‘We’re all gonna miss it’

Chugiak High Class of 2013 has 266 graduates


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Two hundred sixty-six names were called at Sullivan Arena on the evening of May 16.

Despite its large size, Chugiak High’s Class of 2013 had a strong bond, senior class president Isabel Hakala said.

“It doesn’t seem to be cliquey,” she said.

Hakala said Chugiak’s 12th-graders formed a tighter relationship in their final year of high school.

“Our class got a lot closer this year,” she said. “We’re all gonna miss it.”

Senior fun day at the McDonald Center is high on Hakala’s list of best high school memories. But nothing beats winning Wild and Crazy Kids Olympics as a senior.

“We dominated,” she said.

The annual event that pits each class and the faculty against one another in a series unorthodox games is also a favorite of Katie Kingsley, senior class vice president. Kingsley said she’ll never forget winning supermarket sweets four years in a row.

“It’s one of my favorite memories,” she said.

Kingsley said she’ll miss her friends, and more importantly, having her parents to rely on.

“What I’ll miss the most is being able to take advantage of my parents,” she said.

As each graduate enters the next phase of their life and answers the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” principal Sam Spinella said to remember the character traits developed at Chugiak — diligence, endurance, determination and persistence.

Faith, hope and love are also essential for success, he said.

At the conclusion of his speech, Spinella said the graduates were prepared for life’s next chapter.

“You are ready to graduate,” he said. “God bless each and every one of you.”

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com.

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