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Worthington Area Learning Center students mark commencement

Area Learning Center Teacher Shari Nelson reflects on graduate Alex Magana's time at the ALC during Thursday's graduation ceremony. (Alyssa Sobotka/The Globe)1 / 5
Independent School District 518 Area Learning Center teacher Sherri Harder (left) embraces graduate Karen Rodas Nolasco at Thursday's ALC graduation ceremony. (Alyssa Sobotka/The Globe)2 / 5
Eighteen Independent School District 518 Area Learning Center students graduated Thursday evening -- the last class to graduate from the district's West Learning Center.3 / 5
ISD 518 Area Learning Center graduate Henry Alvarez Marroquin embraces ALC teacher Sonja Stark into a hug after Stark shared the impression he'll leave on her during Thursday's graduation ceremony. (Alyssa Sobotka/The Globe)4 / 5
ISD 518 Area Learning Center graduate Henry Alvarez Marroquin leads the 2019 ALC graduating class out of the gymnasium following Thursday's graduation ceremony. (Alyssa Sobotka/The Globe)5 / 5

Photo 1: Area Learning Center Teacher Shari Nelson reflects on graduate Alex Magana's time at the ALC during Thursday's graduation ceremony. (Alyssa Sobotka/The Globe)

Photo 2: Independent School District 518 Area Learning Center teacher Sherri Harder (left) embraces graduate Karen Rodas Nolasco at Thursday's ALC graduation ceremony. (Alyssa Sobotka/The Globe)

Photo 3: Eighteen Independent School District 518 Area Learning Center students graduated Thursday evening -- the last class to graduate from the district's West Learning Center. Pictured are (front, from left) Jose Gutierrez Jose, Henry Alvarez Marroquin, Tedros Gebremeskel, Alex Magana, Bayron Rodriguez Perez, Antonio Martinez, Landon Dahl, Martin Mejia Alvarenga; (back) Veronica Gonzalez-Cisneros, Stephanie Villarreal, Mariah Schneider, Karen Rodas-Nolasco, Erika Tema Lopez, Maribel Panjoj Gonzalez, Sandy Ramirez Ramirez, Elvia Lopez Lopez, Astrid Chaves Ramirez and Dulce Alvarez Martinez. (Alyssa Sobotka/The Globe)

Photo 4: ISD 518 Area Learning Center graduate Henry Alvarez Marroquin embraces ALC teacher Sonja Stark into a hug after Stark shared the impression he'll leave on her during Thursday's graduation ceremony. (Alyssa Sobotka/The Globe)

Photo 5: ISD 518 Area Learning Center graduate Henry Alvarez Marroquin leads the 2019 ALC graduating class out of the gymnasium following Thursday's graduation ceremony. (Alyssa Sobotka/The Globe)