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Next Step Transition Program grad Joey Busch proudly displays his diploma Wednesday following the graduation ceremony at the District 833 Program Center. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)

District 833’s Next Step graduates look to the future

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Sonia Gutierrez almost couldn’t contain her excitement as her full name was announced last week during District 833’s Next Step Transition Program graduation ceremony.


The 21-year-old Mexico City native, along with nine of her classmates, accepted her diploma to thunderous applause from friends and family at the district’s Program Center in Cottage Grove. Seventeen students in all made up the class of 2014.

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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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