I grew up in a small town north of Spokane and south of Canada called Republic, Wash. The population hovers around 1,000 people and my alma mater, Republic High School, now has about 100 students in grades 9-12.

Why am I bringing this up? Because the Class of 2013 decided to invite Sarah Palin to speak at graduation and she said yes. The former governor of Alaska and vice-presidential candidate will be at RHS on June 1, according to a press release on the district's website.

I think the biology teacher spoke at my graduation, so having Palin roll into town is worth mentioning. This is not your typical commencement ceremony in Ferry County.

One part that interests me is this Class of 2013, described as "a bunch of go-getters" by the locals. They didn't just ask a popular teacher, like most classes do. They thought big. They went high profile. I hope they enjoy their graduation day and continue to pursue their dreams.

Here is the press release:

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to speak at Republic High School Graduation

Republic High School is excited to announce that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has accepted the invitation of the senior class to serve as the 2013 commencement speaker on June 1. 

After an extensive campaign by the senior class, led by class president Tyler Weyer, that included weeks of coordinated letter writing, emails, tweets, and a full facebook campaign including photographs, the senior class realized their dream to have Governor Palin speak at their commencement ceremony.   

“We confer a special thank you to senior class president Tyler Weyer for his dedicated work in securing this year’s 2013 class speaker and recognize the Republic School District staff and community in supporting the senior class goal of realizing this once-in-a-lifetime event,” said Principal Shawn Anderson. 

The Republic High School Senior Class of 2013 is comprised of 27 members and the full student body is 109 strong.

Republic High School 2013 commencement ceremonies will be held on June 1 at Republic High School Gymnasium from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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