Albany Options School graduates 61
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Albany Options School graduates 61

AOS Class of 2018

Class of 2018 graduates (not pictured in order): Mary Elizabeth Bursey, Kesha Raelynn Collett, Gerardo Cortez Ortiz, Josh Countryman, Anabel Cortez-Alvarado, Hailey Michelle Cotton, Madeline Elizabeth Lynn Crocker, Alyssa Theone Cumpiano, Trevor Davisson, Talton Wayne Dunshee, Laurel Tre Elliott, Izze Sabian Rain Eppard, Timothy Gage Flaugher, Karla Elizabeth Franco Mireles, Justus Dean Gile, Cameron James Helms, Adriana Hernandez Morales, Shyanne Jordan Hoggins, Gilbert Tyler Howell, Isac Aaron Huesca, Anessa Marie Johnson, Jacob Kurt LaFond, Noah Honor Lancaster, Leslie Lazcano Uriostegui, Ryan Michael Long, Maria Guadalupe Lopez Cordoba, Briar Curtis Lynch, Eric Martinez Contreras, Jaden Rayne Mathis, Elver Antonio May Uc, Kobe Wayne McLaren, Jose Eduardo Mendoza Ramirez, Andrew Thomas Middleton, Ashtin Zakkery Gage Miller, Tanner Brian Mills, Evelyn Mireles Robles, Israel Moreno, Emily Ray Nelson, Tyler Lee Nofziger, Jennifer Joceline Orozco Sanabria, Adela Anais Ortiz Vaca, Juan Guadalupe Ortiz Cortez, Brittany Marie Ritter, Yuritzi Aretzy Rivas Romero, Abigail Trinity Ross, Estefany Abigail Sanchez, Xavier Lee Schmidtke, Krysten Schmult, Deanna Marie Smith, Austin Cordell Stewart, Kevin Shane Stevens Jackson, Matthew Strom, Sebastian Xavier Taylor, Bryanna Raye Tetu, Destiny Marie Thompson, Makenzie Ann Vineyard, Breanna Jane Volkers, Lance Aaron Wallace, Bobby Jean Weatherford and Jared Albon Wolfe. GED completers were Steven Birtwell, Ashley Cabrera, Megan Carter, Gage Conklin, Heather Gallentine, Marifer Garcia Medina, Sophia Gonzalez-Bolen, Shyann Harris, Izaak Herbst, Krystal Hiner, Nolan Langley, Chloe LeFever, Gaby Lopez, Rosa Mendoza, Tanner Mills, Lavon Monroe, Cash Moore, Alex Munoz, Ireland Nelson Hill, Lidia Novak, Ashleigh Quinlan, Ashton Richmond, Isaac Rimer, Whitney Rodgers, Cecilio Romero, Corbin Ruby, William Santa Maria, Keegen Schmult, Amber Scott, Guillermo Scott, Luis Sequiera, Logan Sherwood, Damien Sorric, Eduardo Tenorio, Lance Wallace, Dominic Walters, Andrew Warren, Kylre Willie and Eric Witney.

Albany Options School graduated a record number of seniors this year, honoring 61 graduates, up from 57 last year.

The June 11 graduation ceremony was held in the Russell Tripp Performing Arts Theater at Linn-Benton Community College. Fifty-four students participated. At the ceremony, teachers continued the school's tradition of taking the time to speak about each individual graduate.

Yuritzi Rivas-Romero was the class speaker, sharing her experience of turning her life around when she came to AOS and the incredible love and support she received here. She challenged her classmates to keep growing and improving as they leave high school and go on to the next phase of their journey.

"As always, the AOS graduation ceremony was personal, emotional, and very special," counselor Anna Harryman said.

Albany Options School encompasses three alternative high school programs within Greater Albany Public Schools: Innovative High School, a computer-based program called Choices, and a program for students to earn their General Education Development certificate.

Consolidation occurred in 2003 and the program received its own building on 19th Avenue in 2008.

“I am so proud of the school AOS has become," Principal John Hunter said. "Sixty-one graduates is a new record high for us, which was accomplished through our amazing staff, the dedicated support of our community, continued growth in opportunities, and of course the hard work and accomplishments of our incredible students. Combined with our GED program, 100 students finished the year by reaching their academic goals.”


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