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.”