Graduation 2009: "Come so far"
Quotes compiled by Molly Dischner Photos by Jeff Brady
I dont really talk too much in fact, for many of you, its probably the first time youve heard me speak
. High school has been such a big part of my life, its hard to believe its over.
Salutatorian Meredith Hisman (enrolling at UAA in fall)
I wish our society could look at people and see unique individuals
. You have been living with this competitive and comparative way of living for the past 14 or 18 years. I regret to say its not over
. Enjoy the next part of your journey, dream big, but be true to yourself.
Jo-Ann Trozzo, commencement speaker
In life you have two choices, she said. You can choose to make gold, or you can choose to make poopoo
What growing up in this community has taught me is that each individual has unique opportunities to alleviate the struggles of others.
Valedictorian Shelby Surdyk (enrolling at UAF in fall), after quoting Shigeko Sasamori, a childhood survivor of the 1945 Hiroshima atomic bomb, whom she met at a Nuclear Awareness Conference co-hosted by the Skagway DDF team and UAS last year.
I learned that if you try hard and never give up, anything is possible.
Alini Jashiki. Class of 2009 exchange student from Japan (enrolling at Bob Jones Univ. in SC in fall)
Id like to thank my dad for pushing me mentally and physically, even if I complained about it a lot.
Tylor Forester, Class of 2009 (enrolling in UAS firefighter program in fall)
Im so proud of these students. They all have incredible plans for the future
.Were all on the shoulders of giants
It takes all of us to put these students on the path to success.
Dr. Michael Dickens, superintendent
Is it already graduation season? Time goes really fast. I feel like I am already an adult. I had a really good time in Skagway
. I will never forget Skagway, Alaska.
Soo Bin Kang. Class of 2009 exchange student from Korea (enrolling at Univ. of Nevada Singapore in fall)
Kaitlyn Surdyk named Student of the Year; Wilson, ODaniel top athletes
By JEFF BRADY
The SHS Awards Banquet featured two speakers from the 1966 boys basketball team that finished runner-up in the region to Juneau, the equivalent of being second in the whole state at that time. It was fitting to honor members of that team in light of the Skagway girls successful run to the state 2A championship game this year, said activites director Josh Coughran.
Stan Selmer and Mike ODaniel traded barbs and spoke about the highlights of that memorable season 43 years ago. They had been on a team that lost to Whitehorse three straight times and then completely turned it around, winning the coveted International Sourdough Trophy. When they reached the B Tourney in Juneau, Selmer said they were probably the first team in the state to have their coach so mad at them in one game that he left the bench and sat in the stands. The move was by design, however, and the Skagway team came back and won the game and made it to the championship with their coach back on the bench.
Selmer noted girls basketball has come a long way. In 1966 Skagway had a girls PE squad that probably could have been a state contender, but because there was no inter-scholastic girls ball, they had no one to play. But the school honored them with just as many pages in the yearbook as the boys team. It wasnt until the 1980s that girls basketball progressed to being equal to that of boys in Alaska.
ODaniel focused on some of the off-court fun that coaches pretended did not happen, such as racing cars and trying to trick the towns only cop. He wasnt fooled, as they discovered he would sit in the unmarked hearse and pull them over.
We are considered the village elders now, but back then more of the town considered us the village idiots, ODaniel said.
Then it was on to the awards. Here is the complete breakdown:
Student of the Year Kaitlyn Surdyk
Victor Marshall Award (best GPA) Kaitlyn Surdyk
Principals Award (most improved) Sarah Gillis
George Thiel Memorial Award (best student athlete) Kaitlyn Surdyk
Male Athlete of the Year Mickey Wilson
Female Athlete of the Year Kaylie ODaniel
Attendance Perfect: Amanda Jensen; Honorable mention: Zack Wassman, Rori Leaverton, Kaitlyn Surdyk
Superintendents Honor Roll Jade Cook, Zack Wassman, Airk Cochran, Amanda Hoover, Riley Westfall, Jestine Ellis, Brandy Mayo, Kaitlyn Surdyk, Kaylie ODaniel, Thomas Etue, Amanda Jensen, Mickey Wilson.
Honor Roll Donovan Henson, Hannah ODaniel, Elena Saldi, Nick Ackerman, Polly Brown, Jake Grieser, KC Mayo, Aviera Vogel, Jayce Ellis, Nikita Ford, Ian Klupar, Anna Korsmo, Rori Leaverton, John Doland, Alexis Grieser, Monica Harris, Elise Doland, Sarah Gillis, Kayla Henricksen, Tylor Forester, Meredith Hisman, Alini Jashiki, Soo Bin Kang, Shelby Surdyk.
DDF Captain, MVP and state champ in two events: Shelby Surdyk; Alini Jashiki, Brandy Mayo, Jayce Ellis.
English Elise Doland (AP), Kaitlyn Surdyk
Math Shelby Surdyk, Logan Weber
Student Council Mickey Wilson, president; Thoma Etue, vice president; Jayce Ellis, treasurer; Jestine Ellis, secretary.
Social Studies Amanda Jensen, Elise Doland, Alexis Grieser, Kaitlyn Surdyk, Mickey Wilson
Science Fair Jr. High: Riley Westfall (best display and best technical/physics project), Hannah ODaniel and Elena Saldi (best abstract), Greg Eagan (best biology sicience project); High school: Sarah Gillis (best display and best biology science project), Kaitlyn Surdyk (best abstract), Mickey Wilson (best technology/physics project).
Science Jade Cooke, Riley Westfall, Amanda Hoover, Danny Moore, Kaitlyn Surdyk, Thomas Etue, Alini Jashiki, Amanda Jensen
Robotics (SE champs) Riley Westfall, Rosalie Westfall, Zoe Wassman, Aidan Klupar, Trevor Cox.
Music Airk Cochran, Meredith Hisman
Technology Sarah Gillis, Alini Jashiki, Soo Bin Kang, Tylor Forester
Kaylie O'Daniel and Mickey Wilson
Cross Country Running Girls: Kaitlyn Surdyk (Spirit), Amanda Jensen (MVP 3rd in SE); Boys: Quinn Weber (Spirit), Mickey Wilson (SE champ/MVP).
Track State qualifiers: Mickey Wilson, Quinn Weber and Rori Leaverton
Volleyball Rori Leaverton (most improved), Jesse Ellis (MVP)
Wrestling Mickey Wilson (most improved), John Doland (MVP)
Jr. High Basketball Boys: Aidan Klupar (most improved), Airk Cochran (captain), Nick Ackerman (MVP); Girls: Jade Cook (attitude), Taylor Carlson and Aviera Vogel (most improved), Polly Brown (MVP)
Varsity Girls Basketball Kaitlyn Surdyk (co-capt.), Anna Korsmo (most improved), Jesse Ellis and Kaylie ODaniel (co-capts. co-MVPs)
Varsity Boys Basketball Ian Klupar (inspirational), Thomas Etue (captain), Mickey Wilson (MVP)