Seniors just beginning journey [UPDATED]Published 9:20am Thursday, May 30, 2013 Updated 11:23am Thursday, May 30, 2013
Congratulations to the Class of 2013 and the District 544 staff for being an outstanding example of living up to our mission and values while achieving at the highest level. Students from our three high schools — the Fergus Falls High School, the Area Learning Center (ALC), and iQ Academy (online) – will all be receiving Fergus Falls Public School diplomas this spring.
The large ceremony, where graduates from all three high schools are invited to participate, is scheduled at 7 p.m. Friday, in the Gold Gym at Kennedy Secondary School.
iQ Academy will host a student reception on the afternoon of May 31, followed by participation in the graduation ceremony that evening. The ALC will hold their graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. tonight in the Kennedy Secondary School’s auditorium.
A reception will follow in the Area Learning Center’s cafeteria.
This class has had a very exciting year. They had an unexpected trip to the President’s Inaugural Parade, outstanding individual and team sport achievements, wonderful concerts, and academic achievements, along with many scholarships given through Dollars for Scholars and the 544 Education Foundation.
We continue to tell students, and especially seniors, that graduation is just the beginning of their journey. The diploma they earned gives them the opportunity to “dive” into their next educational opportunity. With a very few exceptions, attending a postsecondary institution is almost a requirement to ensure a successful career. Good luck to the Class of 2013.
Dollars for Scholars
banquet gives 59 awards
On May 1, the local chapter of Dollars for Scholars awarded 59 scholarships to Fergus Falls Students. During the event, Executive Director Nancy Eldredge Hess commented:
“Dollars for Scholars is comprised of community members who volunteer their time and expertise.
Our goal is to raise money and manage the endowment fund that helps graduating seniors from Hillcrest Lutheran Academy and the Fergus Falls High School to defray some of their college tuition expenses through scholarships.
These scholarships are made possible through the efforts of our board and the generosity of our donors.
Our board and our donors value higher education and want to make it affordable for students who wish to continue their education.
This year, two new named scholarships were awarded for the first time: The Conrad G. Blegstad Scholarship for math and/or science and the Gordon Johnson Scholarship.
A group of donors and community volunteers came together in 1991 to start the Fergus Falls Area Dollars for Scholars and created an endowment fund.
In 1992, five $500 scholarships were awarded. Today, 22 years later — because of the generosity of donors and with the guidance of board members — 59 students received over $50,000 in scholarships.”
Loren Blume, 7th grade, and Tommy Bowman, 8th grade, were selected as Outstanding Band Students and Emily Keller was the winner of the Al Jacobs Band Camp Scholarship. The eighth grade honors program was held on May 15.
During this event, 80 students were honored for their academic achievement.
Tucker Johnson and Emily Ratz won the American Legion Citizenship Awards, and Gabe Enderle was selected for the Rotary 4-Way Award. Congratulations to all the students recognized.