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)