Graduation season gets started tomorrow

Five ceremonies planned for Friday night

— The Lower Yakima Valley will have all sorts of choices for “pomp and circumstance” this Friday with five graduation ceremonies that night.

Sunnyside, Sunnyside Christian, Mabton, Granger and Zillah high schools will all say good-bye to the class of 2016 on Friday. Most of the ceremonies begin at 7 p.m., though Sunnyside High School commencement starts at 8 p.m.

Grandview’s Compass High School gets things started with a graduation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Country Park Fairgrounds Park on Wallace Way.

Leslie Mendoza is class valedictorian and Jazmyn Bates is salutatorian for Compass.


The Sunnyside High School class of 2016, with 454 graduates, will walk on to Clem Senn Field.

Leading the class will be co-valedictorians Madison Ann Marro, Julian L. Naranjo and Karla Ivonne Villanueva. Cole Gardner is class salutatorian.

Marro and Naranjo both carry a weighted 4.00 grade point average and plan to attend Washington State University.

Villanueva, also with a weighted 4.00 GPA, will attend Stanford University and is a Gates Millennial Scholar.

Gardner will first go on a two-year mission to Costa Rica before attending college. He plans to study chemistry and music theory.

Sunnyside High School baccalaureate ceremonies are 7 p.m. tomorrow at the high school auditorium, The program is hosted by the Sunnyside Ministerial Association.


Sunnyside Christian High School graduation ceremonies will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Grandview Church of the Nazarene, 500 N. Elm St.

The 2016 class includes 15 graduates, led by Katelyn Banks, class valedictorian, and salutatorian Natalie Bangs.

Scott Hofman, a former Sunnyside Christian High School teacher, will be commencement speaker.

The class also includes Reid Benjert, Grayson Bofman, Hannah Bos, Anikka Campbell, Deyton Cleveringa, Connor Duim, Ryan Groeneweg, Daylraye Hutchinson, Cooper Liefke, Cameron Mensonides, Jacob Peters, Sarah Tyhuis and Omar Velazquez.


Granger High School will graduate 89 students in Friday’s 7 p.m. ceremonies on the high school football field, 515 Mentzer Ave.

Baccalaureate is at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the high school commons.

Ruth Ramirez is class valedictorian. She plans to attend the Art Institute of Seattle.

Salutatorian is Jazmin Chavez, who will attend the University of Washington.


Mabton High School’s graduation is in the Mel Todd Gymnasium at 7 p.m. Friday.

Noemi Gutierrez, with a GPA of 3.833, is class valedictorian. Her plans are to attend Eastern Washington University to study physical therapy

Cristina Espinoza is the salutatorian with a GPA of 3.778. In addition to her high school graduation, she is also receiving an Associate of Arts degree from Yakima Valley College.

She will attend the University of Washington with a goal of earning a law degree.

Risa Navarro is ranked third in her class with a GPA of 3.613. She will also be graduating with an AA degree from Yakima Valley College. She will attend Central Washington University to study business administration

Ranked fourth in the class is Patricio “Roy” Zavala with a 3.592 GPA. He will attend University of Puget Sound to play football and basketball. 


Zillah High School graduation is 7:30 p.m. Friday at the high school’s Collins Memorial Field.

Baccalaureate is 7 p.m. tonight at Zillah Nazarene Church.

Madison Carter is one of three class valedictorians and hopes to attend Western Washington University.

Joseph Ponti shares valedictorian status along with Sterling Smith. Both plan to attend Washington State University, with Ponti majoring in engineering and Smith seeking a degree in science.

Among the school’s graduates being honored as Washington States Scholars are Colleen Bell, Jacob Cleveringa, Alex Fergus, Ian Ritchie and Joseph St. George.


Eight seniors will receive their diplomas from Bickleton High School at 4 p.m., Saturday in ceremonies at the high school gym.

Baccalaureate will be at 7 p.m. tonight at Bickleton Community Church.

Nathan Powers is class valedictorian and Lacy Cannon is class salutatorian.

The class also includes Michael Bowers, Andrew Gannon, Heather Goodnight, Hannah Pond, Henry Pond and Troy Roberts.


Grandview High School will graduate its seniors at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Rich Leenhouts Stadium at the high school.

Amanda Oliver is class valedictorian. She hopes to attend Montana State University with a goal of majoring in biology.

Teagan Parrish is class salutatorian, and hopes to play college golf.


Prosser High School graduation ceremonies will be at 10 a.m. June 11 at Art Fiker Stadium.

Baccalaureate will be at 7 p.m. June 8 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Joslyn Felicijan is class valedictorian, along with Anthony Wiley and Ariah Yager.

Felicijan plans to attend Cornell University or Catholic University of America, studying history and political science.

Wiley will attend Ohio State University to study agricultural engineering.

Yager will attend Washington State University with a goal of becoming a veterinarian.


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