Saturday, May 25, 2013
A Special Supplement to the
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There is no need for allocation of “tickets” for the commencement ceremony. In the past, there has been ample seating for the families of our graduates. Immediate family, grandparents, or those needing seating/wheelchair accommodations will be given access to the main floor. All others should be seated in the bleachers and/or west end of the gymnasium. The doors will not open until 6:30 pm. We welcome you to attend this semi-formal affair as we wish our seniors well and congratulate their success.
will be held Friday May 31, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Big Lake High School Gymnasium
It’s Graduation Time! The 96th Annual Commencement
Top 10% for the Class of 2013
Tyler Anthoney Christine Aubol Anna Benker Bailey Bischoff Michael Blume Miranda Bridgeman Aaron Codden Brian Didier Trevor Gasto Sarah Renslow Carli Lastavich Jennifer Scheeler Alexis Lund Nicholas Schleif Ashley Nelsen Jenna Stein Noelle Olson Daniel Thiessen Marijane Oquin Jennifer Thomalla Elizabeth Peloquin Brianna Vickerman Madison Peterson Jenifer Walsh
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Awards banquet honors the seniors
Jennifer Edwards Staff Writer Big Lake High Schools’ National Honor Society and top honors students were recognized at the Academic Awards Banquet. Among those receiving top honors was Marijane Oquin, who received the Knights of Columbus Grand Knights award; Richard Eisenreich, Math award; Peter Olson and Madison Peterson, who won the AAA award. Christine Aubol, Bailey Bischoff, Brian Didier, Ashley Nelsen, Noelle Olson, Oquin, Betsy Peloquin, Jennifer Scheeler, Nicholas Schlief, Jenna Stein, Daniel Thiessen, Brianna Vickerman and Jenifer Walsh received the Presidential Educational Excellence Award. Top honor students were introduced by Principal Bob Dockendorf. These students are in the top 10% of all the seniors at Big Lake this year. They are Tyler Anthoney, Christine Aubol, Anna Benker, Michael Blume, Miranda Bridgeman, Aaron Codden, Brian Didier, Trevor Grasto, Carli Lastavich, Alexis Lund, Ashley Nelsen, Noelle Olson, Marijane Oquin, Elizabeth Peloquin, Madison Peterson, Sarah Renslow, Jennifer Scheeler, Nicholas Schleif, Jenna Stein, Daniel Thiessen, Jennifer Thomalla, Brianna Vickerman and Jenifer Walsh. Others on the A honor roll include Austin Abbott, Bridgette Audette, Adam Braegelman, Jonathan Butler-Knutson, Courtney Jensen, Nicole Kzmarcik, Allison Morehead, Corissa O’Gara, Peter Olson, Anthony Rathmanner Morgan Wilburn and Guanbei Wondor. Part of the evenings’ events included the induction of 57 new National Honor Society (NHS), members, who took their oath of allegiance following a candle lighting ceremony.
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The four pillars of the NHS are character, service, knowledge and leadership.
Class Motto: “Eventually all the pieces fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moment and know that everything happens for a reason” Yearbook Dedication: John Olson Hornet fan who takes pictures at our events Class Colors: Metallic Blue, Silver and Black Class Song: “Tattoos on this Town” by Jason Aldean Class Flower: Tiger Lily
BIG LAKE HIGH SCHOOL’S A HONOR ROLL STUDENTS are (in no particular order), Tyler Anthoney, Christine Aubol, Anna Benker, Michael Blume, Miranda Bridgeman, Aaron Codden, Brian Didier, Trevor Grasto, Carli Lastavich, Alexis Lund, Ashley Nelsen, Noelle Olson, Marijane Oquin, Elizabeth Peloquin, Madison Peterson, Sarah Renslow, Jennifer Scheeler, Nicholas Schleif, Jenna Stein, Daniel Thiessen, Jennifer Thomalla, Brianna Vickerman, Jenifer Walsh, Austin Abbott, Bridgette Audette, Adam Braegelman, Jonathan Butler-Knutson, Courtney Jensen, Nicole Kzmarcik, Allison Morehead, Corissa O’Gara, Peter Olson, Anthony Rathmanner, Morgan Wilburn and Guanbei Wondor. (Photos by Jennifer Edwards).
(Not in any particular order:) Tyler Anthoney, Christine Aubol, Anna Benker, Bailely Bischoff, Michael Blume, Miranda Bridgeman, Aaron Codden, Brian Didier, Trevor Grasto, Carli Lastavich, Alexis Lund, Ashley Nelsen, Noelle Olson, Marijane Oquin, Elizabeth Peloquin, Madison Peterson, Sarah Renslow, Jennifer Scheeler, Nicholas Schleif, Jenna Stein, Daniel Thiessen, Jennifer Thomalla, Brianna Vickerman and Jenifer Walsh. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards.)
TOP 10% for the Class of 2013
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Meet the BLHS Class of 2013
Austin W. Abbott Parents: Donavin & Melissa Abbott Plans are undecided.
Stephanie J. Abfalter Parents: Loretta & Daniel Abfalter Soccer, Softball, Ski & Snowboard Club, Treble Choir Plans to attend college and prepare for a successful future.
Samuel J. Adams Parents: Richard & Lynn Adams Track, Football, Wrestling, Super Mileage Club Plans to serve in the US Marine Corp.
Lamont K. Agyekum Parents: Kwame & Jill Agyekum Plans to work in an embassy in Japan or work as an translator for French, Japanese, Chinese and ASL.
Dani C. Allen Parents: Dianne & Steve Allen Plans to get my generals done at Anoka Ramsey Community College then transfer to a University.
Submitted Article Each year Big Lake selects two senior students who excel in Academics, Arts and Athletics, this year those two students are Peter Olson and Madison Peterson. Peter has a 3.843 GPA and has received several MSHSL Spotlight on Scholarship awards for cross country and track. He also served as captain of the cross country and track teams this year. Peter earned All Conference honors in cross country this past season. He has also earned Academic All Conference in his 9th through 12th grade seasons in both sports. Peter also excels in band. He has earned Superior ratings the past 3 years as a soloist. Peter has been a member of Jazz band the past two years. He has spent time volunteering with NHS and Friends of Rachel. He plans on studying Criminal Justice at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He is the son of David and Heidi Olson. Madison has a 4.034 GPA and she has earned Academic All Conference and Spotlight on Scholarship awards in girl’s soccer the past 2 seasons and girl’s basketball the past 4 seasons. She has been an All Conference Honorable Mention the past 2 seasons for basketball. She was a captain of the girl’s basketball team for the past 2 seasons as well. Madison participated in choir during her 10th and 11th grade years. As a member of the treble choir, she earned a Superior rating. AAA Continued On Page 6
Triple A Students Awarded
AAA AWARD WINNERS Madison Peterson and Peter Olson. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards.)
Riley R. Anderson Parents: Jena & Eric Anderson Plans are undecided.
Taylor C. Anderson Parents: Mary & Scott Anderson Plans to move to St. Cloud, going to St. Cloud Tech, probably in the Medical Field (not sure yet.)
Whitney E. Anderson Parents: Lana & Terry Anderson Varsity Cheerleader Plans to take off a year, going to school for Pediatric Nursing.
Tyler R. Anthoney Parents: Tammy & Robert Golf, NHS, Friends of Rachel Plans to attend Univ. of MN-Duluth, major in Pre-Med or Health Care Administration.
Joseph A. Atencio Parents: Aimee & Gregg Sellner Plans to go into Real Estate with family business in Arizona.
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Christine A. Aubol Parents: Bruce & Mary Aubol Volleyball, Band, Choir, NHS, One-Act Play Plans to attend NDSU. Entering the nursing program to become a Registered Nurse (RN).
Brigette M. Audette Parents: Kenny & Jodie Audette Basketball, Soccer, Treble Choir, A-Honor Roll, NHS, BB/BS Plans to attend St. Mary’s Univ. to play basketball and major in Criminal Justice.
Cory S. Backhaus Parents: Steve & Doreen Football, Tennis, A Honor Roll Plans to attend college.
Kelly E. Baker Parents: Dan & Marcia Baker Letters About Literature, Tennis, Basketball, Strength & Condition, Poetry Out Loud, Tennis Manager Plans to attend AnokaRamsey to get AA degree.
Jessie D. Barnes Parents: Traci Jo & David Plans to join the military, all ready enlisted in the US Army.
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Meet the BLHS Class of 2013
McKenize A. Baxter Brandie E. Bass Parents: Parents: Lisa Hovdestad Brooke & Scott Plans to be a nurse. Schmalzbauer Volleyball, Gymnastics, NHS Plans to attend Univ of MN-TC, major in Nutritional Sciences.
Hannah R. Bebler Parents: Kim & David Bebler Plans to attend Globe University for Massage Therapy and moving to the cities.
Anna E. Benker Parents: Keith & Adair Benker Tennis, NHS Plans to attend a four year college.
Brandon R. Bergs Parents: Kevin & Lisa Bergs Plans to attend UMD and become a veterinarian.
SENIOR JONATHAN BUTLER-KNUTSON played a baritone saxophone solo at the last high school band concert. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards.)
Cassandra A. Birkholz Tammy Parents: Rossberg, Ned Birkholz, Tracy Evans (Step dad), Sonja Jacobson (Step mom) Plans to go to college to be a nurse.
Connor J. Blake Bailey J. Bischoff Parents: April & Matt Parents: Swim & Dive team, One Brenda & John Blake Plans to attend NDSU. Act, Jazz Band, NHS Plans to enjoy college, go to graduate school and get a job that allows travel, write & study politics.
Michael R. Blume Parents: Robert & Lisa Blume F o o t b a l l , Wr e s t l i n g , Track, NHS and Band Plans to attend St. Thomas to earn a degree in Acturail Science and to play football.
Adam R. Braegelmann Parents: Roger & Stacy Basketball, NHS, Cross Country, Choir Plans to attend Drake University College of Pharmacy.
Congratulations to the Class of 2013
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Joshua C. Bratton Parents: Duane Bratton & Jill Visilenta Football Plans to attend Lake Superior or Northwest College, to go into carpentry.
Miranda C. Bridgeman Parents: Elliot & Jennifer Friends of Rachel, NHS and Track Plans to attend the Univ of MN - Morris as a premed student, then into medical school - surgeon
Anthony & Peggy Broberg Plans are undecided.
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Kylie R. Burke Justin M. Bustrom Parents: Hockey Plans are undecided. Dan & Chante Burke Cheerleading, Concert & Treble Choir Plans to attend Mankato to become a nurse, and work in an adolescence treatment center.
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She has also been a member of Student Council for the past 4 years, serving as the Student Council President this year. She has spent time volunteering with Student Council, NHS, Big Brother Big Sisters and many other local events. She plans on studying Physical Therapy at Northwestern College. Her parents are Tim and Angela Peterson.
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Meet the BLHS Class of 2013
CONGRATS CLASS OF 2013!
Jonathan S. ButlerKnutson Parents: Brooke Butler, Larry Tschritter NHS, Friends of Rachel, Jazz & Honor Band, Honor Choir, Wind Ensemble, One Act. Plans to attend college. Racquel M. Chaffee Parents: Guy & Diann Chaffee YDYS and Friends of Rachel Plans to attend college and have a family. Joseph C. Cocchiarella Parents: Gary & Debbie Plans to attend college, and get a job. Aaron J. Codden Parents: Tammy & Philip Torborg Student Council, NHS, Cross Country Plans to attend Univ of St. Thomas, double major in mechanical engineering & Spanish.
Kayla C. Coldebella Parents: Christina & Rich Coldebella Plans to find a career thats right for her.
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Connor R. Cusick Parents: John & Melissa Cusick Baseball, Wrestling, Trap Shooting Plans to go into Diesel Technology at NOSCS.
Caila J. Czech Parents: Jolene & Ben Leitner, Cullen & Michelle Czech Basketball, Track & Field Plans to go to college to become an EMT, have a family & go to Mexico.
Kayla S. Dahl Christeen Parents: Olsen, Vernie Dahl III Volleyball 4 yrs, Golf Jr year Plans to get a doctorate in Holistic and integrative medicine or physical therapy.
Marissa S. Delong Parents: Craig & Aya Choir, Golf, DECA Plans to attend ILL College, double major in Global Studies and management. Minor in Japanese.
Brian C. Didier Parents: Monica & John Didier Tennis, Student Council, Concert Choir Plans are undecided.
Connor T. Dostal Parents: Greg & Danielle Baseball Plans to attend college and play college baseball.
Kyle H. Doten Parents: Randy Doten Ski and Snowboard Club Plans to attend the army and get an education.
Phillip C. Duncan Parents: Gale Cunningham Football, Wrestling, Track Plans to attend college.
Nicholas R. Duoos Parents: April & Andrew Duoos Ties, Band, Snowboard and Ski Club, Poetry Out Loud Plans - Joined the US Army Junior Year and going to college for Marine Biology.
Bryan J. Durushia Parents: Joseph & Sammarie Choir Plans to impact many peoples lives in positive ways through music, art and everything that I do.
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Vickerman receives Congressional Certificate of Merit
Kathleen A. Dynan Christopher P. Dynan Parents: Parents: Bryan & Karen Dynan Bryan & Karie Plans to attend Vo-Tech Plans are undecided. school for machinist.
Isaak A. Eckert Parents: Kevin & Diane Schweiger Plans are law enforcement.
Richard K. Eisenreich Parents: MaryEllen & John Football, Hockey, Golf Plans to attend College at St. Thomas.
Kayleen E. Ellis Parents: Larry & Krista Ellis Plans to attend MN School of Cosmetology, then the MN School of Business.
Kellie A. Evans Parents: Gail & David Evans Volleyball, Track, PSEO Plans to attend St. Scholastica for Physical Therapy and play volleyball.
Trent J. Evensen Parents: Jenny & Chad Zak Track Plans to attend college, pre-chiropractic and business.
Joshua A. Everly Parents: Jeff & Janelle Everly Cross Country, Ski & Snowboard Club, Golf, NHS Plans to attend Univ of MN-TC, college of science & engineering.
Tiffani B. Farwell Parents: Karen & Brian Farwell Tennis, Boys Tennis Mgr., VPofDECA, Honor Band, Wind Ens. Plans to attend Condoria in Moorhead for Intl’ Business Mgmt.
Thomas A. Fleming Parents: Chris & Theresa Football, Student Council Plans to attend Univ. of WI-Superior for a four year degree in law with a Criminal Justice Con.
April 26, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) presented 11 high school seniors from the Sixth District with the Congressional Certificate of Merit. Brianna Vickerman, a senior from Big Lake High School, was one of the students who received the award. The Congressional Certificate of Merit is awarded each year to high school seniors that have demonstrated exemplary citizenship and academic excellence during their high school career. The students were nominated by school faculty or administrator and each school could only nominate one student.
BRIANNA VICKERMAN receiving her Congressional Certificate of Merit from Congresswoman Bachmann. (Submitted photo.)
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Jacob A. Forsberg Parents: Ronda & Gary Jungmann Plans are undecided. Katie M. Forsman Parents: David & Sheila Forsman Volleyball Plans are undecided. Ryan Fradella Parents: Jerry & Janean Fradella Soccer, Football, PSEO Plans to major in Biology for DNR Fisheries. Jessie R. Fredericks Parents: Kristin Santelli & Wayne Dritz Plans to attend Argosy Univ. to get a degree in Radiation Therapy, then hopefully going to the Mayo Clinic Program. Amanda J. Freichels Parents: Robin & Christine Ski & Snowboard Club Plans to attend college, get married and start a family.
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Ama Rueda Garcia Parents: Maria Garcia & Apolinar Rueda Plans to attend college and major as an architect.
Sarah M. Gilbertson Parents: Virginia Gilbertson Band, Soccer, Student Council, Ski & Snowboard Club Plans to attend MSU Moorhead and go where life takes me.
Breann R. Goracke Parents: Bridgett & Jered Basketball and Track Plans consist of going to SCSU Technical College for generals and major in some field to do with law.
Trever D. Grasto Parents: Jeff & Kanae Grasto Jazz Band, Tennis, Soccer Plans to attend Northwestern College major in Biology, and play on tennis team.
Matthew L. Grates Parents: Jeff & Mary Grates Plans a career in US Air Force, in security forces. Then attend law enforcement career at Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.
CHRISTINE AUBOL had a solo in the song Shut De Do at the spring choir concert. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).
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Grant L. Grussing Parents: Jeff Grussing, Jennifer Burlingame Plans are to attend college.
Roman T. Haben Samuel K. Gulbranson Parents: Parents: Deb Haben Sheila Rogers Attends Wright Tech for Plans are undecided. Automotive Plans to get a job and have a family.
Tyler G. Hansen Parents: Tina Hansen Plans to have a small business.
Tyler A. Harbaugh Parents: Diedre & Mark Plans to be a truck driver.
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William L. Harris Parents: William & Sandra Plans to attend college and then Tech School.
Lauren J. Hassler Parents: Ted & Nancy Hassler NHS, Girls Tennis Plans to attend college of St. Scholastica and major in Health Information Management.
Shane T. Helgeson Courtney J. Hattesohl Parents: Parents: Leslie Guthrie & Steve & Linda Helgeson Plans are undecided. Richard Hattsohl Plans to attend college, get a degree in Management, get married, have some kids.
Amber J. Helgoe Parents: Deb & John Helgoe Swimming, Track, Treble Choir Plans to attend MSU Moorhead to swim and become a teacher.
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Forrest A. Hennies Parents: Mike & Yvette Hennies Plans to be an automotive tech. Sabrina P. Hickman Parents: Guardians: Sharon & Mort Arneson Plans to attend college to get an Associate Art Degree. Brandon J. Holthaus Bryan M. Huhta Parents: Parents: Loren & Brenda Brent & Jennifer Huhta Wrestling, Baseball, Plans are undecided. Football Plans to attend college.
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Travis J. Hendrickson Parents: Scott & Kelly r Track and Field . Plans to attend Bemidji - and become a gym n teacher.
Students of Excellence Banquet held April 24
ventriloquist perform. It was at that moment he was determined to learn the art of ventriloquism. Additionally, he is a guitarist, broadcaster and author. His show married his talents of music and ventriloquism. The crowd roared when the termite in his guitar told David his act was bombing. Malmberg explained that it is important to find your passion. “My passion is making people laugh by using my skills” he said. “I got to the point in my career that I was unhappy because I was not fulfilling my passion. It took courage to make the leap into this career.” Encouraging comments from Ken Anderson, Board of Directors Chairman for Resource Training & Solutions, led to the evening’s culminating event; the award acceptance ceremony. Students crossed the stage as their names were announced. Criteria for selection to the Recognition Event is at the discretion of each school but based upon recommended guidelines. Schools can choose two to four seniors and have the option to invite favorite teachers, coaches and administrators. Resource Training & Solutions has been sponsoring, coordinating and fiscally supporting the event since 1987. Sandra Cordie, Director of Educational Programs for the agency, organizes the event. At the conclusion of the
Submitted Article For the twenty-sixth year in a row, the top high school seniors in Central Minnesota were honored at the Students of Excellence Recognition and Award Ceremony. The event was held at the River’s Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, with more than 600 students, parents/guardians and educators April 24. The evening was dedicated to honoring the top 155 high school seniors from more than 38 Region 7 high schools. To date, 4094 students have been recognized! While attendees waited for the doors to open, a former Student of Excellence honoree, Michael Halverson, played piano for guests. Halverson is a classically-trained pianist who now works for G.L. Berg entertainment in St. Cloud. Conversations in the crowd revolved around upcoming proms and plans for college. Parents were proud, laughter was loud and smiles were wide. After opening statements from Resource Training & Solutions’ CEO, Dr. Rob Cavanna, Sartell Super-intendant Dr. Joe Hill recognized the many people who made the night possible; parents, teachers and, of course, students. Dr. Hill then introduced the evening’s entertainment, ventriloquist and comedian David Malmberg. As a child of 9, Malmberg saw a
keynote address, Malmberg said, “I encourage you to explore, dream, discover and then, take action to make it
BACK ROW ARE Bob Dockendorf (principal), Robert Cavanna, (executive director of Resource Training and Solutions), and Jon Miller, Supt. Front row, the students who received the award: Bailey Bischoff, Brianna Vickerman, Jeni Walsh and Nicholas Schleif. (Submitted photo.)
happen.” It was a night filled with congratulations and happiness.
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Jamie L. Hyde Parents: Kristey & James Hyde Yearbook, Leo’s, Cheerleading, Track Plans to attend college & get my degree in Athletic training.
Kylie A. Jacques Parents: Pam & Ryan Jacques Volleyball Plans to attend SCTCC and after move to Florida to study marine biology.
Mitchel R. Janousek Parents: Bob & Mary Jo Football, Baseball Plans to attend Bemidji State University and major in Engineering.
Benjamin S. Jensen Parents: James & Joanne Jensen Math league, NHS, Knowledge Bowl, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Honor Band Plans to attend Univ of MN TC.
Courtney C. Jensen Parents: Russ & Suzie Jensen Treble Choir (9), Gymnastics, NHS Plans to attend UMD to get a degree in Pharmacy.
Tyler J. Jensen Parents: Brian & Lynn Jensen Football, Basketball, Track Plans to attend Northern State College and run track.
Brendan B. Jentzsch Parents: Lisa Moore, Gerald Jentzsch, Florence Jentzsch Plans to work in aggressive law enforcement.
Jeffrey J. Jodlowski Parents: Walter & Kim Concert choir, Ski/ snowboard club Plans to attend college and get a degree in Astrophysics or other science related subject.
Samantha M. Christian A. Johnson Kensinger Parents: Amy Schafbuch Parents: Golf Mark & Kathy Plans to be an Army Plans are undecided. Military Police.
Jordan E. Keske Parents: Vikki & John Keske Plans to be a tattoo artist or glass blower.
Cody E. Kevelin Bronte M. Kiekow Parents: Parents: Mike & Cheryl Kevelin Scott & Rachel Kiekow Football, Wrestling, Plans are undecided. Track Plans to attend the U.S. Army.
Daniel K. Kimmer Parents: Lisa & Rick Kimmer Bowling & Baseball Plans to attend Robert Morris University to get a business management degree.
Kelsi R. Kleven Parents: Lance & Teresa Tennis, Choir, Yearbook Plans to attent Stout, WI, undecided on major.
Adam J. Knaeble Parents: Jim & Brenda Knaeble Football, Basketball, Golf Plans to attend Bemidji, major undecided.
Cody J. Knaeble Parents: Ginny Knaeble Football, Wrestling, Trap Shooting Plans to attend NDSU for Construction Management.
Cole E. Knaeble Parents: Ginny Knaeble Football, Wrestling, Trap Shooting, BB/BS Plans to attend SDSU for Wildlife Management and Fisheries.
Kimberly R. Koppendrayer Parents: Robert & Judith Concert, Varsity, Treble & Honor Choir, Solo & Ensemble Plans to attend Hamline Univ for Forensic Anthropologist.
Nicole Krzmarcik Parents: Dave & Barb Gymnastics Plans to attend the International Institute of Arts for Media Arts & Animation.
Kylea M. Lamont Parents: Justine Lamont Plans to attend college, become a social worker, travel the world and start a family.
FOUR GROOVY PEACENIKS. Michaela Teigen, Kylie Jacques, Calia Jimmy Czech and Bre Goracke dressed up for the powder puff football game.
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Top 10% have big ambitions
Anna Benker Anna Benker grew up in Big Lake and has enjoyed playing tennis and being part of the National Honor Society. She plans to attend Hamline University but is undecided on a major. Anna’s favorite school memory is doing Zumba at Mrs. Crocker’s house. Her favorite class was environmental science with Mr. Theile. She says she will miss having a normal routine every day and will miss all the people she has made friends with in Big Lake. “Work hard in high school because it pays off,” Anna says. Bailey Bischoff Bailey Bischoff has attended Big Lake for her entire school career. She is a member of the swim team, the jazz band and the National Honor Society. She also had a part in the one-act play. Bailey plans to study political science at Principia College. Eventually she hopes to earn a masters degree and live on the west coast. Her fondest memories of school involve joking around in band class with Hilary Fiskum and Andy Wallen. She also enjoyed introduction to English Literature with Mrs. Curto. Bischoff’s advice for underclassmen is to always dream and shoot higher than you know you can. Don’t bother about being better than anyone else. “Just try to be better than yourself,” she said.
Christine Aubol Christine Aubol is a musician who has lived in Big Lake all her life. She played volleyball and was part of the skiing and snow-boarding club. She participated in band, jazz band, choir, one-act-play, show choir and wind ensemble and participated in Poetry Out Loud. Christine plans to attend North Dakota State University in Fargo and major in nursing. Her favorite class is band with Mr. Fillafer and , her favorite memory was shaving the coach’s head in ninth grade ,volleyball after he lost a bet with the team. “Music has always been a big part of my life,” she said. “I am definitely going to miss my friends, not just ones from here, from other places too. I am excited to meet new people next year though.” Ten years from now Aubol hopes to be married and working fulltime as an RN. She would also like to travel to Italy. Her advise to younger students is to listen to their parents. “They have been living this life way longer than you and they know what is best for you even if it might not seem like it at the time,” she said.
Tyler Anthoney Tyler Anthoney is also a long-time Big Lake student who is a member of the National Honor Society and Friends of Rachel. He enjoys playing Varsity golf and his fondest school memory is golf season with Mr. Theile. Tyler’s favorite class is chemistry with Ms. Bowen. He says he will miss his golf team mates the most when he attends the University of Minnesota Duluth where he intends to study pre-med and healthcare administration. Ten years from now he hopes to be working in the medical field. “Keep up on your grades because it will pay off in the long run,” is Anthoney’s advice.
Jennifer Edwards Staff Writer The top 10 percent of students graduating from high school this year have some lofty ambitions. It is also clear they place a high value on family and friendships, and all they have learned from growing up here in Big Lake. Almost all of them have lived in Big Lake their whole lives. They all intend to go on to college and most of them see themselves as being successful and with a family of their own 10 years from now. Their favorite classes reflect their intelligence. Lots of them said their favorite class was chemistry with Ms. Kim Bowen. They are also the musicians, the singers, the athletes and the leaders of their class in many different ways.
Michael Blume Michael Blume has attended Big Lake schools since eighth grade. He likes football, wrestling and participating in track and field. He is a member of the band and the National Honor Society. Michael intends to study actuarial science at the University of St. Thomas and play football for them. Beating Rocori in football for homecoming his senior year is one of his favorite memories. Team sports with Mr. Miller is his favorite class. “I will miss the sports and my friends,” said Michael, who hopes to have a family of his own 10 years from now. “Stay on top of things and be responsible but have fun too,” Blume says. “You are only in high school once. Enjoy it.” Miranda Bridgeman Miranda has attended Big Lake schools since kindergarten. She has played softball and basketball and been on the track team for three years. She is a member of Friends of Rachel and the National Honor Society. Miranda intends to go to the University of Minnesota Morris to study biochemistry and hopes to graduate from medical school and live in California. Continued On Page 12
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Continued From Page 11_________________________________________________________________________________________________ “Don’t procrastinate,” advises Lund. “Also be involved and do as much as you can Miranda’s favorite teachers are Mrs. Sass, Ms. Bowen, Ms. Tetzner and Ms. McCormack. She says she will miss her Big Lake friends, the staff and the atmosphere because the time really does fly by.” of Big Lake. Ashley Nelsen “Be kind to everyone you see,” she advises. “Dream big and work hard because in the Ashley Nelsen has attended Big Lake all her life. She is a swimmer end these things will get you the furthest.” and skiing and snowboard club member who volunteers with YD/YS (Youth Development/Youth Services), and Big Brother Big Sister. She Aaron Codden also participates in band and choir. Aaron Codden has spent his entire school career in Big Lake and Ashley plans to attend the University of Minnesota and is interesthas been a member of the student council and the National Honor ed Society. He enjoys playing soccer and cross country and is a band in studying medicine or physical therapy. member. He plans to major in political science and Spanish at Ashley really enjoyed chemistry with Ms. Bowen. Her favorite Gustavus Adolphus, then transfer to the University of Minnesota for memories are of winning homecoming football games and making true team at state for law school. swimming. She says she will also miss her family and friends. Aaron has already been taking college classes and one of his Ashley’s advice to other students is, “Proceed expeditiously to the cafeteria whenever favorite memories was introducing himself at a college class at the age of 16. Aaron says he will miss being able to visit the second graders in Mrs. Koch’s class and they have chicken nuggets and don’t pass up any opportunity you are presented with.” he will miss Mrs. Sass and her teaching style. His ambition 10 years from now is to work Noelle Olson in immigration law and customs, using his bi-lingual abilities. He would also like to learn Noelle, who started attending Big Lake Schools in third grade, has a third language. Codden has lots of advice for younger students, including taking a PSEO class and been active in cross country, track, National Honor Society and the prom committee. learn another language. She plans to attend St. Olaf College and major in chemistry or biol“Go to Prom every year, take your ACT twice, tour colleges now, travel, become a mentor at Independence School. Study hard, join a club, find a part-time job and gradu- ogy. Noelle says her favorite class was studying college chemistry with Ms. Bowen. Her favorite memory is of going to the state cross ate,” he says. “You will never regret learning another language.” country and track meets. Noelle will miss all the familiar faces she sees everyday but she has Carli Lastavich her eyes set on medical school and starting her career. Carli Lastavich has spent her whole life in Big Lake and enjoys “Set high goals for yourself,” Noelle says. “You will be amazed at what you can cross country, track and skiing and snowboard club. Carli has particaccomplish.” ipated in Feed My Starving Children and the fourth grade retreat. Carli will attend the University of Minnesota and her ambition is to Marijane Oquin become a dermatologist. She would also like to marry and have a famMarijane has been a Big Lake student for the past 10 years. She has ily in the future. been active in gymnastics, Big Brothers Big Sisters, National Honor One of Carli’s fondest memories is running down the hallway wearSociety, the prom committee and served as Big Lake Ambassador for ing drunk goggles for biology class. She enjoyed studying wildlife one year. Marijane was also awarded the Grand Knight’s scholarship. with Mr. Theile and Mr. Klein’s 10th grade gym class. Oquin’s favorite class was chemistry with Ms. Bowen. She will be Lastavich thanks her parents for making her who she is today. She says she will miss the friends she grew up with and her advice to younger students is to enjoy every minute attending the University of Minnesota Morris as a pre-med student and hopes to work as a pediatrician in a warm state. of high school. Marijane’s fondest memories of school include running onto the “It’s some of the best years of your life that go by far to quickly,” said Carli. “Don’t football field with all the senior girls. She says she will miss all the football and baskettry to speed it up and live every second as if it were your last.” ball games and getting to see everyone every day. “Time is going to fly by,” Marijane says. “Make the most of every moment.” Alexis Lund Softball player Alexis Lund is a member of the National Honor Betsy Peloquin Society and plays in band. She plans to attend the University of North Betsy Peloquin is a singer who spent the last five years in Big Lakes schools. Dakota and major in engineering. “I sang with the treble choir for almost three years, enjoying every minute of it,” she Alexis says she will miss softball season, going to state and having said. fun with her teammates. Her favorite classes are math and sculpture. Betsy was also a member of the National Honor Society and friends of Rachel. Her She says she will miss her friends and not having too many responsifavorite memory of school was when the show choir performed Rollin’ In The Deep. bilities.
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Nicholas Schleif Nicholas has attended Big Lake School all his life, participating in knowledge bowl, math league and the National Honor Society. He hopes to attend the University of Minnesota Twin Cities to study electrical engineering. Schleif’s favorite memories of high school were made in his science elabs and A.P. History. His favorite class is chemistry and college chemistry. r “Ms. Bowen is one of the most fantastic teachers at Big Lake High School,” Schleif said.
Sarah Renslow Sarah has attended Big Lake Schools since first grade and plans to attend University of Wisconsin River Falls to major in psychology and minor in art. Ten years from now Renslow would like to be working as an art therapist and would like to travel the world. “My fondest memory of high school is slacking off in Mr. Rathbun’s gym class freshman year,” she says. My favorite classes were wildlife biology with Mr. Theile and painting with Mrs. Sanchez.” “I’ll miss seeing everyone I grew up with every day and chilling in the halls with Kelsi Kleven and Lindsay Olson,” she said. Her advice to younger students is to remember they will never be in high school again. “Do what you can to make it the most memorable four years of your life,” she said.
Mady Peterson Mady has attended Big Lake Schools since first grade, playing soccer and basketball. She is a member of the National Honor Society, student council and Big Brother Big Sister. Peterson plans to attend Northwestern College to pursue a degree in kinesiology. She would like to become a physical therapist, have a family and travel the world. Mady says she will miss seeing her friends every day. Her favorite memory is of Sam DeWald doing a cartwheel and splitting her pants in choir. Her favorite class is psychology. “Mr. Boeckman always has hilarious stories,” she says. “Don’t take anything for granted. Embrace each minute of every day.”
“It was one of the best shows of my life,” she said. “I will miss the choir at Big Lake. I had a great time singing with all the ladies in treble choir and I will miss them a lot.” “My favorite teacher is Mrs. Sass,” says Betsy who hopes to teach English herself some day after attending a Catholic College. “She is unfailingly kind and incredibly generous. She cares about her students.” Betsy advises other students not to take themselves too seriously. “You will make mistakes and you may feel like the sky is falling,” she said. “When that happens, just push through and remember this is just high school and the best is yet to come.”
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Nicholas says he will miss the friends he has made through his years of schooling in Big Lake. “It’s not always about what you do or where you are but who you share it with,” he said. “I will never forget the friendships and bonds I have made at Big Lake High School.” Nicholas encourages other students to develop their intellectual curiosity. “Do activities outside the classroom that show your dedication and will to succeed,” he says. “And never stop questioning and asking why.” “John Quincy Adams once said, ‘Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.”
Jennifer Thomalla Jennifer has spent her entire academic career to date in Big Lake Schools. She is a band member and played softball and hopes to attend the University of Minnesota Duluth and go on to earn a masters degree. Jennifer enjoyed taking English classes, visiting with Mrs. Thompson with the yellow crew, Mr. Miller’s HP English class and English with Mr. Wannebo. Cont. On Page 14
Daniel Thiessen Daniel started attending school in Big Lake at the end of seventh grade. He has played football and basketball and played in freshmen band, concert band, wind ensemble, Mississippi 8 Conference Honors Band, pep band and National Honor Society. Thiessen plans to earn a bachelors degree in business administration from Crown College in St. Bonifacius and work in business or the financial field. His fondest high school memory is Mr. Rathbun’s gym class freshman year with Daniel Papp. Daniel says he will miss all the friends he has made with students from all grades and the teachers he has enjoyed learning from. “Work hard and enjoy it while you can,” he says.
Jenna Stein Jenna grew up in Big Lake and has attended Big Lake Schools all her life. She plays on the varsity softball team, and is a member of National Honor Society, Friends of Rachel, choir and Hornet Heroes. Stein hopes to become an architect and plans to study architecture at the University of Minnesota, twin Cities, to earn a master’s degree. Jenna’s favorite memories of high school include sneaking into the senior class picture as a sophomore. “I got caught,” she said. Her favorite class is college chemistry with Ms. Bowen, Adam Braegelman and Tyler Anthoney. Jenn says the thing she will miss the most is playing softball and her teammates. “Focus on the real purpose of school,” Jenna advises. “Don’t worry about petty little things. Focus on learning.”
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Brianna Vickerman Brianna has attended Big Lake schools for the past 13 years. She has participated in dance, National Honor Society and Big Brother Big Sister, student council and band. Brianna will attend the University of St. Thomas to study chemical engineering. Eventually she would like to have a family and children of her own. Brianna’s favorite class is college chemistry with Ms. Bowen and she says she will miss all the people here and the wonderful teachers. Vickerman’s fondest memories of high school include cheering on the boys at football games and being a wrestling super fan. “Be friends with everyone,” is Brianna’s advice”You only know them for so long. Make it count.”
“I will miss making fun of Mrs. Thompson and just hanging out every day with friends like Steph Abfalter, Jessie Fredericks, Jessica Nelson, Lauren Hassler and others,” she said. “Be serious about your academics now. It is why you are here,” Jennifer advises. “Also, take Wannebo’s classes.”
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Cassidy J. McAllister Parents: Denise Christianson, Brad Day Plans to become a nurse.
Terryn M. McClaflin Parents: Terry & Jennifer Basketball, Softball Plans to attend Valley City State University for Elementary Education.
Robert P. Meir Parents: Mike & Darla Meir Wrestling Plans to attend Univ of MN-Morris, become an elementary teacher.
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Cameo R. Metcalf Parents: Mike & Tami Metcalf Plans to be a massage therapist.
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Tailor M. Milbrandt Parents: Jesse & Susie Milbrandt DECA Pres, Baseball Mgr, Feed my Starving Children Volunteer Plans to attend St. Cloud Univ., for a four year Business Mgmt. degree.
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Benjamin A. Montroy Parents: James & Michelle Concert Choir, Student Council, BB/BS Plans to become a doctor (Neurologist), and hopefully find away to cure dementia and alzheimers disease.
John M. Moore Parents: Lisa K. Moore Friends of Rachel Plans to attend college, get a job.
Allison B. Morehead Parents: Mike & Carmen Cross Country, Track, NHS, BB/BS, YDYS Plans to attend Northwestern College, run cross country/track. Major in Public Relations.
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Haley A. Morrison Parents: Aaron & Jennifer Cheerleading 9-12 grade Plans to attend college and become a veterinarian.
Ashley M. Nelsen Parents: Eric & Karen Nelsen Swimming, NHS Plans to attend Univ. of MN - TC. Physical Therapy or Pre-Med.
Jessica M. Nelson Parents: Gina & Dave Nelson Tennis Plans to be a high school math teacher. Plans to attend Univ. of MN Morris.
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Corrisa M. O’Gara Parents: Patrick & Victoria Soccer, Basketball, Track & Field, Student Council, NHS Plans to attend SDSU to major in Mechanical Engineering. Carlie M. Olson Parents: Jeff & Renae Rotz Plans are undecided. Lindsey N. Olson Parents: Owen & Wendy Olson Dancer for 6 years at Jennifer’s Dance Centre Plans to attend NDSU and major in Pediatric Nursing. Noelle M. Olson Parents: Rick & Shirley Olson Cross Country, Track, NHS Plans to study Pre-Med at St. Olaf College. Peter M. Olson Parents: David & Heidi Olson CC, Track/Field, Jazz Band, NHS, Friends of Rachel Plans to attend MN State Univ Moorhead, Social Work/Criminal Justice.
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Elizabeth F. Peloquin Parents: Donna & Mark Peloquin Plans are undecided. Madison M. Peterson Parents: Angie & Tim Peterson Soccer, Basketball, NHS, Student Council, BB/BS Plans to attend Winona State Univ. for a degree in Physical Therapy. Ryan J. Peterson Parents: Lori & Eric Peterson Plans to find a career that I enjoy. Irina Petrenko Parents: Lyubov & Yevgeniy Petrenko Plans are undecided. Rebecca J. Pittman Parents: Clayton & Roben Pittman Plans are undecided.
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Colton L. Pollock Parents: Karen & Brian Pollock Wrestling Plans to either wrestle in college or go to college to become a welder.
Nicholas J. Quinn Parents: Dave & Diana Quinn Plans to attend St. Cloud Tech.
Sadi R. Quitmeyer Parents: Sue & Scott Quitmeyer Cross Country, Track, Student Council, Concert Band Plans to attend Alexandria Tech for Fashion.
Christina L. Ramacher Parents: Dawn & John Tennis, Gymnastics, Friends of Rachel Plans to go to college to be a preschool teacher.
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Christine Riebel Parents: Vickie Riebel Plans to attend college, major in nursing. Eventually become an RN and work in the Adolescent Psychiatric unit.
Nathan P. Robertson Parents: Brian & Cheryl Plans to be a video game designer/computer technology or a dog breeder.
Jared W. Rudlong Parents: Tim & Tami Rudlong Basketball Plans to get a Business Degree.
Jamie L. Sabel Parents: Matt & Laurie Sabel Student Council, Soccer, Ski & Snowboard Club Plans to attend Bemidji Univ. and major in Nursing for a Pediatric Nurse.
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Eric R. Schaefbauer Parents: Ben & Jill Schaefbauer Ski & Snowboarding Club, Concert Band Plans to be a Geophysicist and get a doctorate in that field.
Jennifer M. Scheeler Parents: Mark Scheeler & Kelly Scheeler-Gregor NHS Plans to attend Bemidji State Univ. and become a nurse practitioner.
Katherine M. Scherber Parents: Joy & Scott Scherber Tennis, Yearbook Editor, Choir, Band Plans to attend Anoka Comm College, then Moody Bible Institution for Missionary.
Austin H. Schieck Parents: Tim & June Schieck Ski and snowboard club Plans to join the Navy.
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Bianca D. Schleif Parents: Jeanette & Damon Student Council, Boys Hockey Mgr, Boys Tennis Mgr, Band Plans to attend the MN School of Business to be a Vet Tech.
Nicholas E. Schleif Parents: Bruce & Lori Schleif Knowledge Bowl, Math Tutor, Math League, NHS Plans to get an engineering degree and work for a company specializing in products and design.
Zachary M. Schreifels Parents: Carrie Schreifels, B.J. South Plans to be a chef.
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Nathan A. Schwarzkopf Parents: Kristie Kampa Plans to get a job and go to college.
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Morgan A. Semmer Parents: Katie & Steven Semmer Plans to join the Air Force.
Ashley M. Shores Parents: Lee & Dawn Shores Friends of Rachel, YDYS Plans to get a job and to go to college.
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Emily A. Sleva Parents: Chester & Roxanne Sleva Plans are undecided.
Cody J. Smith-Gruba Parents: Jim & Jill Smith Softball Plans to attend St. Cloud State.
Katelin A. Smith Samantha J. Snell Parents: Parents: Kevin & Tina Smith Carrie Rasset Softball Plans are undecided. Plans to attend Bemidji State Univ. Become a Pediatric Nurse.
Carol A. Soderquist Parents: DeAnna & Ronnie Student Council Plans to attend College.
Nathan S. Soltau Parents: Jeannie & Scott Soltau Baseball and Basketball Plans to attend college to play baseball and either get a degree in Accounting or Sports Management.
Josey R. Sonenstahl Parents: Lisa Sonenstahl One Act Plans are undecided.
Samantha M. Splettstoesser Parents: Vance & Michelle Plans are undecided.
Mariah R. Spoden Parents: Keith & Gail Spoden Softball, basketball Plans to attend college; become a cop; later be a Special Victim’s Detective.
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Jenna M. Stein Parents: Jim & Laurie Stein Softball, NHS, Friends of Rachel Plans to study Architecture at the Univ. of MN - Twin Cities.
Kaitlyn M. Stoick Parents: Donald & Ruth Stoick NHS Plans to attend Mankato State University and major in Nursing.
David W. Swanson Parents: Dave & Mary Swanson Plans to attend South Dakota State Univ.
Samantha L. Swanson Parents: Robert & Laura YDYS, Basketball, Volleyball Plans to attend college of St. Benedict, join the health field either as a paramedic or a nurse.
Michaela M. Teigen Parents: Michelle & Fred Stockham, Chip Teigen Volleyball Plans to go to college, be a teacher, have a family.
Daniel B. Thiessen Parents: Stuart & Linda Football, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Honor & Pep Band Plans to attend Crown College & pursue a degree in Bus. Admin.
Jennifer M. Thomalla Parents: Daniel & Ginger Softball, Band Plans to continue my education at the Univ. of Minnesota - Duluth.
Alec J. Thomas Parents: Brett & Connie Thomas Anime Club, Ski & Snowboard Club Plans to study at Illinois College.
Drake J. Thompson Parents: Jeff & Keri Thompson Basketball Plans to be a tattoo artist.
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Brandon D. Trocke Parents: Dean & Paula Trocke Post (SCSU) Plans to attend DSU for Digital Forensics and Networking Security.
Brittany P. Trocke Parents: Dean & Paula Trocke Volleyball - Captain Plans to attend MN State University Mankato, major in Nursing with an emphasis on PreOccupational Therapy.
Jacob A. Turner Parents: Kevin & Chastine Baseball Plans to attend Brigham Young University and major in Mechanical Engineering.
Maggie E. Useltor Parents: Holly & Chuck Useltor Plans to attend SCSU, become a Registered Nurse and wants to travel.
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Morgan A. Weyhrauch Parents: Stephanie & Charles Plans to attend Bemidji State Univ. and make new friends.
Morgan L. Wilburn Parents: Randy & Kellie Wilburn Volleyball, Softball, Golf, NHS, BB/BS, Ski & Snowboard, Choir Plans to attend NDSU to study pre-med, major in Biological Sciences.
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had, we didn’t want to believe it could ever be cancer,” remembers Teigen. Just as these close friends have always done things together, Czech and Teigen started a journey supporting Goracke. “These two have been here for me the most,” said Goracke. After a difficult month, Goracke had surgery Jan. 21, 2013. The surgery was supposed to take out half of the lump, but ended up removing the entire thyroid and 20 lymph nodes, 16 of which proved cancerous. The surgery did not completely solve the problem, however. “I start radiation June 24. That’s when I start it all. They’ll take further steps from there with what they find out,” said Goracke. “Thyroid cancer is one of the most treatable cancers, but it’s still cancer,” said Goracke. “It’s kind of scary. I always ask myself, because I had cancer young, if I’ll get a different type of cancer when I’m older.” Getting Through Tough Times “I’ve always been told God won’t give you a battle you can’t fight,” said Goracke about
Aleah Stenberg Contributing Writer The last bell rings. The last final is turned in. Caps, gowns and tassels. Pomp and Circumstance plays. One final summer. As August draws near, many of these seniors will be headed off to college. Big life changes and choices are in store. Like her fellow graduating seniors, Breann Goracke is excited. “I’m ready to be done and start a new chapter in life,” she says. But for Bre, as her friends call her, this last summer before college will be more complicated than her classmates’. At the end of June she will begin radiation treatments for thyroid cancer discovered during Christmas break. Diagnosis During the fall semester, close friends Cayla Czech and Michaela Teigen talked with Goracke about the lump that she found on her throat. Goracke’s allergist suggested she get the bump looked at. When the biopsy came back, the report was cancer. “When we talked about that bump you
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staying strong throughout this cancer. Goracke has stayed strong by focusing on school, sports and friends. The surgery set her behind two weeks in school and she missed those weeks in basketball, her favorite sport. Goracke also participated in track this spring, specializing in the high jump and triple jump events. “There are days where I don’t feel good at all, but there’s nothing you can do,” said Goracke. “She just takes it one day at a time. Her spirits are upbeat. She does have a great support group,” said Patricia Morningstar, academic guidance counselor for juniors and seniors at Big Lake High School. “The uncertainty of it all is hard. Our main concern for students who go through things like this is their mental health and physical wellbeing. It’d be hard for anybody to deal with this, let alone a 17 or 18-year-old,” said Morningstar. While classmates have wished her well and the school honored her with the title of Sno-Daze Queen this winter, Goracke is most thankful for her close friends and family.
BRE GORACKE (CENTER) WITH CLOSE FRIENDS Cayla Czech (left) and Michaela Teigen (right) are all graduating seniors. “These two have been here for me the most,” says Bre about her friends helping her through thyroid cancer and supporting her during surgery this semester. (Photo by Aleah Stenberg)
“When I woke up in the hospital, I had my mom, dad, sister, boyfriend and best friends there. Just having them there meant a lot to me. I’m just blessed to have the people I have in my life,” remembers Goracke. Future Plans As Goracke and her best friends Czech, heads to Ridgewater College in Willmar, Teigen, off to St. Cloud State University, look back over the last four years they’ve spent in high school together, they leave a message for next year’s seniors and underclassmen: “Don’t give up. Just keep trying. Enjoy it. The end of the year comes faster than you think.” In the fall, Goracke plans to attend St. Cloud Technical College, and then hopes to transfer to North Dakota State University for her sophomore year. “I’ve always wanted to be a cop since I was little,” reminisced Goracke. “Now maybe I’ll be a lawyer or do something in criminal justice.” Goracke will be pursuing a degree in the law field.