Graduation Day

“Today is the greatest day I’ve ever known”

From SHS Class 0f 2007 song, by Smashing Pumpkins

Photos by Chelsea Bennett

Ryan Forester, Lary Martinez, Makeah Twitchell and Trevor Van Houten comprise Skagway High School’s class of 2007.

“The mistakes we make are not going to stop us. All four of us are strong – we have been strong since kindergarten and I believe we won’t be weak because we made it..... Even though I am done with the Panthers, it does not mean that I – The Machine – will stop playing basketball.”
-Makeah Twitchell, valedictorian

Guest Speaker Kent Fielding tells the class, “The secret of life is to act like you have a secret – and to make money off of it.” Salutatorian Ryan Forester thanks the teachers who helped him reach his goal of graduating from SHS.

Middle school graduates Jayce Ellis and Kaitlyn Surdyk walk into the gym.

The class of 2007 is congratulated by friends and family after the commencement ceremony.

First and second graders read about kindergarten graduates during the annual K Grad ceremony held earlier in the week. Photo by Jeff Brady

2007 Scholarship recipients

Alaska Power & Telephone: Trevor Van Houten

City of Skagway Cy Coyne: Lary Martinez

Skagway Eagles #25: Trevor Van Houten

Days of '98 Show/Jim Richards: Trevor Van Houten

American Legion Auxiliary: Trevor Van Houten

Eagles Ladies Auxiliary: Trevor Van Houten

Elma McMillen Scholarship: SHS ‘04, UAF student Thomas Knorr

Skagway Elks #431: Trevor “The Fry Guy” Van Houten

Skagway News Communication Arts Scholarship: Trevor Van Houten

Art Auction Scholarship: Josh Cotton