On May 30 Northwest Passage High School in Coon Rapids celebrated the graduation of 23 students.

The charter school’s very personal ceremony was held at the Courtyards of Andover and witnessed by family, friends, staff board members.

Director Peter Wieczorek addressed the graduates reminiscing about the 20 year history of Northwest Passage High School. Wieczorek closed by saying it has been an honor and privilege to have known the students of the 20th graduating class and he couldn’t wait to see what their futures bring.

The class of 2019 featured four student speakers: Monty Olynick, Jake Storley, Nykeria Knight and Lucy Theisen.

Monty shared his experiences traveling to Guatemala and the Canyonlands National Park. Jake spoke of how his experience leading the Bonsai Club and talking to educators from around the country has helped him be more confident in public speaking. Nykeria congratulated her fellow classmates for all their hard work and overcoming adversity. The final student speaker of the night was 2018-19 Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs Student of the Year Lucy Theisen. Lucy reminded the graduates how much they have changed over the years to become the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.

The ceremony closed with a viewing of the senior movie. After the ceremony students gathered in the outside courtyard for the traditional throwing of the caps, followed by a reception.

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