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Enrollment is up to a record high at the Unalaska City School District.

Superintendent John Conwell recently announced that 417 students are studying at the island's schools.

That's nine more than at this time last year — and 42 more than in fiscal year 2016, when the district struggled with an unexplained dip.

"It appears that our enrollment has stabilized and may even be growing some," said Conwell at the school board's Sept. 20 meeting. "I'd love to see us [stay] above 415 this year. That would be a record for us."

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For the second year in a row, an Unalaska student has earned one of the top awards at the Rural Alaska Honors Institute.

Since 1983, the RAHI program has aimed to prepare Alaska Native and rural high school students for the transition to college life.

Lisa Tran distinguished herself amongst this summer's class, which hailed from 29 communities across the state.

It's graduation day at the Rural Alaska Honors Institute. Students in caps and gowns fill the auditorium, as Program Manager Denise Wartes welcomes the salutatorian to the stage.

(Courtesy Amy Purevsuren)

High school students from Amy Purevsuren's class recently completed a journalism unit. They learned the basics of reporting and editing before going out to write their own features.

Listen to their stories:

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Next year, the Unalaska City School District (UCSD) will draw on one third of its savings to fund a $7.7 million budget.

The board of education approved the 2019 financial plan last week, voting unanimously to tap reserve funds and ride out another shortfall.

“We’re going to end up taking $210,000 out of the fund balance, which is going to bring us down to about $400,000 left,” said board member Frank Kelty. “We don’t have a lot of money to play with.”

Courtesy of Unalaska City School District

Holly Holman has retired from the Unalaska City School District.

She said goodbye last week after 27 years as the district's business manager.

"This place, this school, this staff …  I’m just so proud to have had my daughter attend school here and to have worked with you for all these years," said Holman at a recent school board meeting

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