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A class to remember

Oak Harbor High School senior Sampson Oakes completed his coursework in January. That allowed him to enlist in the United States Marine Corps and go through basic training.

Fortunately, he finished his training Friday at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was able to make it back in time to close out his high school life.

A uniform-clad Oakes joined more than 380 of his classmates Monday evening to graduate from Oak Harbor High School.

There were tremendous accomplishments made by the Class of 2007. Three students, Christina Carter, Ashley Smith and Zachary Webb, each graduated with a perfect grade point average.

In addition, three students accepted appointments into the Naval Academy and one accepted an appointment to the Coast Guard Academy. There were also four merit scholars and two Washington scholars. Together, seniors in the Class of 2007 collected $2.2 million worth of scholarships to help pay for college. Two students, Sherrylyn Filoteo and Jaqueline Matteson, also earned associates degrees from Skagit Valley College.

Speakers followed on the themes of commitment and character during the ceremony that attracted the usual overflow crowd to the high school.

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