West High Graduation

James DeMolina greets teachers at the West High School commencement ceremony held Monday afternoon, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Exchange student Misaki Arai of Japan celebrates walking the stage at the West High School commencement ceremony held Monday afternoon, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
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Graduates including Rita Dexter, left, greet teachers at the West High School commencement ceremony held Monday afternoon, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Mikaela Magbanua receives hugs from teachers after picking up her diploma at the West High School commencement ceremony held Monday afternoon, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena. Sullivan Arena will host two graduation ceremonies a day through Thursday. Some Anchorage School District programs have already held graduation ceremonies, and others will take place through May 22.
Erik Hill
Graduating seniors file in during the processional at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Families search for graduating seniors during the processional at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Valedictorian Sawyer Birnbaum calls for support of public education at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Senior speaker Jordan Alleva pauses for a selfie at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Faculty speaker Sven Berglund flashes the W for West sign at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena. "Make your life about doing, not watching it pass by on the screen," he advised.
Erik Hill
Marcella Pawlowski delivers the address at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
The West High Symphonic Choir performs at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Graduates-to-be applaud the choir at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Anchorage School District Superintendent Ed Graff accepts the class of 2014 at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Liam Mitchell shares a hug with a teacher at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Margaret Patella receives high fives from faculty after receiving her diploma at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Teacher David Dobler offers high fives to graduates at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
As the name of graduate Roy Edward Valdez, Jr. is announced, cheering breaks out at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Nyagoa Ruach celebrates with family following the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Dora Falealo is buried in candy leis as family and friends celebrate her graduation during West High School commencement held Monday afternoon, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
James DeMolina greets teachers at the West High School commencement ceremony held Monday afternoon, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Exchange student Misaki Arai of Japan celebrates walking the stage at the West High School commencement ceremony held Monday afternoon, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Graduates including Rita Dexter, left, greet teachers at the West High School commencement ceremony held Monday afternoon, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Mikaela Magbanua receives hugs from teachers after picking up her diploma at the West High School commencement ceremony held Monday afternoon, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena. Sullivan Arena will host two graduation ceremonies a day through Thursday. Some Anchorage School District programs have already held graduation ceremonies, and others will take place through May 22.
Erik Hill
Graduating seniors file in during the processional at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Families search for graduating seniors during the processional at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Valedictorian Sawyer Birnbaum calls for support of public education at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Senior speaker Jordan Alleva pauses for a selfie at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Faculty speaker Sven Berglund flashes the W for West sign at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena. "Make your life about doing, not watching it pass by on the screen," he advised.
Erik Hill
Marcella Pawlowski delivers the address at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
The West High Symphonic Choir performs at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Graduates-to-be applaud the choir at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Anchorage School District Superintendent Ed Graff accepts the class of 2014 at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Liam Mitchell shares a hug with a teacher at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Margaret Patella receives high fives from faculty after receiving her diploma at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Teacher David Dobler offers high fives to graduates at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
As the name of graduate Roy Edward Valdez, Jr. is announced, cheering breaks out at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Nyagoa Ruach celebrates with family following the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Dora Falealo is buried in candy leis as family and friends celebrate her graduation during West High School commencement held Monday afternoon, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
James DeMolina greets teachers at the West High School commencement ceremony held Monday afternoon, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Exchange student Misaki Arai of Japan celebrates walking the stage at the West High School commencement ceremony held Monday afternoon, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Graduates including Rita Dexter, left, greet teachers at the West High School commencement ceremony held Monday afternoon, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Mikaela Magbanua receives hugs from teachers after picking up her diploma at the West High School commencement ceremony held Monday afternoon, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena. Sullivan Arena will host two graduation ceremonies a day through Thursday. Some Anchorage School District programs have already held graduation ceremonies, and others will take place through May 22.
Erik Hill
Graduating seniors file in during the processional at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Families search for graduating seniors during the processional at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Valedictorian Sawyer Birnbaum calls for support of public education at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Senior speaker Jordan Alleva pauses for a selfie at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Faculty speaker Sven Berglund flashes the W for West sign at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena. "Make your life about doing, not watching it pass by on the screen," he advised.
Erik Hill
Marcella Pawlowski delivers the address at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
The West High Symphonic Choir performs at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Graduates-to-be applaud the choir at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Anchorage School District Superintendent Ed Graff accepts the class of 2014 at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Liam Mitchell shares a hug with a teacher at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Margaret Patella receives high fives from faculty after receiving her diploma at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Teacher David Dobler offers high fives to graduates at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
As the name of graduate Roy Edward Valdez, Jr. is announced, cheering breaks out at the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Nyagoa Ruach celebrates with family following the West High School commencement ceremony on Monday, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Dora Falealo is buried in candy leis as family and friends celebrate her graduation during West High School commencement held Monday afternoon, May 12, 2014, at Sullivan Arena.
Erik Hill
Craig Medred