Soldotna High School graduated around 170 seniors Wednesday evening at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. In her speech, valedictorian Tanis Lorring implored her peers to remember the best moments from their high school careers. Lorring, who has lived in Soldotna for the last two years, said she’s grateful the community welcomed her with open arms.
“There’s a lot of things about high school that I just loved,” Lorring said. “The people in the community, especially in Soldotna, have been one of the most amazing things.”
She’s moving on from Alaska to attend George Fox University in Oregon, where she wants to study political science and pre-medicine. Lorring will also be running for the school’s track team.
Graduate Noah Adams said working with the teachers at Soldotna High School helped him reach his potential.
“They all helped me,” Adams said.
Adams will either be attending college in Anchorage for engineering, or looking into local trade schools.
Marcus Tyrell Gilbert’s highlights from high school were the friends he made along the way. He said his biggest challenge was balancing his time between school, friends and work.
“It kind of sucked, but I got through it,” he said.