Golden Eagle Charter School graduates shine bright

Skye Kinkade
Twenty-two Golden Eagle Charter School graduates received diplomas Thursday evening during a ceremony that celebrated each student's strengths and interests at the Ford Theater at College of the Siskiyous.  Photo by Skye Kinkade

Each of 22 graduates was individually lauded by their educational facilitator and some showed their talents and interests through performances during Golden Eagle Charter School's high school graduation ceremony May 30.

On the stage in College of the Siskiyous' Ford Theater, Maddelyn Bryan of Mount Shasta performed an intricate song on the piano, and Kyle Stocking showed a trailer for his newest film, much to the delight of a cheering audience.

Keynote speaker Chantal Langenfeld told her own story of growing up in Europe and the journey that led her to settle in California and begin her own company, River Dancers, which introduces people to river rafting and kayaking.

Langenfeld told the graduates to live life to the fullest and have fun, adding that good grades don't always equate to high paying, prestigious careers.

A special part of the Golden Eagle graduation is the traditional Rose Ceremony, during which graduates present roses to friends and family in appreciation for their support and encouragement.

Student speaker Aleah Calvery urged her fellow graduates to go out in the world and do what they love to do. She said graduating high school is one of the most important things a person can accomplish.

One by one the graduates were introduced by the facilitator that worked with them at Golden Eagle, a K-12 independent study charter school that gives students a variety of ways to meet their requirements, including homeschool, enrichment classes at the school site, and community college classes. The educational facilitators work as liaisons between the parents and the state.

Before presenting diplomas, facilitators gave a brief profile of each graduate, then the graduates spoke.

Many said little more than "thank you." Maddelyn Bryan, who is going to be a foreign exchange student in Martin, Slovakia next year, said goodbye to her high school years in Slovak.

Director Shelly Adams welcomed the many people who attended the ceremony, and educational facilitator Joseph Supple was master of ceremonies.

The 22 Golden Eagle graduates who participated in Thursday's ceremony are: Ashley Amling, Allison Brooke, Maddelyn Bryan, Aleah Calvery, Jarett Kinkey, Savanna Minard, Kelsey Campbell, Elijah Cohn, Ashley Larsen, Johnathan Case, Jessica Costerouse, Laurel Zwetsloot, Tiana Cessna, Amber Duguay, Sarah Ericson, Claryssa Russ, Sara Evola, RaeAnne Ferguson, Osirah Newlun Saint-Germain, Forrest Short, Kyle Stocking and Andrew Thibert-Boehme.

Those graduates who did not participate in the ceremony are: Ashlie Bowen, Christian Flores, Evan Heffel, Leona Helt, Orion Humphrey, Mikyla Puikunas and Scott Sager.