Sunny skies for Anoka High School Class of 2014

A light rain dampened the Goodrich Field the night before the chairs and podium were set up. Anoka High School Principal Mike Farley anxiously watched the radar.

Zach Schuh proudly holds up his diploma after the Anoka High School Class of 2014 commencement ceremony at Goodrich Field. Photos by Eric Hagen
Zach Schuh proudly holds up his diploma after the Anoka High School Class of 2014 commencement ceremony at Goodrich Field. Photos by Eric Hagen

But well before 7 p.m. Monday, June 9, the clouds parted and the sun shined on the Anoka High School Class of 2014 as they received their diplomas.

Before the 583 graduates moved onto the next stage of their lives, Farley shared the many accomplishments of the whole class before leaving them with a final “thought of the week,” which has been a tradition of his at the school.

“Twenty years from now, you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do,” Farley said, relaying the words of Mark Twain.

Ashley Davis and Emily Harrison separately shared words of encouragement and reminisced with their fellow graduates. Harrison was among the last class to graduate from Sandburg Middle School before it closed at the end of the 2009-2010 school year. She elicited some boos and cheers when she declared Sandburg much better than Fred Moore Middle School, which later became Anoka Middle School for the Arts.

Davis was a “small fish in a big pond” when she came to Anoka High School as a freshman after years of attending a private school. Over the last four years, Davis and other Class of 2014 graduates become part of the school’s community in their own way and each will now be starting all over again as they move to college.

They will have to work hard to climb the ladder again, but should not be afraid to fail. Davis said that in the words of J.K. Rowling, author of the “Harry Potter” novels, “It’s impossible to live life without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.”

Cory Mecl is congratulated by his grandmother Judy Olson as his father Glen proudly looks on. Judy and her husband Eben traveled from the state of Virginia to watch their grandson graduate with the Anoka High School Class of 2014. Kiili Eide has a bright smile after receiving her Anoka High School diploma at the June 9 commencement ceremony at Goodrich Field. It was a joyous day for Anoka High School graduates Mundah Keleekai and Emily Keis. There were 583 students in the Anoka High School Class of 2014. Ashley Davis (pictured) and Emily Harrison were the two senior class speakers. David Marks, Travis Mashuga and Tamra Masog listen to the speakers at the June 6 commencement ceremony. Retiring Anoka-Hennepin School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson gave one of his last commencement speeches at Anoka’s June 9 ceremony. It did not happen all at once, but some Anoka High School students decided to toss their hats into the air at the end of the commencement ceremony. Anoka High School Class of 2008 graduate Jamie Pinewski takes a picture of family members and Class of 2014 graduates James, Cody and Anna Pinewski. John Lace leads the Anoka High School band. Quinn Engebretson gives a thumbs-up to a family friend taking a picture. Emily Harrison was one of two senior class speakers. Ryan Olek Juliana Murphy Zach Schuh proudly holds up his diploma after the Anoka High School Class of 2014 commencement ceremony at Goodrich Field. Photos by Eric Hagen
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Cory Mecl is congratulated by his grandmother Judy Olson as his father Glen proudly looks on. Judy and her husband Eben traveled from the state of Virginia to watch their grandson graduate with the Anoka High School Class of 2014.

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