Despite Year of Adversity, Minneapolis High School to Graduate Entire Upper Class for 11th Consecutive Year
Some students, like Argueta, are the first in their family to graduate from high school.
“For me it’s a great feeling,” said Argueta. “I am setting the example for my family, my younger siblings, my younger cousins.”
He plans to study global business leadership and says preparing for his future has been difficult while studying remotely last year due to COVID-19.
“For the remote you need a lot more discipline. When you’re at home you can go on sleeping, turn on the computer and go, so discipline you have to have really good discipline to really get through it. “said Argueta.
And as difficult as the pandemic was, Cristo Rey’s location in southern Minneapolis, just west of Midtown Global Market, was near the center of last year’s civil unrest on Lake Street.
Kolbow says that for Cristo Rey students, and especially for students of color, the trauma was real.
“This is another opportunity for us as adults to listen,” she said. “They are our future difference makers, our change makers, and we need to listen to them and understand as adults how we can support and respond to them.”
But Kolbow says that despite everything, these students have shown remarkable leadership and perseverance this year.
“The resilience of the students (Cristo Rey) is inspiring,” she said. “Their persistence in doing better for their family and their community is one of the most amazing things a person can experience.”
For Argueta, graduation means family achievement – and the start of a new challenge he’s ready for.
“The example I’m trying to give is if you focus on the things you want, anything is achievable when you think about it,” Argueta said.