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Coupeville class graduates proudly

The Coupeville High School gymnasium filled with parents, siblings and other proud relatives and friends, amid piped-in mellow popular music and red and black balloons and shimmery decorations.

Backstage, pre-ceremony jitters bubbled over into excited laughter and exuberant outbursts, as well as hugs and nervous chatter.

On Saturday afternoon the Coupeville High School Class of 2002 was about to enter its graduation ceremony and the commencement of adult life.

And, what big plans they have.

“It doesn’t seem real,” said graduate Sarah Dugger. “We’re going to be out in the real world, adults now.”

Dugger said she is scheduled to head to South Carolina on Sept. 23 for Marine Corps boot camp. She is following in a long line of family members who served in the military, and Dugger said that her father is very proud.

The petite young woman is looking forward to learning to drive Hummers and tanks.

Others will head on to colleges, universities, technical schools, military service or jobs.

Many students have earned scholarships and awards to get them on their way. Coupeville High School graduates this year were awarded more than $384,000 toward higher education.

The student with the greatest amount, monetarily, is Nick Short. Short was awarded $96,000 over four years from American University, and was offered $20,000 by Gonzaga University and Northern Arizona State University. According to school officials, Short will attend American University, located in Washington, D.C.

All have high hopes, propelled by the excitement that comes with the passage of one of life’s landmark events.

“I’m happy. It’s exciting,” said graduate Christianna Clinton.

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