- By Heidi Hodges –
Being the smallest school district in the state means having smallest graduating class. This year, six seniors, who are all going on to further schooling, were honored as they turned their tassels and graduated from Washington Island School.
The ceremony, held in a large tent on school grounds was interrupted occasionally by a lowing cow in the distance, and quarreling seagulls overhead, the sounds punctuating the small-town atmosphere the class grew up in.
The ceremony was full to the brim with tradition and personality. This is a group that knows one another, and cares deeply. The ceremony struck the balance of formality, but also personal, with occasional nods to their inside jokes and quirks.
Each graduate was honored with quilts made by the Trinity Quilters group, and each was gifted $1,000 to do with what they wanted, by a benefactor.
Their commencement speaker—chosen by the class–was their grade schoolteacher Marleen Erhlich-Johnson.
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