 
The biggest challenge for me has been competition season for cheer- it’s a struggle of balancing practices, with heavy loads of homework, and still trying to have a little bit of social life.
 
What advice would you give to incoming freshmen and why do you think it is important?
 
I’d tell little freshman that it’s important to start off high school grinding. Don’t slack on your work in the beginning because once you decide to be motivated again it’s hard to recover from slacking off.
 Makin
What are your plans post-high school and why have you chosen this route?
UW college of engineering, I’m undecided on the specific kind of engineering, but planning on chemical engineering.
 
 
What do you want to be when you grow up and why? (At this moment in time!)
Chemical Engineer, because I had a super good experience with my AP chemistry teacher Mrs. Carter and It’s made me really curious to learn more about chemistry.
 
 
What activities, including athletics, have you participated in during high school? Which one did you look forward to the most and why?
Knowledge Bowl, Mu Alpha Theta, cross country, swim team, and track and field. My favorite is cross country because of how much the team feels like a family. I love to run and work hard, and I love to run with my close friends outside of practice.
 
 
What honors, awards, recognitions, and/or scholarships have you received?
Two-year captain of cross country one year captain of track and field team. Captain of knowledge bowl team. Officer of Mu Alpha Theta. Most valuable science of knowledge bowl team. $4,000 merit-based scholarship from UW for engineers.
 
 
What has contributed to your success with academics and why do you think so?
Not having helicopter parents was actually very helpful. Doing science Olympiad in middle school got me super interested in science, and very involved in the school. Being on the cross country team in high school taught me a lot of discipline and taught me to work hard.
 
 
Who has been an influential person in your life and why?
The most influential person has been my dad. He is such a strong man and a strong role model. He works extremely hard doing construction, waking up at 3 am and getting home at 7 pm. He never needs a thank you even though he always deserves one. He takes us out to do fun things like camping and hiking, I couldn’t ask for a better role model or a better father.
 
 
What has been a challenge for you during high school and why?
The biggest challenge is probably dealing with my parents' divorce and staying focused on school at the same time.
 
 
What advice would you give to incoming freshmen and why do you think it is important?
Don’t lose your motivation if you aren’t seeing results, anyone can do hard work when it pays off, it takes a really special effort to keep working hard when it doesn’t seem to pay off, but hard work always pays off.
skinner

What are your plans post-high school and why have you chosen this route?

 

I have chosen to attend Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. I am going there on both an academic and athletic scholarship. I chose to go there because it is a highly academic school and has a very competitive softball program.

 

What do you want to be when you grow up and why? (At this moment in time!)

 

I currently am interested in education because I have seen my mom as I've grown up teach all these kids and I find it to be a very rewarding job since you are able to influence so many lives.  

 

What activities, including athletics, have you participated in during high school? Which one did you look forward to the most and why?

 

I have been on varsity fastpitch softball all four years of high school and varsity slowpitch softball my last three years of high school. I am a member of Key Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Honors Society, and Link Crew. I looked forward to fastpitch softball the most every year because softball has been a big part of my life and being able to compete with my friends and make so many memories was something that couldn't be replaced.  

 

What honors, awards, recognitions, and/or scholarships have you received?

 

I have not yet heard back about scholarships yet. I have been a part of Honor Roll every year, I received student of the quarter, I have been first-team all-league pitcher each fastpitch season and was League MVP my sophomore year.  

 

What has contributed to your success with academics and why do you think so?

 

I think my dedication to keeping myself focused and on course to college has led to my success because my big goal was to get into a good college to continue my education and to do so I needed to do my absolute best in school.

 

Who has been an influential person in your life and why?

 

An influential person in my life has been my dad because he has done everything he can to see me succeed and be happy in life. He continually pushes me to do my best and supports me in all my goals.  

 

What has been a challenge for you during high school and why?

 

Maintaining a rigorous schedule of multiple AP classes has been a challenge because they are very hard courses and combined with playing sports during the school year, you have to be able to manage your time very well. 

 

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen and why do you think it is important?

I would say try your hardest in class and shoot for any goals you have. Anything can be achieved if you work for it.

 

sandhop

What are your plans post-high school and why have you chosen this route?

 

I have been admitted with honors at Whitworth University in Spokane. I am majoring in Biology and minoring in Environmental Science. I have always loved science and I am really passionate about the environment so I can't wait to study both.  

 

What do you want to be when you grow up and why? (At this moment in time!)

I really want to work on the research side of medicine. I want to keep my options open and see where I find my passion.

 

 

What activities, including athletics, have you participated in during high school? Which one did you look forward to the most and why?

 

I have been on the Golf team for the past four years and on the Swim team for the past two. I am also a Co-Captain for the Knowledge Bowl Team, and Math Team. I'm also in Mu Alpha Theta, National Honors Society, and Key Club. I always looked forward to the Knowledge Bowl the most. Our team is like a family and we couldn't ask for a better Coach.

 

What honors, awards, recognitions, and/or scholarships have you received?

 

I have been awarded a $3,500 scholarship from the Alli Bennet Memorial Scholarship. I have also been a Student-Athlete Scholar for the past two years.

 

What has contributed to your success with academics and why do you think so?

 

I owe my success to my amazing support system. My parents have always been there for me and cheered me on. I've had amazing teachers who have been there for me all of these years. I also couldn't have done it without my friends who were with me hand in hand in all of the classes we had together.

 

Who has been an influential person in your life and why?

 

I would have to say that Mr.Frederick at the High School would be someone who has influenced me a lot. He has been my AP Human Geography teacher, AP United States History Teacher, Key Club advisor, and Knowledge Bowl Coach. I've spent a lot of time getting to know him and he has changed me for the better. He is what led me to take all of the AP classes that I did. I'm going to miss him next year!

 

 

What has been a challenge for you during high school and why?

Time management was a big challenge for me because I love to be involved and sometimes I needed to be in three places at once when I was a Freshman and Sophomore because I didn't have those skills. Eventually, I learned and usually don't have those issues anymore.

 

 

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen and why do you think it is important?

I think that freshmen should get involved. The more you try new things the more likely you are to find friends to make amazing memories with. Also, take pictures! There are so many memories that I love but I never took pictures of them and I regret that.

kling

What are your plans post-high school and why have you chosen this route?

 

My plan after high school is to study accounting at Big Bend Community College and then transfer to Eastern Washington University to earn my master's degree in professional accounting. I will also be working and pursuing my dream of being a photographer. I chose to attend community college to save money, be closer to home, and to continue taking pictures for couples, families, and seniors here in Moses Lake.

 

What do you want to be when you grow up and why? (At this moment in time!)

 

Currently, my goal is to double as an accountant and a photographer. I'm very interested in the world of business and am looking forward to working alongside professional accountants in the future. As far as photography, it brings me joy to see people's reactions when they see their photos. I absolutely love it and it's been something I've wanted to pursue for a long time.

 

What activities, including athletics, have you participated in during high school? Which one did you look forward to the most and why?

 

During high school, I played volleyball my freshman and sophomore years. I also participated in Mu Alpha Theta, a math honors society, from freshman to senior year. I always looked forward to proctoring Math Is Cool competitions. I loved seeing younger generations who shared the same passion for math as I do. I was also a member of the Key Club where I had the pleasure of serving my community alongside my peers.

 

What honors, awards, recognitions, and/or scholarships have you received?

 

I've been on the honor roll all four years of high school and was able to maintain a 3.9 GPA or higher.

 

What has contributed to your success with academics and why do you think so?

 

I'd say, subconsciously, my goal was always to make my parents proud and not have them worry about my grades or how I was doing in school. In a way, I also made a career out of school and was persistent in everything I set out to do. Another thing that helped me tremendously was just working with people who knew what they were doing. You can learn so much from your peers, even if you're the type of person who'd rather work alone.

 

Who has been an influential person in your life and why?

 

It's hard to name just one person when I've had so many incredible teachers and people who've taught me about life and how I should carry myself. The first person I think of, however, is my sixth-grade social studies teacher, Mr. Krogh. He always stressed how important it is to be nice to every single person you come across, including yourself. I grew so much that year as a person and I owe part of that to him and the positive impact he had on my life. 

 

What has been a challenge for you during high school and why?

 

I did struggle with anxiety throughout high school. I never really brought it up, but it definitely had an impact on my school life. I learned ways to manage it over time as I came to realize that mental health should be everyone's number one priority.  

 

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen and why do you think it is important?

As a freshman, starting things early on and getting involved sooner will help you immensely. It pays off to have that early experience, whether it be through work, sports, or extracurriculars. Also, never be afraid to reach out and get help. Most people will recognize your efforts and will want to see you succeed.

 

Anything Else?

High school is as fun as you make it. Take time for yourself and enjoy every moment. Good luck to the class of 2024!

ashley

What are your plans post-high school and why have you chosen this route?

After high school, I will be attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology and I will be playing collegiate softball. As of right now, I am thinking about majoring in Chemical-Biological Engineering and possibly minoring in Physics. I chose this route because I will have the best academic opportunities in the world while working toward a championship in the sport that I love. I will get to do groundbreaking research in arguably the best place to do it and I will be surrounded by the greatest minds on the planet. 

 

What do you want to be when you grow up and why? (At this moment in time!)

 

Honestly, I don't know. Growing up, I had my heart set on being a surgeon and when I applied to MIT I thought I wanted to be an economist! Neither of these occupations are on my radar anymore so I am simply going to study what interests me and go from there! Most likely I will be an engineer.

 

What activities, including athletics, have you participated in during high school? Which one did you look forward to the most and why?

 

The activities I participated in during high school are softball, work, and community service. I looked forward to softball the most because it is what I love to do and it is stress relief. 

 

What honors, awards, recognitions, and/or scholarships have you received?

 

I received Student of the Year as a freshman and the AP Scholar with Distinction as a junior. I have been a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta since I was a sophomore. In softball, I earned Second Team All-league shortstop as a freshman, Second Team All-league shortstop and Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore, and First Team All-league Utility Player and League MVP as a junior. I also earned All-state Honorable Mention as a pitcher during my freshman year.

 

What has contributed to your success with academics and why do you think so?

 

Since a young age, I have set very high expectations for myself. I am very competitive and driven. I think this has helped me succeed in academics because I have always given my full effort into all I do, including school. I live by the fact that if you don't put 100% into the things you do then they aren't worth doing. Therefore, I have had lots of success in the classroom.

 

Who has been an influential person in your life and why?

 

My parents have been the most influential people in my life. They have taught me to value every opportunity I get, no matter what it is. They have taught me to always push myself so that I can improve as a person. And most importantly, they have taught me that I can do anything I want in life if I work hard for it. They have given me the keys to being a successful person, and without them, I would not have accomplished what I have.

 

 

What has been a challenge for you during high school and why?

 

My greatest challenge during high school has been learning to appreciate everything in life. Sure it is important to study and to practice sports and to go to work, but in the end, what really matters is the people you spend your life with and the memories you make.

 

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen and why do you think it is important?

 

The advice I would give to freshmen is to think about your future. I know too many kids who wish they would have tried harder in school their first few years of high school. Don't let the pressure of what your peers are doing keep you from being successful. It is important to remember that high school only lasts four years and is a very small part of your life, but how you choose to spend those four years can have a huge impact on your future.

 

Anything else?

I want to give a huge shout out to the MLHS softball team! Thank you to each and every one of you (players and coaches) for all the love and support you have given me. I will always cherish my time spent with you all and forever wonder what we would have accomplished during what was supposed to be my final season with you guys. You were the best team I could have asked for as well as a family I will always have. Thank you for the memories and friendships. I am extremely grateful to have been a part of such a legendary team. I love you all and I can't wait to watch the legend continue! Chiefs Chiefs Ah! 

Ceremony Livestream:
June 5th  //  3–6pm
 
Radio Station - KDRM 1470AM
 

Congrats to the senior class speaker choices! 

  • Honor Society - Ellie Knox
  • Senator Choice - Andrew Frey
  • Staff Member - Mike Hofheins

Their speeches will be recorded to be shared with all!

 

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Senior Award Program: bit.ly/20SenAw

Outstanding Senior Presentation: bit.ly/20OutSen

Outstanding Senior Bios: bit.ly/20OutSenBios
Please bring these to the ceremony sites with you!  We will have a basket at each station for order form drop-off
Yearbook pickup schedule as follows:
 
(Seniors) - June 4th & 16th
9am–1pm and 5pm-7pm
 
(Grade 9-11) – June 9 th & 16th
9am–1pm and 5pm-7pm
 
 
* Still available for purchase, while supplies last. Cash/Check/Credit/Debit are accepted for payment ($50)


Sports Athletes ≥ Check your Google Classrooms for more details!
Sport athletes, your pickup call will be designated by your coaches. Please refer to them for pickup times, instruction, uniform/equipment returns, letters, pictures, etc.
 

PE Gear Pick Up ≥ Check your Google Classrooms for more details!

If you have any PE gear left in the locker rooms (either boys or girls locker rooms) a PE teacher will be in the gym foyer to open the doors and manage whoever comes in. Please bring something to put your gear in.

 

Thursday • May 7th

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

 

Wednesday • May 13th

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

 

  • Students will NOT be allowed to congregate while picking up items. Please adhere to social distancing protocols. As an additional precaution, cones may be set up a minimum 6 feet apart in front of the gym entrance– Please abide by instructions and distancing.