Takoda Prep graduated 15 students on Wednesday, double the total from last year.

MINNEAPOLIS — Senior Cristal Murillo endured a difficult year at Takoda Prep, an alternative high school in south Minneapolis. 

The pandemic forced her graduating class into distance learning at times, with a particularly bleak winter period.

“I was real behind. I wasn’t gonna graduate this year,” Murillo said. “I was gonna drop out. But I couldn’t. I just couldn’t.”