Spring Lake Park Class of 2013: Ready to face the future

Commencement exercises for Spring Lake Park High School seniors took place Friday evening, May 31 in the school’s gymnasium. A total of 334 students received diplomas.

The high school band, under the direction of Brian Lukkasson and Nora Tycast, played the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” as the students filed into the gymnasium, followed by a presentation of the colors and the “Star Spangled Banner.”

SLP Principal Jane Stevenson said the class of 2013 had navigated through many changes.

“Concentrate not on what you’ve accomplished but what you’ve yet to accomplish,” she said.

Student speaker Jack Fish thanked staff members, his parents and friends for their support throughout the years. “Students, it’s been a wild ride,” he said.

Student speaker Emily Lukens said the 2013 class will be prepared “no matter where we go, or what we do.”

“I predict that we’re going to be a pretty successful class,” she said. “We’re going to be successful because we know how to adapt.”

Angel Godinez, a graduating senior from the Learning Alternatives Community School and student speaker, warned fellow graduates that they will meet challenges. “Push yourself hard to get through them,” he said.

The choir, under the direction of Jeff Wressell, sang “You’re Gonna Miss This.”

Cary Elhardt, counselor of the graduating class, shared a few numbers. More than 100 students in the class had taken advance placement courses, 41 were awarded the President’s Academic Award for a 3.5 grade-point average, 53 grads took college post secondary option courses, five earned associate of arts degrees and 80 percent of the class had applied to a college this past semester, he said.

Finally, Superintendent Jeff Ronneberg said, “It will be the little choices you make that will have the biggest influences in your life.”

He urged the class to take the time to recognize those who have supported them throughout the years.

“The future is in front you,” he said. “The rest is up to you.”

Following the commencement exercises, an all-night party was held at Brunswick Zone in Blaine.

Rocio Jimenez, left, and Jackie Penaloza were beaming just before Spring Lake Park High School’s 2013 commencement. The graduation ceremony was held Friday, May 31 in the school’s gymnasium because of threatening weather. Photos by Elyse Kaner Bill Sommers, former Learning Alternatives Community School principal and former principal of Spring Lake Park High School, stopped in to wish students good luck, among them student Chris Nguyen. Richvee Toweh gets a little help from her friends. Shakayla Lambert hurries to join the graduation lineup. The graduating seniors listen to the ceremony. The Spring Lake Park Concert Chorale, under the direction of Jeffrey Wressell, sang “You’re Gonna Miss This.” Jonathon Beaver, left to right, Thomas Beaupre, Sidique Bayoh, Jocelyn Bayer and Daniel Balck await their turn to accept their diploma. Jack Fish was a commencement speaker. “It’s been a wild ride,” he said. A total of 334 students the evening of May 31 graduated from Spring Lake Park High School. Emily Lukens and Jack Fish (not pictured) were student speakers. “No matter where we go or what we do, we’re prepared,” Lukens said. Fish asked students to thank those who helped them succeed. “Students, it’s been a wild ride.”
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Rocio Jimenez, left, and Jackie Penaloza were beaming just before Spring Lake Park High School’s 2013 commencement. The graduation ceremony was held Friday, May 31 in the school’s gymnasium because of threatening weather. Photos by Elyse Kaner

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