The ECHO Charter School graduated its seniors May 26 while celebrating its 20th year as an innovative public charter school.

ECHO Charter School seniors are headed for a host of post-secondary options, including the military, nursing, diesel engine repair, liberal arts and other fields.

“This year was a very special one,” said outgoing director Jason VanEngen. In his farewell speech to the seniors and their families, he encouraged students to work hard, do their best and not forget the times they shared at the school.

“Two decades has demonstrated the fact that we are here to stay,” he said. Seniors proudly walked the aisle while accompanied by the ECHO Charter School band and choir, and a packed room was testament to the dedication of families who remained steadfastly committed to their student’s excellent education.

“We have prepared these students to go out and seek their place in the world,” said Jeff Berthelsen, school board chairman. “We want them to go do their good deeds and test themselves.”

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