Mt. Pleasant School District Home School Assistance Program Class of 2019 was recognized at a ceremony at East Lake Park on Wednesday, May 15, where they received their Home School Completion Certificates and celebrated with family.
Krysta Millard, Anna Graber, Lange Wiegand, Clayton Henriksen and Dalton Overton (not present) graduated from the Home School Assistance Program on Wednesday with a luncheon and a cake in their honor.
“I don’t feel like I’m really a senior,” said Anna Graber, of Lockridge, during the luncheon. “Graduation comes up pretty quickly. I’m glad I home-schooled. It gave me the ability to be home. The one negative is that there were no snow days.”
Marian Graber, Anna’s mother, said they began home schooling because she felt God led them that way.
“I enjoyed having my kids around,” Marian said.
Anna currently works at Graber Services in Lockridge as a janitor. Graber Services is a farm equipment dealership.
She is undecided in her next steps after graduating. She may attend college, where she would like to study interior design, child care or retail.
Anna said that Lockridge is her home and family makes her want to stay after graduating high school.
“I really would like to stay locally, but I could see my career taking me away from Lockridge,” she said.
Anna’s favorite memories of school are going on field trips.
“We’ve been to quite a few,” Anna said. “The Herbert Hoover Museum, Mark Twain Museum and the National Mississippi River Museum. The flexibility (of home schooling) is nice.”
Anna also participate in extra curricular activities while being home-schooled, including volleyball at her church, Suburban Heights Baptist Church in Fairfield, and took piano lessons.
Clayton Henriksen, of Mt. Pleasant, felt ready for the future as he accepted his Home School Completion Certificate on Wednesday.
Henriksen said the best part of being home-schooled was learning how to be his own person.
“It’s helped me develop my own character and personality,” he said.
Henriksen is going to Iowa Wesleyan University to study biology before applying for dentistry school. He said he likes the idea of figuring out a problem, solving it, then doing the work to fix it.
Krysta Millard, of Lockridge, plans to work for a year at All American Auto of Fairfield before attending college at Crown College in Minnesota for a year to study Christian Living.
All American Auto is owned by Millard’s aunt, who also owns several housing rentals. Millard will work with her aunt learning about cars and how to fix up houses.
Millard started home schooling as an eighth-grader. She said found public school distracting and started being home schooled as a way to focus on academics.
Millard has also enjoyed attending Marion Avenue Baptist Church in Washington, where she has participated in the annual live animal Christmas play and other activities.
The graduating senior is interested in staying in Lockridge in the future, saying that she loves her church and her community.
“It’s very country. There’s not a lot of people. I love that it’s quiet,” Millard said.
Lance Wiegand, of Mt. Pleasant, is excited about completing high school.
“I finally got some freedom,” Wiegand said with a smile. “I’m kind of nervous too. I’m not sure what I want to do with my life. I’ll work for a year or so and figure it out.”
Wiegand currently works at Orscheln Farm and Home. He said he might start looking into applying for a job at Lomont Molding.
Wiegand started in the home-school program as an eighth-grader. Previously, he attended Mt. Pleasant Christian School.
“Having your parents as a teacher is a pro, but also a con,” he said.
Wiegard’s advice to current students is to enjoy the moment.
“Don’t be so eager to graduate. Learn what you can and make use out of it,” Wiegand said. “Being graduated still is better than being in school,” he added.