THE INDEPENDENCE HIGH SCHOOL drama club does an exercise in improvisation with Tyler Eltiste, center, taking his turn. From left to right, Beverly Rose, drama club director, and students Chris Dias, Dakota Thornbrue, Micheal Ornelas, Nicole Sutherland, Easton Jenkins, Ty Shamun. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
INDEPENDENCE HIGH SCHOOL'S Student Council holds up a sign as the school was named a California Model Continuation High School. Standing left to right are school Principal Alison Gennai, Jerry Chavez, Michael Ornelas and Associated Student Body Director Russ Hayden. Bottom row, left to right, is Crystal Floyd, Brandon Reece, Nicole Dredge and Deshawn Jones. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
PRINCIPAL Alison Gennai takes a break from her the school day at Independence High School near Diamond Springs. The school offers an alternative high school diploma program and was named California Model Continuation High School. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

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