Valedictorian Rebecca Velde, daughter of Kim and Tim Velde, is going to the University of Minnesota in Duluth. She isn't sure which direction she wants to take, but she's planning to go in to the liberal arts field to fuel her creative passion. Some of her dream jobs include author, singer, and President of the United States. She has her eyes on Chicago and New York as potential destinations.
Her biggest challenge for maintaining her GPA was chemistry. She was close to getting a B, but pushed herself and nailed the final. She will miss the day-to-day consistency of high school. She was involved with student council, science club, set design for theatre, and Red Cross Youth. Her favorite memory is when her art teacher put their classes’ art work into an art show at the K.K. Berge building. She loved having her work on display, painting is one her favorite ways to express herself.
Cody Speh, son of Pete and Carrie Speh, is the Salutatorian. He is planning to attend Dort College in Sioux Center, Iowa. He will be majoring in mechanical engineering. He's not sure about a dream job, but he's considered Berkley Tackle and Lego. After college, he'd ideally like to stay in the Midwest, but it depends on where he can get a job. His favorite YME memories were the two trips to Florida for band and choir.
His biggest challenge during his senior year was the senior slide. It was tough to fight the apathy and maintain his grades. He will miss seeing the people he's grown used to seeing every day. Speh has been trying to make the most of his time in school. His favorite activity was tennis, but he was also involved in cross country, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honors Society drama club knowledge bowl science club, band, choir, chamber choir, jazz band. He plans to keep an open mind to everything his college has to offer.