Graduation 2017: The world awaits

Edmonds-Woodway, Meadowdale and King’s graduate more than 800
Jun 21, 2017
Courtesy of: Janice Gear Warriors Cameron Cohn, Aaron Ramos and Marc-Ryan Tri strike a pose on graduation day at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

The skies were cloudy but the future was looking bright for more than 800 students recently graduating from Edmonds-Woodway, Meadowdale and King’s high schools.


About 330 students graduated from Edmonds-Woodway at a ceremony Saturday, June 17, at Edmonds Stadium, under the direction of David Quinn, who thrilled all with a rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

Mello-Aires sang the national anthem, and Principal Terrance Mims gave the introduction and introduced guests, including Edmonds School District Superintendent Kristine McDuffy and school board members Susan Phillips and Carin Chase.

The faculty speaker, selected by students, was Nick Wellington, and the student speaker, chosen by EWHS staff, was Mohammad Kim.

Brandon Kim was named a National Merit Scholarship finalist, while Shane Kan, Andrew Kim, Jinsung Lee, Sabrina Liu and Stephen Smith were named National Merit Commended Students.

Named to the Principal’s Hall of Fame were Kendra Cooper, Lauren Gaul, Mohammad Khan, Mary Elizabeth Knell, Cedar Lange, Kia Mackey, Julio Maldonado, Anna Mindt, Noor Momi and Milo Seal.

Knell also was named IB and Theory of knowledge student of the year. Appha Liu was given the Doug Kavanaugh Creativity, Action and Service Award.


About 380 seniors graduated from Meadowdale Friday, June 16, in a ceremony at Edmonds Stadium.

Principal Kevin Allen welcomed students and guests.

Valedictorians were Audrey Bass, Brooke Hoppe, Kamiliam Nasirova, Zachary Plummer and Andrew Wei.

Alison Ersfeld was faculty speaker, and Kaia Heffernan and Liam Ball were class speakers.

The Meadowdale High School band and Impressions performed the national anthem. “Come and Find the Quiet Center,” arranged by Kirk Marcy and Tim Carey, was performed by the Meadowdale Combined Choirs and Orchestras.


At a ceremony June 16 at Westgate Chapel in Edmonds, King’s had 111 graduates, three valedictorians, one salutatorian, and 54 members of the Crown and Sceptre Chapter, National Honor Society.

Joe Volk, composition teacher and English department chairman, gave the commencement address.

Here’s a closer look at the valedictorians:

• Josh Frohardt is a true “King’s lifer,” as he started at King’s in preschool and follows in the footsteps of his older brother Zach, who was valedictorian in 2014. Frohardt has been a member of KHS live, a standout player on the basketball team (winning state championships in 2015 and 2016), a member of the cross country and golf teams, and a participant in two King’s mission trips (Minneapolis in 2015 and Chicago in 2016). He will attend the University of Washington.

• Younis Mahmoud has earned the special distinction of being both valedictorian and ASB president. A King’s student since kindergarten, Mahmoud has participated in two KHS Africa mission trips (Uganda and Rwanda in 2015 and Uganda and Mozambique in 2016), student government, Ethics Bowl, Social Justice Club, Adventure Club, and the track team. He has also persevered through the unique challenge of having his lungs collapse five times in the last four years. He will attend Duke University.

• Lexi Nguyen has made an impact at King’s. She was editor of the KHS newspaper The Quill, a successful participant in DECA and the business program, a member of the Social Justice Club and key organizer of the SEA Justice Conference, a member of the girls golf team, a member of National Honor Society, and a finalist for a statewide student photography contest. She will be attending the University of Washington.


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