Hooray for 2020 Grads!

Congratulations to this sample of tomorrow's leaders, parents, voters, neighbors. We join your classmates, parents, teachers, friends and potential employers in celebrating your achievements. Have a happy (socially distanced) graduation.


Loren Berberich Sidney Glen Elementary in Port Orchard, Key Peninsula Middle School. Varsity cross country and track runner, Knowledge Bowl and Speech & Debate teams. Attending Monmouth College in Illinois to study history and government.

Shelby Rene Burns W.D. Hall Elementary in El Cajon, California, and KPMS. Shelby will graduate Peninsula High School with straight A’s and a 3.95 GPA. She plans to attend Olympic College to get her AA in arts. “We can’t wait to see what her future holds!” Love Dad, Mom and Alyssa.

Noah Bush Homeschooled for elementary; KPMS. “Noah is a talented self-taught musician who loves skateboarding and making people laugh. He is intelligent, compassionate, and makes his parents very proud!”

Audrey Cain Minter Creek Elementary and Harbor Ridge Middle School. “We are so proud of you. Follow your dreams. Stay true to who you are.” Love, Mom and Steve.

Donovan Carter Vaughn Elementary, KPMS. “Congratulations Donovan, we are so proud of you!”

Nolan Casey Homeschooled until 11th grade, then PHS. Attending North Idaho College. “Congratulations Nolan! He excelled as a PHS football player, wrestler and student. Your future is bright!” 

Sarah Catterall Vaughn, KPMS. Attending TCC Running Start. She will be going on to study psychology. “We are so proud of all of her hard work and dedication. Not sure what the next chapter holds for the 2020 graduates, but we wish them all the best!”

Jason Critchfield Vaughn, KPMS. “A very caring young man. School was never easy for him but he made it. Congratulations Jason.”

Tien Davis Attending Cornish College of the Arts to major in music. He dreams of one day helping other young musicians hone their skills by starting a nonprofit competitive drumline on this side of the Narrows.

Ian Downen Homeschool until ninth grade; PHS. Ian plans to attend Tacoma Community College.

Chloe Duttry Vaughn, KPMS. Chloe will be going to University of Washington or Washington State University to earn a master’s in architecture.

Robert Elliott, Jr. Olalla Elementary, John Sedgwick Junior High. “Shout out to class of 2020! You will forever have the most interesting stories to tell about your senior year.”

Celia Emens Evergreen, KPMS. “One day I hope to be a marine biologist.”

Jude Endsley Minter Creek, Harbor Ridge. Attending Western Washington University. “Congratulations Jude, we are so proud of you! We love you!”

Isaiah Fahey Vaughn, KPMS. “We are so proud of you. We are excited to see all you do in the future! Go Huskies!”

Tyler Ferguson Evergreen, KPMS.

Marianne Gibbons Evergreen and home schooled. Eastern Washington University in the fall for a double major in biology and mechanical engineering.

Ben Goins Vaughn, KPMS.

Summer Gower Minter, Harbor Ridge. Attending North Idaho College to learn about elementary education.

Tristin Grondahl Vaughn, KPMS.

Ryen Hall Minter, KPMS, Running Start at TCC, then starting the EMS program with plans to become a firefighter. “So proud of Ryen and the amazing, genuine and hardworking person she is. Congrats Ryen, we love you!” 

Tyeler Heald “Everyone came together to help the seniors and it means a lot.”

Rubi High Vaughn, KPMS. “We could not be more proud of you! You’re strong, beautiful, smart, funny — and our daughter! We love you!” Mom and Dad.

Joey “GTL” Hix Homeschooled class of 2020.

Brandon Hoover Evergreen, Minter Creek, KPMS. Brandon will attend Olympic College, throwing javelin and hammer for the track team, and plans to become a high school math teacher.

Mason James Hyde Minter, Harbor Ridge. Attending Boise State University.

Emily Jenkins Vaughn, KPMS. Graduating PHS with her AA and attending WSU.

Ian Knapp Vaughn, KPMS, PHS, Henderson Bay. “High school was more than an experience for me, it was a challenge that I had the opportunity to overcome. Fear and failure were obstacles in my path, but in the process I found my purpose and myself.”

Natalie Kuhnau Enterprise Elementary and Illahee Middle School.

Tyler Lee Minter and Giaudrone Middle School. “We are so proud of Tyler. We look forward to your future. Mom and Jesse love you!”

Hannah Paige Lerman “We couldn’t be more proud of this young lady; she truly is the real deal. Her unprecedented passion to make a difference is inspiring. Congratulations Hannah!”

Colby Marshall Purdy Elementary, Vaughn, KPMS. “Colby is smart and passionate about everything he does. May his future be filled with success and adventure.”

Gehrig Matison Vaughn, KPMS. “Class of 2020 = Resilience. I’m ready to move on!”

Skylar McAnally Vaughn, KPMS. “She is proud to say she is a four year theater student! She will be attending BYU-I in the fall.” 

Kara McKinney Vaughn, KPMS. Three-sport scholar athlete at PHS. Attending University of Idaho.

Matt Nesbit Evergreen, KPMS. Attending Olympic College with plans to transfer to Oregon State to study forestry. He thanks his teachers and coaches for their support. 

Kyle O’Brien Olalla Elementary, KPMS. “Your parents are so proud of you. Seize the day and reach for your future.”

Jack Porter Olinger Vaughn, KPMS. Attending Montana State University to study aerospace engineering “and either build rockets or fly them.”

Amelio Pena Vaughn, KPMS.

Grace Reed Minter and homeschooled. “We are so proud of our daughter Grace. She will finish her AA degree at Olympic College and continue to pursue a career in forensic biology.”

Lillian Roberts Vaughn, KPMS.

Tiffany Christina Rose Minter Creek, Harbor Ridge, KPMS. Choir, theater, life guarding, volunteering, AP classes and Health Occupations Students of America. Attending Pacific Lutheran University. “We are all so proud of you!”

Yazmin Saber Minter, Harbor Ridge. Finished her AA through Running Start at TCC.

Erica Rose Schaefer Evergreen, KPMS. “Erica, you are all things amazing! We are so proud of the woman you’ve become!”

Willow Shaniah Olympic Elementary and Yelm Middle School. “I’m graduating from Discovery Alternative High School. I moved to Wauna recently and am proud to be graduating from an amazing school.”

Amaya Sheets Minter, Harbor Ridge. Graduating at the top of her class, President of Interact Club, class senator, and Student of Distinction Award Recipient. Attending University of Hawaii to major in marine biology. 

Daniel Shurr Vaughn, KPMS. Attending WSU. “Senior year was cut short, but our minor setbacks trigger major comebacks so I will use the lessons I learned from this to excel later in life.”

Gillian Rose Simpson Minter, Harbor Ridge. “We are so proud of you with all you have accomplished now and what you’ll do in the future! Keep following your passions and dreams. We love you forever!”

Ashley Sprabeary Spirit Lake Elementary in Idaho, Manson Junior High, and Henderson Bay. “So proud of you Ashley!”

Curtis Staples Evergreen, KPMS. “I have been in Peninsula School District all my life. I would like to thank all my teachers, especially my band teachers (Ms. Webb, Mr. Ehli and Ms. Webster) who pushed me to become a better musician.”

Forrest Rocco Stoican Evergreen, KPMS. “We are so proud of you! We love ya to the moon and back, keep up the great work!” Love, Mom and Dad

Reid Sturn Light House Christian School; PHS. Varsity four year baseball. Attending Lindfield University to play baseball and study sports management and finance.

Jessika Urdahl Purdy, Harbor Ridge. Jessica enjoys tennis, yearbook, working at Camp Seymour, camping, and spending time with her family and friends. Attending TCC in the fall for a degree in animal biology. 

Allison Valdez Vaughn, KPMS. An exceptional student graduating with honors, Allison participated in cross country all four years of high school. Although COVID-19 impacted this school year, she is making the most out of each day and remains so optimistic about the future.

Jonna Waage Artondale and Discovery Elementary; Goodman Middle School. Jonna completed her high school career in the top 10 in her class and was a dedicated three-sport athlete.

Jayden Woolley Minter, Harbor Ridge, Liberty High School in Madera Ranchos, California. “Graduating as captain of the varsity soccer team and with a 4.0. We are so proud of you, Jayden!”

Key Pen College Graduates

Janelle Brockman Home schooled; PHS. Graduating from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Arts in both business administration and religion, with a focus on East Asian religions. “It was a long journey, but I am ever thankful to my parents, for all my struggles, and for the lessons I learned. Go Lutes!”

Savek Butorac   Evergreen, KPMS, PHS. Graduating from the University of Washington with a dual degree in architectural design and construction management. 

Blake Cohoe Vaughn, KPMS, PHS. Graduating from Washington State University summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry. Attending Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in Spokane on a U.S. Air Force Scholarship. “Thank you to all the family, friends, and educators who have helped him achieve the dream he voiced at KPMS, when he was quoted in the Stars and Stripes in seventh grade.”

Mackenzie Mills Vaughn, KPMS, PHS. Graduating with honors from Johns Hopkins University majoring in earth and planetary sciences, minoring in physics. President of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the Earth Honor Society, and received the William A. Tarr Award. She will begin her Ph.D. in planetary science at the University of Arizona this fall, while continuing research at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.