Family, friends should be taken into consideration

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2005

Being the parent of a 2004 KCHS graduate and having moved recently from Kenai to the Lower 48 to be closer to family who missed out on most of my kids' activities during their school years, in addition to understanding both the loyalty together with the Kenai-Soldotna rivalry and having had a senior who was probably more anti-Soldotna than I would like to admit (especially during football season, winter and spring sports), I was thankful and proud when he put his feelings aside to consider how much it meant to his parents to share his accomplishments with all of our friends and family that could and would attend.

The senior class, with the help of Mr. Larsen and others (KCHS hockey team) made you forget that you were not on KCHS soil when walking into the graduation ceremonies at the Soldotna Sports Center. It was comfortable and spacious, with plenty of room for all of the graduating seniors' friends and family. When the seniors walked in, you could see them from most anywhere and easily move around to take photographs. The length of the graduation ceremony is always an issue, but we never got too warm or uncomfortable like in the past.

Yes, it is about the seniors. But seniors, don't forget the proud parents who want to share this special moment with all of your loved ones.

P.S. We hope to attend the 2006 graduation (my daughter's class) without having to scalp tickets at the door.

Carol Hakkinen

Kennewick, Wash.

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