There were balloons. And confetti. A little bit of dancing, and a whole lot of laughter. And, of course, tears: Joyful, happy, proud, ecstatic tears. The Chugiak and Eagle River Class of 2014 graduations took place at the Sullivan Arena on a sunny Thursday.
Karson Forbush didn’t grow up thinking he wanted to be a cheerleader. Instead, he followed a more traditional path. He wrestled. He played football. He was just an ordinary high school guy. Until he wasn’t. What changed wasn’t so much his attitude as his window of opportunity.
The gowns hung on a rack in the back of the smartly decorated Feather Skin & Body Studio in Eagle River, shimmering with possibilities. There was a delicate pale blue dress and deep maroon dress, a sophisticated white and black dress and a short pink dress with a flirty, flared skirt.
An 11-year-old child is alive today thanks to the quick thinking of two local Chugiak High School Naval Junior ROTC students. Cadets Ethan Espe and Paul Cockreham were on lifeguard duty at the Anchorage Community YMCA on March 19 when the 11-year-old child was discovered unconscious in the pool.
The Eagle River High School robotics team didn’t fare as well at the FIRST-Tech Challenge West Super-Regional competition held March 20-22, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif., as they did on March 8 in Fairbanks when their alliance with teams from Dimond and South high schools won them first place in state competition.
Eagle River High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC dominated the Alaska State Drill Meet competition held Feb. 22, at Service High School, bringing home two first-place and one third-place designations plus winning the academic award for the large school division. The competition included JROTC teams from 13 Alaska high schools. Large school division included teams with 21 or more members on the drill team.
It’s a dream within a dream, a musical within a play, a sweeping epic within one beautiful and perfect song. And the finale, with all the actors’ voices blending together in a rendition of “The Impossible Dream,” very well might bring a few tears to your eyes.
More than 40 Chugiak High students displayed work at the Fine Arts Show on Jan. 30 in the school’s music hall. The band, orchestra and choir performed numbers while parents and students browsed paintings, jewelry and pottery.
What does Chugiak High senior Ashleigh Bransky have in common with Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Ike and Tina Turner? They’ve all played at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. And next week, Bransky will play there, too.