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Ryan Stigen received a blanket as part of the ceremony.

The Elk River Area School District recently hosted a graduation ceremony for the American Indian Education program.

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Ryan Stigen provided the graduate reading at the Elk River Area School District’s American Indian Education graduation ceremony. The Elk River High School student is now a graduate of the high school and the American Indian Education program.

Twenty-six students from four high schools within District 728 were recognized at the event held at Hassan Elementary School for the 14th consecutive year.

The Minnesota National Guard posted the colors at the beginning of the ceremony and retired them at the conclusion of it.

Ron “Kaboose” Wilson, a Native youth motivational speaker as well as rising hip hop artist, performed and stepped in to speak when Clyde Belacourt, the scheduled speaker, was not able to due to illness.

Superintendent Dan Bittman and Assistant Superintendent Jana Hennen-Burr as well as a representative of the Elk River Area School Board also took part.

The list of graduates follows.

Rogers High School

Autum Adair

Dylan Hathcock

Christina Quinn

Kiara Malone

Neadyne Wilkin

Justin Dorr

Elk River High School

Lindsey Fourdyce

Madison Ricksham

Devon Roberts

Ryan Stigen

Riley Thorson

Alexis Winberg

Tiffany Brown

Kelsie Handt

Sydney Zierden

Zimmerman High School

Tucker Budreau

Anabella Ross

Dustin Speller

William Tazelaar

Kaitlyn Graham

Emma Krueger

Aiyana Graves

Jaysen Moore

Ivan Sand Community High School

Storm Klatt

Marshall Holte

Austin Whitsitt

Anneke Verhoef

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