The Riverview Learning Center Celebrates the Class of 2017
This year's Riverview Learning Center Class of 2017, representing graduates from
the CLIP and PARADE programs.
On June 12, 2017, at the Riverview School District Educational Service Center’s Assembly Hall, cheers, laughter, and more than a few hugs and tears were shared among hundreds of attendees as the Riverview Learning Center announced the students from the CLIP (Contracted Learning for Individual Pacing) and PARADE (Parents and Riverview Actively Delivering Education) Alternative Programs who comprised the graduating Class of 2017.
24 students received diplomas this year, with 17 students graduating from the CLIP program and seven students graduating from PARADE.
Following opening remarks from Principal John Bomar, RLC PTSA President Linda Rubin awarded the first-ever RLC PTSA Scholarship to CLIP graduate Emily Krassler.
CLIP Lead Teacher Christina Malm thanked the staff, the students, and their families for all their dedication, loyalty, hard work, and support of one another. Indicating that she would be leaving the Riverview School District at the end of the school year, she also spoke about reflection and thanked the Riverview School Board of Directors for listening to RLC students and for the students allowing themselves to be heard. PARADE Teacher Terry McClintic drew on her 12 years of teaching experience at the RLC to draw parallels in how math concepts she teaches her students have a direct correlation to life both in and out of school.
The CLIP program graduates for 2017.
Two CLIP graduates spoke on behalf of their fellow graduates. Keely Ingram shared a piece entitled “Overcoming Misrepresentation,” and Maleasa Smith’s delivered a speech called “Moving Forward.” Next, PARADE graduate Sasha Charbonneau-Teece addressed the graduates with a speech entitled, “When a School Becomes a Family,” and, for the first time at a Riverview Learning Center commencement ceremony, a musical selection, “Pachelbel’s Canon in D” was performed by RLC student Leo Tenney, who introduced the piece and performed on violin, accompanied by fellow musicians, Rinna Mai and Zephyr Tao.
As part of the ceremony, Malm and McClintic surprised the graduates by sharing personal experiences, stories, and reflections with each respective student. Applause and a fair amount of cheers greeted each student when their name was called and diplomas were presented.
The PARADE program graduates for 2017.
As the names were read, Riverview School Board Directors Danny Edwards and Lori Oviatt presented each graduate with their diploma. To conclude the ceremony, Superintendent Dr. Anthony L. Smith congratulated the students and commented on the legislative visits and roundtable discussions held with Governor Jay Inslee and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene. Dr. Smith indicated that those prestigious visits during the school year came as a result of the Governor and Congresswoman hearing of the CLIP and PARADE programs and wanting to meet the students first-hand. “We did not ask them to come see you, they requested the opportunity to meet you and hear your stories,” he shared. Dr. Smith then proudly presented the Class of 2017.
The CLIP graduates for 2017 include: Taylor Carrigan, Nikolas Crawford, Karla Gonzalez, Lizbeth Guerrero, Justin Hollinger, Keely Ingram, Jeremiah Mayfield, Kris Meyers, Shyan Patterson, Maleasa Smith, Miranda Smith, Samantha Smith, Mathew Taddeo, Devin Tapia, Camille Thaxton, Clair Walker, and Cheyenne VanKomen.
PARADE graduates for the Class of 2017 are: Shayla Bailey, Emma Boswell, Bryan Casey, Sasha Charbonneau-Teece, Emily Krasser, Natasha Lehman, and Konnor Washburn.
The Riverview School District proudly congratulates the Riverview Learning Center’s graduating Class of 2017!
For a photo album of select images from the Commencement Ceremony and evening, click here.