Sarah Palin speaks at Republic High School Graduation [Washington State] June 1, 2013

In early May, the following announcement was published in several local news stories, including this piece by Kerri Sandaine in The Lewiston Tribune.

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.

Snark followed in a Seattle Weekly opinion piece published here. Governor Palin responded via this Tweet and Facebook post:

The full speech originally posted at (h/t C4P’s Stacy Drake):

The KHQ news story (with reporting by KHQ’s Katie Steiner ):

The after story ~ featured in The Spokesman-Review:

REPUBLIC, Wash. – Former Alaska governor and Republican firebrand Sarah Palin brought a gift and a surprise for residents of this town of 1,100 who crowded the high school gym to celebrate its graduation Saturday afternoon. Grads found the gift taped under their chairs onstage: a dollar bill. The currency taught a life lesson, Palin said.

“You gotta get off your butt to make a buck,” Palin said, to cheers from the crowd of 700 or so who had nabbed tickets to the event.  Read more here.

From all of us ★Palinistas★, a special thanks to Governor Sarah Palin for your many acts of “plain, ordinary, everyday kindness”, and for championing the values, dreams, and  “hard work and perseverance” of many of us who hail from “Small Town America”.

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