By Pat Jenkins
As usual, the audience had to be at the Eatonville High School gym early to get a seat in the bleachers or the chairs on one end of the basketball court for Community Day 2017.
That’s normal for the annual celebration of everything that's good among the area's schools and residents. For the 103rd time last Friday, Community Day was a must-see event, much like it’s been since the first one in 1913.
Krestin Bahr, the district’s superintendent, highlighted the community-and-schools connection in her opening remarks to the crowd.
“We’re so excited to have all of you here today and in our school district,” she said. “This community celebrates children by looking to the future and wanting the best for them. Today is our day to say thank you.”
Bahr noted the schools embrace diversity, equity and excellence. “You’ll see that today” among the dancers and singers who performed for the crowd, she said.
The entertainment by students followed the ceremony’s centerpiece – the introduction and procession of the Community Day king and queen and the royal court, all of them selected from each of the schools in the Eatonville district.
King Joe Roebuck and Queen Natasha Henley, seniors at Eatonville High, carried on the tradition shared by many past kings and queens who were on hand to witness what they experienced years ago.
The high school was further represented by the senior court of McKenzie Ford, Aaron Paine, Zoee Simon and Eliot Wells, the junior court of Brooke Miles and Zach Crowell, the sophomore court of Amelia Bridgham, Seth Manley, Maya Frink and Chance Pettygrove, and the freshman court of Claire Golding, Easton Rath, Tanisha Engram and Gavin Cole.
Also in the royal court were Eatonville Middle School’s Sarah Calhoun, Kye Johnson, Hannah Sturdivant, Ryan Mueller, Angelina Mireles-Mazza and Christian Rodriguez, Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy’s Autumn Burke and Seth Carter, Columbia Crest Elementary School’s Daisy Clark and Jax Isom, Weyerhaeuser Elementary School’s Karma Lane and Kohen Meyer, and Eatonville Elementary School’s Katie Moore and Aiden Faulhaber.
While all the community bonding was happening inside, outside, sheltered from the rain by portable canopies, were booths for food sales that were raising money for student programs.
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