Fifty-nine young people achieved a major milestone in Osakis Friday night - graduating from high school.
During commencement exercises, Superintendent Randy Bergquist said the Osakis Class of 2019 excelled in academics, are well prepared for the future and many already have a good jump on college.
Bergquist noted that 83 percent of the graduating seniors plan to attend college or technical school this fall. Forty-three students enrolled in college credit courses while in high school, nine completed more than 18 college credits and 34 students already have 30 college credits.
Combined, the graduates have already completed 2,048 credits and once those credits are transferred to their colleges, it will save the students and their parents more than $648,000 in tuition costs, Bergquist said.
Students also received scholarships during the program. Eight students received $1,000 scholarships for attaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average, one received a $500 scholarship and seven were awarded $150.
Several seniors stepped up to the microphone during the program. Morgan Rach gave the welcome, Kylie Anderson highlighted the past, Shea Olson and Adam Petrich talked about the present, and Elizabeth Pahl offered insights into the future. Brooke Pfeffer gave the farewell.
The evening was also filled with music. The Osakis Concert Band performed, along with the choir and the senior members of the choir sang, "Just Believe."
Principal Tim Roggenbuck presented special awards determined by the faculty - the Achievement awards and the Leadership Key award.
Roggenbuck also read the names of the graduates as they received their diplomas from Becky Hensley, chair of the Osakis School Board.
Diplomas in hand, the seniors walked out of the gymnasium while the band played "March Triumphant." They then gathered in the cafeteria for photos and congratulations from friends and family.