The Kali School Graduation ceremony
B
y Mary Anniagruk Sage, Manager

Arctic Education Foundation
Kali School

The Kali School Graduation ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 13 in Point Lay, Alaska. The individuality of the graduates stood out during the ceremony as one student wore his EMT uniform and two students chose to wear traditional atiqluks (snowshirt) and maklaks (Eskimo fur boots), marching in to traditional Inupiaq music. The mothers of the high school students gave heartfelt speeches, conveying how proud they are of their children. Members of the NSB Point Lay Volunteer Fire Department wore their uniforms to the ceremony and had a special presentation for Leo Neakok, a long time volunteer EMT. A slideshow of the senior trip to Hawaii was shown. The Kindergarten graduates sang a special song about moving up to first grade, and the brave 8th grade students read their speeches. A traditional Inupiaq dance was held following the graduation ceremony, led by three of the high school graduates.

 
Kindergarten graduates: Theodore Henry, Gerilynn Stalker, Nathan Henry Jr and Samuel Henry are promoted to First Grade.   Marching in traditionally: Chester Upicksoun, left, and Williard Neakok march in Inupiaq style by traditionally dancing to Inupiaq music.
     
 
 
Class of 2008: L-R: Bobbie Aveoganna, Patrick Tukrook, Esther Stalker, Leo Neakok, Williard Neakok and Chester Upicksoun   Inupiaq Dance 2: Members of the Point Lay community join in on the Inupiaq dance.
     

 
 
 
Grads drumming part 1: Graduates Williard Neakok, Chester Upicksoun and Leo Neakok lead the drumming for the Inupiaq dance.   Supporting Leo Neakok: L-R: Back row: Jay Henry, Bill Tracey Sr., Alfred Stalker, AJ Neakok, Leo Neakok and Tom Saxton. Front row: Lupita Tukrook, Susie Neakok and Marie Tracey.
 
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8
th Grade Promotion
Julia Neakok
Jensen Tukrook
Lee Fisher Tukrook
Janelle Young

Mary Anniagruk Sage, Manager
Arctic Education Foundation
P.O. Box 129
Barrow, AK 99723
Phone: 907-852-8633/1-800-770-2772
Fax: 907-852-2774
www.arcticed.com
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