Carmen Chavez, a senior at the International School of Minnesota, loves to learn about world languages, theater and music. Fluent in Spanish, she has taken three trips to Ecuador and connected with the indigenous people living there. “The reason I initially joined [the group] Social Responsibilities and continue to do service work locally and globally is because I feel like it is my duty to make the world a better place,” says Chavez. Read more about Senior Spotlight: Science and Service Work
Holy Family Catholic High School senior Sarah Kemmerer enjoys staying active. When she’s not playing volleyball or working as a lifeguard, she loves scuba diving with her family. To her, physical activity is a crucial part of her life. After getting injured in volleyball, Kemmerer met a great physical therapist, who helped her recover quickly. Because of this, Kemmerer has decided to pursue physical therapy in college so she can make an impact on athletes’ lives. Read more about Senior Spotlight: Actively Engaged
Recent Stanford University graduate Brandon Hill is working on an idea-sharing social media app he’s developing with friends. He hopes to run for office one day.
When Eden Prairie’s Brandon Hill graced our cover in August of 2010 (the final issue of Eden Prairie Magazine before launching Southwest Metro Magazine), he was entering his senior year of high school as a straight-A student juggling commitments to sports, National Honor Society and more. He also co-founded The Brotherhood, a mentorship group to help minority students. Read more about On the Cover, August 2010 : Catching up with Brandon Hill
Eden Prairie resident Eric Requet embodies what it means to be a global citizen, or one who “identifies with being part of an emerging world community.” Having spent time volunteering in Guatemala and Costa Rica, Requet believes that if given the opportunity, everyone should travel abroad to serve the global community. “It’s a great experience,” he says. “You see that people everywhere need help and to be there helping really makes those interactions meaningful.” Read more about Senior Spotlight: Global Citizen
Now in her senior year at the International School of Minnesota, Carina Debuque set the bar high when it came to creating a high school goal: “Do it all, learn all of it.”
Ambitious is putting it lightly. Debuque manages a rich and diverse course load of three AP courses and one pre-AP course, ranging from advanced science courses to her passion, the humanities. Read more about Senior Spotlight: Passion for Performing
Student council executive board; lacrosse, football and wrestling player; volunteer—what might seem like a very full plate of activities doesn’t discourage Isaac Loosbrock. “Connecting with people,” he calls it, which is something the three-team captain (for lacrosse, football and wrestling) has a knack for.
“It’s tricky [to balance everything],” says Loosbrock, who received an ExCEL award from the school for his leadership skills and community involvement last year. Read more about Senior Spotlight: Making Connections
Waconia High School senior Carissa Dock’s accomplishments and accolades are far too many to count on one hand (not even on both hands and both feet). This year alone, she’ll be running varsity track and cross country—after already receiving a combined nine varsity letters and breaking school records in her athletic career. She’s also a drum major in the marching band, vice president of student council, secretary of the National Honor Society and volunteers with America Reads every Wednesday before school. “I think my philosophy coming into high school is ‘try everything,’” Dock says. Read more about Senior Spotlight: All-Star Athlete
Take a look at Chanhassen High School senior Matt Shea and you’ll see evidence of why he calls himself a “hardworking student-athlete.”
For his senior year, Shea is a tri-sport varsity athlete in football, basketball and track and field. He’s also vice president of finance for DECA and a member of Key Club and National Honor Society. “Being so busy definitely keeps me disciplined,” Shea says. “There isn’t a whole lot of time to just sit around.” Read more about Senior Spotlight: Go Big or Go Home