MSA senior class is 'band of brothers'
Two weeks before graduation, the Math and Science Academy senior class gathered at their exclusive building away from the sixth and seventh graders, to finish up some academic obligations while keeping up a light-hearted atmosphere.
Just 30 students moved that tassel to the other side Wednesday at a small ceremony at Central Park in Woodbury.
But the small class is what students said they will miss the most after leaving to embark on many different adventures -- from the military and pre-veterinary schools to universities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Montana and New York.
Eager to leave, the class joked about how long it is to attend one school for seven years. But it's "the people" and "knowing everyone" that makes this group a tight-knit one that will stay in touch for years to come, seniors Tim Bluhm and Nicola Mehta agreed.
Four of the students said they will be attending the University of Minnesota next year.
"If I run out of money, then I'll come home and eat," Bluhm said, explaining the reason for his choice of a close-to-home college.
Ryan Burger plans to be part of the military for the next four years to avoid student loan debt and eventually get "my education courtesy of the U.S. government," he said.
The age of social networking sites will allow the students to keep up with one another and find out where everyone is at in life, they all agreed.
"Our grade is 'Kings of Procrastinating,'" Burger joked, a quip that drew some support when talk turned to field trip slips that didn't get turned in.
It wasn't just procrastination ,others argued - it's just senioritis.
The class went on a trip to Wisconsin Dells over Memorial Day weekend - something their predecessors had not experienced before -- which made them feel pretty special.
MSA Director Paul Simone said he misses every senior class once they move on with their lives, but said he thinks this group, especially, will be able to do anything they put their minds to.
"I can see them having whatever kind of future they choose. Their future will not be chosen for them," he said.
They even got to choose their processional and recessional at graduation and Simone did not mind that a Star Wars theme song and Queen's "We Are the Champions" are part of the ceremony music.
"No sexism intended, all of our seniors tend to be a band of brothers," Simone said.