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Walking into the Unalaska High School gym on Saturday was like stepping into a glowing, gossamered prom dance straight from television.

The theme was "Golden Fairytale." A colorful light display bounced off pillars of white flowers and bouquets lining the dance floor, while early 2000s music throwbacks poured through the speakers. As students flooded in, dressed to impress in sparkly gowns, chic tuxes and flashy rhinestoned face masks, they stopped to strike a pose in front of elaborate dreamy castlescape backdrops, while family members snapped photos. 

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The Unalaska City Council recognized two educators last week for their service to the community. Unalaska City School District Superintendent John Conwell and Eagle's View Elementary Achigaalux̂ kindergarten teacher Wilma Adams received the city's "Extra Mile" award.

 

As Unalaska Mayor Vince Tutiakoff Sr. presented the award to Adams, he thanked her for decades of service.

 

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After a year of disruptions for schools related to the coronavirus pandemic, the Unalaska school district is inviting all students to attend summer school this year.

The coronavirus pandemic shuttered schools last March, so students weren't able to attend the program last year. Since then, students have been transitioning between distance learning and intermittent in-person instruction.

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A rhythmic beating followed by soft clapping and cheering echoes through the Unalaska high school gym. It's the sound of about eight high schoolers hopping across the gym floor on their toes and knuckles — bodies hovering just inches above the ground. They're practicing the "seal hop," a Native Youth Olympics event. It's an event many athletes thought they wouldn’t have the chance to practice together this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Unalaska City School District officials are planning for a limited in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021 on May 15. 

There will likely be some restrictions on who is allowed to join the 25 seniors as they turn their tassels, according to Superintendent John Conwell.

"Due to the physical distancing requirements needed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it is anticipated that only the graduates and their families will be able to attend the ceremony in person," Conwell said. 

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