This year’s scholarship recipients posed for a photo with WH’s board of directors. Scholarship recipients pictured from left to right are, front row: (far left) Linemen-Knickerbocker scholarship contributor, Doris Horswell, Emily Eberspacher, Amy Gasperlin and Courtney Halonen. Second row, left to right: Noah Haaland, Michael Gusyse, Connor Blake, Samantha Smieja, Mary Liberko, Jackson Willard, Abbey Weninger and Devin Heider. Third row, from left to right: Brent Unowsky, Erik Jacobson, Jonathan Immel, Andrew Quirk, Emily McCarthy, Rachel Heussner, Isaac Zipp and Blake Paumen. Board of Directors who attended the banquet were, back row from, from left to right: Don Lucas, Chris Lantto, Kenneth Hiebel, Burton Horsch, Dale Jans, Butch Lindenfelser, Erick Heinz and Timothy Young.
It’s been 28 years since Wright-Hennepin (WH) started its scholarship program for youth in and around the electric service territory, and in the 28th year, WH awarded another $27,700 to 20 local students. This brings the total amount WH has awarded to $638,800 since the program’s inception in 1988.
WH awarded the scholarships during a ceremony at its headquarters in Rockford, Minn. on May 28. The scholarships are funded through donations from WH’s diversified businesses – WH Security, WH Services, WH Generation, HeatMyFloors.com, WH International Response Center, WH Solar and WH Holding Investments – under the umbrella of the WH Holding Company. In this way, WH continues to make significant investments in the area’s youth without having to fund the scholarships from the electric rate that members pay – a very important consideration in helping ensure competitive electric rates.
Elementary Rachel's Challenge Club. Front Row: Sophie Pribyl, Allison Zander, Makayla DeMars. Second Row: Madeline Gindele, Christopher Klatt, Dan Neutz. Third Row: Sydney Reardon, Ella Kiebel, Bryn Elsenpeter, Braden Peterson, Sawyer Jurgens, Sean Zangs. Back Row: Lisa Weninger (MLE social worker), Deja McCullough, Maggie Larson, Claire Carlson, Jaret DeMarais, Joe Fynboh, Jack Holland.
High School Friends of Rachel Club. Front Row: Emily Miller, Caleb Hagen, MiKayla Koss, Caitlin Johnson, Bionca Peterson, Logan Weninger, Aiden Staloch, Ben Clapp. Second Row: Kora Fuller, Nikki Wilson, Mollie Graham, Alyssa Bergeron, Ana Stecker, Abigail Latour, Anna Zaske, Lily Workman. Third Row: Ashley Martie, Alexus Jackson, Katelyn Fuller, Caitlin Weege, Megan Webb, MacKenzie Miller, Brooke Ankerfelt, Daryn Strub, Jackson Gallagher, Ayva Meyer, Sara Walsh, Samantha Kramer, Sam Price, Michael Miller, Jordan Mortenson, Nichole Rengel (high school social worker). Fourth Row: Katie Treadwell, Andrea Peterson, Lucy Greenhagen, Ashley Schmitz, Jordan Gries, Peyton Tongen, Katie Goelz, Lily Feikema. Back Row: Andrew Boman (social studies teacher), Trenton Miller, Ivan Ostlund Latour, Josh Medley, Brady Tongen, Abby Larson, Ben Goelz, Zach Cargill, Maxx Pribyl and Mitch Hoistad.
In the fall, students from the Friends of Rachel Clubs in the elementary and high school attended We Day at the Xcel Energy Center. From this event, the students were inspired to take action locally and globally. Their local campaign was to collect food for the district's backpack program. Students participated in the We Scare Hunger campaign on Halloween night. Students went trick or treating for non-perishable food products and collected over 500 items, weighing in over 300 pounds. Their global action was to collect change and other monetary donations for the We Create Change Campaign. Money collected has gone to Free The Children's Adopt a Village program. The elementary students collected, $2,123.30 money for Haiti and the high school students collected, $1,517.85 for Sierra Leone. All students in the district were educated on the events taking place and participated in these events as well.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
The Maple Lake Elementary sixth grade students hosted the annual Festival of Nations in the MLE Gymnasium on Friday, May 8. The sixth graders were grouped with partners to build a presentation about different countries, and were able to share their experiences to give the public a free trip around the world.
On Tuesday, April 21st, the Rachel's Challenge group in the Maple Lake High School participated in the We Are Silent campaign as part of the We Act. Rachel's Challenge first heard about this day in November at We Day and were excited to take the challenge. Students chose to be silent throughout the whole school day for different causes, ranging from sexual abuse, domestic assault, or the 31 million girls that don't get an opportunity to get an education, to many others. The point of the activity is to be silent in support of those that don't get a voice on a daily basis. Learn more about We Are Silent by visiting www.freethechildren.com/get-involved/campaigns/we-are-silent/
Back Row from Left: Michael LaTour, Luke Theisen, Tony Goelz, Hunter Hicks, Eric Newman, Tanner Vassar, Garett Anderson, Ryan Kalinowski, Aidan Jude, Brandon Prowatzke, Dominic Kaley, Cal Redemske, Chase Olsen, Joe Munstenteiger, McRae Haney, Adam Ruhland, Dusty Strub, Logan Gries. Front Row from Left: Emily Webb, Chloe Callahan, Mollie Graham, Sarah Simonette, Maya Ortiz, Kennedy Haney, Maria Bischoff, Kayla Hoistad, Emily Rose, Taylor Pilger, Sommer Carlson, Jenny Brings, Jenna Macziewski, Summer Knudsen, Jillian Goelz, Jordyn Trager, Jenni Pomije, Shelby Jackson.
MLHS senior, Charlie Stejskal, was among the tourney’s 21 returning medalists when he brought home his 7th place award in Extemporaneous Speaking from the 2015 Class A State Speech Tournament this past weekend, prompting the renaming of the Good Luck Bear to Lucky 7.Pictured is Charlie lounging in the arms of his fellow speech team members. Back Row (standing): Mary Beth Barder (assistant coach), Abby Bentley, Tyler Russell, Ashlee Martie, Maddie Nelson, Eric Meyer (speech coach), Sam Neutz and Kyle Pilger. Front Row (kneeling): Lexy Medley, Emily Miller, Victoria Rollings and Catie Medley.