Posted Date: 05/25/2022
Union Alternative School capped off the school year with a number of celebrations, the highlight of which was honoring 28 Block 8 graduates in a packed room of families and friends. Students in Lorissa Francois’s team cheered after learning they had won the Alternative Olympics; the PTA honored Alternative Teacher of the Year John Malloy; and a few tears were shed as the school said goodbye to retiring science teacher Debbie Beattie.
Principal Chris Ducker honored each of the Block 8 graduates, reading words of thanks from each of the students, and State Rep. Ross Ford issues a citation of honor for each of the students, commending them on their achievements.
The graduates included Truth Abernathy, Sommer Beal, Erryn Bradley, Amani "Michelle" Diaz Trinidad, Zade Durani, LaTavia Gaines, Jordan Gibbs, Marissa King, Jorge Lopez, Luis Luna, Logan Moore, Syniah Moore, Misael Pimentell, De'Shawn Price, Faith Proctor, Ciatta Richards, Jimmy Smith, Calysta Stoinski, Mia Thompson, Allejandra Torres, Hanna Vazquez, Ashley Venancio, Connor White, Camri Woody, Isabela Espinoza De Leon, Stephen McKitrick, Tristan Zirger-Benjamin, and Axel Ramirez.
The audience cheered for the graduates, some of who fought back tears, as Ducker noted the hard work they had put in the past year.
As the rain poured hard outside, Ducker noted that the school had been participating in a series of games for their end-of-year Olympics, revealing the winners. When the team of Lorrisa Francois was named the winner over teacher Trent Spencer’s team by just a few points, the room burst into cheers.
PTA President Jean Jones also honored history John Malloy with a history poster for his class in honor of his selection as the school site’s Teacher of the Year this past year.
Finally, Ducker walked over to Debbie Beattie, wished her well on retirement as he hugged the beloved teacher. Other students also ran over to hug Beattie.
After the ceremony, families posed for pictures. Ducker also invited families to join the school for an inside picnic. Yearbooks and PTA swag was also available for purchase.