“I’m so sorry you haven’t been able to get a hold of me,” says Hailey Salden, a senior at Chaska High School. “I have track practice in the afternoons.”
Track practice. Student council. DECA. Nordic skiing. They’re just a few of the ways that Salden keeps busy. Well-spoken and driven, Salden is a blend of competitive athlete and service-minded leader. She’s captain of her cross-country, track and Nordic skiing teams, president of student council, and an international finalist in the role-play portion of DECA, a business and marketing club. “I really enjoy being involved in my school,” she says. “These are outlets, and these positions let me have greater involvement.”
Like a true leader, Salden acknowledges and follows the example of those around her. “I enjoy being surrounded by awesome people who are all good students, good coaches, good people,” she says.
Last April, she helped organize her school’s social media campaign, #HawksHelpingHawks. Modeled after the ice-bucket challenge, students who donated to the school’s resource center tagged friends to follow suit.
After high school, Salden plans on pursuing a passion for business, but for now she’s focusing on the upcoming school year. “I’m looking forward to having fun and enjoying the last year while staying involved,” she says. “I’m hoping to do the best that I can.”
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