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(Left to Right): Anthony Nash (Isanti), Mason Saba (Princeton), Gabriela Taylor (Zimmerman), Jasmine Elizondo (Princeton), Lydia Fisher (Princeton), Alisha Richardson (Harris), Jolianna Browning (Zimmerman), Tierney Lofback (Elk River), Mariah McGannon (Cambridge), and Gavin O’Neil (Cambridge). Photo submitted

On Thursday, Aug. 1, students from throughout East Central Minnesota were added to the list of over 18 million others who have earned a GED making them members of the “largest high school” in America.

Local graduates included Jolianna Browning (Zimmerman), Jasmine Elizondo (Princeton), Lydia Fisher (Princeton), Tierney Lofback (Elk River), Mariah McGannon (Cambridge), Anthony Nash (Isanti), Gavin O’Neil (Cambridge), Alisha Richardson (Harris), Mason Saba (Princeton), and Gabriela Taylor (Zimmerman).

The commencement address was delivered by Andrew DeStefano of Glenn Metal Craft, Princeton.

The GED test has played an important role in American’s education landscape for 70 years. The testing program’s origins are rooted in educating young members of the military returning from World War II.

Earning a high school credential is a stepping-stone toward college, a better career, and family-sustaining wages so graduates recognize the significance of this accomplishment.

For more information about the Adult Basic Education/GED program, contact Caroline Nerhus at 763-689-6228.

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