It's graduation season and this coming weekend, a special group of seniors will switch their tassels and move into the next step of their lives.
It's not often you can say they you were part of the first graduating class of a school that revolutionized learning.
That school is Sioux Falls' New Technology High School.
Today we sat down with four members of that first graduating class.
Sioux Falls' New Tech High School focuses on integrating technology into the classroom through project based learning: classes work together on assignments and think their way through the problem.
"Conventional learning...paper and pencil....that really didn't stick well with me and I think the project based learning has really helped solidify the information and makes it applicable to the real world." Max Ryseon tells us, this school taught him the power of collaboration.
Mina Big Eagle says she benefited from learning in a way that's outside the box. "I couldn't do the whole... here's a lecture for 40 minutes, here's a worksheet, do it at home tonight, bring it back tomorrow and repeat the next day."
Fewer than 400 students attend New Tech. You have to apply and be approved by the school district.
Wesley Rasmusson says being a member of New Tech's first graduating class is an honor. "The opportunity. The opportunity to be different. The opportunity to make an impact on a different pace and a different style of learning..."
We'll leave the last word to Leah Bernard. We asked her if she thought her four years at New Tech were a success. "I think it was a success because being able to try something new and in the end hold your head up high is always a success."
Commencement ceremonies will be held this weekend at the Sioux Falls Arena.