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White River High seniors described as respectable
By Brenda Sexton
White River High School principal Keith Banks is planning a 15-minute meeting with the senior class this week before they board buses for graduation rehearsal.
The Class of 2004 is such a well-behaved, respectable group he said he doesn't have to wait to get their attention and hesitate at interruptions.
He saw that quality most in the class' leaders.
"I don't have to compete for their attention," Banks said. "They just give it to me."
He's not the only one who sees that quality.
"The best way for me to describe this class, is that the whole class is full of quality kids," senior class adviser and teacher Chris Howard said. "It seems like every student I ever came across in this class, was honest and respectful. I know each teacher will have different views, but I have had some of the better senior civics classes this year, with attitude and effort being excellent."
Many on the staff feel the same way, said Career Information Specialist Carol Pring. When questioned, she said, many said this year's crop of seniors had good character and were respectable, caring and generous. The group was also described as "focused on achieving their goals," and "passionate and willing to step out of their comfort zone."
White River will have three valedictorians - Lauren Thrasher, Meagan Gallagher and Krissy Hodel - each with matching 4.0 grade-point averages, honored at commencement exercises Tuesday night.
Of the approximately 253 graduates expected to receive diplomas Tuesday night at the White River Amphitheatre, many will go on to post-high school education. Pring said early numbers show more than 50 seniors planning to attend a four-year college, 16 of those out of state. Students' top four-year choice is the University of Washington with Eastern Washington University in Cheney and Washington State University running a close second.
More than 70 students will continue their education at one of the state's two-year institutions with Green River and Pierce community colleges leading the choices. And, during these times of war, approximately 11 seniors are currently opting for military service.
Banks, and some staff members, also describes the White River Class of 2004 as "flexible."
This fall, White River seniors left the "C" Street campus they called home for the past three years, for the "new" high school on the outskirts of town, which has been in the throes of finishing details all year long.
"I'd say superflexible," Banks said. "With all the changes, trials and tribulations, they've kind of just rolled with the punches."