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By LuAnn Schindler

Saluting the class of 2021

Summerland seniors set to receive diplomas


Summerland seniors will graduate this weekend. Clearwater site activities will be held Friday, while Orchard and Ewing will host commencement exercises Saturday.

One year after area schools featured virtual and socially-distanced graduation ceremonies, Summerland School superintendent Dale Martin said 2021 commencement exercises will not have restrictions.

"No special rules," he said. "It does sound like we will live stream all three graduations."

Graduation ceremonies will be held at each site, beginning Friday, May 7, in Clearwater. Orchard and Ewing sites will hold Saturday events.


Ten Clearwater seniors are expected to receive diplomas during a May 7 ceremony, set to begin at 7 p.m., in the school's gym.

Tyler Bellar, Austin Bergman, Morgan Erhardt, Rafe Grebin, Elly Herley, Spencer Kester, Hunter Klabenes, Maryssa Long, Melany Mendoza and Eli Thiele comprise the class of 2021.

The class selected black and gold as class colors. Red roses are the class flower.

The motto, "If anything is worth the fear, it's worth the fight," from the movie "Footloose," is the class motto.


Eleven Orchard seniors, including Tessa Peed, Grace Maxwell, Taelyn Switzer, Kaci Wickersham, Kylie Hewitt, Sarah Clemens, Larissa Thomson, Avery Cheatum, Collin Mullins, Anthony Umphress and Joe Ferris, will finish their high school careers during a May 8 ceremony slated to begin at 4 p.m.

The class of 2021 selected white lilies as class flower, with navy and white as representative colors.

For a motto, students picked, "One step at a time but always forward," to represent them.


Commencement exercises for the Ewing site will begin at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 8.

Class members include Kimberly McAllister, Kyra Nilson, Dalton Rotherham, Allison Schrunk, Trevor Stamp and Brenna Wagner.

"I have not failed; I've just found 10,000 ways that don't work," a quote attributed to Thomas Edison, is the class motto.

Students selected black and light blue as class colors and light blue carnations will decorate the stage as the class flower.

The class of 2021 selected the tune "Footloose," as their class song.

Ewing's graduation exercises will take place in the high school gym.


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