One week into their new lives as allegedly contributing members of society, recent local high school graduates are still riding an emotional high from completing the biggest achievement of their lives: meeting the criteria for graduation as defined in the Washington State law and school board policy.
“It’s like, so great to finally be like, done with school” said Sarah Donohue, a graduate of Inglemoor High in Kenmore.
Local teens reported feeling a lasting sense of accomplishment and satisfaction after successfully reaching the level of education required to obtain such illustrious jobs as cashier, car salesman, and food preparation worker.
The class of 2008 was the first class required to pass the Washington Assessment of Student Learning exam (WASL) in order to graduate. The requirements for previous classes to earn a diploma were slightly less rigorous, with the only strict criteria being that graduates demonstrate the ability to fog a mirror.
The WASL required this year’s graduating class to demonstrate a mastery of grade-school reading and writing skills, but the math and science portions of the test were waived by Christine Gregoire, who explained that eighth-grade math and science concepts can be difficult to grasp, and besides that’s what calculators and the internet are for.
Although they appeared to observing family and friends to be little more than ritual formalities, the graduation ceremonies themselves were also a source of great inspiration for graduates.
“When our class president gave that speech about seizing the future and chasing our dreams, it was like, so original and like, moving,” said Ballard High graduate Mike Page. “You don’t even know,” Page emphasized.
In the week following the exhilarating graduation ceremonies, graduates have been celebrating their achievement by sleeping in until 10:00 and hanging out in local grocery store parking lots five days a week instead of just two.
“Homework was such a drag,” reported Donohue. “I’m glad to finally be in the real world where things will be so much easier.”