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Congratulations to Fridley Moore Lake Area Learning Center (ALC) students who were recognized and honored during the school’s annual Celebration of Excellence. Held virtually on February 4, 2021, the event recognized the hard work and accomplishments of the school’s students, as well as its 2021 graduating seniors.

The celebration also honors student progress that has been made throughout the year. The awards given to students include academic excellence, most improved, the 3D Award (Desire, Determination, and Discipline), among others.

“The Celebration of Excellence gives us the opportunity to recognize graduates who have finished their schooling outside the 'norm,' and also allows us to recognize students who are going above and beyond in and out of the classroom,” said science teacher Nicole Moussette.

Addressing students in his welcoming message, Principal of Alternative Services Dr. Jason Bodey said he was looking forward to seeing students back at the school building. He acknowledged that the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent school closings have caused many challenges for both students and schools.

“Things have changed a lot in the past year, and our world looks very different,” said Bodey. ”But I encourage you to persevere, knowing that we – your teachers and staff – are here to support you fully.  We will get through this together."

Superintendent Dr. Kim Hiel praised the students who were being honored at the ceremony, noting that they have persevered through the pandemic and risen above challenges to accomplish their goals. “Along with your teachers and staff, the entire district is here to support you, so I encourage you to continue to work towards your goals and dreams. You are not going through this alone; we are here for you,” said Hiel

Along with recent graduates Larisha Green, Kylee Allen, Jennifer Tran, the following students were recognized with awards:

Mathematics Award – Damarco Dowden

Science Award – Daisy Abrams

English Award – Stephanie Velez Varela

Social Studies Award – Salmo Ali

Work Experience Award – Jordi Gonzalez

Art Award – Taylan Harris

Leadership Award – Amurion Barnes

Engagement Award -  Ahlam Ahmed

On-A-Roll Award– Citlalli Manzanarez Perez

On-A-Roll Award – Sarah Alzayadi

3D Award - Liiban Dirie

The Fridley Moore Lake Area Learning Center serves north metro area students between the ages of 16 to 21 years old.  The program helps students earn a high school diploma by featuring small classes, individual learning plans, flexible schedules, independent study and credit for on-the-job training.