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By Katie Teachout
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Sprague-Lamont graduates eight

 

Last updated 7/1/2020 at 4:15pm

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Sprague High School Class of 2020 students toss their caps into the air after their graduation ceremonies Saturday, June 20. From left, are Parker Cappel, Erik Hughes, Ethan Hughes, Clayton Miller, Spencer Olson, Jade Rios and Alexis Gilchrist.

SPRAGUE — Family members and friends observed from the school lawn or their vehicles as eight students received their high school diplomas Saturday, June 20.

Parker Cappel, Erik and Ethan Hughes, Michael Kelly, Clayton Miller, Spencer Olson, Jade Rios-Romero and Alexis Walters-Gilchrist leave behind what class advisor and social studies teacher Brent Houston described as not a small school, but rather, "an elite academy."

Houston asked the graduates to turn their chairs to face him as he addressed them.

"Whatever you're going to do, remember who you are and get to it," Houston told the graduates, adding he was never one to favor "taking a year off."

"Be-backs never come back," Houston said. "Sometimes you can grow roots in the couch. So go."

Most of the graduates expressed plans to work over the summer and save money for college or trade school in the fall. Stated dreams include working in the fiber optics or aircraft industry, computer science, the agricultural community, plumbing, web design, as a chef and as an athletic trainer.

Houston also advised the graduates not to develop the mindset they are owed something by society, as that would become a shackle on their life.

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Sprague graduates pose for a quick moment without masks, along with their class advisor. From left, Alexis Gilchrist, Jade Rios, Clayton Miller, Brent Houston, Parker Cappel, Spencer Olson, Erik Hughes and Ethan Hughes.

"How you react to life will determine your life," Houston said.

Facing the graduates with their backs to the past and their hearts open to the future, Houston reminded them of words written in the Declaration of Independence; including the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

"Nowhere in this planet has founding truths like these," Houston said, adding they were individual, unalienable rights not to be given or taken away by government.

"All men are created equal. This is the foundation you are stepping out on," Houston said.

School superintendent and high school principal Bill Ressel presented diplomas for family members or friends to hand the graduating seniors.

"This class endured more than any group ahead of them," Ressel said. "Every one of them rose up to that challenge. In their own way and in their own time, some of them, but every one rose to the challenge."

Author Bio

Katie Teachout, Editor

Katie Teachout is the editor of The Ritzville Adams County Journal. Previously, she worked as a reporter at The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle, the Oroville Gazette-Tribune, Northern Kittitas County Tribune and the Methow Valley News. She is a graduate of Western Washington University.

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