Commencement marked not only an end, but an exciting beginning for Maple Lake High School’s Class of 2004. They were reminded of this as they sat under a clear sky in Irish Country Stadium June 4 completing their final act as a class before the curtain closed on their high school careers.
Senior Class President Ed Elfmann welcomed friends and family and encouraged his classmates to continue to live by their class motto, “To accomplish great things we must not only act, but dream; not only plan, but also believe.
“We’ve all had our dreams,” he said. “Some may have been out of reach, but most were achievable. The loss of two of our good friends and classmates, Joe Zander and Chris Schneider, created an even better reason to achieve those dreams, and to dream that much more.”
The Class of 2004 and their families and friends gathered to remember the laughter, tears, and bumps along the way that has molded them into adults at Senior Awards Night June 2.
Seniors starred at the night honoring their accomplishments. A musical piece by Sara Manuel characterized how the soon-to-be-graduates felt about reaching this milestone in their young lives.
In an emotional moment, Barb Schneider presented the first Christopher Schneider Memorial Scholarships which reminded the Class of 2004 of their two fallen classmates whose presence is greatly missed.
Senior choir members lightened the mood with the ‘Grease’ classic “You’re the One That I Want” which had senior girls swooning over Maple Lake’s John Travolta, Tim Leahy. Their classmates laughed as they danced while performing the number.
Twelve high school students have spent a school year growing in confidence and leadership with the help of Kim Brown of Youth Connections and a program called Team Y.E.S.
Youth Connections is a division of the Wright County Family Services Collaborative that is even further separated into twelve programs. Kim Brown is the Youth Connections coordinator in Maple Lake and one of the programs that she is involved with is Team Y.E.S., which stands for Youth Empowering Students. The program helps high school students to build self-esteem and leadership skills while having fun with recreational activities.
The student members work with fourth graders by playing games, doing team-building activities and being positive role models.
The Maple Lake High School Co-Curricular Awards program on April 19 offered the opportunity to recognize students who have devoted their time and talents to school activities.
Honored were students participating in Band, Publications, Drama, Student Council, Speech, Youth Advisory Board, Target Mentors and Academics.
Presenting awards were band director Tony Mazzone, Publications advisor Jean Elsenpeter, Drama advisor Mary Beth Barder, Student Council advisors Dave Hansen and Kim Fynboh, Speech advisor Eric Meyer, Youth Advisory Board advisor Kim Brown, Target Mentors advisor Celeste Dalstrom and Principal Mary James.
Publications: Paul Borrell*, Sarah Dombrovski, Katie Haegele, Rachel Hudek*, Sarah Latour, Elyse Malherek**, Brittany Pesch*, Marie Peterson**, Lindsey Smith, Ashley Spolarich*, Heather Wurm*, Heather Zabel**. (* denotes yearbook editor; **denotes newspaper editor)