Northwest Passage High School graduates 27 from class of 2012

Members of the class of 2012 graduating class of Northwest Passage High School (NWPHS), Coon Rapids, celebrated graduation May 31 at the Courtyards of Andover.

Family, friends, teachers and board members were among those in attendance to help celebrate the accomplishments of the 27 graduates.

Two student speakers, Tyler Sheppard and Marc’ Sharica Hopkins, addressed the graduates.

Sheppard’s message reflected that he is strong advocate for the opportunities that NPWHS provides and he would “recommend the school in a heartbeat.

“I learned more about myself and the outside world and I saw and experienced many new things,” Sheppard said.

“I wouldn’t change anything in the world.”

According to Hopkins, because of the graduates’ education at NWPHS, they have what it takes to succeed in the world.

“We have a good head on our shoulders, we overcame any fears we had in our hearts, now we can steer ourselves in any direction we choose because we have what it takes to succeed, to grow,” Hopkins said.

School board chairwoman Deb Howard and Peter Wieczorek, director of NWPHS, presented diplomas to the graduates.

The ceremony was capped by an I-movie that showed photos of all of the graduates from classes, expeditions and learning experiences the students were part of during their time at the school.

“Unique learning experiences like project based learning, hands on learning and expeditions are a big part of what helps NWPHS be a success with students,” Wieczorek said.