Ninilchik turns out to support students

Posted: Friday, May 28, 2004

The tiny coastal town of Ninilchik was a hub of activity as several hundred family members and friends turned out to see the commencement exercises for the 15 individuals of the graduating class of 2004.

Two-by-two and arm-in-arm, the students entered the gymnasium. They took their front row seats and faced the wall-sized banner they had made that was draped behind the stage.

The border of the banner had the names of each student along with an individual icon that embodied their interests.

The central message of the banner was in foot-tall letters that read, "We have the memories of yesterday; we know the reality of today; we have the hope of tomorrow."

This phrase seemed to resonate throughout the commencement ceremony as many students spoke of the past, the present and their future plans.

There were many watery eyes and sniffling noses as the reality of the day set in for the students, but Jason Schollenberg did his best to add a little levity to the event by opening the salutatorian address with a joke that poked fun at one of Ninilchik High's rivals from the north.

"What did the Skyview High School graduate say to the Ninilchik High School graduate?" he asked the crowd.

After a slight pause and few folks in the audience asked what, he responded, "Can I take your order please?" Numerous chuckles followed.

Katie Moerlein spoke next and delivered the valedictorian address.

She said that although she is uncertain what the future may hold as she and the other graduates now stepped beyond her protected childhood life to embark in their separate directions, she took solace in knowing they had shared the journey to that point together.

"I challenge you to make a change for the better in this world," Moerlein said to her classmates. "If we stand up for what we believe, everything will lead to a brighter tomorrow."

Custodian John McCombs was asked by the students to deliver the commencement address, and he also encouraged the students to make a difference, as many of them left the village to enter the world.

"Finish what you start ... be strong ... and don't be tempted to take a year off or you'll be a year behind," McCombs said.

The graduating class then received their scholarships from various entities. Six of the 15 students were awarded at least one scholarship, and some took home more than one.

Jason Schollenberg received the most: nine separate scholarships for displaying a variety of positive attributes such as leadership, community involvement, school spirit and academic success.

Principal Michael Wetherbee then awarded the diplomas and presented the Class of 2004. He closed the ceremony by stating "These kids are going places. Twelve of the 16 are already signed, sealed and delivered to go to college, from KPC to Dartmouth."

Ninilchik School

Class of 2004

Eric Coleman

Hannah George

Randi Hall

Donna Henderson

Vincent Kruzick

Jack Kvasnikoff

Amanda Matson

Katie Moerlein

Amanda Peterson

Mala Presley

Charles Pulliam

John Russo

Mathany Satterwhite

Alexander Scalzo

Jason Schollenberg

By JOSEPH ROBERTIA

Peninsula Clarion

The tiny coastal town of Ninilchik was a hub of activity as several hundred family members and friends turned out to see the commencement exercises for the 15 individuals of the graduating class of 2004.

Two-by-two and arm-in-arm, the students entered the gymnasium. They took their front row seats and faced the wall-sized banner they had made that was draped behind the stage.

The border of the banner had the names of each student along with an individual icon that embodied their interests.

The central message of the banner was in foot-tall letters that read, "We have the memories of yesterday; we know the reality of today; we have the hope of tomorrow."

This phrase seemed to resonate throughout the commencement ceremony as many students spoke of the past, the present and their future plans.

There were many watery eyes and sniffling noses as the reality of the day set in for the students, but Jason Schollenberg did his best to add a little levity to the event by opening the salutatorian address with a joke that poked fun at one of Ninilchik High's rivals from the north.

"What did the Skyview High School graduate say to the Ninilchik High School graduate?" he asked the crowd.

After a slight pause and few folks in the audience asked what, he responded, "Can I take your order please?" Numerous chuckles followed.

Katie Moerlein spoke next and delivered the valedictorian address.

She said that although she is uncertain what the future may hold as she and the other graduates now stepped beyond her protected childhood life to embark in their separate directions, she took solace in knowing they had shared the journey to that point together.

"I challenge you to make a change for the better in this world," Moerlein said to her classmates. "If we stand up for what we believe, everything will lead to a brighter tomorrow."

Custodian John McCombs was asked by the students to deliver the commencement address, and he also encouraged the students to make a difference, as many of them left the village to enter the world.

"Finish what you start ... be strong ... and don't be tempted to take a year off or you'll be a year behind," McCombs said.

The graduating class then received their scholarships from various entities. Six of the 15 students were awarded at least one scholarship, and some took home more than one.

Jason Schollenberg received the most: nine separate scholarships for displaying a variety of positive attributes such as leadership, community involvement, school spirit and academic success.

Principal Michael Wetherbee then awarded the diplomas and presented the Class of 2004. He closed the ceremony by stating "These kids are going places. Twelve of the 16 are already signed, sealed and delivered to go to college, from KPC to Dartmouth."

Ninilchik School

Class of 2004

Eric Coleman

Hannah George

Randi Hall

Donna Henderson

Vincent Kruzick

Jack Kvasnikoff

Amanda Matson

Katie Moerlein

Amanda Peterson

Mala Presley

Charles Pulliam

John Russo

Mathany Satterwhite

Alexander Scalzo

Jason Schollenberg

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Photo by Joseph Robertia Hannah George turns her tassel marking the end of her high school career May 24 at Ninilchik High School's graduation ceremony.

Ninilchik turns out to support students

By JOSEPH ROBERTIA

Peninsula Clarion

The tiny coastal town of Ninilchik was a hub of activity as several hundred family members and friends turned out to see the commencement exercises for the 15 individuals of the graduating class of 2004.

Two-by-two and arm-in-arm, the students entered the gymnasium. They took their front row seats and faced the wall-sized banner they had made that was draped behind the stage.

The border of the banner had the names of each student along with an individual icon that embodied their interests.

The central message of the banner was in foot-tall letters that read, "We have the memories of yesterday; we know the reality of today; we have the hope of tomorrow."

This phrase seemed to resonate throughout the commencement ceremony as many students spoke of the past, the present and their future plans.

There were many watery eyes and sniffling noses as the reality of the day set in for the students, but Jason Schollenberg did his best to add a little levity to the event by opening the salutatorian address with a joke that poked fun at one of Ninilchik High's rivals from the north.

"What did the Skyview High School graduate say to the Ninilchik High School graduate?" he asked the crowd.

After a slight pause and few folks in the audience asked what, he responded, "Can I take your order please?" Numerous chuckles followed.

Katie Moerlein spoke next and delivered the valedictorian address.

She said that although she is uncertain what the future may hold as she and the other graduates now stepped beyond her protected childhood life to embark in their separate directions, she took solace in knowing they had shared the journey to that point together.

"I challenge you to make a change for the better in this world," Moerlein said to her classmates. "If we stand up for what we believe, everything will lead to a brighter tomorrow."

Custodian John McCombs was asked by the students to deliver the commencement address, and he also encouraged the students to make a difference, as many of them left the village to enter the world.

"Finish what you start ... be strong ... and don't be tempted to take a year off or you'll be a year behind," McCombs said.

The graduating class then received their scholarships from various entities. Six of the 15 students were awarded at least one scholarship, and some took home more than one.

Jason Schollenberg received the most: nine separate scholarships for displaying a variety of positive attributes such as leadership, community involvement, school spirit and academic success.

Principal Michael Wetherbee then awarded the diplomas and presented the Class of 2004. He closed the ceremony by stating "These kids are going places. Twelve of the 16 are already signed, sealed and delivered to go to college, from KPC to Dartmouth."

Ninilchik School

Class of 2004

Eric Coleman

Hannah George

Randi Hall

Donna Henderson

Vincent Kruzick

Jack Kvasnikoff

Amanda Matson

Katie Moerlein

Amanda Peterson

Mala Presley

Charles Pulliam

John Russo

Mathany Satterwhite

Alexander Scalzo

Jason Schollenberg



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