With the passing of a diploma and turn of tassel, each of Echos 18 seniors became high school graduates Friday night.
Students said each senior had a distinct personality, and everyone knew each other well.
Class valedictorian, Kirsten McCallum, for example, has attended Echo Schools since kindergarten.
Its a sense of relief that all of the work weve put in over the past four years has paid off and now its time for us to be recognized, McCallum said. I dont know if I have a favorite memory. There are so many memories Ive made with my friends this year, with high school sports, all the bus rides with the teams and seeing my friends every day.
McCallum plans to attend Boise State University to study engineering, while the class salutatorian, Felicia Lara, will take a year off to help family struggling with medical issues. Lara said she plans to attend Washington State University to study pre-med with a goal of becoming an oncologist.
I think being a doctor is the best way to help people, especially in oncology, where there are so many people who need that help and support but might not get it, Lara said.
The salutatorian called graduation exciting.
Its liberating, she said. Now we get to make our own decisions, explore, find ourselves.
Esau Ibarra is on the way to find himself. He will attend the University of Oregon next fall but said he is unsure what he will major in or what career he will pursue.
It feels good to finally be out of high school. I wont miss the homework, Ibarra said, adding he will miss high school sports, especially basketball. It was a great year for me, a great year for my team.
Rachael Round said she will not miss the high school drama, but will miss experiences with her classmates.
Ill miss all the inside jokes, all the times we goofed around, she said. We are a really outgoing class, and we really dont care what people think.
Amanda Lancaster also stressed the way the class came together as a whole and became friends, despite different backgrounds.
Ive been here since the third grade with all these people. It hasnt really hit me yet that were graduating, she said. I think when were sitting up there with our caps and gowns and receiving our diplomas, it will finally hit me.