#Smiles: Frontier Academy graduation held in front of full room at board meeting
(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Tuesday night meeting of the Fremont County School District #25 Board of Trustees included a graduation ceremony for the latest graduate of the Frontier Academy.
Ian Brokenleg was praised at the event for being an outstanding member of the community, a student who encouraged other students to be involved, a great leader who takes his skills beyond the classroom, said Jody Mickelsen, counselor. “He has a plan for after graduation, he is a man of God and is taking that to become a youth pastor. It will take him far in his life,”she said.
Addressing the school board, Brokenleg said he didn’t know what to do when he discovered how far behind he was in school. “I wasn’t into going to (Frontier Academy) at first, but after time went by God directed me to do that. As soon as I stepped foot into the school, I felt comfortable, I felt at home,” he said. “I figured out how big of a blessing it was to have a second opportunity to finish high school. I’m really thankful to have this school, the teachers are amazing, I’ve had an awesome time with wellness, and it’s a very good school and I’m really thankful.”
Brokenleg wasn’t alone at the ceremony. Several dozen family, friends, his church community and peers attended and filled the meeting room to offer their hugs and congratulations. Included in the group was Frontier Academy Principal Jeffrey Sandlian.
“I want to let you know that Ian was here about a half an hour early,” said Superintendent Terry Snyder.”He is very excited to be here, excited to be a high school graduate. We are just as proud of you as if you went through regular high school.” Snyder also noted the large turnout to see him graduate. “He has an amazing support system,” the superintendent said.