Anoka High School’s 147th graduating class walked across Goodrich Field on Fifth Avenue in Anoka to accept their diplomas on a sunny summer evening Monday, June 3.

“You have shown the world that standing united as one family, you can accomplish anything,” Principal Michael Farley told seniors in the “Anoka family.”

“Go make the world a better place for all,” he said.

Superintendent David Law joked about the challenges students faced with construction at the high school this year, saying the year’s theme was “The show must go on.”

“You have made us proud already,” he said. “I’m confident you will make us proud again.”

Alexis Tonsager, the first of two senior class speakers, told classmates “the most important lessons go beyond the classroom.”

She reminded them that “everything in this life does eventually end,” but “a thing is special because it ends.”

“I implore you: Do not let the present pass you by,” Tonsager said.

Anna Svercl Hetzer, the second class speaker, recalled the shared experiences of students at Anoka High School and said that although they have many differences, the school unites them.

“No matter how different we may be, we will all carry Anoka High School with us,” she said.


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