Front row: Jessica Daniels, haley Schwinefus, lacey Schwartz, Leah McQueen, Kendra Priem. Second row:  Dani Kolden, Katrina Grabau, Toriee Jones, Cait Good, Hannah Pruter, Carly Thompson, Kayla Mulhern, Makanzie Holland, Josie Hinze. Third row:  Larissa Fiegel, James Hayes-Hall, Jackie Apenhorst, Julius Wolf, Jaycob Rindels, isiah Bubany, Clayton Friemuth, Amy Welch, Rachel harder, Hannah Frank. Fourth row, left to right:  Isaac Becker, Taylor Roe, Trevor Schwarz, Marcus Plaehn, Nick Niemeyer, Dyllon Tart, Allen Junge, Chase Ganser, Dane Gillespie, Jordan Chinnow.
Front row: Jessica Daniels, haley Schwinefus, lacey Schwartz, Leah McQueen, Kendra Priem. Second row: Dani Kolden, Katrina Grabau, Toriee Jones, Cait Good, Hannah Pruter, Carly Thompson, Kayla Mulhern, Makanzie Holland, Josie Hinze. Third row: Larissa Fiegel, James Hayes-Hall, Jackie Apenhorst, Julius Wolf, Jaycob Rindels, isiah Bubany, Clayton Friemuth, Amy Welch, Rachel harder, Hannah Frank. Fourth row, left to right: Isaac Becker, Taylor Roe, Trevor Schwarz, Marcus Plaehn, Nick Niemeyer, Dyllon Tart, Allen Junge, Chase Ganser, Dane Gillespie, Jordan Chinnow.
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They're 100 percent write and 100 percent bright.

"Last year, every Kingsland student who took the ninth grade writing test here passed it," said Kingsland English teacher Stephanie Derby, speaking to a gathering of Kingsland sophomores, along with freshmen that observed the ceremony, last Monday morning. "One hundred percent of the test-takers passed it. That's awesome!"

That's right - they're all bright.

The students took the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) writing test and passed, earning a bright, yellow T-shirt from the high school that reads "100 Percent Bright, 100 Percent Write!", a souvenir of their academic success. Derby and fellow English instructor Karen Cleveland were proud to be able to meet their students on a yellow neon note immediately Monday morning and share in the victory of the feat.

"Having 100 percent of test-takers pass this test doesn't happen very often," observed Derby. "The last time it happened was with the class of 2006 who took it in 2004."

Cleveland addressed the students, saying, "Tenth graders, you may not remember, but the first thing I said to you last fall was how proud I was of you for having passed the state writing test. I even invaded Ms. Derby's class one morning to say the same thing to those of you I don't have this year. It's really nice to be able to do something more substantial than just say those words, to give you something more than just a pat on the back. It's OK that the rest of the world sees that we're proud of you."

Cleveland then encouraged the accompanying ninth graders, the class of 2016, to do their best to sleep well, eat well and study carefully before the following day's MCA writing test so that she could return next year, in her retirement, to congratulate them and hand each one a T-shirt, thanking the sophomores for their tremendous effort and reiterating how well-earned their T-shirts are.

Students who received a T-shirt included Jackie Apenhorst, Isaac Becker, Isiah Bubany, Jordan Chinnow, Jessica Daniel, Larissa Fiegel, Hannah Frank, Clayton Freimuth, Chase Ganser, Dane Gillespie, Caitlin Good, Katrina Grabau, Rachel Harder, James Hayes-Hall, Josie Hinze, Makenzie Holland, Taylor Johnson, Victoria Jones, Allen Junge, Danielle Kolden, Leah McQueen, Kayla Mulhern, Parker Mulhern, Nick Niemeyer, Marcus Plaehn, Kendra Priem, Hannah Pruter, Jacob Rindels, Taylor Roe, Lacey Schwartz, Trevor Schwartz, Haley Schwinefus, Dyllon Tart, Carly Thompson, Amy Welch and Julius Wolf.