Philomath High's Class of 2022 valedictorians, from left, Reese Grube, Briah Benson, Blake Niemann, Cole Matthews, K Bacho, Mark Grimmer, Emery Boutilier, Blaise Pindell and Madalyn Gerig. (Photo provided by Philomath High School)

The Philomath High School’s Class of 2022 will make the diploma walk and 77 students will turn their tassels to officially make the transition from candidate to graduate on Saturday at Clemens Field.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

Seniors finished classes on Thursday and on Friday morning are scheduled to go through graduation practice, go on their traditional walk to the various campuses and pose for pictures.

In the evening beginning at 6, a parent-led group organized a parade through the community for a third straight year with seniors decorating their vehicles. Following graduation, the group has organized an “all-night party” to run from 10 p.m.-4:30 a.m. on Saturday into Sunday at the high school.

Philomath Academy is having a separate commencement ceremony this year on Friday beginning at 7 p.m.

Nine valedictorians

The Class of 2022 features nine valedictorians: K Bacho, Briah Benson, Emery Boutilier, Madalyn Gerig, Mark Grimmer, Reese Grube, Cole Matthews, Blake Niemann and Blaise Pindell.

All nine valedictorians achieved a 4.0 grade-point average.

Each student was asked to answer questions about themselves and following is a rundown of their responses:

K Bacho, daughter of Marci and Craig Bacho

• High school activities and honors: “Some honors I got were MVP, two all-conference honorable mention and academic scholar athlete for girls varsity soccer. Then I got academic scholar athlete for girls varsity basketball and I got two first-team all-conference for girls varsity tennis.”

• Post high school plans: “I plan to attend LBCC next year and prepare for getting into the occupational therapy assistant program.”

Briah Benson, daughter of Stine and David Benson

• High school activities and honors: “Green Team, National Honor Society co-president, Associated Student Body class officer. I worked a part-time job and have for all four years. I’ve been named student of the month two times.”

• Post high school plans: “Going to OSU to major in mechanical engineering.”

Emery Boutilier, daughter of Stephanie and Jordan Boutilier 

• High school activities and honors: “Track and field, swim, cross-country.”

• Post high school plans: “Attending LBCC.”

Madalyn Gerig, daughter of Jeff and Katie Gerig

• High school activities and honors: No anwer.

• Post high school plans: “I plan to attend McLennan Community College (Texas) to become a physical therapist assistant.”

Mark Grimmer Jr., son of Mark and Karli Grimmer

• High school activities and honors: “I was a part of soccer, basketball, baseball, cross-country and tennis. I was also a member of the National Honor Society and I sang in the choir. I was the soccer 4A state player of the year my senior year. My soccer team also won the state championship my senior year.”

• Post high school plans: “I plan on attending Brigham Young University starting the summer term of 2022. I will continue with the fall semester, and after that, I plan on serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

Reese Grube, daughter of Jennifer and Anton Grube

• High school activities and honors: “Varsity soccer all four years (most inspirational, second-team all-state), Green Team, Pride Club, Sign Language Club, Nintendo Club, Oregon Battle of the Books, Choir (section leader), Jazz Band, Broadcast Media, two-time student of the month, director of the spring play (‘Crazytown’), light board operator for ‘Into the Woods’ and ‘Nunsense,’ honor choir for ‘Music In May,’ Pep Band.”

• Post high school plans: “Southern Oregon University to study digital cinema.”

Cole Matthews, son of Shane and Cassie Matthews

• High school activities and honors: “Three-year varsity basketball player. Honor roll. Invited to National Honor Society. No. 1 in class.”

• Post high school plans: “Attend Oregon State University with a major in mechanical engineering and a minor in aerospace engineering.”

Blake Niemann, son of Eric and Shelley Niemann

• High school activities and honors: “Tri-sport athlete competing in football, wrestling and baseball. Placed second in state at the 2022 4A Wrestling State Championships and first in districts. A 12-time Academic All-American and member of ASB student government all four years, including senior class president. Leader in the PHS Broadcast Media program as well as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club.”

• Post high school plans: “After graduation, I will be attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University where I will major in sports journalism. I ultimately hope to one day become a professional sports broadcaster for a major news or sports network.”

Blaise Pindell, son of Michelle and Travis Pindell

• High school activities and honors: “I have been Rotary student of the month, Future Citizen of the Year 2022, and wrestled and played soccer for Philomath for four years.”

• Post high school plans: “I plan to fight wildland fires in the summer and in the fall, start an EMT course working on my paramedic’s certification.”

(Editor’s note: Information included in each biography is based on answers submitted by each student).