by Cori Hilsgen
The All Saints Academy, St. Joseph campus, graduated its first kindergarten class on May 31.
The kindergarten and sixth-grade graduation ceremony was held in the St. Joseph Catholic Church. The kindergarten class, taught by Elisha Konz, had 13 graduates and the sixth-grade class, taught by Susan Huls, had 23 graduates.
At the ceremony, kindergarten students were asked to share their favorite memories of the year.
“Learning about animals and the classroom’s pet hamster – named ‘Zero’ – because that‘s how old it is, and pet fish,” Lily Schmitz said.
“Counting to 100,” Roe Hargrays said.
The 13 kindergarten graduates included Austin Baird, Sylvie Bechtold, Annie Funk, Maria Glatzel, Hargrays, Sophia Hess, Wyatt Kutzera, Ava Nicoll, Belle Pennings, Searlait Sanvik, Schmitz, Maleah Thielen and Maya Williams.
The ceremony was followed by brunch at the ASA school cafeteria where sixth-grade students shared their favorite memories of the year.
The 23 sixth-grade graduates included Tyler Beuning, Joel Ebel, Kateri Fischer, Nicole Fish, Riley Glatzel, Molly Herker, Carson Huls, Hallie Hupf, Joel Kissela, Kira Kutzera, Abbey Medelberg, Sara Morris, Hannah Nierenhausen, Ben Meyer, Greta Neigum, Reid Nydeen, Maggie O’Donnell, Molly Ophoven, Sam Revermann, Olivia Schleper, Sam Schneider, Jared Scholz and Caitlin Skahen.
Hilsgen is a contributing reporter for the Newsleaders. The central Minnesota native is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University – St. Paul, MN and enjoys learning about and sharing other people's stories through the pages of the Newsleaders.