PUBLISHED: 5:24 PM on Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Seniors at Angoon High School look forward to future
Angoon - There are 52 students at Angoon High School and this year three students are graduating.

Senior year represents hours of hard work to get to the finish line including late night studying and tests. Students graduated Friday, May 25 at 4 p.m.

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  Graduate Samantha Williams, 17
Samantha Williams, 17, said she enjoyed the (high school) year but is ready for the next chapter in her life. She took five senior classes as well as two English classes at home on a CyberLink program.

"Last night, my mom and I stayed up to 4 a.m. (doing homework)," she said.

Williams, who has lived in Angoon her whole life, with her five siblings, is looking forward to her future.

She plans on attending college at Fort Lewis, in Colorado. Because Angoon High School didn't offer SATs this year due to lack of funding, Williams plans on visiting Juneau to take test.

Williams plan on enrolling in a four-year program, focusing on early education.

"Somewhere down the line, I would like to teach in Angoon," she said.

Concerning words of wisdom for future graduates, she said not to wait to the last minute to do your homework.

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  Graduate LeAnne Jack, 18
During her senior year, William's mother was her inspirational help. "She kept me sane and focused," she said.

"If it wasn't for basketball and my family, I wouldn't be walking. They helped me to stay focused and encouraged me everyday to do my best!"

Williams advice to future seniors is years go by fast so stay ahead of your school work. Keep in mind that who you are today (is) because of what you did yesterday.

"Although I didn't have the pleasure of working with her for more than a year, she was a diligent student while in my classes," said teacher Melissa Moseley-Cullum.

Graduate LeAnne Jack, 18, said the best part about being a senior is not having to go to school as much. She took three classes during her senior year.

Believe it or not, a favorite class was math.

"He's just fun and makes math easy for me," she said concerning math teacher Ryan Dorsey.

Another class highlight was English, taught by Moseley-Cullum, who is also the school's volleyball coach.

"She's just been helping me through school," Jack said.

"Over the course of the three years she has been in my class, I have seen her blossom into a fine young lady who will go far in life," said Moseley-Cullum.

In addition to schoolwork, Jack played center position on the school's volleyball team, since eighth grade. One of the best things about high school is volleyball, she said.

A full-blooded Tlingit, Jack enjoys watching and dancing traditional Tlingit dancing.

"I performed my first time in Celebration last year; it was my first time since elementary where I danced from K-6 grade, and loved it all," she said.

After high school ends, Jack plans on working through the summer at a lodge, doing whatever they throw her way.

In the fall, she will attend the University of Alaska Southeast, in Juneau through the PITAAS program.

Jack wants to become a pre-school teacher because high school kids are out of control, she said.

Once out of college, Jack plans on returning to Angoon and teaching because there aren't many teachers here, she said.

During the past four years, her parents LeRoy and Raynelle Jack have motivated her.

"Angoon is very small and I love it-I know everyone I walk past on the street. A lot of people (are) rooting for me to accept my diploma and achieve my goals for life," she said.

"They're supportive of whatever I want to do," Jack said.

Graduating senior Nichole Isturis, 18, is ready for bigger things. "Just so I can get out and do something with my life-I don't see the point of staying," she said.

This summer Isturis plans on visiting her cousin in Seattle, and then heading off to college in the fall.

"I got a four-year scholarship to go anywhere in Alaska I want," she said.

Isturis received the scholarship through the UA scholars program for having the highest GPA at the end of student's junior year. The scholarship is valued at $11,000.

Planning ahead, she is considering studying in either nursing or law.

"I guess I like helping people that are hurt, and help them anyway I can," she said.

Her favorite subject throughout high school was English, taught by Moseley-Cullum. "My teacher is really cool and calm and taught me a lot about graduating," she said.

"I have watched this student academically grow in such leaps and bounds that I know anything she puts her heart into she will accomplish," Moseley-Cullum said.

During sophomore year, Moseley-Cullum taught a journalism class and created a newspaper worked on by students during class.

"It was a lot of fun but hard work," Isturis said.

Her advice for future students is to work as hard as you can as soon as you get into high school because it won't be as much of a struggle to finish classes by the last year.

Isturis also plans on participating in an exchange program and transfer schools.

"I wish all three ladies the best in their endeavors and hope they accomplish the goals they have set for themselves," Moseley-Cullum said.

"The following applies to the other two not as a slight to her but because I didn't get the same opportunity to know her like the other girls. I will really miss Nicole and LeAnne-their smiling faces, eagerness to please, accepting attitudes toward change and their spirits," she said.