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Tiger Talk: Class of 2014 is going places

The Pine River-Backus (PR-B) Class of 2014 will graduate on Friday, May 30. The PR-B Class of 2014 includes 64 students from both the high school and Area Learning Center. These graduates have truly “only just begun.”

Most graduates would report having a fulfilling and rewarding experience at PR-B and that graduation is bittersweet — the students are sad to say goodbye to Pine River-Backus, but excited for what lies ahead.

Students in the Class of 2014 have had especially strong bonds among each other and with the PR-B staff. And, the Class of 2014 was the first senior class to participate in PR-B’s Service Day on May 23.

Many of our seniors worked to provide help in our community, through the community garden, PR-B Family Center, RREAL, The Warehouse, Trout Lake Camp, Good Sam, Happy Dancing Turtle and other local organizations.

More opportunities await the Class of 2014 with 57 of the 64 students already enrolled in post-secondary programs. PR-B graduates will attend schools like the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Morris; Minnesota State University, Mankato; North Dakota State University; Bemidji State University; Oak Hills; St. Cloud State University; Concordia College; College of St. Scholastica; University of Wisconsin; Augsburg; Itasca Community College; Central Lakes College; Alexandria Community College; Argosy College; and Thief River Falls Community and Technical College.

While in college, students’ interests will be diverse. Five of our graduates plan to become teachers. Several will enter the world of business. Some are studying sports management. Others will pursue ag science. Several students will study law enforcement. Three graduates will enter the world of engineering. Several will study in the health field from nursing to respiratory therapy to radiology to physical therapy to pre-med. Youth ministry, computer science, natural resources, mechanics and welding are all areas that our students will pursue.

Other students are entering the world of cosmetology, truck driving, massage therapy, firefighting and other areas that are more work-based in training. One student will enter the U.S. Army National Guard.

Students have made decisions about their careers after several years of career research, classes and multiple career and college fairs. Our students get a good idea about careers — the reality and the opportunities. By the time they get to their senior year, they’ve done extensive research about their interests and aptitudes and what will make a good fit. By the time their junior year comes around, they’re really looking at options that will make their dreams a reality.

We have a lot to be proud of at PR-B! Our students are really going places and they will represent us well in the greater world.