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GRAD-Pillager Area Charter School

Little Falls Community High School

Commencement ceremony: 2 p.m. May 27 in Little Falls High School Gymnasium.

Number of graduating class: 157.

Class motto: “Each of us has different talents, different dreams and different destinations, but we all have the same power to make a new tomorrow.”

Class song: “Time of Your Life” by Green Day.

Top student: Michael Borders.

Parents: Cathy and Greg Borders.

Activities: Knowledge Bowl, Math League, Economics Challenge, Personal Finance Decathlon and National Honor Society.

Future Plans: Attend North Dakota State University.

Top student: Ingrid Floerisheim.

Parents: Marv Miller and Teresa Floersheim-Miller.

Activities: Soccer, nordic skiing, track and field, DECA, wind ensemble, Math League and National Honor Society.

Future plans: Attend Concordia University, majoring in Anthropology and pursue a career in Archaeology.

Top student: Hannah Harkin.

Parent: Ronda Harkin.

Activities: Nordic skiing, FCA, Math League, Key Club, National Honor Society, Youth as Resources and Stand Up for You.

Future plans: Attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Top student: Alayna Kabanuk.

Parents: Lori Kush and Brent Kabanuk, Stepfather, Dave Kush.

Activities: Flyer Athletic Leadership Council, Student Council, Math League, boy’s hockey stats, volleyball and softball.

Future plans: Attend Concordia-Moorhead with a hopes of being accepted in to Medical School with a long term goal of becoming a doctor.

Top student: Lexi Kapshek.

Parents: Kevin and Nancy Kapshek.

Activities: Varsity volleyball, Fellowship of Christian Athletics, wrestling manager, Flyer Athletic Leadership Council and National Honor Society.

Future plans: Attend Jamestown College in North Dakota where she is playing volleyball for the college team. She will be pursuing a career in elementary education with a minor in leadership and will be working towards a coaching certificate.

Top student: Katelyn Koval.

Parents: Jerome and Mary Koval.

Activities: Volunteer at church, National Honor Society and helping on the family farm.

Future plans: Complete a pre-med major in biochemistry/molecular biology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth with long term goal of going on to be a pediatric surgeon.

Top student: Maggie Moe.

Parents: Dan and Jeanne Moe.

Activities: Cross country, basketball, track, Link Crew, FCA, Math League and National Honor Society.

Future plans: Attend the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.

Top student: Annie Ploof.

Parents: Doug and Linda Ploof.

Activities: Soccer, basketball, Student Council, Link Crew, prom committee, National Honors Society and concert choir.

Future plans: Attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a major in science and engineering.

Top student: Derek Toso.

Parents: Kelly and Brian Toso.

Activities: Soccer, track, Knowledge Bowl, Economics Challenge, Personal Finance.

Future plans: Attend University of Minnesota-Morris with major in economics.

Top student: Marie Veillette.

Parents: Douglas and Laurie Veillette.

Activities: Band and DECA.

Future plans: Attend Minnesota State University Moorhead with a major in English/mass communications and a minor in economics.

Pillager Area Charter School

Commencement ceremony: 6 p.m. May 24.

Number of graduating class: 7.

Class flower: Sunflower.

Class motto: Not decided yet.

Class song: Not decided yet.

Central Lakes College, Staples and Brainerd campuses

Commencement ceremony: Staples — 7 p.m. May 9 in the Staples-Motley High School Gymnasium; Brainerd — 7 p.m. May 10 at Brainerd High School.

Number of graduating class: Approximately 800.

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