Kagman High School celebrated 15 years with their alumni last week, coinciding with their annual Cultural Day celebration.
“For as long as I’ve known KHS, they’ve always had a Cultural Day,” said KHS principal Staffler. “It is our 15th year of graduates, so we are also celebrating 15 years of alumni.”
Staffler said the mini festival at the KHS campus last Thursday morning from 10am to 2:30pm celebrated the different cultures on island, not just indigenous culture but also LGBTQ, pop, and many more subcultures.
“It’s a way for our students to showcase their talents and celebrate cultures as well as allow them to have something to look forward to in the spring,” she noted.
The festival also celebrated the 15 batches of alumni that have already graduated.
KHS graduated their first class in 2003, while the school itself was established around 2000.
The KHS Cultural Day celebration is its largest event and is the only event that is open to the public. Other schools have similar celebrations and have extended an invitation for KHS to join.
Stafller noted that KHS reciprocated the invitation by inviting Marianas High School and Saipan Southern High School to the Cultural day celebration. They also invited neighboring Chacha Oceanview Middle School as well as dance groups.
KHS students all participated in planning the mini-festival, involving about eight tents and over five vendors, all of whom were selected and negotiated with through KHS students.
Staffler added that the students raised the funds for the celebration as well. All in all, she noted that the students involved with the planning raised $1,300.
“…[This] gives the students something to work toward to and to collaborate on. They work on organizing the event that has so many logistical parts,” she said.