145 receive diplomas
FIRST PHOTO: Jasmine Huesing-Amasi, 37, of Waiehu screams as she walks to receive her high school diploma Friday evening in Baldwin High School Auditorium. The McKinley Community School for Adults — Maui Campus celebrated the graduation of 145 students Friday at its 50th annual commencement exercises. The adult education program graduated its first class in 1967 and offers students 16 years of age and older General Educational Development high school equivalency diplomas. The program also recognized a handful of former Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. workers who took classes in partnership with Alexander & Baldwin. Maui Campus Principal Kurt Ginoza said that “each class is special” and attributed the longevity of the program to his predecessors. “Wherever life takes you, make sure you’re courageous,” Ginoza told the graduates. “Everyone experiences fear . . . but if you have the ability to confront it or adapt to it, pretty soon you’re going to overcome it. So don’t be afraid, be courageous.”
SECOND PHOTO: Seaira Busse, 18, of Kula receives a special award as high scorer of competency-based education testing from Ruth Silberstein, complex area superintendent of Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt.
THIRD PHOTO: Graduates received paper lei as well as their diplomas during Friday’s ceremony.