KITTITAS — They grew up in a generation where there’s a cell phone in every pocket, and a camera in every hand. Like fashion models walking down the runway, they instinctively knew where to look and smile as flashes went off, horns sounded and video rolled Saturday night at the Kittitas Secondary School graduation in front of a capacity audience in Coyote Gym.

Forty-one seniors at Kittitas Secondary School turned the tassel and threw their hats in the air, signifying they were ready to turn the page in their lives and move on to something special. It was a night of family, a night where good friends stood together one more time, it was a night to be recognized.

Nine reached academic excellence with the distinction of wearing the gold cord for being in the Honor Society with at least a 3.25 grade point or higher. Two were credited with the Grey Cord for carrying a 3.25 GPA throughout their high school careers. It was a class full of excellence with 32 students headed off to college or university. Others will find their place in the United States military or in the workforce.

As 41 Kittitas young people stood at the turning point where they will go their separate ways, singer Nyah Escobar serenaded the journey they were about to embark with her rendition of “See You When I see You.” Like her friends and fellow students, maybe, her voice started off timid and uncertain. But as she got into it, with a little help from some 400 people in the audience, the graduating senior found the strength and voice she’s been developing finished strong with the enchanting, almost haunting words, “Yeah, I’ll see you when I see you. And I hope it’s some day real soon.”

Class speaker Martin Arreola reminded them that they can go home again.

“I truly believe everything happens for a reason and to be able to grow up with every single one of these individuals sitting up here today was an absolute blessing,” he said. “And I just want all of you to know I love all you guys. Once a Coyote always a Coyote.”

Valedictorian Lainey Allemand-Riles touched on something maybe every graduating senior in the room had on their minds.

“You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place that you’ll not only miss the people you love, but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and at this place, because you’ll never be this way again,” she said. “But we will always be Coyotes. We will always be bound together as the graduating class of 2019 at Kittitas High School. And although we will somehow always be linked to each other. Tonight we are going to have to leave this place feels like home and these people that feel like family.

“One day down the road we might cross paths with each other, and it will resemble meeting a stranger who feels like a memory.”

Salutatorian Madigan Webster touched the hearts and souls one more time reminding friends and family one more time of good days to come and the world is new and exciting place.