Kamiakin High School graduation: 'Be the best you can be'

Tri-City HeraldJune 7, 2014 

When describing the Class of 2014, Kamiakin Principal Chris Chelin kept coming back to one adjective — gifted.

There were the multiple state sports titles, community fundraisers and commitment to academic excellence. And Chelin challenged the graduating class to continue to inject their gifts into the world.

“We are blessed to go to Kamiakin, where success is expected,” he said to a packed house at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.

Co-valedictorians, a salutatorian and the class and student body presidents each took a word of the graduation motto “Be the best you can be,” to focus on in their speeches.

Valedictorians Jori Perrins, L.J. McKenzie and Tiara Johnson praised their fellow classmates for their many talents and asked them to strive for the best in the future.

Johnson, whose speech focused on the word “can,” told students that there are no restrictions in life and told them to find their niche in the world.

“Go find what you can be excellent at,” she said.

Salutatorian Joshua Tingey said, “I challenge you to find all those small things that will lead you to greatness.”

About 23 seniors received Outstanding Senior Awards from their teachers.

Chelin also recognized the school’s seven exchange students and the audience applauded for 13 students joining the Armed Forces.

Dawn Adams, school board president, told the graduates, “Go out those doors today and explore all the doors that are open to you. And open new doors.”

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