Kodiak High School
seniors are preparing for graduation this week, and the school plans to hold
not one, but two events in honor of the class of 2009
Kodiak High School
principal Bill Watkins said graduation has changed somewhat from the
traditional model, beginning last year. Previously, the graduation ceremony
included the announcement of scholarships, which was time consuming, lasting
about an hour, and therefore unpopular with students. Watkins said that at the
request of students wanting to reduce the time of the ceremony and include the
rest of the student body in the process, the change was implemented.
-- (Watkins 1 46 sec. "Not all of the students ... expect their senior year.")
said this year's graduating class features no fewer than seven valedictorians.
In order to qualify as a valedictorian, students must maintain a 4.0 grade
point average. However, not all seven valedictorians can or want to speak at
the graduation ceremony. This year, two of the seven were chosen to speak.
-- (Watkins 2 21 sec. "If there's more than two ... that speak at graduation.")
addition to Anderson and Blott, the class of 2009's other valedictorians include
Karen Barnard, Lauren Cooney, Brittney Jones, Quinn Langfitt and Stephanie
Pasana. Watkins said about 185 students will graduate this year, which he called
an encouraging number.
-- (Watkins 3 36 sec. "We have a pretty good ... through the following year.")
The mock graduation for
the entire student body will take place Friday morning at the High School. The actual
graduation ceremony takes place Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Gerald C. Wilson
Auditorium. Last Friday evening, Kodiak
College held its own commencement
ceremony at the new Kodiak
Center, with some 38 students receiving certificates,
associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees and 26 students receiving GEDs.