Students' choice the most important thing to consider

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2005

I just read one of the articles written regarding the heated graduation issue at Kenai Central High School and, quite frankly, I don't understand what the issue is.

Our kids go to Kenai, choose to go to KCHS when there are other schools they clearly could go to in Soldotna. They have Kenai pride and show it. All you have to do is see some of the letters written from upcoming graduates or past graduates and, obviously, from the polls taken on the Clarion's online site that everyone wants the graduation to be at the school.

If the auditorium is too small, as principal Dunn is proclaiming, then have it in the gym. I graduated in a class in Ketchikan which was rated "small" at 124 students. Parents, friends and family all came, no one was told they could not attend. For some it was standing room only. Big deal. It's graduation! I cannot believe they had it at the Soldotna Sports Center here last year, when the auditorium is clearly able to hold enough people for the activity.

Don't ruin this for the kids, please. It's the last thing they do at their school that they remember the rest of their life. Believe me, you do remember it. I just got back from my 20-year reunion last summer, and things like that are retained in our brains — right down to who was principal, assistant principal, office staff, etc.

Graduation belongs at the school — period — nowhere else. If a small place like Ketchikan can accommodate families and friends for a large graduating class in 1984 (before its remodel of KayHi) and a much smaller auditorium, which didn't seat near 980, Kenai can certainly pony up and have it in theirs!

I just don't know what the problem is. Maybe the parents need to start rallying a petition to the school board and Mr. Dunn declaring our strong feelings on this subject. Mine, of course, is to see my kids graduate at THEIR school, not somewhere else.

Anyone interested in this, and possibly starting a petition, may e-mail me at The kids have done what they can, it's time for us, as parents, to step up and do something. Thank you. Peace.

Kara Steele


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