A crowd of just under 600 gathered at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, Wednesday, April 25, for the annual Students of Excellence Recognition event at which four Maple Lake High School students were honored.
Clara Greenhagen, Linsey Rachel, Henry Stecker and Megan Wasserman were among 148 seniors from 37 high schools in the Resource Training & Solution’s region to earn recognition for their accomplishments.
The honorees were nominated by their school or district based on a combination of academic achievement, leadership skills, and school or community involvement and received a plaque recognizing their accomplishments. They also received a certificate from Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton.
Over the past 31 years, Resource has hosted the Students of Excellence Recognition event and has recognized a total of 4,690 high school seniors.
Mark Schmitz, executive director of Resource Training & Solutions, welcomed everyone to the event Wednesday, and congratulated the seniors.
“My advice to you is simply do not lose your desire to be great and continue to have the discipline and dedication to follow through with your dreams and aspirations.”
Brent Stromme, the day’s keynote speaker, instructed students to be themselves and look forward.
“Think of how big a windshield is compared to the size of the rearview mirror. Use that image as you think about your future,” he said.
East Central School District Superintendent Andy Almos congratulated the seniors and gave a word or two of advice to the honorees.
“This evening is a recognition of your accomplishments, but I want to encourage you to tell your parents and teachers, ‘Thanks.’”
Ken Anderson, Board of Directors Chair for Resource Training & Solutions, offered congratulations from the Resource board of directors, and conferred the award to the students. In parting, Stromme challenged students to look out the windshield and find what is important to them. He told them not to clutter their life with useless items and to learn from past experiences, but not to spend too much time looking in the rearview mirror of their lives.
The Students of Excellence Recognition event is sponsored by the participating school districts and Resource Training & Solutions.