When asked how to describe his Pullman High School class in one word, Kiran Srikanth said he could not.
“Then I realized that’s exactly what makes Pullman High School so special,” Srikanth said. “You can’t describe the Class of 2019 in just one word. My only advice moving on to the Class of 2019 is to keep marching at the beat of your own drum because it’s made one hell of a song so far.”
Srikanth and fellow senior Jenna Herzog addressed the 193 other graduates and the huge crowd in attendance for Saturday ’s commencement at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman.
Srikanth said ceilings have never applied to his class, adding he and his classmates break through everything set in front of them.
“You send us anything, we’ll rise above the occasion,” Srikanth said. “That’s one thing I’ll remember the Class of 2019 about.”
Herzog said she and her class learned essential facts about math, science and English that will come in handy in life, but they also learned life skills that made them better people.
“The skills learned here the past four years will be carried by the Class of 2019 for the rest of our lives,” Herzog said. “So we want to say thank you on behalf of our class. Thank you to teachers, staff, administration, really anyone involved in the high school or in the Pullman School District because you taught us how to be good people. And don’t worry, we’ll make you proud.”
The senior choir belted out a few songs before a slideshow of photos and short videos of the seniors’ final year were shown on two large screens. A music video produced by the senior class and a message to underclassmen followed on the screens.
PHS Principal Juston Pollestad and PSD Superintendent Bob Maxwell said it was a pleasure to watch the class progress through high school into the young adults they are today .
“We’ve asked our senior class to strive harder, explore further, question deeper, dream bigger, climb higher and seek greater things,” Maxwell said.
“From the choir to the video, I think you can see evidence of that.”
Before the blue and white confetti floated down on the graduates, senior Alexandra Remaley told the Daily News just prior to taking her seat for commencement that she was mostly excited but nervous for the ceremony.
Students’ fear of tripping when receiving their diploma came true for Remaley during graduation rehearsal. But she said she changed her footwear to a more sturdy set of sandals and she walked gracefully before, during and after receiving her diploma Saturday .
Remaley said she will attend Eastern Washington University in Cheney and plans to study environmental science.
“While I was in (high school) I was like, let’s get this over with, but now it’s kind of sad leaving everybody,” Remaley said.
Liam Brunelli also said he felt pretty excited and the moment was surreal.
“I’m savoring the moment but I’m also really excited for the future,” Brunelli said.
He said he is heading to the University of Washington in Seattle to study English.
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