End of high school music to Skyview seniors' ears

Posted: Friday, May 28, 2004

The muses of singing and music must have been smiling May 24 as a number of gifted seniors performed original songs and personal arrangements of standards during the 2004 Skyview High School graduation ceremony at the Soldotna Sports Center.

The harmonic voices of the Skyview Swing Choir filled the decorated arena as the group opened the ceremony singing the national anthem and later performed its rendition of the Beatles' tune "Yesterday."

The musical show stopper, however, was class salutatorian David Thornton singing and performing his own "Blessing," a Christian ballad with lyrics such as "Know I've loved you" and "I pray my life will always bless your heart."

After graduating, Thornton said he plans to major in music at California Baptist University in Riverside, Calif.

One of four class valedictorians who all attained perfect 4.0 grade point averages through high school, Michelle Trumpler, played her piano arrangement of "Over the Rainbow."

The talented senior, who earlier had become emotionally choked up while thanking her mom and dad for helping her reach the graduation milestone, credited her jazz arrangement of the standard in part to composer George Shearing.


Skyview High School 2004 graduates listen as Principal John Pothast advises them to "live, learn and laugh a little each day," and, in the words of William Shakespeare, "To thine own self be true."

Photo by Phil Hermanek

Trumpler plans to major in jazz piano at the University of Miami.

She also accompanied guitarist Dane Poppin who played "Times Like These."

The musical performances surrounded keynote speeches by announcer Dennis Smith and work co-op teacher David Means.

Smith told the graduating class of the importance of family, community and country and urged them to volunteer.

"Step forward," Smith said.

"Your hands are needed."

Means, who said he was honored to be asked by the graduating class to be a keynote speaker, invited the 120 graduates to celebrate the day, "which might be the most important celebration of your lives."

"I urge each of you to sit down and think what your goals in life are ... then raise the bar," Means said.

"Make this world a better place because you were here."

Skyview High School

Class of 2004

Rosene Lynne Adams

Danielle May Alton

William D. Ames

Chatchay Apaipak

Veronica Sergeevna Aralova

Annie Marie Atkinson

Brighton Nichole Lynn Bates

Matthew Aaron Bates

Caleb Logan Becker

Emily Kate Halfar Berezin

Jessica Irene Berkhahn

Vanessa Lorraine Bias

Briana Chantal Bilstad

Andreas Boesch

Jaime Denise Boon

Curtis O. Bowles

Brandon David Cleveland

Samuel Lindsay Clyde

Timothy Michael Cole

Joshua Kent Corr

Geoffrey T. Cox

Billy Herman Cox

Ryan Keith Dablemont

Samantha Jean Dalebout

Mark Elliot Davis Jr.

Shady Lee DeMoss

Kyle A. Dudley

Melinda Kay Duncan

John D. Essert

Anna Evanson

Amanda Maureen Fay

Nicole Jeanne Flanders

Mellissa Elayne Fowler

Sara Marie Garrant

Jacob Paul Gauthier

Ryan Joseph Geller

Lindsay M. Gephardt

Damien Francis Gilbertson

Ashley Nichole Giles

Jamie Mae Gossman

Jesse R. Grant

Robert Tyrel Grenier

Loma Laurann Hall

KatieAnne Hansen

Cody Mark Hatfield

Andrew Keith Holland

Marina Gail Holt

Wilson F. F. House

Kyler Kirkland Hyman

Sky F. Jasky

Justin Donald Jicha

Lisa Irene Johns

Timothy Kent Johns

Jeremy Patrick Jones

Jesse Michael Kelly

Hanna Mae King

Kelly Wayne Kitchen

David J. Kosydar

Kyle Kowalkowski

Robert Krause

Jammie Francis LaFuze

Katina Christina Marie Lagoutaris

Stephanie Jean Lambe

Benjamin Joseph Lloyd

Brittany Alise Manzek

Kimberly Dianne Martin

Casey Alanna McConnell

Travis Mathew Mercier

Gabrielle Elyse Merry

Liberty Jean Moloney

Joel Michael Morse

Jess Orr

Courtney Rose Palm

Jessie M. Perkovich

Cessna Rae Plate

Cynthia Renee Plate

Dane John Poppin

Charles Stephen Powell

Eric Ernest Pruett

Nicholas James Pyfer

Jozlyn LeAnn Reynolds

Maria Augustine Rich

Johnathon James-Fremont Richards

Caitlin Marie Riley

Zachary Jay Rohr

Tyler W. J. Romig

Jenny Diane Rozak

Cristine Marie Russell

Kristen Terese Russell (Huff)

Daryl Anthony Sachwitz

David Alan Sanders

Mista Sando

Jake Edward Savely

Nathan Otto Schmidt

Matthew Jon Schuetzler

Brittany Jean Sebastain

Brittany Marie Shaddy (Bell)

Kaleb Guy Shields

Antonio Lee Correia Silva

Jeremiah Dean Slagill

Andrew Cody Smith

Lucinda Marie Smith

Amber Lynn Spaulding

Garrett Mathew St.Clair

Jenna Lee Standridge

Jesse Aaron Swain

Elisha Marie Tarries

Crysania Louise Taylor

David Alan Thornton

Michelle Marie Trumpler

Shane Craigery Turnbull

Ashley Nicole Waldrip

Krystina Marie Watson

Matthew B. Weaver

Cody Allen Williams

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