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William Duncan poses with his framed letter signed by President Obama acknowledging a high school graduation announcement Duncan sent to the White House.   - Sequim Gazette photo by Alana Linderoth
William Duncan poses with his framed letter signed by President Obama acknowledging a high school graduation announcement Duncan sent to the White House.
— image credit: Sequim Gazette photo by Alana Linderoth

Sequim Gazette staff

 

Sequim High School 2014 graduate William Duncan did what most high school seniors from around the country do near the end of their high school year — mail out graduation announcements. But unlike many of his fellow high school grads, Duncan sent an announcement to President Barack Obama. About three weeks later Duncan received a letter from the White House signed by Obama congratulating him on his hard work and dedication to his education.

Inspired by curiosity to think beyond the usual graduation announcement recipients of friends and family, Duncan wanted to find out whether he would get a response from across the country.

“I had heard about other people doing it before but I was surprised to get a response,” Duncan said. “I figure it never hurts to have a letter from the White House.”

Duncan plans to add the letter to his portfolio and admits some friends have told him they now wish they would have sent an announcement to the president, too.

Reflecting on his four years at Sequim High School, Duncan’s favorite part was being the school’s mascot throughout his junior and senior years. Despite being “so hot” disguised inside the well-known wolf outfit, Duncan has many good memories as the Sequim Wolf.

But, with the years as the school mascot behind him, Duncan plans to stick around town through August before leaving for the eastern side of the mountains where he’ll attend a community college in Spokane. Although he doesn’t know which university yet, Duncan said he anticipates eventually transferring to a university to pursue an education in journalism.

“I want to be a news anchor on TV or the big goal is to be the Weekend Update host for SNL (Saturday Night Live),” Duncan said.

 

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