Knoxville’s Goal Alternative School held their commencement exercises on Friday, May 18. The success of 22 students who received their diplomas was celebrated by family, friends, teachers, former teachers, administrators, and board members. Goal has graduated 258 students in its 14 years of existence.
After the graduates marched in Goal Principal Jill Van Woerkom gave a welcome. Goal instructor Bud Bright gave the commencement speech. Bright said that he had been waiting to give a commencement address since he started kindergarten in 1950.
Three students received special recognition in the form of scholarships. Courtney Carter was awarded the Jeanne Cox Memorial Scholarship. In honor of his mother, and on behalf of his brothers, Terry Edwards presented the award to Carter.
Joey Frost received an “Inspiration Award” for his passion for reading. The award was presented by Jon Roslien, in honor of his wife Sheri Roslien, who had taught at Goal the first 13 years of its existence. Sheri is now a teacher at Pella. Frost received a Kindle Touch and an Amazon gift card.
A slide presentation was shared with everyone in attendance. Each graduate was featured in the slide show.