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Graduation day arrives

Amanda Butler, Sierra Sun

Years of hard work are about to pay off for high school students around Truckee.

Graduation ceremonies for the area’s three main high schools begin on June 9, with approximately 208 students graduating from Tahoe Truckee High School, 12 graduating from Sierra High School and 50 students receiving diplomas from Prosser Creek Charter School.

Megan Sutter Jow received one of the area’s highest honors by capturing the title of TTHS’s valedictorian.

Sutter Jow plans on attending the University of California, at Berkeley.

“I only applied to two schools,” said Sutter Jow. “Davis and Berkeley … and I had always planned on going to Davis, but when I went and saw (Berkeley) … it was just great.”

Sutter Jow says getting to TTHS’s top spot took hard work.

“I took every single academic class they offered,” said Sutter Jow. “All of the AP classes, everything.”

TTHS salutatorian, Kelly Collins, agrees.

Her grade point average, a 4.22, means she has never received a “B” in any class the entire four years she spent in high school.

“It has taken a lot of hard work,” said Collins, who hopes to become an orthopedic surgeon one day.

Collins looks forward to continuing her straight “A” streak next fall at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu.

Mike Finney, principal of TTHS, is impressed with this year’s graduates.

“It’s pretty impressive … students at Truckee High are usually able to pretty much choose where they want to go,” said Finney. “This year we have a couple of students going to different (military) academies … students have been accepted to schools all over the state.”

TTHS graduation is June 9. Ceremonies will be held at Surprise Stadium and will start at 11 a.m.

Prosser Creek Charter School’s graduation will be held at their main campus on Sunday, June 10 at 1 p.m.

The ceremony will be dedicated to the memory of Brendan James Allen, one of the two local boys killed in an avalanche earlier this year.

“It should really be a lovely ceremony,” said Barbara Ferrerra. “It’s going to be held under the trees.”

PCCS’s curriculum allows students the opportunity to home school and work at their own pace, which for some students means graduating early.

Melony Renay Fowler, 15, will earn her general studies diploma from PCCS.

Alexandra Frisius, 16, is also graduating early and plans on attending Gonzaga University.

Janya Gaskell, executive director of PCCS, said Frisius had offers from more universities than she could name.

Commencement day for Sierra High School will be held Tuesday, June 12.

Graduates from Sierra High School, Cold Stream Alternative and the Tahoe Truckee Community Adult School will be honored in a program held at 10:30 a.m. in the North Tahoe Conference Center in King’s Beach.


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