There were no valedictorian speeches given before a grandstand full of people with blow-horns and balloons.
There was no lengthy parade of scholarship recipients, nor hugs and tears between classmates who have spent a lifetime together in classrooms, on the playground, in clubs or on the athletic field.
The ceremony, held at
Since the independent program was established more than a decade ago, William Finch, which provides an alternative to traditional school, has geared its
It the past year, Williams Finch also has added music and foreign language to its curriculum, produced a year book, held its first talent show, took students on field trips and improved its academic scores.
The graduation ceremony focused on the accomplishments of four eighth graders who were promoted to high school and the 19 seniors who stepped up to receive their diploma, although not all of the graduates participated in the exercise.
"How proud we are at the successes they made," Morgan said of the seniors who stood before her in white caps and gowns, and the eighth-graders is thier blue graduation gowns.
Most had transferred to the charter program because they felt lost in the larger districts.
Changing schools was best thing she had ever done, she said.
Now, as a high school graduate, Deason looks back at the William Finch teachers who turned her life around and put her on a path to success.
"It felt like we were all a team," Deason said. "William Finch is a family that has helped me make my dreams come true."
He too thanked his teachers for his achievements, and said he found a remarkable mentor in
"There is no better role model," Sahr said.
Sahr said Peterson inspired him so much, that he plans to change his major in college to music.
During the ceremony, Sahr and
Sahr also was awarded a scholarship from
The theme of William Finch's graduation was "Wave Goodbye."
The guest speaker was
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