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Graduates can be proud of accomplishments

Graduation is a time to celebrate the academic accomplishments of those who have completed 13 years of education. as well as a time to reflect on all the memories that have been created.

From homecoming to prom, each day of high school is filled with a number of activities that make up what is commonly known as the "high school experience."

In addition to reflecting on the memories, students who graduate from high school have also accomplished a number of academic goals.

In order to graduate with a diploma from Austin High School, students in the Class of 2010 must have completed 24 credits and passed state-issued tests in the areas of writing, reading and mathematics. The 24 credits they need to meet are as follows:

• Four years of language arts, including speaking, writing and literature courses in 11th and 12th grades.


• Four years of social studies.

• Three years of science.

• Three years of math.

• One year of physical education.

• One year of fine arts, which could include art, graphic arts or music.

• One semester of health.

• 7.5 semesters of elective classes.

While these are the minimum credits needed, most students graduating have completed more than 24 credits including having taken college and AP courses. In addition, some members of the Class of 2010 have also completed an associate's degree through Riverland Community College at the same time they have been earning their high school diplomas.


The Class of 2010 has left a lasting imprint on Austin High School, and I want to congratulate each of the more than 300 graduates on earning a high school diploma and wish each the best of luck in their future. The Class of 2010 graduation ceremony will be held at Riverside Arena at 7 p.m. June 4, with doors opening for the public at 6:30 p.m.

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