Graduation Night

Graduation is a special time for students, families, and teachers. Last night, at the Soldotna High School Auditorium, we celebrated the completion of high school for some of our Connections’ students.

Connections’ graduation ceremony is a unique event. It is special, and fitting, that parents have the opportunity to share in the awarding of diplomas and congratulations. As principal, it is very rewarding to be able to say a little about each graduate. When you hear all those stories at one time it is hard not to be somewhat awed by the amazing young people graduating into the “real world.”

As Valedictorian, Autumn Baker, pointed out in her speech, commencement is a congratulatory celebration for graduates. However, commencement is also the beginning of something. As we congratulate our graduates for competing high school, we are really celebrating the potential they have to achieve success in the future. After hearing the graduates stories, I think it is safe to say that the future will be bright for the Connections’ Graduating Class of 2016.

About Richard Bartolowits

Principal of Connections Homeschool Program Rich Bartolowits was born and raised on the Kenai Peninsula. He has been a KPBSD educator for more than 20 years. Rich enjoys fishing and has recently taken up kayak fishing for halibut and salmon. Rich joined the Connections' team for the 2015-2016 school year and continues to be impressed with the many great things homeschool families do as they take ownership of their children's learning.
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