Kenai Alternative sets 25 students into the world

Posted: Sunday, May 29, 2005

There is a quality of genuineness at Kenai Alternative High School and it showed at the school's commencement for the class of 2005.

The ceremony was held at the Kenai Boys and Girls Club gym May 19.

Principal Gregg Wilbanks said the students who attend the alternative school have faced trauma, abuse, death — just about everything that would send many people into submissiveness.

"A lot of these students have overcome some extreme conditions and adversity," he said.

Wilbanks and secretary Phyllis Halstead were happy to announce several scholarships, much like at any other school graduation.

However, their true enthusiasm showed when they handed out honors like the WD-40 award that went to one student who continually slipped unnoticed in and out of class without making the slightest noise. Graduate Leah Sparks received the Picasso award for her artistic talents. Halstead hugged each graduate as if they were her own family.

KAHS graduated 25 in the class of 2005.

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