Go Cougs! Lakewood graduates 2019 senior class (slide show)

  • Monday, June 10, 2019 1:26pm
  • Life

LAKEWOOD – A few weeks ago, Alex Williams played the role of funny man Willard Hewitt in Lakewood High School’s play, “Footloose.”

But as the student-selected speaker at graduation Friday night, Williams took on a more-serious role.

Williams said as a “Lakewood Lifer” he has seen the culture in the town change. When he was younger, he noticed more cliques. But as he got older and got to know people in some of the different groups, he said, “We aren’t actually as different as we think we are.”

He said they’ve been able to find things that they can relate to each other about. “It’s a beautiful thing to see.”

As for school itself, he said it was, “most important they learned how to learn.”

He said he’d been concerned if someone really knew the definition of a complex math concept.

When someone in the audience spouted off the definition, Williams showed his whit for comedic timing, saying, “You do the speech if you’re so smart.”

The crowd laughed.

He also had the audience chuckling earlier when he claimed Cougar Creek was the best of the district’s three grade schools.

Valedictorian Kimberly Epperson also spoke, encouraging her fellow graduates to follow their passions. She also said in their lives they are going to have more opportunities, but also more obstacles.

Mike Fellows, the faculty speaker, said he encouraged his students to ask questions so they could learn to think for themselves.

Before the 143 graduates were handed their diplomas, Superintendent Michael Mack was honored for his service. This graduating class was in the first grade when he started with the district. They gave him a standing ovation.

Mack is retiring from the district and is taking an education job in Saudi Arabia.

“I’m a better person for knowing you and watching you grow,” he said.

More in Life

‘The Zaniac’ gives Marysville Kids Day participants a big hand – actually 2

MARYSVILLE – “The Zaniac” Alex Zerbe had children jumping and dancing around… Continue reading

New partnership boosts turnout for Car Show at Marysville Strawberry Festival

MARYSVILLE – About 140 cars, trucks and motorcycles of all ages, shapes… Continue reading

All types of activities draw people to The Market

MARYSVILLE – A Beatles tribute band and other groups helped draw festival… Continue reading

Thousands watch Marysville Strawberry Festival Grand Parade

MARYSVILLE – Thousands upon thousands of fans lined State Avenue and Third… Continue reading

Good weather brings crowds to Funtastic Carnival

MARYSVILLE – Good weather brought hundreds of ride enthusiasts to the Funtastic… Continue reading

Teacher Trace Prael gets a big hug from a Mountain View Arts and Tech graduate. (Steve Powell/Staff Photos)
MVAT, Tulalip Heritage graduate seniors (slide show)

TULALIP – One speaker after another talked about overcoming obstacles, never giving… Continue reading

The Rosarians from Portland, Ore., bless the new rose planted in honor of the Maryfest Board of Directors. (Steve Powell/Staff Photo)
Maryfest board honored at Rose Planting

MARYSVILLE – The entire Maryfest Board of Directors was honored at the… Continue reading

Jazzy cheers for one of the participants in the CTW Combat Pro Wrestling event at the Marysville Strawberry Festival Saturday. (Steve Powell/Staff Photos)
Crowds enjoy pro wrestling at Strawberry Festival

MARYSVILLE – Maryfest brought professional wrestling to the Marysville Strawberry Festival for… Continue reading

Go Cougs! Lakewood graduates 2019 senior class (slide show)

LAKEWOOD – A few weeks ago, Alex Williams played the role of… Continue reading

Most Read