Largest class in school history graduates from ERHS
If Eagle River High had a bumper sticker, it would read: “Many voices, one school community.”
Due to its unique population, principal Marty Lang described ERHS as such during the Class of 2013 graduation ceremony at Sullivan Arena on May 16.
About half of the school’s students were raised in Alaska, Lang said, while the other half has traveled the country and world as members of military families.
This brings many different perspectives into Eagle River’s classrooms, Lang said.
No matter how many different outlooks there are, most students share at least one common belief: Wild and Crazy Kids Olympics is awesome.
“WACKO is pretty big,” said senior class president Jachi Madubuko.
The annual event that pits each class and the faculty against one another in a series of goofy games is a great bonding activity for the whole school, senior class vice president Brandon Parrish said.
“It really gets the whole school involved and spirited,” he said.
Winning WACKO the past two years ranks among the top high school memories for both Parrish and Madubuko.
Parrish said he’ll never forget the friends he made at ERHS.
“I’ll miss my friends and the memories that we made,” he said.
Though 250 students received diplomas — Eagle River’s largest class in its eight-year history — the seniors were a close-knit group. Many of those bonds were formed in their final year as high-schoolers, Madubuko said.
“Our class this year, it was super close,” he said. “I’ll miss my friends I made just this year.”
The large class left its mark at ERHS, Lang said.
“Together your class has helped forge a positive tone at Eagle River High School,” he said. “You serve as a great example for those classes that will follow.
“I’m proud of each of you.”
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