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9:31 PM Fri, Nov. 16th

More than 500 set to graduate from KHS

KINGMAN ­ Roughly 525 students will be eligible to walk with the Class of 2006 during Kingman High School commencement exercises Thursday night at Lee Williams Field.

Many will participate in two other activities before graduation.

Senior Awards Night is set for 7 p.m. today in the auditorium at Kingman High School North. College scholarship recipients and amounts will be announced.

"It will be an extra special night," KHS North Principal Pat Mickelson said.

"This is the final year of the GEARUP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) program and 118 of our seniors are eligible for major NAU scholarships through it."

Baccalaureate Night is scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium. It's a time for inspirational recognition, Mickelson said.

Graduation will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lee Williams Field, which is on the Kingman High School South campus on Grandview Avenue.

About 425 of seniors eligible to participate in the ceremony are on the north campus. The remaining 100 include early graduates, plus students from Mt. Tipton School in Dolan Springs and the Positive Alternatives for Student Success program.

Students in the top 10 percent of the class based on grade-point averages will wear white with the remaining students attired in the more traditional blue caps and gowns.

KHS, in following what many other high schools do, recognizes top academic achievers by having them wear white.

It permits more students to be recognized than the valedictorian and salutatorian honor to two students that was eliminated more than five years ago.

Six foreign exchange students, two from Germany and four from Korea, will receive certificates of completion for one academic year of work at KHS. It is not the usual wider representation found in previous years.

"A lot of times we're queried about how many exchange students we can take," Mickelson said. "Much of it centers around what organizations and host families wind up with.

"There are several people in the community with connections to Korea. Some have lived, studied and worked there in a missionary capacity, which is probably why we have more than the usual number from Korea this year."

Krystel Adams and Nourhan Mustafa are listed on the program as "special speakers."

Student Council officers plan and develop the graduation program, Mickelson said.

They require students to apply to be part of the program, whether singing, speaking, announcing, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, etc. In addition to applications, some audition in front of the Student Council, she said.

"Speakers must submit a speech and are selected in that manner," Mickelson said.

Mickelson had not seen speeches to be given by Mustafa and Adams late last week and speculated they probably would talk about work ethics and academics.

Superintendent Maurice Flores will present the Class of 2006 and members of the district governing board will present diplomas.

Mickelson said she has received some calls from people living in homes around Lee Williams Field, asking that people attending graduation not block their driveways.

There should be ample parking in streets around the field for all.