The 114 members of the Soldotna High School graduating class of 2001 entered the gymnasium May 22 in waves of two and three dressed in gowns of light and navy blue. Principal Sylvia Reynolds commented that it was a strong class. She said the students were wonderful and unique in different ways, athletically and artistically.
"I'm going to miss them," she said.
Valedictorians Kara Merrill, Megan Newbould, Lucas Petersen and Tasha Zsoter shared the hopes and inspiration they had found as they grew with the class of 2001.
"Life owes you nothing," Merrill said. "Have purpose or you will never reach your destination."
Newbould noted mental strength is as necessary as physical strength. Recalling the time SoHi's cross country team beat rival Skyview, she said the race was won in the last yards with mental strength over opponents that were perhaps physically stronger.
Zsoter asked the class to look ahead, toward accomplishments and opportunities in the future.
Vicki Stewart accepts a rose from her daughter Krystyna Williams during Soldotna High School's commencement ceremony.
Photo by M. SCOTT MOON, Staff
"Make the most of everything in life and try new and exciting things," she said.
Petersen challenged the class to write its own book.
"Make it a novel you can't put down," he said. "A ship in the harbor will never get to sea. Write a book that is more exciting each day."
The keynote speaker, head girls' basketball coach Mark Tuter, said the class of 2001 had been a part of his life since he was a substitute teacher in the second grade.
Soldotna High School's
Class of 2001
Brian Christian Jr.
Patrick Blake Hardina
Andraya La Fleur
Kara Merrill, valedictorian
William Moiles, salutatorian
Megan Newbould, valedictorian
Ji Min Park
Lucas Petersen, valedictorian
Tasha Zsoter, valedictorian
The following foreign exchange students received certificates of completion rather than diplomas:
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