There’s a lot to be proud of in this community, but, we must admit, our pride shoots straight to the top when it comes to learning about how so many local high schoolers are achieving their goals and dreams while preparing for their future.
Each year, area high schools nominate students to be featured in our annual Prep Elite feature. This year, we asked schools, “Who are the givers? Who are the students, who will graduate from your academic community having left a positive impact?”
We chose four of those nominated students to appear in this issue. Was there a variety of students put forward? Yes. Was it difficult to narrow down the list to just four? Absolutely.
Holy Family Catholic High School
SWM: Looking back, what do you wish you could have told your freshman self?
KD: … go into high school with an open, organized and diligent mind. Going into something with a positive attitude and saying “yes” to new activities, such as a sport, club or even a friend, will lead to many new opportunities and friends that would never have been possible before. It is very important to not hold back from doing something just because it may not be “cool” …
SWM: What is the most important way in which you gave back to your high school or community?
KD: I love to volunteer and lead others to help do good in our school, church and local community … Last summer, I attended a leadership seminar and pledged to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ... Also, I am a member on a retreat planning team at my parish, and we just held a weekend retreat for 9th and 10th grade students preparing for confirmation.
SWM: What did you learn from that experience?
KD:… when one spends time and makes the effort to have a positive influence on others, it makes you learn more about your own strengths and what you are passionate about. Also, not only will you grow by doing one good thing for another, it creates a ripple effect of helping others.
SWM: What are your post high school plans?
KD:… I plan on getting a hospitality management degree with a minor in Spanish.
SWM: Give us three words to describe yourself.
KD: Diligent, compassionate and positive.
Honor Society (cumulative GPA: 4.2); HOBY Leadership Seminar attendee; HFCHS Theology Award winner (9th grade)
Volleyball; Hearts on Fire; Pro-Life Club; Health Club; Knowledge Bowl; Math League; Voices of Fire Jazz group; Chorale – chorus (9th), women’s chorus (10th), chorale (11th); Music Ministry; Theater; and Student Ambassador
Lasallian Youth Service Club; Night to Fight Homelessness; Summerwood Retirement; Raised money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Guardian Angels Church and School; Knights of Columbus pancake breakfasts and fish fries
Lifeguard and swim instructor at the Chaska Community Center