Kenai Central High School, Class of 2018
It was 1972 when Brittany Gilman’s KPBSD legacy began. Her grandmother Marj was a teacher in the school district followed by many other family members. It is now 2018 and Brittany is the last to follow the rest of siblings and parents as being a KPBSD graduate.
Beginning with Sears Elementary Brittany has attended KPBSD schools since Kindergarten. Thinking back, she remembers fondly Mr. and Mrs. Knudsen in Elementary school and Rosemary Bird in Junior High. She describes them as teaching love and empathy: “you could tell they cared about you outside the classroom,” she says. She is an excellent example of stellar academics, is musically gifted, and is very involved in the community. Brit is one of the KCHS valedictorians; she is the first chair of sopranos in Chamber Choir, she served on student council every year, earned All-State choir titles, and was the only Alaska student at Nationals her junior year. Performing at Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera house with the Honors Performance Series is the highlight of her high school career.
As this community has been important to her family for so many years, Brittney has involved herself in four to six plays a year with Kenai Performers, Triumvirate Theatre, and Encore Dance Studios. She is also involved in church activities and volunteers as needed for a variety of events.
Brittany will continue her education at New York University, majoring in Music Education. She intends to obtain a K-12 certification in Music Education and become a Choir teacher. Looking back on her time in KPBSD and the teachers she has worked with she says, “I love them, I do, everyone is so sweet and they teach good family values and they highlight the importance of education and where it can take you.”
Principal Alan Fields said, “KCHS will miss you Brittany, but we are so proud of your accomplishments and what your future holds.”