Photos: 2013 Graduation

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Rose Price, 19, throws her mortarboard into the air in celebration at the close of Kenai Alternative High School’s graduation ceremony Monday. KAHS graduated 35 students.
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Eugene Maestas, 19, hugs his mother Pearl after becoming the first person in his family to graduate high school during the Kenai Alternative High School 2013 graduation ceremony Monday.
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Shayde Billman shares a laugh with a KAHS administrator after accepting his diploma. Billman said he cut three holes in his mortarboard to accommodate his 16 and a half inch mohawk.
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Daniel Baldwin laughs with his three friends while waiting to walk in Monday’s Skyview High School at the Soldotna Sports Center. The 18-year-old Soldotna resident said he shares many memories with his three friends, Garren Lucas, Samuel Janorschke and Kade Cooper, all graduating as well. Baldwin will enter the Army following graduation.
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Skyview High School students wait to walk during their Monday graduation in the Soldotna Sports Center.
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Frank Bush slings his arm around his nephew, 19-year-old Jessie Graham. Kasilof resident Jessie, graduating in Skyview High School’s Monday ceremony at the Soldotna Sports Center, said “this seems like a miracle.” He had missed four years of school, but made them up, he said.
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Sandy Glonek holds the rose her daughter, Sierra Glonek, 18, gave her during Skyview High School’s graduation at the Soldotna Sports Center, Monday. The Kenai resident said she was an emotional person as she whipped away tears.
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2013 Seniors walk through the Nikiski Middle High School gym Monday. Each senior carried a lily.
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2013 Seniors walk through the Nikiski Middle High School gym Monday. Each senior carried a lily.
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2013 Seniors walk through the Nikiski Middle High School gym Monday. Each senior carried a lily.
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Amelia Andersen and Jaden Larson show off their decorated hats after the graduation Monday.
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Classmates Orren Hyatt and Lacy Elsey show their excitement smiles after graduating Monday. Both graduates plan to stay in Alaska and peruse education.
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Ninilchik High School 2013 graduates straighten their tassels as they prepare to enter the Ninilchik gymnasium.
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From left to right: Mirannda Monzulla, Brianne Noble and Jennifer Smith listen to Kaylee Smith's valedictorian address.
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From left to right: Lynn Keogh, Jayke Cooper, David Bear and JC Wheeler laugh at stories Kaylee Smith shared in her valedictorian speech.
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After the ceremony, friends and family congratulated the graduates, who stood by tables displaying tokens their achievements.
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Salutatorian David Bear gives his commencement speech.
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Kaylee Smith delivers her valedictorian address.
 

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