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Alternative School grads take ‘road less traveled’

By Luke Whittaker

lwhittaker@crbizjournal,com

Published on June 12, 2018 3:43PM

Above: OBAS classmates Jesus Esquivel, Jackie Habermann, Kayla O’Shaughnessy, Destiny Cavzos, Jared Rutherford and Anthony McCollum posed for a photo before the start of the graduation ceremony.  •  Top left: Makenzie Kaech embraced a well-wisher following the 2018 IHS graduation ceremony Saturday.  •  Top Right: An emotional Misty Rush received a yellow rose from her daughter, Michelle Carter at Naselle’s high school graduation ceremony on Saturday.

Above: OBAS classmates Jesus Esquivel, Jackie Habermann, Kayla O’Shaughnessy, Destiny Cavzos, Jared Rutherford and Anthony McCollum posed for a photo before the start of the graduation ceremony. • Top left: Makenzie Kaech embraced a well-wisher following the 2018 IHS graduation ceremony Saturday. • Top Right: An emotional Misty Rush received a yellow rose from her daughter, Michelle Carter at Naselle’s high school graduation ceremony on Saturday.

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“Graduation seemed like a far-off dream growing up,” said class speaker Jackie Habermann. “Now here I am at graduation, surrounded by all those same people who have been there since the beginning.”

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“Graduation seemed like a far-off dream growing up,” said class speaker Jackie Habermann. “Now here I am at graduation, surrounded by all those same people who have been there since the beginning.”

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“I wasn’t sure this one was going to make it,” joked para educator Lianne Loo to Jesus Equivel. “Saaaaafe,” he replied.

“I wasn’t sure this one was going to make it,” joked para educator Lianne Loo to Jesus Equivel. “Saaaaafe,” he replied.

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Destiny Cavzos was part of college-bound program since middle school. “Her tuition will be paid at any state university,” said Veland. Cavzos plans to attend Washington State University Vancouver in the fall. “I want to be a beacon of hope that brings light to other lives,” she said.

Destiny Cavzos was part of college-bound program since middle school. “Her tuition will be paid at any state university,” said Veland. Cavzos plans to attend Washington State University Vancouver in the fall. “I want to be a beacon of hope that brings light to other lives,” she said.

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“Scared, sad, tiny, powerful, loving...This was the 7th grader I met six years ago,” said teacher Karyn Veland about class speaker Jackie Habermann. “She found her way into the library and ultimately into my heart.” Habermann said Veland was her ‘rock’ and would never forget her.

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“Scared, sad, tiny, powerful, loving...This was the 7th grader I met six years ago,” said teacher Karyn Veland about class speaker Jackie Habermann. “She found her way into the library and ultimately into my heart.” Habermann said Veland was her ‘rock’ and would never forget her.

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“Her entire being beats with empathy,” Veland said regarding graduate Kayla O’Shaughnessy. “You can feel her feeling your pain and joy.”

“Her entire being beats with empathy,” Veland said regarding graduate Kayla O’Shaughnessy. “You can feel her feeling your pain and joy.”

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ILWACO — Seven seniors received diplomas from Ocean Beach Alternative School (OBAS) Friday, June 8 at Hilltop Auditorium in Ilwaco. It was the second class for the school that opened in the fall of 2016, largely due increased enrollment in the district.

The class included Jesus Esquivel, Jackie Habermann, Kayla O’Shaughnessy, Destiny Cavzos, Jared Rutherford, Anthony McCollum and Monty Hall III.


Taking the road less traveled


Class speaker Jackie Habermann thanked her parents and OBAS faculty for making graduation a reality and praised her fellow classmates for taking the road less traveled.

“Our path to the stage this evening is different than a lot of students graduating this weekend,” Habermann said. “As students of the OBAS, we’ve taken the road less traveled.”

Habermann reminded her six classmates of their worthiness and resiliency.

“It seems most people have made up their minds about this program and decided to mark it as something only associated with misfits or dropouts, but that’s the furthest thing from the truth,” she said. “Some students are with us because they have done so exceptionally well academically that traditional high school was only holding them back. There are also many of us in this program who have had to face challenges that most students cannot begin to comprehend.”


Principal praises tenacity


Principal Amy Huntley referenced Robert Frost’s poem, ‘The Road Not Taken,’ in her remarks.

“The young men and women in front of you tonight, have pretty much always traveled the road not taken,” Huntley said.

“Sometimes this has not had a positive outcome — heartache, jail time, family issues and anxiety. But they are unique, and will likely always take the road less traveled. By choosing the less traveled road for their education, they found success and graduated.”







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