Douglas High School grads start a new chapter |

Douglas High School grads start a new chapter

by Amy Alonzo

As one chapter closed another one opened for nearly 400 Douglas High School seniors Wednesday night during the Class of 2017’s commencement ceremony.

“We break the rules, we define the new ones — we are relentless,” salutatorian Alex Jacobson told his classmates. “Go forth and conquer.”

In front of a large crowd, the class capped off a year that included the installation of a new press box on campus and the addition of business marketing, computer science, Jobs for America’s Graduates and AP physics classes and bowling and lacrosse clubs.

Graduation also marked the end of an era for Principal Marty Swisher, special education teacher Susan Lacey and history teacher Adam Lazear. Lacey and Lazear are retiring, and in the fall Swisher will serve as principal of Douglas’ ASPIRE Academy High School and Jacobsen High at China Spring Youth Camp, as well as oversee the district’s alternative education program.

“Enjoy the moment,” Swisher told the graduates, before pausing the ceremony so the graduates could take a minute to hug each other and enjoy being together as a class for one last time.

Just before the ceremony started, graduate Ashley Edwards, who will attend the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall, said the 2016-17 school year “went at a speed I couldn’t even comprehend. I’m looking forward to new studies and advancing my education.”

Kayla Ruffo, who will be attending Quinnipiac University in the fall, said she was nervous and excited about graduation.

“It’s a lot of change, but I’m ready to start the next chapter,” she said.