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District's ALC graduates gain hard-earned diplomas

From left, School District 833 Superintendent Keith Jacobus and Alternative Learning Center Principal Mike Mahaffey congratulate Rekita "Kiki" Ndumbe in a ceremony held last week at the District Program Center.

Twenty-one students earned their diplomas at the District 833 Alternative Learning Center's graduation ceremony earlier this month.

Three additional students were listed as graduating but could not attend, including one graduate currently in military basic training.

During the ceremony, teachers spoke on behalf of each student and shared their plans for the future. Students finishing their education at the ALC are from all secondary schools in School District 833.

Principal Mike Mahaffey and Superintendent Keith Jacobus congratulated the new graduates. Marion Williams was master of ceremonies.

After the ceremony, parents, friends and family members were treated to cake and punch.

Receiving diplomas were Melissa Borash, Brittany Branum, Tristan Brown, Samantha Cocchiarella, Michael Einertson, Alicia Farmer, Adam Griffith, Daniel Hernandez Jr., Brandon Krech, Christopher Kunze, Mitchell McDonnell, Rekita Ndumbe, Drew Osborn, Tyler Roubik, Oscar Santos, Keifer Slobe, Amanda Taylor, Ryan Titus, Kevin Tyler Vance, Matthew Waterhouse, Melanie Waterhouse, Austen Weis and Dang Xiong. Not in attendance were GaoHle Her, Kevin MacAskill and Brandon Wiley.

Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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