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KIBSD celebrates the Class of 2017

  

KIBSD celebrates the Class of 2017
By Noelle H. Lowery

 

High school graduations provide an opportunity for reflection, celebration and optimism about the future, and from Kodiak High School to its eight rural schools, Kodiak Island Borough School District has been a source of all of these for the month of May.

 

Akhiok School held the first graduation ceremony of the season on May 18, followed by Karluk, Ouzinkie and Port Lions on May 19 and Chiniak on May 20. KHS seniors graduated on May 21, and Larsen Bay held the final graduation ceremony for the KIBSD 2016-2017 school year on May 22.

 

Highlighting the graduation of the Class of 2017 was the 100 percent graduation rate for KIBSD’s Rural Schools students. Among those students graduating were:

  • John Aga - Larsen Bay School
  • Lillie-Ann Bowen - Chiniak School
  • Hannah Luther - Chiniak Schools
  • Cody Walton - Chiniak School
  • James Lininger - Danger Bay School
  • Gunnar Nelson - Port Lions School
  • Levi Peterson - Akhiok School
  • Christopher Phillips - Akhiok School
  • Isiah Simeonoff - Akhiok School
  • Sarah Reft - Karluk School

AKTEACH graduated the following 12 students:

  • Guy Malutin
  • Matthieu Sutton
  • Tyler Thomas
  • Justin Ceron
  • Jordyn VerHulst
  • Korena Nelson
  • Matthew Cawley
  • Megan Anderson
  • Halaia Barnett
  • Logan Yatsik
  • Katy Anderson
  • Torri Stewart

In town, 155 seniors graduated from KHS in a ceremony held in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium. The KHS graduating class earned a combined more than $1 million in scholarship money and tuition waivers that will be used over the next five years. Those 13 students at the head of the class of 2017 as valedictorians included:

  • Al Asuncion 
  • Bailey Bass
  • Tim Bohac
  • Celestina Cruz 
  • John Dunlop
  • Mariel Garcia
  • Arielle Himelbloom
  • Kyle Mauer
  • Anna McDonald
  • Chloe Nelson
  • Makai Probasco
  • Jhune Ronquillo
  • Samantha Torkildsen

Notable college- and university-sponsored scholarship recipients include:

  • John Dunlop to Stanford University from the Stanford Fund Scholarship - $65,000/annually
  • Bailey Bass to University of San Diego with a Merit Scholarship - $100,000 over four years
  • Mariel Garcia to Whitman College in Washington state with a Stephen Penrose Scholarship ($56,000 over four years) and a Lomen-Douglas Scholarship ($28,250)
  • Mariah Arndt to University of Mobile in Alabama with a Founder’s Merit Scholarship - $36,000 over four years
  • Al Asuncion to University of Alaska Anchorage with a full-tuition UAA Seawolf Opportunity Scholarship plus $2,000 for housing
  • Lydia Stanford to Utah State University with an Alumni Legacy Scholarship - $13,000/annually
  • Mallory Arnold to Arizona State University with a New American University Scholar Dean’s Award - $6,250/semester
  • Beatriz Recinos-Pineda to Northern Arizona University with a Merit Scholarship - $16,250 over four years
  • Andreas Carros to Northern Arizona University with a Gold Merit Scholarship - $16,000 over four years
  • Graham Burnside to Northern Arizona University with a Founders Blue Merit Scholarship Award - $12,000 over four years 
  • Timothy Bohac to Pensacola Christian College with an Academic Honors Scholarship - $16,000 over four years
  • Baxter Anderson to George Fox University in Oregon with a Merit Scholarship - $16,000 over four years 
  • Kierra Murphy to Grandy Canyon University in Arizona with an Academic Scholarship - $7,000
  • Jarod Ross to AVTEC with a $3,175 Full-Tuition Waiver from the Alaska School Counselor Association Scholarship 

Notable independent scholarship awards include:

  • Mariel Garcia with the Marion Soule Scholarship from the Kodiak Electric Association Inc. - $15,000
  • Mariel Garcia with an Alaska School Counselor Association Scholarship to the University of Alaska Fairbanks - $5,000
  • John Dunlop with a $3,500 Academic Scholarship from the Kodiak Electric Association Inc.
  • Krystal Fabricante with an Alaska School Counselor Association Scholarship to the University of Alaska Anchorage - $2,5000 Tuition Waiver
  • Michaela Zurflueh with a $2,500 CIRCAC/James Carter Memorial Scholarship for Environmental Studies 

Accompanying this story is a detailed listing of all the scholarships and academic recognitions for the KHS Class of 2017. What a talented group of young people! Well done, graduates!

 
Good luck to all!