DIAMOND SPRINGS — El Dorado County Olympian Jamie Anderson, the recent gold medal winner in women’s snowboarding at the Sochi Winter Games, is confirmed to provide the keynote address at Independence High School’s graduation ceremony Thursday.
Principal Alison Gennai encourages the community to join the celebration.
“Independence High School is thrilled and honored to welcome Jamie Anderson as our Class of 2014 graduation keynote speaker,” Gennai said. “Our school is deeply connected to snowboarding and skateboarding and we embrace the model of hard work, self-discipline and pursuit of dreams that Jamie makes real for us.
“We also recognize and thank the dedicated parents and guardians of our Independence families who join us in the mission to help students succeed and help make graduation possible. We encourage the community to celebrate with us on May 29, and we thank Ms. Anderson for her support of our students’ success,” she added.
Anderson grew up snowboarding at Sierra at Tahoe and has built a reputation as one of the top slope-style riders in the business. As the youngest female medalist at the Winter X-Games, she won her first professional slope-style competition at age 15 and she recently returned home from Sochi, Russia where she won the gold medal in the inaugural Women’s Slope-style event.
The California Department of Education recently named Independence High School one of 24 model continuation schools in the state. Ongoing opportunities offered to Independence High School students create a culture of both individual and community expression through circle groups to share coping skills for teen challenges, along with opportunities to pursue dance, drama, poetry, gardening, forestry and physical fitness.
The ceremony is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.