Hats off to the Lynnwood High School Class of 2019!

By Mario Lotmore

Lynnwood High School Class of 2019
Lynnwood Times Photo by Mario Lotmore. Family and friends in the stands of Edmonds School District Stadium at Lynnwood High School’s Class of 2019 commencement ceremony on June 15.

On June 15, in front of over a thousand cheering parents, family and friends, 316 Lynnwood High School seniors were awarded their high school diplomas at Edmonds School District Stadium.

The Lynnwood High School Band with Amy Stevenson conducting, opened the commencement ceremony.  On his violin, Shintaro Tanedo, performed the “The Star-Spangled Banner” and Edmonds School Board District 1 Director Gary Noble welcomed the students, staff, teachers and families.

After speeches by Valedictorian James “Jimmy” Jhong, David Golden and graduating senior Connor Bjornson, Principal Mike Piper presented the seniors to the members of the Edmonds School Board to be awarded their high school diplomas.

Lynnwood High School Class of 2019
Lynnwood Times Photo by Mario Lotmore. Lynnwood High School graduates at Edmonds School District Stadium on June 15.

Edmonds School District Superintendent Dr. Kris McDuffy along with Assistant Superintendent Greg Schwab and School Board Director Gary Noble presented diplomas.  Lynnwood High School teachers Don Ide (Marketing) and Gary Walton (Behavioral Education) presented each graduate with yellow carnations.

Class Officers: Max Rimando, President, Nyamiri Tutlam, Vice President, Noah Gronning, Secretary, Nocile Porter, Treasurer, Tim Shepel, Activities Coordinator, and Grace Teno Personal Relations provided the ending remarks reflecting on how much each of them and their fellow classmates have grown over the years and how the Class of 2019 are ready to take on the world. 

When asked what he is most proud about the class of 2019, Walton said, “The bond between students that strengthened between junior and senior years.”

Principal Piper’s response was, “The way this close-knit group learned how to look out for one another,” is what he would miss most.

Mario Lotmore

Mario Lotmore is originally from The Bahamas and for the last seven years has called Mukilteo, WA his home. Having lived in every region of the United States has exposed him to various cultures, people, and approaches to life. Lotmore created the Lynnwood Times to represent the character of a diverse and growing Lynnwood. The launching of the city’s community newspaper will only help bring neighborhoods together. Lotmore was an industrial engineer by trade and proven success implementing and managing lean accountable processes and policies within his eighteen years of operations excellence, strategic development, and project management in the aerospace, manufacturing, and banking industries. Over his career he has saved and created hundreds of union and non-union jobs. Lotmore is the President of a Homeowner Association, an active Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics volunteer in his community, and former Boeing 747 Diversity Council leader. Mario’s talent is finding “that recipe” of shared destiny to effectively improve the quality of life for others.

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