Submitted by Rene Carroll

Incoming Washougal High School freshmen, the class of 2023, were welcomed at a special, “We will graduate!” rally event on Monday, August 26.  After learning the school cheer and meeting class advisers, school leadership and counselors, each student was invited to sign a banner, pledging their commitment to graduate high school.

“We want the Class of 2023 to be the first class to have a 100% on time graduation and leave a legacy for other classes to follow,” WHS principal, Sheree Clark told students and parents seated on gym bleachers.  “Every thing you do at school the next four years will matter for you to reach the goal of graduating on time,” said Clark. “The good news is you are not alone.  You have your friends, parents and a whole team of people at WHS to help you get through!”

The idea for the Freshman graduation commitment signing came from the Panthers Rising event held last spring that featured all graduating seniors who had made commitments for their post-high school education, including four and two-year colleges, apprentices, military and trade schools.

“We are challenging all of our WHS students to rise,” Clark said.  After students signed the banner, WHS staff present also signed their commitment to help students reach this goal.

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