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5/26/2013 6:00:00 AM
A night of mixed emotions for Kingman High grads
JC AMBERLYN/MinerGraduates Darian Kamin (left) and Cameron Udall have their photo taken after the graduation ceremony by Eric Vega (right) and Dan Winder (as Scotty Winder, back to camera, watches). Kamin and Udall presided over the turning of tassels.
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Graduates Darian Kamin (left) and Cameron Udall have their photo taken after the graduation ceremony by Eric Vega (right) and Dan Winder (as Scotty Winder, back to camera, watches). Kamin and Udall presided over the turning of tassels.
Top to Bottom: JC AMBERLYN/MinerJoshua Estensen smiles as he walks up to receive his diploma.Heather Hughes accepts her diploma from school board member Charles Lucero.Cameron Udall stands with his girlfriend, Shanley Infranca. Shanley was in a car accident on I-40 on her way to the graduation ceremony and broke her arm, but she made it to the ceremony anyway.Graduates spot something of interest on their diplomas during the ceremony.
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Joshua Estensen smiles as he walks up to receive his diploma.



Heather Hughes accepts her diploma from school board member Charles Lucero.



Cameron Udall stands with his girlfriend, Shanley Infranca. Shanley was in a car accident on I-40 on her way to the graduation ceremony and broke her arm, but she made it to the ceremony anyway.



Graduates spot something of interest on their diplomas during the ceremony.


Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - Balloons, bouquets and stuffed bulldogs filled the arms of family and friends attending the Kingman High School Class of 2013 graduation ceremony Thursday at the school's stadium.

As the audience waited, staff arranged 373 eager seniors on bleachers inside the school before lining them up to make their entrance. High school counselor Michelle McCarthy, who directed students into the room, said they practiced that morning for the event, receiving thorough instruction on every aspect of the upcoming ceremony.

"It's my first year of counseling here because I'm new to Kingman," said McCarthy, who moved here in October from Portland and counseled about 100 seniors this year. "It's been a really great year working with these seniors. I've seen a lot of growth in them. It was a challenge to get them on track and make sure they had all their credits for graduation, but all of them got it done."

Senior Jessie Polley, 18, stood outside the high school, trying to calm her nerves before entering the room and lining up with her classmates. Polley, who attended KHS for almost three years, said she plans to attend Mohave Community College in Kingman and Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, majoring in journalism. Polley said she loves to write and wants to be a news reporter.

"I'm feeling mixed emotions tonight as I get ready to graduate," she said. "I'm happy, sad and anxious. It's a very emotional time for me, and it's the most important day in my life because it's the day that I become an adult. There were some struggles for me, but I made it."

Soon, cheers rose from the crowd as the seniors walked onto the mountain-rimmed field, clutching their blue caps and gowns to keep them in place as the wind whipped them. After a series of speeches, Principal Patrick Carey took the stage and thanked the first graduating class under his administration for working hard and persevering.

As a full moon rose over the stadium, seniors received their diplomas, and then turned their tassels to signify their graduation. A fireworks display lit up the night sky to commemorate their achievement.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Article comment by: Amanda Kamin

Congratulations to all the KHS CLASS OF 2013. I am so proud of you all.

Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Article comment by: Maxwell Gibbons

This was such a fun graduation.
I thank all the staff that put up with me over the years.

A quick prayer for Shanley

Dear Heavenly father,
Please give guidance and healing to this wonderful person that you helped get to that graduation on time. Give her strength to continue to those goals that she has for her future.
Amen




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