More than 400 graduating seniors from communities across Minnesota recently received their high school diplomas as members of Minnesota Connections Academy’s Class of 2022. The tuition-free, public online school recently celebrated the students during an in-person commencement ceremony at the Minneapolis Convention Center on June 11th. Overall, the Class of 2022 has received more than $650,000 in college scholarships and awards. During the ceremony 18 members of the graduating class were presented their silver cords in recognition of their academic excellence in specific areas of study. Local area students include Rinoa and Ryland Ecker, and Avery Prince from Farmington, and Eliana Pomije, of Hastings.