Hmong College Prep Academy Hosts Fourteenth Senior Graduation Ceremony

By Dave Bonko






Hmong College Prep Academy recently announced the details of its Class of 2020, the fourteenth graduating class in the school’s history.

“We are very proud of this group of graduating seniors,” stated Superintendent Dr. Christianna Hang. “They’ve worked very hard to earn their high school degree, especially considering the challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. We wish them the best in the next chapter of their lives.”

Dr. Hang added that HCPA students have been accepted to many of the region’s leading colleges and universities including:

·       University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

·       Concordia University-St. Paul

·       St. Cloud State University

·       Hamline University

·       University of Minnesota-Rochester

·       Gustavus Adolphus University

·       St. Catherine University

·       Bethel University

·       St. Mary’s University of MN

·       Augsburg University

·       Winona State University

·       University of Minnesota-Duluth

Of HCPA’s 2020 senior class, 100% met all of the necessary requirements to receive their diploma, the first time in HCPA’s history. 75% have been accepted and confirmed enrollment to a college or university for the fall 2020 term.

In addition, students who had been with HCPA since their ninth-grade year also had a graduation rate of 100%.

“Studies will show how important it is for students to remain at the same school throughout their high school career,” stated HCPA School Counselor Cecelia Lee. “School credit consistency, curriculum goals, learning environment and access to additional educational opportunities are far less likely to change when a student remains at the same school. As we’ve seen at HCPA, the end result is a balanced, uniform and academically successful high school experience.”

HCPA’s Class of 2020 was also awarded over $1.5 million dollars in scholarship and grants, over four years, from the schools to which they were accepted. Lee credits this success to the school’s College Prep (CP) Program.

“From kindergarten on, HCPA students are exposed to the concept that they will be going to college. The CP Program provides students with the necessary resources to find a college experience that matches their interests and career goals. The program also helps students and parents apply for scholarships and financial aid.”

2020 Hmong College Prep Academy’s Top Ten Students

(in alphabetical order):




Student Name: Mai Ya Cha

Parents/Guardian: Chia Yang

College/possible major: University of MN, Twin Cities/Biochemistry

Favorite quote: “If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” – Dolly Parton





Student Name: Emily Moua

Parents/Guardian: Samantha Moua

College/possible major: Concordia University, St. Paul/Elementary Education

Favorite quote: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” – Ephesians 4:2





Student Name: Maximus K Moua

Parents/Guardian: Vua Vue and Fong K. Moua

College/possible major: University of MN, Twin Cities/Computer Science

Favorite quote: “No matter how hard things get, just keep moving. It’s better than standing still and doing nothing.” – Fong K Moua





Student Name: Touxai Moua

Parents/Guardian: Lia Thao

College/possible major: St. John’s University





Student Name: Lee Thao

Parents/Guardian: Shoua Moua and Yang Thao

College/possible major: University of MN, Rochester/Nursing

Favorite quote: “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth





Student Name: Elyas Vang

Parents/Guardian: Tongai Vang

College/possible major: University of MN, Twin Cities/Psychology

Favorite quote: “No matter what you do people will say good and bad things about you. So, just do you. Do what’s good and best for you.”





Student Name: Ginseng B. Vang

Parents/Guardian: Suphamas and David Vang

College/possible major: University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire/Biology

Favorite quote: “Work hard, play even harder.” – Dad





Student Name: Krystal Xiong

Parents/Guardian: Sua Xiong

College/possible major: University of MN, Twin Cities/Psychology

Favorite quote: “Move on. It’s just a chapter from the past. But don’t close the book, just turn the page.” – Erza Scarlet (from Fairy Tail)





Student Name: Pa Zong Xiong

Parents/Guardian: Helena Vue

College/possible major: Concordia University, St. Paul/Nursing

Favorite quote: “Never, never, never give up.” – Winston Churchill





Student Name: Ywj Pheej Yang

Parents/Guardian: Bee Yang

College/possible major: Concordia University/Computer Science

Favorite quote: “Ask more questions.”