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Mount Si to graduate four valedictorians

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SNOQUALMIE - What is a school to do when there are several students tied for the tops spot usually reserved for an individual in a graduating class?

It's a problem Mount Si High School will gladly deal with this year when it graduates four valedictorians.

Seniors Cristina Boals, Lindsey Bergeron, Cora Fix and Carie Frantz will graduate at the top of their class this week and say farewell to the high school that gave them their finishing touches as Valley students.

All of the valedictorians are heading to higher education. Boals will go to the University of Washington where she plans to study something that will get her into graduate school, be it pre-dental or business.

"Don't wait for someone to do something for you," Boals advised incoming freshmen. "If you don't do it yourself, it won't be done."

Bergeron will head to the Air Force Academy on a scholarship and she plans to study either aerospace/physiology or pre-medicine. The former runner-up for Miss Teen Washington plans to be a mission specialist astronaut.

Fix, who gained recognition as a champion rower and band leader, will head to Washington State University to study pre-medicine. She summarized her laundry list of accomplishments as the result of advice given to her by her rowing couch.

"You will have plenty of chances to fail, but it will be up to you whether or not you succeed," Fix said.

Frantz will busy herself during the next four years at the University of Washington, where she plans to study simulated-gravity environments while pursuing an aerospace and aeronautical engineering degree that will prep her for a doctorate she plans to earn from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Right behind the valedictorians is salutatorian Cassy Gorton, who will also be heading to Washington State University. Although Gorton is undecided about what she wants to study, she said she is looking forward to getting out on her own and gaining a little life experience

"I don't know what I'll study yet, but I know it will be good to get out," Gorton said.

Seniors Gentry Fowler and Elise Ellison will be speaking for the class at graduation as the senior speakers. Fowler was awarded the speech after applying and asked Ellison to give it with her. Fowler said that between her and Ellison, a wide range of interests and student involvement will be represented by the speech.

"I think I have a lot of good memories to share," Fowler said. She will head to Brigham Young University in Utah to study communication, while Ellison plans to go to Bellevue Community College before she goes on to study education at a university.

"It will be good to get out and try new things," Ellison said.

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