One Revilla Graduate's Success
By Ralph and Lauren Mirsky
May 26, 2006
Revilla Alternative High School some say is for those students
in our community that are the under achievers and for those that
don't matter. I've heard all the rhetoric, read most of the letters,
and news articles and I want to clarify a few points and brag
about our daughter, Callie Mirsky, who proudly graduated from
Revilla High School back in 1998.
The high school social scene was not her bag and instead at 16
years of age she opted to attend the afternoon class at Revilla
and worked full time holding down two jobs one at E.C. Phillips
and the other at J. Jacobs' clothing store before it closed.
All the while she successfully completed on average six sessions
of school work per day of better then average quality work.
She had a goal to graduate early and she did. She finished two
years of high school requirements in less then eight months and
graduated in the spring of 1998.
Instead of going off to college immediately she opted to work
full time for four years, saving money for her eventual goal,
to go to college and become a lawyer.
On Friday, May 19, 2006 as her mother and I proudly watched her
graduate from Sacramento State University in Sacramento California
with High Honors I reflected back on the effort and dedication
that she put into her studies while a student at Revilla High
School and how she put forth that same effort while attending
college, attending as a full time student while holding down
a full time job. While I sat their watching her graduate college
I was perplexed by how in past six weeks all of the same old
stigmas about the students that attend Revilla have been resurrected
in our local media and in letters to Sit News some of which seem
to imply that students that attend Revilla High School are to
some degree considered non relevant individuals.
My daughter is a proud graduate of Revilla High School and the
telephone call and letter that she received yesterday afternoon
from the Dean of Students accepting her application to attend
McGeorge School of Law in the fall of this year prompted her
call me and to request that I give thanks the staff at Revilla
High School for all the support that they gave her to help start
her on her road to Law School.
Revilla High School allows students that are independent hard
chargers to work independently at their own pace and gives those
students that take that challenge and run with it the opportunity
to graduate early and to take on life s challenges at an early
age. Good bad or indifferent it definitely in the end instilled
a positive influence on our daughters life. It gave her the confidence
to move on. There were rocky times for her as she moved forward
but in the end she attributes her experience at Revilla as her
first real motivating push in life.
To all the dedicated past an present staff members at Revilla
High School we sincerely thank what you did for our daughter
in giving her that initial motivating push.
Ralph and Lauren Mirsky
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Eight year Kedtchikan resident, small business owner and
proud parents of a Revilla graduate.
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