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Ten Fridley High School seniors finished their school careers by signing college commitments on athletic scholarships on May 10, 2017. Back row, left to right: Jacob Roubal (tennis, University of Northwestern), Miguel Leiva (wrestling, Rochester Community College), Ceamantha James (track and field, Concordia University), and Esteban Badillo (soccer, Anoka-Ramsey Community College). Front row, left to right: Jerry Lara (soccer, Bethel University), Anna Schwint (volleyball, Dakota State University), Cedric Nah (football, Coe College), Prince Okolie (football, College of St. Scholastica), and Angel Martinez Bautista (football, University of Wisconsin—River Falls). Not pictured, Mike Crandall (basketball, Presentation College).
Over 2,100 onlookers gathered on June 1, 2017 at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in downtown Saint Paul to take part in Fridley High School’s Commencement Ceremony. Held outside the high school’s gymnasium for the first time in its 59-year history, the expanded space allowed any and all family members and friends to attend the event instead of only a specific number per student. Families were also given the option of riding school buses to the venue, an added benefit to alleviate the stress of rush hour traffic and parking.
The Class of 2017 featured 202 graduates. Of those:
- 9 are full International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma candidates
- 25 were IB Scholars (four or more IB diploma courses with external exams)
- 1 student graduated with an associate’s degree from Anoka-Ramsey Community College
- 20 AVID students
- 19 Presidential Education Award recipients
- 15 students with Honors (GPA of 3.25-3.49)
- 23 students with High Honors (GPA of 3.5-3.74)
- 21 students with Highest Honors (GPA of 3.75+, and a minimum of three IB diploma courses with external exams).
Former Stevenson Elementary School students visit the school a few days before graduating from high school.
Former Hayes Elementary School students visit the school a few days before graduating from high school.
In what has become an annual tradition at Fridley Public Schools, high school seniors about to graduate from Fridley High School took one last stroll through their elementary school hallways.
On May 25, 46 seniors returned to Stevenson Elementary, and 24 to Hayes Elementary, to a heroes welcome from younger students. Staff, as well—many of whom had the seniors as student when they were younger—cheered on the seniors, who delivered high fives and smiles to all.
Anoka County Commissioner Jim Kordiak presents Mary Mueller with the Outstanding School Award.
Fridley Public Schools was awarded an Outstanding School Award by the Anoka County Abatement Advisory Board for the district’s Café Recycling/Organics program. The award was presented to Mary Mueller, district Director of Nutrition Services, at the May 17 board meeting by Commissioner Jim Kordiak.
The program is currently used at both Hayes and Stevenson elementary schools. Stainless steel sorting stations are centrally located in the cafeterias. When students are finished eating, they take their trays to the sorting stations and follow signs and examples pinned above three receptacles to sort their refuse: recyclable (containers), organic (food waste) and trash (any non-reusable elements).
A day at Stevenson alone showed the amount of cafeteria waste had decreased by 79%, above the state average of 65-70%. 12% of refuse went directly to recycling, while 67% was of an organic nature and compostable.
“We began our program in February at Stevenson,” Mueller said. “Then we carried it over to Hayes after spring break.”
The program has grown better than Mueller anticipated, and has had excellent participation from both staff and students.
“The older kids help the younger kids. And in the fall, the 4th graders will move on the middle school and start implementing the program there.”