Forty seniors will receive their diplomas Saturday at graduation ceremonies for Knappa High School, at 7 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

ValedictorianTracie Jo NygaardTracie Jo Nygaard, 17, is the daughter of John and Julie Nygaard. She is a 4-H horse member, four-time state medallion winner, Clatsop County medallion winner, president of the Student Body, National Honor Society treasurer, Senior Class treasurer, Quiz Bowl co-captain and is a former president and vice president, and is the current treasurer of the Business Leaders of Tomorrow. Her honors include receiving a Certificate of Initial Mastery, the Starfish Award, being named a USAA All-American Scholar, Who's Who Among American High School Students, Student of the Month and to the OASSA Honor Team - Student of Merit - Math and Social Sciences. Nygaard participated in basketball, volleyball and cross country. In basketball, she received first-team all-league and third-team all-state honors and was the team captain, most valuable player and most inspirational player on her team. She was also the team captain and MVP of her volleyball team, and she was selected for honorable mention all-league and as a Dairy Farmers of Oregon Academic All-Star. As a cross country athlete, she earned all-league and district honors and competed in the state meet. She plans to attend Willamette University and play basketball there. Scholarships she has received are Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship, Good Citizen Scholarship, Oregon Coast Invitational Golf Tournament Scholarship, Little Ballet Theater Scholarship and the Willamette Alumni Honors Scholarship.

SalutatorianKatie OakesKatie Oakes, 18, is the daughter of Ron and Julie Oakes. She is involved in the pep band, class fund-raising committee, Thespian Troupe, yearbook, was the Quiz Bowl co-captain and is the vice-president of the National Honor Society. She has earned awards for Student of the Month, Outstanding Musician, Academic Achievement in English, Outstanding Accomplishment in Theatre Arts, Excellence in Math, Outstanding Achievements and Citizenship in Science, Outstanding Choreography and Performance in Dance, Highest Percentage in Government and was a National Honor Society National Scholarship nominee. She plans to attend Colorado State University and obtain a degree in technical journalism with a minor in political science. Afterwards, she plans to attend graduate school and then begin a career as a speech writer, a public relations manager or an advertising agent. Scholarships she has received are the Western Undergraduate Exchange and the President's Leadership Program from Colorado State University, the Faculty Scholarship from Linfield College and the Merit Scholarship from Gonzaga University.


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