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A day of celebration: Alternative high school students receive diplomas

Faculty members gave high-fives June 5, 2018, as graduates processed in. Jackie Renzetti / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 3
Principal Mike Mahaffey reviews the logistics of the ceremony with students. Jackie Renzetti / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
Each student chose a faculty member to give a short speech. Jackie Renzetti / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 3

To the strains of "Pomp and Circumstance," South Washington Alternative High School students celebrated their graduation. The June 5 ceremony took place at the District 833 Program Center.

If the graduates can be said to have one thing in common, it's that their journey involved a few bumps in the road.

Students in School District 833 can be referred to the Alternative High School if they struggle socially or academically at Woodbury, Park or East Ridge High Schools. Because of its smaller class size, teachers at the Alternative High School can provide students with more personalized attention.

Prior to receiving their diplomas, each student strode to the lectern, where their story was told by a faculty member they chose beforehand. The seniors received their diplomas from Principal Mike Mahaffey.

They were congratulated by District 833 Superintendent Keith Jacobus. Assistant Superintendents Mike Johnson and Julie Nielsen also were in attendance.