Soldotna High School

As Marcus Roberts waited at the Soldotna Sports Center for Soldotna High School's graduation on May 21, he was excited at the thought of his next endeavour.


"You get to choose what you're doing finally," Roberts, 18, said. "You don't get a set path like high school -- you get to pick your college or school or military."

Roberts said he doesn't know exactly where he will attend school, but he does know what he wants to do once he gets there.

"I'm going to college for computer sciences," he said. "I've always liked computers, it's a good career field."

Fellow graduate Devin Hutchings said she knows where she'll be attending college -- but she's still unsure of what she wants to do. She'll be attending Southern Oregon University.

"I haven't declared a major yet," Hutchings, 18, said. "College is expensive so I kind of narrowed it down to some majors that I'm interested in."

Hutchings was the student body president during her senior year. She said the events outside of the classroom is what she'll look back on.

"I really enjoyed the student council and taking part in decisions and dances," she said. "It's the out of school activities when you're with your friends that you remember the most."

It is math and welding that Patrick Powell will look back on. Powell said he hopes to work at the Red Dog Mine with his brother Timothy, who is a driller there. Powell said he felt excited and scared before the ceremony.

"(It's) just the real world," the 18-year-old said. "I haven't much lived past the school life yet, so I don't know what to expect yet."

Like Powell, Kayla Overpeck said she was excited about graduating. Overpeck is planning to attend college in the fall at Kenai Peninsula College in order to become an elementary school teacher.

"I've just always liked working with kids," Overpeck, 18, said. "I just thought it would be a really cool career."

SoHi basketball player Evan Withrow said he is looking forward to the next chapter in his life. Withrow, 18, will be attending the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where he'll study engineering and play basketball.

"I've been here as long as I can remember and going somewhere new is just going to be an awesome experience," Withrow said.

Looking back, Withrow said he'll remember the community support that was always there for him.

"They support our basketball team really well and they're great people -- they're always supporting me as well," he said. "And of course, I have my family that's always been there."

Deann Knight said she was excited and kind of nervous about being done with high school.

"It's kind of a nerve wracking thing because you're going out and starting your life in the world," Knight, 18, said.

Knight is heading to Wyoming in the fall where she's planning on studying business and then going into graphic design.

"Most graphic design artists are freelance and having business knowledge would be good," she said.

Knight said she enjoyed her teachers in school, the homecoming activities and art classes.

"Ceramics mostly," she said. "I just don't have to think about it when I do it, and I like that. That's like the graphic design thing -- I don't have to think too much about it, it just comes naturally."