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Don Seabrook | A moment with graduates

Editor Marco Martinez wanted to get a graduation story from each of the main Wenatchee-area schools: Eastmont, Wenatchee, WestSide, and Wenatchee Valley College. Reporter Nevonne McDaniels talked to the schools and got some ideas of students to profile.

The first one to photograph was Eastmont’s Emma Dahmen. She was already an active community member so I wanted to photograph her somewhere in the community beside showing her school interests. Calling her up, I found out she worked at the Community Foundation of North Central Washington and she also had her last choir performance later in the week.

When I have a chance, I like to meet my subjects before photographing them. Going to Emma’s workplace was a great chance to get to know her, thinking the main photographs for the package would happen around the choir performance. The lighting at the Community Foundation was pretty interesting — it just took patience for her to be in the right spot during her workday.

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Eastmont High School graduate Emma Dahmen works at the Community Foundation of North Central Washington Wednesday, May 29, 2019. She had volunteered at the organization since eighth grade and had just been hired in April. She will work there during the summer.

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Eastmont High School graduate Emma Dahmen places agendas in a meeting room of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington Wednesday, May 29, 2019.

I met her again later that day for her choir performance, showing up ahead of time as she warmed up with the choir. I expected that photographing her at the warm-up would give me more chances to show her with her friends and the relationships she has with her peers. The actual performance would be too formal to find those intimate moments.

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Eastmont High School graduate Emma Dahmen hugs fellow Chamber Choir members Kelsie Agnew, left, and Sierra Blackburn before warming up for their last performance of the year on Wednesday night, May 29, 2019.

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Eastmont High School graduate Emma Dahmen, wipes away a tear as she listens to other members of the school's Chamber Choir talk about their experiences with the choir before their last performance of the year on Wednesday night, May 29, 2019.

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Eastmont High School graduate Emma Dahmen, bottom right, poses with fellow members of the school's Chamber Choir before their last performance of the year on Wednesday night, May 29, 2019. Next fall she will be attending Syracuse University in New York on a full four-year scholarship. She plans to major in economics and "citizenship and civic engagement."

At the end of the warm up, the teacher gave each graduate the cord they would wear for graduation. The photograph would tie Emma to the graduation ceremony.

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Eastmont High School senior Emma Dahmen puts on a graduate choir cord she was given just before her last choir performance of the year on Wednesday night, May 29, 2019.

Graduation is a great milestone in our kids’ lives. Being able to document four exemplary graduates was a wonderful privilege for me.

Photo Editor Don Seabrook: (509)661-5225

seabrook@wenatcheeworld.com

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I was born in Wenatchee, went to Eastmont High School, graduated from the University of Washington with a communications degree in journalism. I have a wife and three children.

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