TRIO Wolf Creek Distance Learning Charter School held a wonderful contactless diploma pick-up for the class of 2020 on Thursday, June 4th, and Friday, June 5th, in the campus parking lot. The current social distancing guidelines brought about a unique situation for Wolf Creek students and staff alike. Director Tracy Quarnstrom noted, “that the school board wanted to celebrate each graduate but also model proper social distancing guidelines and community responsibility”. The Wolf Creek Class of 2020 consisted of 64 graduating seniors. During the diploma pick-up event, all Wolf Creek staff members celebrated the tremendous accomplishments of each graduate individually with them in a manner approved by the MDE. Since Wolf Creek embraces a Learning Manager or advisor model the staff were also able to create individual videos for each senior that highlighted their specific high school experiences. Wolf Creek wished to maintain the small school atmosphere even in our virtual commencement and that was achieved through the hard work of all the staff at Wolf Creek.
Graduates arrived in their caps and gowns where they were congratulated, celebrated, and awarded their Wolf Creek diplomas. Each graduate and their families were treated to graduation portraits. Graduates were given a personalized swag bag full of graduation celebration items and accompanied by a memory stick loaded with a virtual commencement ceremony. Below are a few excerpts from the virtual commencement address by Director of the Charter School, Tracy Quarnstrom.
“Congratulations! We want to personally congratulate each Wolf Creek graduate. Take a moment to congratulate yourself and everyone who supported you. Graduates, look around, and think of people who are not with you physically right now. Take a moment to thank them in your mind and personally later for all of their support of you throughout the years.
Let’s talk about the word commencement. Commencement means a beginning or start. This is your graduation, your commencement, your start of life beyond high school. We are so excited for you. Today is your day! Today is the start of something special. The future is waiting for you! We know right now things can look uncertain but with the resilience, you have already shown we know you will do great things to make our world a better place now and into the future.
We applaud you for being an online learning student before online learning was the norm. You knew what school would look like even when other elements of traditional school and our society fell away. You were able to continue your studies with a curriculum that was created to be used in a virtual environment and you can be assured that you received a high-quality education here at Wolf Creek. For that, you should be very proud.”
~ Tracy Quarnstrom
What we believe about the Class of 2020:
The virtual ceremony also included a slide show of each Wolf Creek graduate, as well as personal accounts of each student’s dreams and aspirations, post-secondary plans, and favorite memories of Wolf Creek. A beautiful solo performance of “Whenever You Remember” by Carrie Underwood sung by Wolf Creek graduate Keegan Miller was recorded. Tracy Quarnstrom, Wolf Creek Director and member of the Chisago Lakes Lions awarded a Lions scholarship to Kaylee Linda. The WOW Compassion Scholarship was awarded to Alexis Peterson, and both Brandon Good and MacKenzie Karas received the Wolf Creek Alumni scholarship. The Wolf Creek staff and school board would like to congratulate the class of 2020 and wish all the graduates much success in their future endeavors and a lifetime of learning and happiness.