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Local alternative schools hold graduations Friday

Court Leve/Sierra SunClaudia Herrera (SHS) hugs teacher Linda Barraza during the graduation commencement. Claudia received one of many scholarships awarded.
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Cold Stream Alternative, Sierra High School Community Adult Education and Mt. Tallac schools held their graduation ceremony Friday in Kings Beach at the North Tahoe Community Conference Center.

Cold Stream is an independent study program and graduated its largest class to date ” more than 20 students, according to Jill Parmeter Zapata, with the school. Many of the students who graduated are among the first to finish their entire four years in the program, with some competing their work in three, Parmeter Zapata said.

“Our students have been regular attendees of Sierra College already to pick up some of the language classes we don’t offer and from there some of them are heading off to four year colleges in the next year,” Parmeter Zapata said.

Deana Beals recently adopted a BLM mustang that she is training. She’s attending Feather River College in Quincy and then on to UC Davis with interests in equine science and environmental studies.

Caitlin McCloskey has already left for a summer job at a snowboard camp in Mt. Hood. She has already been accepted to an Art Institute in Vancouver, BC, and created a business plan for a line of snowboard clothing for her senior project. She will receive a degree in design and marketing when she completes school.

Rhianna Knope has been dancing with professional ballet companies in the last couple of years and has been offered a scholarship through dance at a university in Colorado. She is going to attend Pike’s Peak Community College first to complete classes for court recording and then going on to a university for a degree in dance and paralegal.

Matt Rodgers completed his requirements for high school in three years. He has been enrolled at Sierra College the last two semesters and has his eye on a cinemaetogrophy degree.

Megan Brown is attending a make up institute in LA with an eye toward film makeup.

Ashely Powell and Megen Gentile are both attending community colleges in northern Washington with interests in accounting and mechanics, respectively.

Gabe Carlson is attending a Bible sCollege in Southern California.