2 Frontier Academy students graduate at Tuesday night FCSD #25 school board meeting

Graduates Angel Barela and Noah Brown pose with Frontier Academy staff Kim Ibach, Shanell Stanley, Jody Mickelsen, Justin Taylor, and Rob Winn. County 10 photo.

(Riverton, WY) – Frontier Academy had two students graduate at the May 25th Fremont County School District #25 school board meeting Tuesday night.

The students, Angel Celeste Barela and Noah Timothy Brown, were both on-time graduates who overcame personal challenges to make it to this momentous day.

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Angel and Noah pose with Frontier Principal Justin Taylor. County 10 photo.

The first graduate, Angel, was presented by Shanell Stanley, the school’s Success Coach/Registrar. Not only was Shanell her teacher, she was also her personal mentor.

Stanley stated that teachers always strive to do as much as they can for students, then remarked, “You’re caught off guard when they do so much for you. Her presence will be greatly missed at Frontier.”

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Shanell Stanley gets emotional speaking about Angel’s accomplishments. County 10 photo.

“I want to thank Mrs. Stanley for always being there for me,” Angel commented. She then cited the times Stanley was willing to go above and beyond for her, even if it was just to sit on her porch to use the WiFi to finish up a test or assignment.

Angel then went on to thank everyone else who helped get her here today. “When I went to Frontier, I was given the opportunity to graduate on time.”

Angel smiles wide as she accepts her diploma from Council Chairperson Carl Manning.
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The next graduate of the night was Noah, presented by Counselor Jody Mickelsen. “We shared this journey the past 4 years and it’s been a great ride, especially since we ended up here tonight.”

Mickelsen went on to say Noah has a love of gaming and music, and after a recent trip to a local radio station, might eye a career in some type of music broadcasting. “He has a competitive drive and personal motivation.”

Noah then referenced overcoming personal tragedy, stating he might not be graduating if it weren’t for the style of teaching that Frontier Academy provides.

“I’m a pretty stubborn person,” commented Noah. “I’m not going to do something unless I really want to do it, so I know it must have been hard.” Those in attendance would probably agree, it was that same stubbornness that helped get him here today.

Noah accepts his diploma from Chairperson Manning. County 10 photo.

Superintendent Dr. JoAnne Flanagan closed off the ceremony, stating, “We are so pleased as a district that we can offer an alternative learning environment for these students. But remember, you are here today because of you. You can do whatever you want and more.”

Congratulations Angel and Noah, good luck on the next chapter of your lives!