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North Mason gradstake step EA-25 Mason County 19, 2014 - Week 25 - The Voice of Mason County since 1886 -- $1 District moves to sellTheler property Few in attendance; item not on agenda By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun cam Two weeks after terminat- ing its lease with the Mary E. Theler Center Board of Direc- tors, the North Mason School Board voted Tuesday to place the Theler center property on its surplus list. School district properties must be listed as surplus be- fore the district can sell or otherwise dispose of them. see THELER, page A-15 -,7. INSIDE TODAY Opinion Page A-4 Journal of Record Page A-16 Living Page A-19 Business News Page A-21 Obituaries Page A-22 Belfair Herald Page A-25 Sports Page B-I Classifieds Page B-6 Legals Page B-8 Crossword Page B-10 Sudoku Page B-10 III I IIUlIII II II II II III II 00IIII!0000000 o 0,,, Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Skye Pulsifer celebrates after being handed her diploma June 12 at the CHOICE Alternative School graduation ceremony in the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center, TIME TO CELEBRATE Largest class graduates from CHOICE Alternative School 2 By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncounOz com CHOICE Alternative School, observing its 30th anniversary, celebrated its largest grad- uating class last week. Thirty-nine students were presented with diplomas during a ceremony June 12 in the Shelton High School Performing Arts Cen- ter. CHOICE Principal Stacey Anderson told the audience that 31 of the 39 graduates are planning to attend college. For the first time, new CHOICE graduates have been accepted by Eastern Washington University and West- ern Washington University, she said. The graduates received more than $45,000 in scholarships, Anderson said. Members of the graduating class built a float for the Christmas parade for the first time, and created works in the Friday Arts Zone that they sold during the Olympia Arts Walk, Anderson said. The graduates laughed when Anderson recalled how some students tricked her into flashing a gang sign, convincing her she was making the hand symbol for "Washington." The students also put together assem- blies and workshops on preventing drunken driving, suicides and bullying, Anderson said. "You took on serious topics," she said. The class also includes "some of the nicest, most genuine human beings," she added. Five students spoke at their graduation: Gerardo Olguin, Alesea Dark, Samantha Smither-Winslow, Kaitlyn Sweitzer and Bri- anna Marx. Journal photo by Emily Hanson Shelton High School graduate Ryder Phelan shakes hands with school board President Brenda Hirschi on Saturday after accepting his diploma at the school's 105th commencement ceremony at Saint Martin's University in Lacey. Sheton High School graduates urged to chase dreams By EMILY HANSON emily@masoncounOz com Carly Stauffer ended her speech to the Class of 2014 with an impassioned plea: "Whatever you do, please, be a little impractical," the Shelton High School co-valedictorian said Saturday during SHS's 105th commencement ceremony at Saint Martin's Univer- sity in Lacey. Stauffer's speech centered on the fact that, as children, the 270 High- climber graduates were encouraged to think big and dream of what they could achieve. As adults, they will be told to become practical. "Being practical changes things," Stauffer said. "Being practical makes us less optimistic. Being practical makes us think that growing up is less about achieving our dreams, and more about making those dreams smaller." see SHELTON, page A-28 -  : ........ II il