The Elk River Area School District recently hosted a graduation ceremony for 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
Elk River High School
Zimmerman High School
Ivan Sand Community High School