“High school taught me leadership skills that will help me throughout any career, any school and anyone I meet,” said 2019 North Creek High School Graduate TJ Ingersoll.
Ingersoll is one of 323 North Creek Class of 2019 graduates - the school’s first graduating class.
Fellow classmate and graduate Henry Njoroge reflected on the June 17 inaugural ceremony and said that seeing his peers and close friends receive their diplomas was his favorite part, especially seeing those who pushed through obstacles and remained dedicated.
Tuyet Nguyen echoed Njoroge’s sentiments and said she enjoyed “being able to see each and every one of my classmates walk up onto that stage and receive their diploma. I know a few people who have struggled throughout the year due to personal reasons and seeing them pull through and walk made me so happy.”
Nguyen wants current students to know that “you can do anything you put your mind to.” She said she wants to create a name for herself in the future, whether it be in dermatology or veterinary.
Njoroge’s advice to current students is to “stay dedicated to your goals in life and enjoy being a high school student, and learn to cherish every moment with your friends.”
Ingersoll encourages students to get involved. “High school is 100 percent what you make it. If you wake up everyday ready to go to school, and make the best out of any situation, it will become much more than school, and you will look forward to going to school each day.” He hopes to be a mentor to future leadership students and encourage more students to find their path in their schools.
All three graduates plan to attend a four year college and appreciate the experience gained at North Creek.
Njoroge said he loved “being able to wake up every single day and attend a school with my closest peers and make endless laughs and memories.”
Ingersoll echoed Njoroge’s sentiments and said the community feel in the senior class was what he loved.
North Creek’s teachers and their willingness to go above and beyond to help students was what struck Nguyen.
As the class of 2019 looks ahead to begin a new chapter, Njoroge believes he is prepared. Specifically, he said his Intro to Law class prepared him for his next steps because his teacher shared current events in class to show students that if you want change to happen you have to use your voice for the greater good.
Njoroge said, “The legacy I hope to leave behind is someone who was always willing to use my voice for the greater good and always wanted the best for anyone who I came in contact with.”