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By Roger Harnack

Valedictorian the only graduate to attend Washtucna graduation


August 6, 2020

Calby VanHollebeke receives her diploma.

WASHTUCNA - A dark and mostly empty gymnasium didn't take away from Calby Ann VanHollebeke's evening Saturday.

As the only member of the Class of 2020 to show up for graduation, VanHollebeke, took the sole seat on the stage, helped by her brother, Jess VanHollebeke, who served as the graduation column leader.

The remaining members of the Class of 2020, Daphnee Smith and Emma Hulett, were unable to attend the ceremony.

VanHollebeke, the valedictorian, teared up at times during commencement, and laughed at others, including the portion in which teacher Staci Gloyn attempted to rap on stage.


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