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Jul 17

The Highchool Graduating Class of 2018.

Somalia Rebuild Organization hosted an event to recognize the highshcool graduating class of 2018. The event was held at STEM academy on June 30th, 2018. The goal of this event was to honor those who graduated in the Somali community and to become role models for the younger generation. Over 94 students were at the event to receive certificates of appreciation.

Many members from local/state governments, universities, students, and Somali elders spoke at the event to encourage youth to consider the value of higher education.

Government officials who spoke at the event include the Mayor of Rochester, MN who also received a special certificate. At the state level we have Duane Sauke our Minnesota State Representative.

From the Universtaives we have James Ford representing the Univeristy of MN- Rochester. From Winnona State University we had Samantha Eckerson.

We also had bright students speak at the event to show what can be achieved as a student. Isse Mohamed a P.HD Research candidate at Mayo Graduate School spoke to students about pursuing your goals and never giving up. Isse Mohamed will have defend his thesis in two weeks. Munira Alimire graduated this year and earned a full ride scholarship to a higher education institution of her choice. Munira Alimire committed to Stanford University. Hawa Ali is another brilliant student who currently has a full ride scholarship at the University of MN Medical School. Each of these students talked about their journey to education.

Some of the Somali community elders spoke about key topics their children could use in their planning. A few key points were the importance of seeking out help, to always try, and to never let doubt in.