Chugiak honors classmate at graduation
Though he didn’t receive a diploma, Fletcher Armstrong was still very much apart of Chugiak High’s Class of 2012 graduation on Thursday, May 10 at Sullivan Arena.
Several of the graduates wore green “F” stickers on their caps to honor their classmate, who died accidentally shortly after the 2011 school year.
The tragedy, still fresh in students’ minds, has brought Chugiak’s senior class closer together over the past year, student body president Mina Sayer said.
“We’ve all gone through so much together,” she said. “We’ve all become united.”
Valedictorian Susan Fleurant echoed Sayer’s sentiments.
“We’re a really close class,” she said.
Living in a small community forges tight bonds like the one shared between Chugiak’s seniors, Fleruant said.
“Everyone knows each other. Everyone is really supportive of each other,” she said.
Sayer said she’ll always remember the multitude of activities shared with her classmates, like bonfires and the senior lunch after winning WACKO this year.
“That’s the stuff I’m gonna miss,” she said.
Though he’ll miss enjoying barbeques with his friends, senior class president Luke Plumb said he’s looking forward to what the future has in store.
“I’m excited to be done and move on to the next part of my life,” said Plumb, who celebrated his 18th birthday on graduation day.
Minutes prior to the ceremony, the fact that her high school career was about to end hadn’t sunk in for Fleurant.
“It’s still weird hearing, ‘Valedictorian Susan Fleurant,’” she said. “It doesn’t seem real.”
Fleurant said there were too many unforgettable moments from her time at Chugiak to pick just one as the most memorable.
“We’ve done so much,” she said. “There’s been so many good memories from high school.”