15 seniors earn diplomas from Ninilchik High SchoolGretchen R. Garroutte

Posted: Monday, June 04, 2001

Like many of their classmates, Ninilchik High School valedictorian Gretchen Garroutte and salutatorian Bridgette Cuffe have been friends since kindergarten. Standing together at the podium during the commencement ceremony May 20, they combined their comments, pairing words from "Oh! The Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss with the class motto "We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore."

Peninsula Clarion reporter McKibben Jackinsky, a longtime Ninilchik resident, was the commencement speaker.

Ninilchik High School's

Class of 2001

Christopher Ardolino

David Boyle

Bridgette Cuffe, salutatorian

Gretchen Garroutte, valedictorian

Kourtney Hansen

Amy Hull

Christopher Kruzick

Jamey Russell

Jessica Russo

Rex Savely

Michael Scalzo

Joshua Smith

Emily Soger

Tiffany Stonecipher

Dale Stradford

Gretchen Garroutte, valedictorian


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Gretchen is a lifelong resident of Ninilchik and was this year's Masonic Outstanding Student at her school. Her numerous activities include yearbook, track, cross-country and the Close Up program to Washington, D.C. She has served on numerous committees and community projects and as class president all four years. She enjoys traveling, reading and working with children. Gretchen plans to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks and pursue a degree in elementary education. Her parents are Patsy Bushnell and Gary Garroutte.

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