In 2015, Juneau’s population peaked at an estimated 33,162 residents. Juneau has lost 1,389 people since then.
Like many around the country, Juneau’s recent high school graduates have had to navigate online classes, separation from their peers and a socially-distant graduation ceremony without precedent.
This week, the class of 2020 is walking the stage one grad at a time with their short list of up to four guests as their audience.
They tried talking things through with Abby. They got her into counseling briefly. They reported a store they suspected of selling booze to her daughter and other teenagers. And eventually, tough love.
Since 2008, Juneau’s eighth-graders have gotten to choose between the town’s two main high schools. But with a shrinking population and budget cuts, some wonder if two high schools is one too many.
The Huskies were also the Douglas High School mascot back before the Douglas and Juneau high schools merged.
Called the MATCH program, for “Making Academics, Training and Careers Happen,” the class combines math, reading and computer skills with lessons on how to succeed in the workplace.
Graduation ceremonies over the weekend celebrated local high school graduates’ accomplishments and the bright futures ahead of them. At the ceremony for Juneau’s smallest high school, speakers celebrated the kids who almost didn’t make it.
Juneau police have launched an investigation into the alleged hazing of incoming high school freshmen
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