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Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-25 A section of the Mason County Journal Belfair Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Serving the communities of Belfair, Allyn, Grapevlew, Tahuya, Mason Lake, South Shore and Victor Herald photos by Natalie Johnson Sarina Tygart, Kortni Wright, Taylor Costello and Tiffany Stewart celebrate after receiving their diplomas June 11 at the North Mason High School commencement at the Kitsap Pavilion. Grads ready for their next step North Meson seniors rack up nearly $250K in scholarships By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com As the North Mason High School Class of 2014 prepared to graduate June 11, Principal Chad Collins listed their accomplishments. Of more than 160 graduates, 11 graduated with Associate of Arts degrees, eight had GPAs above 3.7 and 22 graduated from PACE Acad- emy, North Mason's alternative high school. Together, the graduating class amassed al- most $250,000 in scholarships and awards, he said. "With all these numbers, it comes down to each individual," Collins said. North Mason High School does not name a class valedictorian or salutatorian, but instead invites seniors to submit essays to be consid- ered to be class speakers. The 2014 class speakers included Amanda Clifford, Sara Moore and Noelle Green. Clifford, who plans to get an English degree and become a writer, said students need to move on from their high school dreams and find new goals for the rest of their lives. "Even if your dream is to go to the moon, I hope it comes true for you," she said. Green spoke about her struggles with mus- cular dystrophy, and her four-year goal to walk with her classmates at her high school gradu- ation. Class speaker Amanda Clifford told students they should find new goals for the rest of their lives. Sara Moore and Noelle Green were also class speakers at the event. On June 11, Green accomplished her goal and walked through the ceremony with her classmates. "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right," she said. "This quote has driven me these past four years." Green said much of her high school experi- ence was like everyone else's -- she worried about making friends, passing her classes and what to expect from high school. see NORTH MASON, page A-26