Stanwood High graduation

Stanwood High School graduation will look a bit more traditional this year.

Last year, due to the pandemic, graduates walked across the Utsalady Elementary gym with limited pomp and circumstance to collect their diplomas.

Two years ago, Spartan seniors packed Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett for graduation because of construction at the high school field.

This year, an in-person ceremony returns to Bob Larson stadium in front of classmates, family and friends — though there will still be pandemic precautions. Chairs will be spaced farther apart, and masks will be required.

All seven valedictorians will speak at the ceremony, which starts at 7 p.m. Friday.

Valedictorians have earned 4.0 grade point averages throughout their high school careers, meaning each student received an A in every class. A salutatorian is a student who receives just one A- during the four years of high school.

This year’s valedictorians are William Cunningham, Zaid Fackenthall, Jonah Grierson, Lily Monty, Zella O’Malley, Cody Vail and Avery Zill. The lone salutatorian is David Pederson.

The school will livestream the ceremony at for those who cannot attend in person. 

Lincoln Hill graduation

Lincoln Hill High School graduates 47 students at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, in the courtyard at the new Church Creek Campus — between Lincoln Hill and Saratoga School.

The event will follow pandemic precautions of social distancing and wearing masks.

The event will be broadcast online at  

Record amount of local scholarships

Last week, 91 graduating seniors received 215 scholarships from 96 donors valued at $183,300 — 15 of those scholarships were renewable, bringing the total value of the awards to a record $245,900.

The scholarships were presented by the Stanwood Camano Area Foundation in an online video on June 1.

SCAF, in partnership with Stanwood High School and the American Legion Post 92, traditionally hosts an annual event at the high school Performing Arts Center. Pandemic restrictions turned Scholarship Night into a virtual presentation. Watch it at

All scholarships are sponsored by local individuals, families, businesses and community organizations. Many are from endowments set up years ago by local families to create a perpetual annual scholarship in memory of a lost loved one. Any senior living within the Stanwood-Camano School District is eligible to apply.

Several new scholarships were added this year, including the D.P.G. College Fund, Garry E. Lund Memorial, Rebecca Rust Scholarship, RE/MAX Elevate and Village Chiropractic Clinic.

To learn more about becoming a scholarship sponsor, email

This year’s scholarship recipients are: 

  • Chase Allen, Trent Austin, Natalie Ayala, Bryce Bingham, Syann Boyd, Logan Brannon, Justin Brown, Ryan Bubar, Caitlyn Burchard, Caden Carrigan, Aidan Carter, Brock Chaney, Jake Cleary, Devon Corbett, William "Liam" Cunningham, Noah Edmonds, Arlen Eichler, Zaid Fackenthall, Mariah Fey, Damien Field, Megan Flake, Samuel Fuentes, Joshua Gerrish, Donovan Geverink, Jonah Grierson, Ty Griffin, Nehemiah Haskin, Trevor Hawes, Chase Hebert, Bryan Henderson, Olivia Hering, Andrew Hill, Zachary Jensen, Stuart Johnson, Braden Kjelland, Adam Klein, Kathryn Koster, Ansley LaLone, Chase Larkin, Jack Laures, Trevor Lee, Riley Lewis, Gabriela Lopez-Perez, Colby Love, Jack MacKinnon, Shaye Martin, Tala Martin, Taylor Martin, Jocelyne Martinez, Noah McCready, Savannah McEwen, Matthew McNaughton, Jack Mezzone, Cassidy Miller, Lily Monty, Patricia Moses, Olivia Murray, Nathan Nelson, Zella O'Malley, Isaac Ortega, Katie Patricelli, David Pederson, Isabella Perry, Clayton Peterson, Benjamin Poetzl, Shailee Polnasek, Kevin Rautenberg, Ethan Regan, Lee Riche, Cort Roberson, Rachel Russell, Jayme Sabo, Isabella Schoneker, Darren Smith, Ryan Smith, Matthew Smith, Lucia Soriano-Sanchez, Kassidy Stoner, Daniel Thompson, Olivia Thompson, Cody Vail, Taylor Van Belle, Amy Vannaxay, Katherine Vavra, Anna Veazey, Aspyn Visser, Sarah Watkins, Aleena Wiegand, Hannah Woods, Avery Zill, Frances Zoloth

Scholarships awarded this year are: 

  • Agriculture Mechanics Memorial, Albers Scholarship, American Legion Post 92, American Legion Auxiliary 92, Sons of the American Legion Post 92, American Legion Post 207, Andrew Pinkham Memorial, Austin Esary Memorial, Bertha Jones Memorial, Bonnie Susan Cole Memorial, Camaloch Jr. Golf Program, Camanio Lodge / T. Dolvin Memorial Scholarship, Camano Arts Association, Camano Island Chamber of Commerce, Camano Island Fire & Rescue/Island County Fire Chiefs, Camano Plaza IGA Hometown Proud, Carly J. Houser Memorial, Charles & Donna Cole Memorial, Children's Memorial Scholarship, Cliff & Helen Henning Memorial, Cliff Myron Memorial, Close to My Heart Theater Arts, Cordona Family, Daniel E. Moss Memorial, Davis Carlson Memorial, Dayna Fure Memorial / Merrill Gardens, Designs Northwest, DiAnne Shoup Memorial, D.P.G. College Fund*, Dr. Dennis and Sharon Couch Future Teacher, Edward & Katherine Jones Memorial, Eldon Allen Memorial, Emil Jensen Memorial, Erik Robertson Memorial, Floyd & Delores Jones Memorial, Floyd Norgaard Memorial, Future Farmers of America, Garry E. Lund Memorial*, The Gilroy Law Firm, Glenn & Sally Turk Memorial, Gordy Andrews Memorial, Grover Love Memorial, Hope Unlimited, James B. Lund Agricultural, Joey Dettrich Baseball Foundation, John Strandjord Memorial, Joseph & Cathlyn Holton Computer Science, Kiwanis of Stanwood-Camano, Knights of Columbus, Lars Holum Memorial, Lyle & Eleanora Foster Memorial, Mabana Flames, Margaret Johnson Memorial, Michael Lee Scholarship, Michael & Shirley Rancich Memorial, Michael D. Upton Memorial, Mike Buse Memorial, Norman & Antoinette Buse Memorial, North 48 Real Estate, North County Fire Fighters Association 9/11 Memorial, NorthSound Physical Therapy, Northwest Veterinary Clinic-Andrew Stang Memorial, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, PALS/Patty Besancon Memorial, Penny Buse Scholarship, Rebecca Rust Scholarship*, RE/MAX Elevate*, Robert & Marion Nicholas Memorial, Ruth Gavin Memorial, Samuel & Gertrude Pusey Memorial, Sara Jordan Memorial, SCAF Christian Ed, Schlosser Family Scholarship Fund, Seth Nelson Memorial, Shelly Greer Memorial, Shields-Life Long Learning-SCP Alumni, Sobotta Family, St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Stanwood 4A Booster Club, Stanwood-Camano Arts Guild, Stanwood-Camano Rotary Foundation, Stanwood Camano PSE-SEIU, Stanwood Foursquare Church, Stanwood Lions, Steelhead Swim Team, Stillaguamish Grange, Stilly River Mechanical, Sven & Hildur Skoglund Memorial, Taylor Family, Theresa E. Nicholas Memorial, Triplett Scholarship, Twin City High Class of 1952, Twin City Idlers, Twin City Sportsman's Club, Utsalady Ladies Aid, Village Chiropractic Clinic*, Wana Duma Children’s Project, and Windermere.

(* denotes new scholarships this year)

Contact reporter Evan Caldwell at and follow him on Twitter @Evan_SCN for updates throughout the week and on Instagram @evancaldwell.scn for more photos.

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