Riverview School District

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Sawyer Swart Becomes First Recipient of
RSD Certificate in Manufacturing and Fabrication

On Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at the Riverview School Board meeting, Sawyer Swart, Class of 2020 graduate from Cedarcrest High School, was recognized for earning the first Riverview School District Certificate in Manufacturing and Fabrication. The Riverview School Board of Directors, Superintendent Dr. Anthony Smith, representatives from Cedarcrest High School, the Cedarcrest Agriculture Education Program, Riverview’s Career and Technical Education Program, and district administrators honored Swart during the virtual meeting.

“Four years ago, Sawyer Swart walked into the Manufacturing Lab and began his journey,” said Seth Thomas, Agriculture Educator and FFA Advisor at Cedarcrest High School, in a letter shared by School Board President Lori Oviatt during the meeting. Mr. Thomas praised Sawyer for combining design skills learned from Architectural Engineering courses, fabrication skills in shop, and skills learned in Career & Technical Education (CTE) classes to create amazing projects.

“(Sawyer’s) leadership abilities grew immensely in his four years and I could imagine no better project leader than Sawyer. I am proud of the amazing young man he has become, more than can be expressed in words,” he added.
Sawyer completed four levels of Manufacturing and Fabrication classes at Cedarcrest. He also has completed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ten-hour safety course along the way to receiving his certification. Currently enrolled in a Manufacturing course at Everett Community College, Sawyer thanked Mike Miyoshi (Cedarcrest CTE Teacher) for preparing him to be able to read and understand all the blueprints he is working with now.

The Manufacturing and Fabrication Certificate was developed in partnership with Lake Washington Institute of Technology, following a variety of visitations with regional vocational programs. In working towards certification, Sawyer said that “it never felt like work because everyone involved enjoyed what they were doing.”

Through a social media post, Dr. Smith praised Sawyer’s accomplishments. “Congrats to Sawyer for earning Riverview’s first School Board approved Manufacturing/Fabrication Certification! As part of the program, he is also is OSHA Certified! Thanks to Lake Washington Tech for waiving credits for this Certification. We are hoping other colleges join in!” During the ceremony, he also called both Mr. Thomas and Sawyer pioneers in Riverview, stating that he “...hopes this is the beginning of many more students achieving certification.”

Principal Ray La Bate shared that Sawyer was a great citizen in his time at Cedarcrest High School, complimenting him as a very well-rounded person who makes us all proud.

Please join us in congratulating Sawyer Swart on this impressive accomplishment!