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Majority of this year's Willmar, Minn., grads planning to attend college

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR -- More than 80 percent of this year's Willmar Senior High graduates plan to continue their education.

Nearly a third of the 230 graduates will attend Ridgewater College, and many of them intend to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete four-year degrees.

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The school released its annual survey of seniors this week. The information was compiled and provided to the Tribune by Amy Isaacson in the Senior High counseling office.

This year's seniors will graduate at 2 p.m. Sunday at the high school gym.

The class of 230 is the smallest class in the past decade, but class size varies from year to year.

Ridgewater will welcome 75 new Willmar grads in the fall, and 10 others will be attending other community or technical colleges. Of the students heading to two-year colleges, 52 are boys and 33 are girls.

More than 100 of this year's graduates are headed to four-year schools, with 35 planning to attend private colleges and 69 attending four-year state colleges or universities.

Twenty-five students, about one-tenth of the class, have full-time jobs or will be seeking them after graduation.

Three male students will be going into the military, and three foreign exchange students will be graduating.

The survey results also provide some historical data, listing percentages for each category for the past decade.

The 16 percent of the class going to private colleges is the lowest percentage since 2005.

The share of the class going to four-year public schools, 30 percent, is the highest in the past 10 years.

Community and technical colleges will see 37 percent of the graduates, the third-lowest percentage in the past 10 years. The highest percentage was 49 percent in 2005.

Eleven percent of the graduates plan to go to work after graduation. The percentage has been in single digits for most of the past decade.

Class of 2012 facts:

n 12 students graduating with exemplary honors; 15 with highest honors; 30 with high honors; 59 with honors.

n Class flower: Snapdragon.

n Class Song: "Come Sail Away" by Styx.

n Class Motto: "Don't cry because it is over. Smile because it happened." Dr. Seuss

WILLMAR -- More than 80 percent of this year's Willmar Senior High graduates plan to continue their education.

Nearly a third of the 230 graduates will attend Ridgewater College, and many of them intend to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete four-year degrees.

The school released its annual survey of seniors this week. The information was compiled and provided to the Tribune by Amy Isaacson in the Senior High counseling office.

This year's seniors will graduate at 2 p.m. Sunday at the high school gym.

The class of 230 is the smallest class in the past decade, but class size varies from year to year.

Ridgewater will welcome 75 new Willmar grads in the fall, and 10 others will be attending other community or technical colleges. Of the students heading to two-year colleges, 52 are boys and 33 are girls.

More than 100 of this year's graduates are headed to four-year schools, with 35 planning to attend private colleges and 69 attending four-year state colleges or universities.

Twenty-five students, about one-tenth of the class, have full-time jobs or will be seeking them after graduation.

Three male students will be going into the military, and three foreign exchange students will be graduating.

The survey results also provide some historical data, listing percentages for each category for the past decade.

The 16 percent of the class going to private colleges is the lowest percentage since 2005.

The share of the class going to four-year public schools, 30 percent, is the highest in the past 10 years.

Community and technical colleges will see 37 percent of the graduates, the third-lowest percentage in the past 10 years. The highest percentage was 49 percent in 2005.

Eleven percent of the graduates plan to go to work after graduation. The percentage has been in single digits for most of the past decade.

Class of 2012 facts:

- 12 students graduating with exemplary honors; 15 with highest honors; 30 with high honors; 59 with honors.

- Class flower: Snapdragon.

- Class Song: "Come Sail Away" by Styx.

- Class Motto: "Don't cry because it is over. Smile because it happened." Dr. Seuss

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