Wolf Creek Graduation CeremonyTrio2019-06-12T12:03:00-06:00
The TRIO Wolf Creek Distance Learning Charter school held the 2019 commencement ceremony on Friday, June 7th at the Performing Arts Center in Lindstrom. Wolf Creek is a public charter school located in Chisago City, MN and authorized by Chisago Lakes Schools. Many friends and family members were in attendance to cheer on the 47 graduates who chose to participate in the ceremony from the Class of 2019. Wolf Creek is also proud to recognize the 22 students who graduated earlier this year and decided not to participate in the graduation ceremony. Wolf Creek is proud to be graduating its largest class ever, and continuing to be a proven choice for obtaining an accredited high school diploma in the Chisago Lakes Area and throughout Minnesota.
Director Tracy Quarnstrom addressed those in attendance and spoke about how important having a school like Wolf Creek is to this small community. Not all students will find success in a traditional high school setting and having choices that fit student needs is a hallmark of the public charter school movement.
The evening held many highlights including student speakers and their remarks about the public charter school option. The two senior speakers were Grace Conley and Brady Larson.
Grace Conley’s speech was titled, “How to Turn a Weakness Into a Strength,” and discussed the journey all students make to high school graduation. She stated that “No matter how we ended up at Wolf Creek, we’ve made it this far and have learned how to embrace our differences along the way.” She also stressed how a group of unique students came together to form the class of 2019 at Wolf Creek in a beautiful way.
Student speaker, Brady Larson’s gave an emotional speech entitled, “Time Flies,” and spoke about his perspective on graduation. An excerpt from this speech is noted here: “It’s a moment we’ve all been waiting for since we started our 4-year journey through high school. Though it has had its ups and downs, it has made for some of the best memories, life lessons, and friendships that we will cherish for our whole lives. But graduation is not the end goal in this journey. No, it’s only the beginning of something much bigger.”
Another highlight of the evening was having Wolf Creek junior Keegan Miller sing, “A Million Dreams” from the movie The Greatest Showman. Keegan is also representing Wolf Creek as our designated Karl Oskar Days ambassador candidate, so it was a treat to have her display her talents at the graduation ceremony.
Wolf Creek is proud to offer students several scholarship options throughout the year. The winners of this year’s graduation scholarships are as follows: the recipient of the Chisago Lakes Lions Scholarship was Brianna Belair and the recipient of the Wolf Creek Alumni Scholarship was Katelyn Nybakke. In addition, Wolf Creek is proud to announce that one of our students, Bailey Novlan, was awarded a national Foundation for Blended and Online Scholarship for students who have worked in an online setting during their high school careers.
The main event of the evening included the graduates walking across the stage to receive their diplomas while future plans and personal highlights were announced. Then each graduate was greeted and congratulated on stage by all of the Wolf Creek staff members. The crowd was full of families and friends who shared in the excitement with cheering and applause. The evening ended with the Wolf Creek Class of 2019 being announced, graduation hats being tossed in jubilee, and a celebratory dance for some and proud walk for others out of the auditorium!
All of the staff at Wolf Creek are very proud of the accomplishments of this class of students who worked to persevere to this moment in their lives. Wolf Creek Staff wishes the Class of 2019 a bright and wonderful future!