Graduating Class of 2012

Back row (L to R): Caleb Miller, Freddie Lawler, Merhawi Temnewo, Alex Marquez; Middle row (L to R): Ashley Klos, Giovanni Herrera, Alyssa Zink, Kelly Klos; Bottom row (L to R): Leah Ferguson, Jemimah Chaisuk, ChristiAnn Miller

Jemimah Sakhounna Dove Chaisuk

Japan, Meafahlaung University; English

“I would like to thank my parents for raising me up to be the woman I am today; my friends for being there for me; Jen and Josh for letting me come into their lives and instructing me in the way of the Lord; the teachers who cared and taught me so much. Most of all, for God who put me in this school and believes in me.”

Leah Emma Ferguson  N***~

Wellesley College

“I would like to thank my teachers for always making me do more work than I thought I needed to (or wanted to). Thank you to my family for always being encouraging and to my friends for being the best classmates I could ever hope for.”

Ashley Elizabeth Klos *

St. Catherine University

“I am thankful to my family who were there when I needed them. They have been there through all the school events and college applications. I wouldn’t be anywhere without them. I am grateful for all of the love and support they have given me.”

Kelly Ann Klos **

North Central University; Children and Family Ministries

“I would like to thank my family for pushing me to work hard at my schooling and for all the love they have shown me. I would like to thank my classmates for giving me the encouragement I needed to finish my schoolwork. I love my family and friends so much! I am thankful that they have encouraged me to seek God over everything. I wouldn’t be who I am today without them.”

Freddie Rico Lawler Jr.

Crown College, United States Marine Corp Reserve

“I would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Ziegler for inviting me into their home. My teachers for helping achieve my education in high school, my classmates and friends for helping me whenever I needed them and being part of my life, my coaches for helping my body during sports as well as my education in sports. And, my parents for loving me, taking care of me, teaching me with godly intentions, and putting up with me for 18 years. Last, but not least, is God. God, there are not enough words to say thank you for everything – and I mean EVERYTHING. But, for right now and forever, thank you. I love you all.”


Messiaen Alexander Marquez

Hennepin Technical College

“I would like to thank my teachers for all the knowledge that I learned. I appreciate their help. They showed me so many new things. I also want to thank my mentor group for helping me get ready for adulthood. And, I also thank God for life and the strength to finish high school, and pursue his future plan for me. I would like to thank my family for their love and support to finish high school. I love them so much, and I hope they will keep supporting me when I’m in college and on my own.”

Caleb John Miller

Hennepin Technical College

“I would like to thank all my teachers for not giving up on me and for all the time and work they put into me to help me graduate. Also I would like to thank Mr. Johnson and Mr. Brown for being my mentors. I have learned a lot from them, and they are my role models. I thank my parents for everything they have done for me. I love them so much. Without them I wouldn’t be here today.”

ChristiAnn Kate Miller

Bethel University; Nursing

“I would like to thank my parents for faithfully driving me to school everyday and for always being there and for supporting me. Also for adopting me 18 years ago. If not, I don’t know where I would be. I love you so much! Your daughter, ChristiAnn Kate Miller”

Giovanni Herrera Presteguin ~

 Northwestern College; Criminal Justice

”I would first of all like to thank God for helping me through all that life has put me through. I also would like to thank my mom because she has always stuck by me no matter what. My teachers and my friends for making my high school experience one that I’ll never forget. I’m very thankful for everyone who has helped me through these hard times. I’m very grateful. Thanks again everyone, thank you mom, but most of all thank you God. May all the glory be yours.”

Merhawi Haile Temnewo * § +

North Central University; Business Administration

“First, I would like to thank God who brought me to America and made every thing possible for me to grow spiritually and academically. I also would like to thank God for giving me loving, caring, nurturing, beautiful parents. I am so thankful for everything they have done for me. I know that God will richly reward them.”


Alyssa Susan Zink *

United States Air Force

 “I would like to thank my family for their unconditional support throughout my life, and having the patience, love, and commitment to raise me into the woman I am today – I know it wasn’t always easy. You guys mean everything to me, and a simple paragraph can’t even begin to express the gratitude and love I have for you guys. I’ll love you forever, Lyssi”