Pomp, Circumstance & Grit

COOK/CHRONICLE PHOTO Thurston High senior Branton Clement is surrounded by his family on Saturday, June 11, after the graduation ceremonies on campus. See more graduation photos on pages 10-11.

Looking onward toward the crowd – be it in bleachers, fold-up chairs or auditorium seats – eyes squinted and smiles widened as the Classes of 2022 locked eyes with their loved ones, all beaming with pride from a milestone well-earned. 

With half their high school careers hijacked by a global pandemic, it took buckets of tenacity, grit and resilience for the . . .