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Commencement held for alternative education graduates 


Published: June 8, 2017 • By: Susan Meeker

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Fifteen seniors in Colusa Unified School District’s alternative education program graduated May 31, in a brief ceremony on the Colusa High School football field.

The nine students who were home schooled and the six who attended the alternative high school each took a different path to education than their counterparts at the traditional high school, but in the end, they earned the same diplomas as the others, with all the rights, privileges, and obligations pertaining thereto.

Many of the students required extra effort getting through school, while others breezed through with the support of family.

All 15 have a chance now to see and experience the world firsthand.

“Now it’s time to take the next steps in our lives and begin to build our futures,” said senior Adrian Gutierrez, student speaker, who has been schooled at home since the fifth grade.

Caske Allen, Bradley Berland, Jr., Monica Duran, Nayeli Enriquez, Jackelyn Garibay-Garcia, Francisco Heredia, Jr., Maria Ramirez, and Melvish Sharma also graduated last week from the home school program.

Allen, 16, who finished high school in just three years, is among the youngest Colusa Unified graduates. He plans to continue his education in the fall at Butte College, before transferring to a four-year university.

“My goal is to heal the human body using only natural medicine,” Allen said, after the ceremony.

Channel Bryant, Yulissa Correa, Lucero Hernandez, Jaime Velazquez Ibarra, Jadei Luttrell, and Gerardo Villalobos received their diplomas from Colusa Alternative High School.

Alternative Home School Principal Darren Brown, Alternative High School Principal Rebecca Changus, and Colusa Unified School District President Kathie Whitesell presented the diplomas to the graduates.

Six eighth graders from the Home School program were promoted to high school during the same ceremony.