By Justin Seward
Redcliff Mennonite Alternative Program Out (RMAP) students Elena Wall and Isaak Wiens walked the stage as the school’s first graduates on March 3.
Both students are the first to come out of the Mennonite school since opening its doors in 2013.
“I have worked long and hard to receive my high school diploma,” said Wiens in a press release.
“I am thankful to have a school like RMAP available to keep me focused and motivated me along my journey.”
He completed almost his entire schooling through the night school program while working full-time.
Wall was the first female to graduate the school.
“I am proud to be the first female graduate of RMAP School,” she said in a press release. I look forward to continueing my education in child care.”
She was able to attend the day school until Grade 11 before switching to the night programming so she could work.
For Mennonite students, achieving a high school diploma is a huge accomplishment.
Traditionally, students leave school early to work and help suppport their family.
“Having two graduates this year is a huge accomplishment for the school and the students,” said RMAP principal Tracy Frank. “We are very proud of Elena and Isaak who both graduate with honours while juggling full time jobs.”