Four Hankinson High School Students Earn College Certificates

group of students standing together holding diplomas

Hankinson High School proudly announces that four of its students have achieved a significant milestone by earning a college certificate while still in high school. These remarkable young women were honored at the school's Academic Recognition Program on May 8th, where their outstanding achievements were celebrated.


The students took advantage of the dual credit opportunities offered by North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS), allowing them to complete the Liberal Arts General Education Transfer Certificate this spring. This program, championed by Career and Development Counselor Danielle Luebke, provides students with a valuable credential that can be transferred to any institution within the North Dakota University System (NDUS) or the state's five tribal colleges. Ms. Luebke's dedication to advocating for her students and guiding them in their post-graduation paths has been instrumental in their success.


The Liberal Arts General Education Transfer Certificate is designed for high school students aiming to earn college credits that are transferable within the NDUS. Based on the General Education Transfer Agreement (GERTA), this certificate ensures a smooth transition for students continuing their education at NDSCS or other institutions. The students who earned this prestigious certificate are Kylee Falk, Ashlynn Foertsch, Hannah Lingen, and Rylee Steffens. Their accomplishments are a testament to their hard work and dedication, and they serve as an inspiration to their peers.


Missy DeHaan, Director of Dual Credit at NDSCS, was excited for the Hankinson graduates, sharing, “Earning a college credential while in high school is quite an achievement. It demonstrates not only the academic excellence but also strong dedication, time management skills, and a clear vision for their future. The energy, enthusiasm and persistence in their educational goals are powerful indicators of their potential for success beyond high school. Congratulations!”