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Seniors ready for new challenges

Class of 2019 members (left to right) Logan Beach, Brandon Boogaard and Morgan Carlson react after diplomas were handed out Friday. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)1 / 10
Elizabeth Pahl, speaking about the future for the Class of 2019, urged her classmates to look for more opportunities and to keep driving forward. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review) 2 / 10
Hanna Christensen accepts her diploma from Becky Hensley, school board chair. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)3 / 10
A line of seniors listen to a speaker at the graduation program Friday, May 24. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)4 / 10
Osakis senior classmates do some last-minute preparations before heading into the gym for the graduation program. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review) 5 / 10
The senior members of the Osakis High School Choir perform one more time at Friday's graduation program. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review) 6 / 10
Adam Petrich, talks about the senior class' present. He cited the class' many firsts it accomplished and closed with saying they will always remember fighting back the tears on graduation day. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review) 7 / 10
Senior Elizabeth Pahl received a scholarship from Superintendent Randy Bergquist Friday night. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review) 8 / 10
Brooke Pfeffer gives the farewell at the end of Friday's graduation program. She encouraged her classmates to stay strong, work hard and add something special to the world. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review) 9 / 10
Kylie Anderson talks about the challenges the Class of 2019 overcame through the years. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review) 10 / 10

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.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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