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Washington Island School honors two classes

The theme song to the television show “Friends” will take on new meaning Friday when Washington Island School hosts its outdoor commencement exercises on Friday.


The school will not just honor the six members of the class of 2021 but also its two alums from the class of 2020. While space underneath the tent will be reserved for the graduates and their families, the community is still welcomed to celebrate the achievements of the two graduation classes. In addition to their diplomas, the graduates will also be presented with quilts handmade by community members tailored especially to them.


Washington Island School Principal Michelle Kanipes says the class of 2021 is a special and hardworking class with all six students heading to college in the fall, four of which with several credits already banked. With the class’ theme song as The Rembrandts’ “I’ll Be There For You,” Kanipes is happy the community will be able to show that they are there for them.

With valedictorian Tara DeJardin and salutatorian Julia Valentincic leading the way, Washington Island School will host its graduation ceremony on Friday at 6 p.m.

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