Nikolaevsk graduated nine seniors in the Class of 2016. While the staff and community are excited to see what the future holds for our nine seniors, we are inexplicably proud to see them graduate and enter into this next phase of their lives—especially because we have known most of them for their entire school career. Through the 13 years we’ve had these students in our school, we’ve seen these students work through personal and academic risk factors that some might say were insurmountable or impossible for any student to overcome. But, our nine overcame all the risk factors, grew in their academic performance and critical thinking, and have made achievable dreams for their future. We are proud of our students and their achievements and genuinely like them as human beings. We look forward to seeing them succeed as they attend University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks, AVTECH in Seward, and begin careers in the fishing or retail industries. Our faith in their ability to achieve great things is the reason why Nikolaevsk was recognized as a National Title I Distinguished School—because these students are distinguished and well-prepared to enter into this world and make a meaningful difference.