SHS Class of 2020 Graduation

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Class of 2020 Special Graduation Video

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It takes a village…



Please allow me to apologize in advance as I know I will forget some of you who deserve significant individual recognition.


I have been quite open about my recognition of the Class of 2020’s broken Senior Year and my desire to find lots of ways to show them the love that they deserve.  The village responded…with vigor.


Thank you:


  • Senior parents for procuring funds and purchasing banners—for each individual senior and a photo backdrop that will serve Seward High graduates for years.  Special thanks to Maya Moriarty and Binget Nilsson for taking leadership roles in that process.
  • John Foutz, Jason Ebberson, and the entire City Electrical Crew for hanging those banners up and down 4th Avenue for a very public celebration of each graduate.
  • John Shank, Sarah Spanos, Sherie Fryxell, and Stephan Nilsson for creating a very classy photo backdrop for our individual family graduation celebrations.  Also to Kameron Kowalski and Katrina Blair for their assist.
  • Christy Jordan, Rebecca Starr, Jennifer Swander, and Lucas Brockman for organizing, communicating, collecting, creating, reviewing-revising-reviewing-revising-reviewing-revising, and publishing a very professional Virtual Awards Ceremony that is worthy of the students it honors, the community who invested in their future, and the staff who celebrated their accomplishments.
  • Sarah Spanos for filming every single individual graduation ceremony and Jim Pfeiffenberger for editing them together so that they have a permanent record of this historical and profound moment in their lives.
  • Al Plan, Christy Jordan, Rebecca Starr, Kameron Kowalski, and Katrina Blair for their assist through each private family graduation celebration.
  • Shelly Walker for creating, reviewing-revising-reviewing-revising-reviewing-revising, and publishing a very professional Virtual Graduation Ceremony.  Special thanks to our Valedictorian and Co-Salutatorians, Priscilla Stoltz for her heartfelt introduction of Mr. Hemstock, of course Mr. Hemstock, Madi Moore and Sophie Dow for their hard work on the Senior Slide Show, and Stephanie “Two-Pi” Cronin for writing the Senior Rap and Jennifer “SwanDog” Swander for editing and publishing it.
  • Dan Nelson, Emergency Operations Manager, for not only allowing me to hack the Emergency Broadcast System, but also for helping me do it.  That was epic!
  • Seward Fire, Bear Creek Fire, Seward Police, and Metco for lending your people and equipment to raise such a cacophony as to make the glaciers around us crumble.
  • Seward Public Radio for broadcasting a special playlist during the parade and beyond.
  • The entire community for coming out and celebrating these kids along the parade route.  Every one of their faces held a smile at a time where they’ve had little to smile about.  That was a direct result of the love they felt from the village that helped raise them.


I could not be more proud of the entire community’s response to my call for love for these kids.


On behalf of Seward High School and the Class of 2020, Thank you…


Best, Trevan Walker


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SHS 2020 Graduation Video
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Check out our SHS 2020 Scholarships & Award Video 2020

2020 Scholarships and Awards

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Graduation 2020 Appointment Set-Up!

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Here is the link for Sign-Up Genius for Graduation 2020!


As you know, the Seward High School Class of 2020 has had to endure significant hardship.  My heart breaks for their broken senior year.  Take normal senioritis, add smoke, a possible strike, and a pandemic that effectively cut them off from all of the trappings of their senior spring—sports, prom, graduation, picnic, and most importantly, each other, and you recognize where they are emotionally.


The thought of a graduation that doesn’t pack the gym and include a roar from the community as each name is called makes them hurt even more.  Many just simply want the year to be over so that they can move on with their lives.  We have organized micro-ceremonies where we’ll be able to celebrate their accomplishments with small family gatherings in our theater.  Unfortunately, we can’t bring them all together in the same room one last time.


We can, however, come together as a community to celebrate Seward High’s Class of 2020.  There will be a parade at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, May 19th.  The parade will start at Seward High School, and drive south on Resurrection Blvd. to the Seward Highway.  It will then proceed south on the Seward Highway to Railway Avenue where the parade will turn left.  It will then proceed North on 4th Avenue all the way to Port Ave. to the Seward Highway and all the way to Sea Lion Drive.  The parade will turn west on Sea Lion Drive and end at the top of the hill at Seward High.


The entire community is invited to participate as long as immediate family groups maintain social distancing protocols in their own vehicles and along the parade route.  The potential for this community to come together for an occasion like this is one of the reasons we choose to live here.  I’m hoping to raise such a cacophony, in celebration of these kids and their accomplishments, as to make the glaciers calve in Aialik Bay.


Please share this message through ALL of your communication circles.


On behalf of Seward High’s Class of 2020, thanks for all of the love that you can muster and that they deserve.


Best, Trevan

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Graduation Masks Clarification

Good Morning,


I previously sent a question to Commissioner Johnson for clarification on face coverings and pictures at Graduation Ceremonies.


Commissioner Johnson has clarified that the graduates must wear face coverings during the ceremony, but may remove the face covering for a picture if the photographer is at least six feet from the graduate. If you have family members of the same household participating, they must also wear face coverings during the ceremony, but may remove the face covering for a family picture if the photographer is at least six feet from the graduate and family members.  Face coverings should be put back on after pictures are taken.


I would recommend that you have the photographer set up farther than the minimum six feet if your staging area allows.




Dave Jones

Assistant Superintendent


(907) 714-8858

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Announcements 5-11-2020

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Materials Collection- IMPORTANT

If you haven’t heard, all instruction for the 2019-2020 school year ends on Friday, May 15.  As most teachers post new learning, and live events on Mondays, it occurred to me that we can begin collecting devices, texts, library books, and other school-owned materials as students are finishing up their classes.  Beginning Wednesday, May 13th, parents and students can make unscheduled drops at the main entrance of the school.  The custodial staff will standby to provide bags, index cards, and marking pens into which materials are deposited and bags labeled.  These bags will remain in quarantine for 72 hours when the library staff will open and catalogue each return.


Materials not collected this week MUST BE returned next week on the following schedule:


High School:

Materials collection should occur between 8:00 AM- 3:00 PM

All Juniors and Seniors must return all school materials on Monday, May 18th.  Seniors with outstanding fees/materials will be informed prior to the conferring of their Diplomas.

All Sophomores and Freshmen must return all school materials on Tuesday, May 19th.

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May 2020 Newsletter

May 2020 Newsletter Final Draft

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