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|Hmong College Prep Academy Hosts Eleventh Senior Graduation Ceremony|
By Dave Bonko
Hmong College Prep Academy hosted their eleventh graduation ceremony on Friday, June 9th.
"Graduation is always a special time for the staff, students and families of Hmong College Prep Academy," stated Superintendent Dr. Christianna Hang. "This is truly a wonderful group of seniors who are now ready to move to the next phase in their lives. They're self-motivated, disciplined and goal-oriented, personal characteristics that will serve them well in the future."
Dr. Hang added that HCPA students have been accepted to many of the region's leading colleges and universities including:
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Bethel University University of North Dakota
Gustavus Adolphus College
College of St. Scholastica
St. Thomas University
Of HCPA's 2017 senior class, 87% met all of the necessary requirements to receive their diploma. In addition, 86% of graduating seniors were accepted to a college or university. The class of 2017 also set a record with students being awarded over $3.7 million dollars in scholarship and grants, over four years, from the schools to which they were accepted.
Senior School Counselor/C3 Coordinator Cecelia Lee credits this success to the school's College Prep (CP) Program.
"The mindset that our students will be going to college is a part of HCPA's curriculum beginning in Kindergarten. The CP Program provides our students with the resources needed to find a secondary education experience that matches their interests and career goals. It also helps students apply for scholarships and financial aid."
HCPA Announces Top Ten Of 2017
Hmong College Prep Academy also announced their top ten graduates of the Class of 2017.
"It's a great honor to be featured in your school's top ten list," added Dr. Hang. "These students have gone above and beyond in their studies in an effort to get the most out of their high school education. Their hard work has paid off as all will be attending distinguished colleges and universities this fall."
2017 Hmong College Prep Academy's Top Ten Students (In alphabetical order):
Student Name: Jouayee Schiung
Parents/Guardian: Maisian and Nuemie Schiung
College/possible major: University of North Dakota, Air Traffic Control
Favorite quote: "My dream is simple; it goes wherever it pleases. I just follow it."
Student Name: Sheng Thao
Parents/Guardian: Jhore Bee Thao
College/possible major: Hamline University
Favorite quote: "A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there."
Student Name: Lori Tran
Parents/Guardian: Jenny Thao and Tuan Tran
College/possible major: St. Olaf College, Psychology and Neuroscience
Favorite quote: "I'm on the path to being someone I'm equally terrified by and obsessed with; my true self."- Troye Swan
Student Name: Ariana Vang
Parents/Guardian: Sara Yang and Jones Vang
College/possible major: Hamline University, Biology
Student Name: Mai Yer Vang
Parents/Guardian: Xee Thao
College/possible major: University of Northwestern
Favorite quote: "There are no secrets to success: don't waste time looking for them. Success is the result of hard work, perfection, learning from failure, and persistence."- Colin Powell
Student Name: Pa Chang Vang
Parents/Guardian: Sheng Moua, Pa Xiong, and Tong Vang
College/possible major: College of Saint Scholastica, Biology and Psychology
Favorite quote: "When confronted with a challenge, the committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart searches for an escape."- Andy Andrews
Student Name: Shoua Vang
Parents/Guardian: Mai Vue
College/possible major: College of Saint Scholastica, Pre-med
Favorite quote: "Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do."- Bruce Lee
Student Name: Khula Yang
Parents/Guardian: Kabao Lee and Tou Yang
College/possible major: Drake University, Pharmacy
Favorite quote: "Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must but take a step forward."
Student Name: Koussy Yang
Parents/Guardian: Mai Shoua Vue and Yer Yang
College/possible major: Coe College, Biology and Pre-Med
Favorite quote: "If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answers is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place."
Student Name: Yownyin Yang
Parents/Guardian: Yer and Wang Yang
College/possible major: University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, Biomedical Engineer
Favorite quote: "Every time you get rejected, say: NEXT!"- Mark Hansen
Photos by James Netz Photography
Hmong College Prep Academy is located at 1515 Brewster Street in St. Paul, just southeast of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. For more information or directions, interested parents and students can call 651-209-8002 or online at www.hcpak12.org. The school is currently enrolling students in grades K-12 for the 2017-18 term. Space is extremely limited.
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