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Our Neighbor Ann Trantow Page A2 THE QUINCY VALLEY Ihh,h,h,hl,h,h,hJ,,|,hd.Ml,.dh.llJ ***************UT****LL FOR AU 90)( SHALL TOWN PAPERS 21;, w COT, i 2,, SHELTON, WA 98584--2263 O PROUDLY SERVING QUINCY, GEORGE, CRESCENT BAR, SUNLAND, TRINIDAD AND WINCHESTER ( Thursday, June 9, 2011 Quincy, Washington Volume 62, Number 52 USPS No 453-080 12 pages www.qvpr.com 75 cents Kurtis J. WoodlPost-Regis(er The newest alumni of Quincy High School toss their caps in the air at the end of the Class of 2011 graduation ceremony on Friday, June 3. Class of 2011 celebrates Packed stadium bids farewell to .Quincy High School seniors during graduation BY CHUCK ALLEN editor@ qvpr.com It was with a measure of trepidation that those involved with the Quincy High School graduation ceremony eyed the day on the calendar. With the cold, wet weather this spring, it seemed doubtful that good weather would be had on Friday, June 3 for the outdoor ceremony. But there was no need to fear as the heavens cleared and blue sky and golden sunlight embraced the 119 graduates and their families, friends and well-wishers who packed the football stadium to send off the newest Quincy High alumni. The event began with "Pomp and Circumstance," performed by the com- bined high school and junior high band as the graduates marched in with their classmates. Then principal DavidTalley addressed the audience, pointing out that 37 of the graduates were earning their diplomas with academic honors. He singled out graduate Felipe Martinez-Guizar, who lived in a remote area of Mexico and did not attend school until he was 11, when he was moved from the second to the eighth grade in one year. Now six years later, he is graduating with a high school diploma. Class salutatorian Jorge Montano told the audience that the Class of 2011 understands the importance of the path they started when they were learning their ABCs, watching Spongebob and reading Dr. Suess. "We have reached our new beginning," Montano said. "This is not the end. We have just begu n.'' Valedictorian Jazmine Perez thanked the families who helped her class reach Please see Graduation page B6 HTH grads achieve their diploma goal TAMMARA GREEN writer@ qvpr.com Against some long odds, members of the High Tech High's graduating class of 2011 found their own path and earned a diploma. Some even excelled and were awarded highest honors. It was awonder- ful evening at the Quincy PerformingArts Center, full of family and friends cheering on their loved ones. Teacher John Hildenbrand, who was asked if he had anything to say regarding the kids, replied, "Kids say the darnd- est things." The words of the students themselves spoke for the program and its success and impact on their lives. Former student, Michael Crane, who is now managing a team at Microsoft in Quincy, was invited to be the guest speaker. "High Tech High turned me around. I owe all my drive in everything I Tammara GreenPost-Register High Tech High principal Garry Stidman speaks to the graduates. do to HighTech High. If you set goals, you can accomplish your goals," said Crane. Graduate Nicole Ortega completed her requirements and stuck with the program, all while raising her son. "Before ] had my son I didn't care about school. At High Tech High, I learned to set goals. Don't ever let anyone talk down to you and tell you that you can't do it. It can be done," said Ortega. The final speaker was GavrielaAvalos. "This has been a second home to me. It is an honor to walk with the class of2011," said Avalos. Please see HTH page B6 Gimlin tourney is this Saturday Downtown basketball event starts at 8 a.m. Hundreds of people will be playing in the street in downtown Quincy during the Dru Gimlin 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, June 11. The tournament, which is named after standout Quincy High School basketball player Dru Gimlin, who was killed in a car accident, gives Quincy residents and visitors an op- portunity to remember the young man by playing the sport he loved. The tournament, which is played on Central Avenue and D Street, begins with an opening ceremony at 8 a.m. and then the basketball action begins shortly after. There are divisions for a variety of ages and skill lev- els, including boys and girls divisions in grades 3 to 12 and adult divisions. The adult divisions include men's 18 and over recreation, men's 18 and over elite and men's mature 35 and over. There will also be a women's 18 and over open division and women's mature 35 and over. The cost is $85 per team and the registration deadline is noon on Friday, June 10. To register, visit quincyval- ley.org or call the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce office at 787-2140. Chuck AllenPost-Register The Quincy Aquatic Center opens to the public on Friday, June 10. Aquatic center is ready for opening The Quincy Aquatic Center will open on Friday, June 10 at 1 p.m. In past years, there was free admission to the center on opening day, but because of overcrowding problems last year, that won't be the case this year, said city recreation direc- tor Russ Harrington. The pool will have a re- designed concession stand and entrance, which will help traffic flow better in and out of the facility. The center's regular hours are from 1 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The lap pool will be closed each day from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for swim lessons. Admission for children is $3, adults $4, and seniors and lap swirn/swimnastics, $2.50. Season passes are $60 for individuals. Family passes are $150 for residents of Quincy and $170 for non-residents. Punch cards for children are $27 for 10 entries and $36 for adults for 10 entries. Swimnas- tics and lap swim punch cards are $22.50 for 10 entries. Swim lessons begin on June 20 and are $24. There will be four sessions and there is a $5 discount if a child enrolls in more than one session. Information on the aquatic center and registration and purchase of passes and lessons can be made online at www. qtownrec.us, Harrington said. Mother and child hurt when trailer catches fire BY CHUCK ALLEN editor@qvpr.com An 18-year-old woman and a 2-month-old infant are recovering from severe burns after a fire destroyed their single-wide mobile home on the 9000 block of Road S NW on Thursday, June 2. According to a report from Grant County Fire District No. 3, firefighters were dispatched to the burning home about 2.5 miles west of Quincy at 6:24 a.m. When they arrived, heavy fire and smoke was vent- ing from all openings in the structure. Twelve firefighters and four trucks responded to Please see Fire page A6