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New jail location faces opposition - Page 3A Chester Elementary graduates 36 - Page 8A Vol. 68, No. 51 530-258-3115 Wednesday, June 17, 2015 50C r Ecstatic grads toss their graduation caps into the air amid loud cheers and rounds of applause atthe 2015 Chester High School graduation ceremony. " h Chester Htg ...... School graduates 35 drowns in Lake Almanor A 15-year-old Chester boy died in an apparent drowning in Lake Almanor last week according to the Plumas County sheriff. Divers recovered the body of the teen early Sunday morning, June 14, about six hours after he was reported missing during a swimming excursion. According to Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood, 911 dispatchers received a call at 9:20 p.m. Saturday. The caller said the teen had not been seen for about 30 minutes after he entered the water. Sheriffs deputies, Plumas County Search and Rescue and Peninsula Fire initially responded to the scene at Big Cove. The sheriff said responders worked throughout the night along with the sheriffs boat patrol. A dive and rescue team from Butte County was also called to the scene and reportedly found the missing teen's body under water about 3:39 a.m. Sunday. Hagwood said the circumstances surrounding the drowning are under investigation. He said alcohol might have been a factor. The sheriff said his office was trying to contact arL adult male who is suspected of providing alcohol to the minor. He said witnesses have been cooperative in the investigation. Hagwood declined to identify the victim by the newspaper's deadline. .llm!]il!l!00llJ!]ll To subscribe to the Progressive, call 530-258-3115 Stacy Fisher Staff Writer chesternews@plu rnasnews.corn The Chester High School graduating Class of 2015 led the commencement ceremony in the school's sports field June 12 to a large crowd of family and friends. Standing at the podium, senior Caleb Gallegos offered a dedication to outgoing music teacher Jane Brown, who directed the Chester High School band at the ceremony in a rendition of John Williams' "Raiders March" and the "CHS Alma Mater." "For the past 3-1/2 years at Chester High, I've truly looked forward to going to band class," Gallegos said, "not only because I love music, but because we have one of the finest and most truly talented band teachers I've ever had the privilege of knowing, Mrs. Brown." Principal Jeff James then invited Valedictorian Rebecca Branch to address the audienceand the 35 graduating students. "It's hard to imagine those of us sitting on this stage today getting ready to go our separate ways after four years together," Branch began. "We're nervous and excited, but prepared.., and although we'll no longer be together every day, we'll all cherish Lance Hanson and Quinton Wilkinson are co-salutatorians. Hanson will attend California State University Humboldt to major in math. Wilkinson plans to attend University of California, Davis to become a mechanical engineer and golf ............ aficionado. Photos by Stacy Fisher the memories that we created and the laughs and the smiles that we shared." Referring to the famous baseball legend Babe Ruth, Branch, an avid softball player, quoted: "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." There are times, she said, when you're at the bat when a strikeout will be completely out of your hands. "However, I've found that it's not the strikeout that defineswho you are; it's how you react." Branch said, "Whatever you decide to do, whether you choose to go to college, into the workforce or join the military, give it your best and don't let the fear of striking out stop you from playing the game." Please remember, she added, "Have no fear, and persevere, for every strikeout brings you closer to the next home run." This year, graduates Quinton Wilkinson and Lance Hanson shared salutatorian honors. Wilkinson also used a sports metaphor to compare life's many challenges. Quoting the great golfer Arnold Palmer, Wilkinson said that, like life, "Golf is deceptively simple and Valedictorian Rebecca Branch plans to attend Sonoma State University to study kinesiology. endlessly complicated." "What I have to say to the graduating Class of 2015 is enjoy your own golf game and shoot for a hole-in-one every single day of your life." Hannah Edwards, Meagar Garrett, Julie Peterson and Cortney Working gave the senior speeches. Edwards and Garrett See Grads, page 4A School board chooses firm to find new superintendent James Wilson Staff Writer The school board put the task of filling the soon-to-be vacant superintendent position into the hands of five retired superintendents last week. At a Plumas Unified School District special board meeting held June 10, the board chose to use Douglas and Associates to find suitable candidates to replace current superintendent Micheline Miglis. Miglis accepted the superintendent position with Carpinteria Unified School District, and will start July 1. The board decided upon Douglas and Associates after much debate. At the June 4 meeting, board members narrowed the list of candidates down from seven to two: Douglas and Associates and Leadership Associates. Each firm listed a price tag of $21,500 azld each has unique strengths. Douglas and Associates' team is made up of five former superintendents: Bob Douglas, Harley North, Dr. Armand Brett, Ed Changus and Richard Bray. What really attracted the board to Douglas and Associates is the Em's familiarity with the area, said board members. Most on the fu'm are from Butte, Shasta and Tehama counties. North owns a home in Plumas County, and will be available to fill the role of interim superintendent until one is found, dependant on board approval. The other firm the board looked at, Leadership Associates, is a large company with an extensive track record. In its proposal, it laid out a timeline for finding a superintendent. Bret Cook said he preferred Leadership Associates because it is a proven, established firm. He said he thought Leadership Associates would bring more candidates into the pool, because firm members have more connections. Eventually, the board decided to go with Douglas and Associates, mainly due to its familiarity with the district. The board directed Miglis to request a timeline from the firm, then sign off on the contract. The board hopes to get the new superintendent in place by September.