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ISD 728 School Board Recognizes Novembers Excellence Award Winners

Westwood Elementary School

Lindsay Peters is an outstanding leader. As a 5th grade student at Westwood Elementary, Lindsay demonstrates her capacity for leadership in her work with others and around the school. She has been described by her teachers as a self-starter, a student that is very well spoken, and has a unique ability for leading in teams. The future is bright for this Westwood Star.


Isabella Felegy is an outstanding leader. In her 5th grade year at Westwood, Bella's enthusiasm and energy has had a contagious effect. Teachers have described Bella as ambitious, outgoing, full of great ideas, and not afraid to stand-up for her beliefs. Her mature leadership and drive to contribute to our school community has been impressive. We will be in good hands tomorrow with upcoming leaders like Bella.


Zimmerman High School

Dylan Martin, senior, was elected Senior Class President for 2017-18.  He has been mature, beyond his years, since he came to us in middle school.  Students look up to him and he has the highest level of moral integrity.  Dylan excels in the classroom and on the basketball court.  He is a captain for the Boy's Basketball team for 2017-18 and is a true leader.  Dylan works closely with Assistant Principal, Mr. Sagan on a variety of tasks and projects.  Dylan also represents Zimmerman High School on the ISD728 World's Best Workforce Committee.


Rebecca Schmit, senior, is an easy choice for recognition from Zimmerman High School.  Becca has represented Zimmerman High School for the past two year's as the student rep to the ISD728 School Board.  She works with Mr. Voce and Mr. Sagan, monthly, to report to the board on what is happening at ZMHS.  Becca is also a member of the 2017-18 Senior Class officers as an at-large officer.  She is also very active with the ZHS Dance team and Student Council.


Salk Middle School

Elaina Varney is an 8th grade student that has chosen to attend Salk through the magnet lottery.  Since beginning her journey here in 6th grade, she has consistently demonstrated intentional engagement in our school community, dedication to academic excellence and exemplary character traits.  Elaina has been involved in GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science), band, NJHS, student council, STEM Ambassadors and is a WEB Leader.  Elaina also traveled to Washington DC last summer with Salk students and staff and will attend the STEM Adventure trip planned for this coming summer.  Beyond her clear engagement throughout our school community, Elaina demonstrates true kindness and compassion to her peers and the school staff on a daily basis.  Elaina is a daily example of living out the Core Values of our School District.


Priestley Ayumba is an outstanding 8th grade student that consistently demonstrates  a strong work ethic, a true curiosity for learning and great character.  During last school year, Priestley advanced to the Regional and State Science Fair competitions and the Regional and State History Day competitions.  Priestley is again participating in both Science Fair and National History Day this school year.   Daily at Salk Priestley demonstrates his Salk STRIDE by being ready, responsible and respectful in all settings. He is well prepared, fully engages in his learning in the classroom. and treats fellow classmates and the staff with the utmost respect. Priestly leads others by example and is always willing to help out where he is needed within the school community.  


VandenBerge Middle School

Julia Pobuda, 6th grade student.  Julia is a patient of Children’s Minnesota (formerly Children's Hospitals and Clinics of MN). She has a rare form of asthma, triggered by viruses. She was diagnosed at age 5 after an unexpected stay in the pediatric intensive care unit. From that moment on, our lives changed.


At age 7, Julia wanted to give back. We'd been discussing the idea of doing something for others on Thanksgiving, and it was Julia's idea to go to the hospital and color with the patients. After learning that you have to be at least 14 to interact with patients, Julia decided to raise money to buy them activities. In 10 days, she raised $467 and delivered it to the hospital on Thanksgiving. The following summer we were invited to Children’s to meet with their philanthropy group so they could thank Julia and educate us about how money is utilized within the hospitals and clinics. From that moment on, Julia had a newfound commitment to raising money for Children's. She's done several different things to raise money, but started Julia's Big Adventures 5k two years ago. It has been a huge success!!


Each year, Julia's goal gets a little bigger. Her goal for 2016/2017 is a combined total of $20,000. Currently, she is only $777 away from that.  Julia has become such a shining star for Children's, that she was recommended to be on their Youth Advisory Council. She applied, interviewed, and was awarded a seat in 2016, becoming their youngest member at age 10.  This past Saturday was one of their meetings. They got to be the first to tour the new state-of-the-art ambulance for Children's. The experience was unlike any other; amazing, awesome, frightening, and powerful. This unit is similar to having an ICU on wheels and will be used to transfer critical patients within 1,500 miles to one of the Children's Minnesota hospitals.


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