The shouting is over, but the joy and enthusiasm lingers on! I’m speaking, of course, about Congressional approval of statehood for this great country of ours. It was a memorable occasion for the majority of Alaskans the day the word was flashed instantaneously by the miracle of teletype. After years of struggle, red tape, delay and what-not, the victory was finally ours.
Thirty-five students, the largest graduating class in the history of the Chugiak School, received their diplomas last Wednesday in the first formal graduation exercises to be held at the school. In previous years the diplomas had been awarded at a PTA sponsored banquet.
The following account is taken from notes former CHS teacher Andy Kirk handwrote in July 1997, shortly before he died. Since the 50th anniversary of Chugiak High School is being celebrated this summer, we thought it appropriate to print it here now.
Spontaneous combustion was named as the cause of a fire which completely destroyed a storage building at Mile 14 ½ on the Old Glenn Highway last Wednesday.
At the next community meeting, it was decided to continue the carnival as an annual event. The sponsor of the event would be an association of all fraternal and community organizations. Members of the association would consist of all residents of the area. The name would be Chugiak Benefit Association. The directors of CBA would be elected by the membership. The purpose of CBA was to coordinate fund drives and assist member groups in supporting themselves. All groups were to share in proceeds of the CBA.