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trojan tribune MAY 28, 2014

senior destinations................4 infographics................16 senior profiles................24 letters from alumni................28 letters from teachers................30


Three roads diverged in a blue and gold wood Sets of triplets will be separating as they venture onto new horizons this fall Wayzata’s class of college as Aidan and Maeve will both be posed to going to the same school,” Mairead 2014 has three sets attending the University of Minnesota— said. @emilyberg26 of triplets: Dane, Twin Cities next fall; Mairead will be going “I also initially wanted to do my own Erin, and Jacob to Loyola University Chicago. thing, but then I realized that college would Bergo-McDonald; “We mostly wanted to be apart for college be different than high school and I wouldn’t Aidan, Maeve, and Mairead Kennedy; and and see what it’s like to be on our own. I be known as a triplet and would be able to Dena, Maria, and Nicki Zahhos. They’ve wanted to make my own experience instead do my own thing,” Aidan added. grown up together for the past eighteen of sharing them with my siblings,” Maeve “I’m excited to be at school alone, but it years and now will be going their own ways. said. “For me, I kind of wanted to do some- is also really nerve-wracking to think about The Zahhos girls are parting ways, but thing different [for college], but I wasn’t op- them not being there,” Mairead said. they won’t be too far away from “I would say the three of us are each other. Dena will be attendpretty close and we are closer than ing Minnesota State University a lot of other siblings we know,” Mankato, Maria will be attending Mairead said. the University of St. Thomas, and “We know so much about each Nicki will be attending Winona other and spend so much time State University. together. We hang out too much “At first we thought we wanted to with each other. We have sailed tobe together and we began touring gether and skied together,” Aidan schools together,” Maria said. “Latsaid. er on in our college search is when “We have the same sailing we went our separate ways,” Nicki friends, so after sailing we all end said. “We are all still close together up hanging out together,” Mairead because we will all be staying in said. “I would consider the three Minnesota,” Maria added. of us very close because we spend “We came to our actual decisions so much time together. Each of us pretty independently. We talked knows each other better than anyabout it with each other, and then one else does, even our parents,” made our own plans. I’ll miss havMaeve added. ing our sleepovers every night,” “It will be interesting to see how Nicki said. different our lives will be without “It hasn’t really sunk in for me each other,” Aidan said. “I love the yet that we are going to be apart. constant consultation and how I I think until we are actually at our can always talk to them about anyown schools is when it is really gothing. I will miss that,” Mairead ing to hit me,” Maria reflected. said. “It will be weird to be not known The Bergo-McDonald trio is goas a triplet. We have always gone ing their separate ways. Dane will to school together and always have be attending Normandale, Erin had each other around,” Nicki said. will be going to the University of The girls are very close, according Wisconsin—Eau Claire, and Jacob to Dena. “We can easily underwill be going to the University of stand each other since we are the Minnesota—Duluth. same age. We’ve learned to stick “I wanted to go to my own school together through thick and thin.” because I want to have my own exNot only are the girls going to periences and be on my own,” Erin separate universities, but they all said. want to go into different work “I am closer to Dane than Jacob fields. Dena wants to go into a but I would not consider us super profession that involves creative close because I’m the girl and don’t writing, Maria wants to go into have the same interests as they something business related, and do. We still do things together Nicki wants to be a nurse. PARTING WAYS: From left to right Dane, Erin, and Jacob Bergo- though,” Erin said. Two thirds of the Kennedy sib- McDonald (top), Mairead, Aidan, and Maeve Kennedy (center), Maria, lings will be sticking together in Dena, and Nicki Zahhos (bottom). By EMILY BERG SPORTS EDITOR


OUR FAVORITE MEMORIES My experience with the Debate team • The conversations on the plane ride back from Quiz Bowl Nationals 2012, or senior year homecoming dancing like a fool with the greatest people • My favorite memories from high school were the summers. The only good memories I have that are Wayzata related are from diving, or maybe having the opportunity to meet some pretty great teachers (Brown, Grack, Thompson, Lagerquist, Minnick, and some more I’m sure I’m forgetting). • Football games and some of my favorite classes! • Probably memories from the football games, especially the pride shown senior year. • Going on the class trip to China. • My favorite memory is just hanging out with my friends before and after school, it was really chill and fun. • The friends I’ve met throughout all four years. I could not think of a more cohesive, accepting, outgoing, hilarious group of people I’d rather be with.

First Name Last Name

AbdulrahAbdullahi man Marissa Ablack

Destination

Minneapolis Community and Technical College New York University

Nadim Adatia

Mount Royal University

Audrey Addo

University of Missouri

Najmo Aden

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Abiye Agbeh Jaeseok Ahn Sara Ali

University of Wisconsin--Madison St. Olaf College University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Riley Allanson

University of Minnesota--Duluth

Bryce Allen

University of St. Thomas

Lola Alugo Cooper Ambrose Tylor Amos Jacqueline Anderson Maggie Anderson Amanda Anderson

Iowa State University

First Name Last Name

Kay Arora Bradley Asmus Emmanuel Ayisi Christian Baenen Megan Bailey

Destination

Purdue University Concordia University College of St. Scholastica Minneapolis Community and Technical College University of Denver

Pooja Bajjuri

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Alina Bak

North Hennepin Community College

Hannah Bangen

Iowa State University

Richard Bartz

Normandale Community College

Thornton Bates Ellie Batman

University of Illinois at Chicago University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Unknown

Brecstan Beaudry

Rassmussen College

United States Army

Matthew Beck

University of St. Thomas

Bethel University Columbia University Normandale Community College

Cole Becker Tanner Bedard Will Beeninga

St. Cloud State University University of St. Thomas University of Wisconsin--Madison

Leah Anderson

Universal Technical Institute

Lauren Behling

Hamline University

Max Anderson

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Lauren Behrns

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Ellie Anderson

University of Nebraska Lincoln

Dominic Belfanti

Mason Anderson

Iowa State University

University of Notre Dame

Sadie Bell

The New School

Tessa Anderson

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Grant Benthin

Luther College

Jacob Anderson

University of Wisconsin--Stout

Veronica Angell Chaeli Ansley Masa Arafa Jake Arneson

Maccoy Benzen

Iowa State University

University of Denver

Steele Berg

Bemidji State University

Undecided

Emily Berg

College of St. Benedict

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities University of Nebraska Lincoln

Marymichael Berg Justin Bergeron Emma Bergeson

Florida Gulf Coast University North Hennepin Community College University of Puget Sound

OUR ADVICE TO FUTURE STUDENTS Take care of your GPA. Love it. Cherish it. Stop congregating in hallways. • Don’t try so hard; you’re not as cool as you think you are. • Just do you and kill it. • Take the ACT as much as you can, it will help. Take forensics, short fiction, and chemistry- literally the best classes in the entire world aside from pfam. • Enjoy yourself! Study hard, and make all your time at the school count. • Take classes you are excited about your senior year. It makes it easier if you like what you are doing. • Spend time doing your homework, but don’t let it get in the way of you having a good time! • Work hard. Don’t procrastinate. Believe it or not WHS helps you prepare for education past high school. But don’t sweat the small stuff Ultimately, you need to bear down when things get tough and pish through, but always remember to still enjoy yourself and have fun. Live your life but be responsible. • Don’t be the best you in high school • Get to know your teachers. Don’t


They have helped me through the best of times and worst of times. They made my experience even better. • Teaching a German exchange student how to make a mug in pottery in less than one hour. It was disastrous and eye-opening at the same time. It really made me realize how fortunate I was to go to Wayzata. Here I am, sitting at a pottery wheel, in school, engaging with an international student! • Even though it hasn’t happened yet, I have to say my favorite memory will be graduation when our class walks across the stage in our gowns. • Hanging out by the locker banks just talking with friends between classes. • Partying with classmates. • I loved all the themed football games and being with a lot of people from your grade! I will always love Wayzata football! • Hands down the last pep fest. I was absolutely not going to leave this school without booing the freshmen. • BPA Nationals was pretty fun. • Friends. • After

First Name Last Name

Destination

Dane

BergoMcdonald

Normandale Community College

Jacob

BergoMcdonald

University of Minnesota--Duluth

BergoErin Mcdonald

University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire

Kyle Berlin

Winona State University

Faith Berry

Bemidji State University

Chase Berry

Madison Area Technical College

David Betland

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Charles Bisanz Mark Biser Alexander Blake

Iowa State University Undecided Case Western Reserve University

Asia Blanford

Hennepin Technical College

Riley Blauvelt

St. John's University

Kaitlin Blauvelt Evan Block Zoe Boehmer Lydia Boike

University of Nebraska Lincoln University of Chicago College of St. Benedict College of William and Mary

Savannah Bortner

Bethel University

Samantha Bosn

Colorado Christian University

First Name Last Name

Ally Breyer Zachary Britton Jack Buan Jonathan Buckner Posie Buffington Ashlyn Bunning Josef Bunsness Colin Burk Naomi Burnett

Destination

University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire University of Minnesota--Duluth Macalester College St. Paul College University of Montana University of Michigan Normandale Community College University of Minnesota--Duluth Arizona State University

Sarah Burnham

Michigan State University

Maia Burroughs

Undecided

Danika Buss

St. Olaf College

Rachel Busse

College of St. Benedict

Mario Caballero

Hennepin Technical College

Will Cady

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Cory Cafferty

St. Cloud State University

Carter Cahill Andrew Cameron Isaiah Cammon Michael Campbell Alexander Campbell

Iowa State University Purdue University Luther College Hennepin Technical College Notre Dame de Namur University

Rachael Bouley

Arizona State University

Mariah Bovee

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Braeden Campbell

Rahmel Bowman

Undecided

Rebecca Brangard

Gap Year

Monica Cao

Normandale Community College

Lauren Capps

Augsburg College

Lily Breckner

Gustavus Adolphus

David Brenny

St. Cloud State University

Aaron Breyer

University of South Dakota

Holly Cannon

Kristina Carano

University of St. Thomas Milwaukee Institute of Art/Design

Unknown

Annie Carlson

Colorado Christian University

Davis Carlson

Hennepin Technical College

be a passive learner-ask questions, present ideas. The counseling staff is here for YOU. Make the best use of them. You walk in to high school with a bad attitude and it’s all downhill from there...come in positive and openminded-you’ll surprise yourself. Challenge yourself-both inside and outside the classroom. Get to know people outside your own little gang. There is no “one” group that anyone belongs in. Immerse yourself with various interests. • Graduate • There will always be struggles, but there will also be days that you love and never want to forget. It is those days that you have to keep in your heart and mind. Let your passion run wild and never give up, because after four years, you may look back and realize how fast it went by. • Don’t care too much, isn’t worth it. • Create good relationships with teachers and other people in the school! It makes your highschool experience more personal and enjoyable! Also don’t stress about the future it’s so exciting! • Don’t let high school conform you;


moving to Wayzata right before junior year, it has definitely been the friends I have made. • Being on homecoming court was truly amazing! It was an experience I will never forget! I met so many people I would have never talked to before if I wasn’t on the court • Senior homecoming. • Favorite memory from Wayzata is the day we visited as 8th graders for the tour because after that it was all a blur. • Shedunga. Enough said. • The wayzata volleyball program made for some unforgettable memories with amazing teammates! • Being a member of the Wabbits Ulitimate Frisbee team. So much fun at games, tournaments and practices. • The choir program. While stressful at times, I love the community, and I made a ton of friends because of it. • Senior year football games. • Football games! • My favorite memory is participating in the black box plays and spring musical my senior year. The people were so welcoming and created an environ-

First Name Last Name

Aaron Carlson Alexander Carlson Christopher Carlstrom

Destination

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Unknown University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Katie Carpenter

Boston College

Kasey Carpenter

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Kate Carroll

Cornell College

Ellie Carter

Macalester College

Lilian Carver Amy Caswell Christopher Chao Arthur Chapman Jayant Chaudhary Vincent Chen Emily Chen

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities University of Denver University of Minnesota--Twin Cities University of Minnesota--Twin Cities University of Minnesota--Twin Cities St. John's University Yale

Sainandan Chintapalli University of Minnesota--Duluth Chaitanya Chittineni Sandra Chrapah John

Christopherson

Alexander Clark

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities University of Missouri University of St. Thomas South Dakota State

Abby Clayton

Michigan State University

Kayla Cockrell

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Ettore Cola

Returning to Italy

First Name Last Name

Brenna Colich Adam Colyer

Destination

Minnesota State--Mankato University of St. Thomas

Andrew Comb

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Maddie Conzet

Minnesota State--Mankato

Ralph Cooper

Normandale Community College

Jordan Cooper

University of Illinois at Chicago

Andrew

Coopersmith

Anders Cornell Taylor Cranfield Benjamin Critzer Abby Croal Quinn Cullum Katie Curtin Courtney

Dahlmeimer

Hildanya Dang Jamesha Davies Chase Davis Benjamin De Maat

Lehigh University Unknown University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Madison Area Technical College University of Minnesota--Duluth Hobart and William Smith Colleges University of Kentucky Minneapolis College of Art and Design University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Winona State University University of North Dakota University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point

Austin Deadmond Working Rachael Deal Jonathan Delano Blaize Depass

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Unknown Concordia College

Maggie Deslauriers University of Minnesota--Duluth Michaela Diamond

Goucher College

life is so much harder when you’re trying to live it according to someone else’s ideals. • Do good in school. • Participate in all that you can! • Please don’t be lazy. These four years help set up the rest of your life. Don’t slack off. • Enjoy high school to the fullest while you’re here, but never forget that it’s only four years of your life and after it’s over you won’t see most of these people again. • Get involved right away with as many clubs as possible! I regret not getting involved right away! Make the most of everything the school has to offer and make memories that will last a lifetime! • Don’t procrastinate. • Find classes you are interested in! It’s much harder to succeed in classes you don’t care about. Second guess the “slacker” class predictions and follow your instincts! • Join clubs and sports with your friends or fun, you’ll meet people and learn something about yourself. • Don’t be intimidated. With all of the competition and challenging classes, high school can get overwhelming. But just keep chugging away, ask


ment in which I felt comfortable to be me. I gained many new friends through my experience and explored a whole new side of myself and Wayzata! • Raising thousands of dollars for students in need at our own school through Survivor Week. • Meeting the friends who will make me miss home when I leave for college. • US Military History with Mr. Tibesar. I met three crazy redneck boys who still harass me on a daily basis. I also managed to kill my first (and only) pecha kucha. • Connor Olson’s “shabooya” on the track and field bus back from True Team State at Stillwater! • Athletic events • Winning state and breaking the school record in our 4x400 relay my junior year. • Meeting my best friend • I am fond of all of the friends I have made over the years and the experiences I’ve shared with them. I don’t have a single favorite memory, but a plethora of very fond memories. • Winning synchronized swimming state championships in 9th, 10th,

First Name Last Name

DockterEvan Schlecht

Destination

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Bethany Donner

North Dakota State University

Joseph Dooly

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Charles Dorland

North Hennepin Community College

Michael Dunn

Drake University

Mansfield Duopu James Durant Connor Eastman

University of Denver

Kelly Eddy Ben Ehrlich

Iowa State University St. Olaf College Unknown University of North Texas

Zach Eitel

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Jack Eitel

University of Wisconsin--Stout

Khalid El-Amin

Community College

Nasser El-Azamy

Working

Aiden Ellis

Gap Year

Robby Elsner

University of Nebraska Lincoln

Olivia Emer

Bethel University

Christine Enubuzor

University of Missouri

Claire Erickson

University of Wisconsin--River Falls

Justin Esaulenko

University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee

Max Etling

Biology

Business

Brigham Young University Florida State University

Kristen Edblom

Art and Performance

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Daulton Easterling Nickolaus Eaton

major?

W H AT ’ S YO U R

Communications and Journalism Computer Science Criminal Justice Education Engineering English

Health Professions History Math and Statistics Political Sciences Psychology Sociology

East Tennessee State University Source: Digest Of Educational Statistics Credit: Quoctrung Bui/NPR

teachers for help, and don’t assume you’re going to fail. • Get involved right away. • Take advantage of all your opportunities, and don’t worry, you’ll get through it! • It goes by fast, so make the most of it. Get involved with as many things as you can and do not be afraid to try new things. Just work hard and have fun! You are finding out who you are! Its exciting! • Don’t worry too much about being accepted into one particular social circle. There’s a group for everyone here. • High school is only four years of an entire lifetime, it may be your best or worst four years, but it is only four years. • Don’t date seriously in high school. I understand, the hormones tell you to just go for it. But it sucks to get your heart broken right before finals. DON’T DO IT. • Cherish every second of senior year because it blows by quickly. Don’t look back! • Don’t take anything for granted & don’t hold back. High school is what you make of it. • Have fun and hang in there. It flies by. • Get past the drama and stereotypes-


and 11th grade (currently at 7 consecutive state championships). Also, being a captain for the 2014 season. • Senior year pep fest. • 2014 pepfest and football games! • Many of my closest friends come from the fine arts program, and the experiences we shared in the school musicals were by far my favorite memories at Wayzata. • Taking AP Euro. It opened doors for me that I didn’t know existed. • AP Chem • Winning the state swimming championship my senior year with some of my best friends. • Meeting all of the friends I have today and participating in all of my clubs, especially Quiz Bowl. • Almost the entire student body (even the freshmen who had no idea what was going on) chanting “We want straps!” at pep fest because it is clear that the class of 2014 will never be forgotten. #longlivethehardhats • I got to sit next to my best friend in two of my classes one semester. That is my greatest memory - all of the inside jokes we made and all of the

First Name Last Name

Saul Eugene Mckenna Evans Andrew Evenson Scott Eyer

Destination

Southwest Minnesota State University

First Name Last Name

Caitlin Fort

University of Nevada Reno

Alexandra France

United States Marine Corps

Mary Franke

Destination

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Minnesota State--Mankato Colorado State University

Iowa State University

Jannik Frederiksen University of Wisconsin--Platteville

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Parker Frey

St. Cloud State University

Quinn Farley

Gap Year

Callie Frick

University of Minnesota-Duluth

Sydney Farmer

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Laura Fricke

Normandale Community College

Benjamin Ezrilov

Brayden Farrell

Oklahoma State University

Danielle Fasching

Normandale Community College

Paige Fellows

University of St. Thomas

John Ferguson

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Tiffany Fern Jaden Findley

Jenny Flanery

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Benjamin Fogelberg

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Logan Gangelhoff Normandale Community College

University of Missouri

FloresRodriguez

Cole Galbraith

Unknown

Fond Du Lac Tribal College

Aidan Fisher

Fernando

Owen Froese

Unknown

Molly Galinson

University of North Dakota

Carlito Flores

Jonathan Fritz

University of Minnesota--Duluth

Rachel Finkle

Matthew Flesche

Jake Friedenfeld University of Kansas

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Rachel Gannon

University of Wisconsin--River Falls

Megan Gappa

University of Nebraska Lincoln

Richard Garcia Manuel Rodriguez Jack Garvey

Minneapolis College of Art and Design Miami of Ohio

Hennepin Technical College

Avery Gault

University of Missouri

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Ryan Gause

University of Iowa

University of Missouri

Peter Fomin

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Isaac Foote

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Arieanna Ford

Concordia University

Shannon Forster

College of St. Benedict

Michelle Gaveske Samuel

Georgakopoulos

Megan Geppert Michael Gibbs

Dunwoody College Of Technology Minneapolis College of Art and Design University of Minnesota--Twin Cities University of Minnesota--Duluth

Tony Giguere

Creighton University

Kate Giguere

University of Wisconsin--Madison

once you realize everyone else is in the same place you are- you can begin to make new friends and experience new things because • Don’t stress too much about grades because they don’t matter. • Work hard in school, branch out of your normal friend group, don’t be afraid to do things without your friends. • Make the most of your time at Wayzata, it goes a lot faster than you think it will. • Work hard but not too hard. Do your best in school, but don’t stress over a failed test. Stuff that seems like a big deal freshman and sophomore year will seem silly junior and senior year. • Don’t screw up. • Don’t worry so much about what people think of you. • MoPro is not as hard as you think it is. • Only participate in classes and activities that you feel serve a purpose to you. • PSEO and get out of Econ. • Pick the classes you want to take not the classes your guidance counselor or your parents or your friends want you to take. • Start out freshman year strong, and stay strong. If you can plow through


times we shared from sitting by each other. • Some things that will stick with me after these four long years are the friendships I’ve made through the choir program. Like the real world, you meet all kinds of people at Wayzata High School. I’ve been lucky enough to find the ones I’ll always want by my side, and sing some great songs along the way! • Senior year, when I became friends with someone in my class that I would never have had the courage to talk to as a freshman. AKA, I’m now cool and people just want to be nice. • I guess just making new friends and creating friendships that’ll continue for years to come! • My favorite memory from Wayzata is definitely walking into the school with the band performing outside. It shows the school spirit that is present everywhere in our school. We are proud of our school and the band shows it best by playing loudly at 6:45 in the morning • Creating the yearbook, and getting accepted to college and finally seeing all my hard work pay off! • Winning

First Name Last Name

Jena Gilbertson

Destination

Iowa State University

Matthew Gilkay

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Amanda Gilseth

Undecided

Varsha

Goduguchinta

Angelica Goglio Carli

Gonderinger

Meghana Gorregattu Laura Gove Dejames Graham Sydney Gran Wyatt Graves Ron Grazovski Drew Greely Theslena Green Joy Gresham Marissa Groechel Joshua Grosser Anurag Gupta Erin Guyette Derek Haas

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Unknown Belmont University University of Minnesota-Twin Cities University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Hennepin Technical College Minneapolis Community and Technical College Normandale Community College Minneapolis Community and Technical College University of North Dakota St. Catherine University Gustavus Adolphus University of St. Thomas University of Wisconsin-Madison University of Illinois at Chicago University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee St. Cloud State University

Nick Hackl

North Dakota State University

Taylor Haefele

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Alaina Hall

University of Pennsylvania

Peter Hallberg

WHAT IS WAYZATA? We asked students to describe Wayzata in a few words. Larger words were used more often. First Name Last Name

Destination

Kaitlyn Haller

University of Michigan

Annika Halverson

Bethel University

Mariah Halvorsen

Wayne State College

Blake Hamlin Elizabeth Hannigan Ryan Hansen Jeff Hanson

University of Minnesota-Duluth Boston University University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Dunwoody College Of Technology

University of Denver

the first three years the last one will feel like a breeze and you’ll know that you did everything in your power to prepare yourself for your future. • MoPro is easy. • Surround yourself with people who will help you become who you want to be. • Don’t YOLO too much. • Find your passion - and stick with it. When you finally come to be a senior and you’re able to look back on all your accomplishments, you’ll really cherish the old times way back from freshmen year. Join some clubs! They may seem lame on the first day, but if you continue on that path you are sure to enjoy it in the long-run. • It’s about the person you are, not your awards. Only the proud polish their medals. • “No one cares if you embarrass yourself. If you think they do then you’re either crazy or self absorbed...or both.” • Take fun electives to give yourself a break! You want to get all your requirements of course, but you have four years to do that! So make sure you have some fun classes each year to just relax! • Make the most of these


the Rosemount game in double over time and the senior chant at the pep fest because it showed the power of the people. • Last day of 4x. • Peers falling up the stairs. • Mornings in the locker banks with my friends. Groggy, incoherent and loud conversations are the best. • Being a sophmore and getting pelted with pond-water balloons by the juniors after the seniors left. I never felt so alive. • Mr. Wayzata • My favorite memory is when Todd Impola tied the blinds to Jack Holmgren’s backpack before lunch, and when he ran to lunch the blinds flew off the wall and dragged behind him as he continued to run to lunch. Then he had to return them to Van Horn. • I can’t pick just one. I have been with these people for four years, and some I have been with since middle school or elementary school. • One of my favorite memories has to be the pep-fest from this year, as stupid as it sounds. Even though the root issue was insignificant, it brought our class together in a way that it hadn’t before. • Intramural basketball

First Name Last Name

Chase

Hardon Clark

Destination

United States Marine Corps

Eleanor Harkness

Iowa State University

Kendall Harkness

Undecided

Latashia Harness

North Hennepin Community College

Kyle Haskamp

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Joseph Haugen

Babson College

Adam Hebeisen

North Hennepin Community College

Jemma Heigis Chase Heising Zachary Helppi Alec Hemenway

McNally Smith College Of Music Purdue University

Jenna Hoof

University of Minnesota--Duluth

Fatima Hossen Addison Houck Lizzie Hruza

Northeastern University University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Michele Hiserodt

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Haley Hobday

University of Minnesota--Duluth

Katie Hochmuth Iowa State University

St. Cloud State University Colorado Film School University of Nebraska Lincoln

Alice Hu

Maryland Institute College Of Art

Alexa Hughes

University of Minnesota--Duluth

Alanna Humphrey Xavier University Maya Hynes

North Hennepin Community College

Amal Ibrahim

Metropolitan State University

Marin Iozzo

University of Wisconsin--Madison

University of Iowa University of Wisconsin--Madison

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

John Henrich

Destination

Maddie Honke

Connor Imholte

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Sydney Hines

Jack Holmgren

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Grace Hennen Carly Hicks

First Name Last Name

Todd Impola

St. Cloud State University Gogebic Community College Iowa State University

Jack Iverson

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Breanna Iwersen

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Apoorva Iyengar

Washington University in St. Louis

Faiz Jabir Emily Jacobson

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities University of Alabama

Davante James

Undecided

Thomas Jarosz

Undecided

William Jeide

Luther College

Traejon Hodges

IPR (Institute of Production and Recording)

AustynHofker Marcel

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Morgan Hoglund

Gustavus Adolphus

Chelsea Holcombe

Gap Year

Lisa Holm

Gap Year

Parker Jesme

North Dakota State University

Unknown

Kevin Jiang

George Mason University

Holmes Beaujona Buscher

Jacqueline Jenkins

Working

Matt Jensen

Marquette University

Erin Jenum

Ringling College of Art and Design

Keante Johnson

Concordia University

four years of free education, because pretty soon you’ll be paying for experiences like this. • Be your best, and others will follow, don’t be swayed by the masses. • “Just keep moving forward and don’t give a shit about what anybody thinks. Do what you have to do, for you.”- Johnny Depp • Don’t get caught up with your “social” life. Stick to school. It’s probably more embarrassing getting rejected from colleges because of your lack of academic work ethic than it is turning down a party or two in high school. • Don’t peak in high school. Look to the future. • Just because you’ve gotten away with not studying or making up essays as you go, it’s get you eventually. • Have fun. We all die some day, just enjoy life while you can. • Take everything in stride and focus on yourself. High school is about learning, not just academically but socially and also about yourself. Don’t be afraid to be your own person. Make mistakes and learn from them. You are more than your GPA and your ACT score. Take every op-


sophomore year and track • There were ups and downs but the past for years will be ones I will always remember. I will always be a Wayzata Trojan! • Mr. Wayzata competition! • Participating in the musicals. • Definitely the process of making and creating beautiful friendships that will last a lifetime no matter how far away we end up traveling for school. • Driving to homecoming from Amazing Thailand with a car full of my best babes belting bad Taylor Swift songs. • The rush of A’s in Euro. Kottke’s AP Lit. Inspirational talks with Emmans. • When everyone was supportive and banded together after the suicide last year. It proved that although Wayzata can be petty, the people here truly care for each other. • Not a single memory sticks out for me, but just the overall experience. The friends that I have made, the skills I have developed, and experiences (the good and the bad) that help shaped me to be who I am today. • I love the friends I made! I have some really close friends that I didn’t know

First Name Last Name

Kj Johnson Kylie Johnson Travis Johnson Breanna Johnson Broc Johnson Meredith Johnson Matt Johnson

Destination

Iowa State University Minnesota State--Mankato Normandale Community College North Hennepin Community College University of California--Santa Cruz University of Kansas University of Missouri

First Name Last Name

Julie Kappas Balashankar

Karthikeyan

Jared Kaufman Samuel Kautzky Mackenzie

KellerMiller

James Kellogg

Destination

Saint Louis University University of Iowa University of Missouri University of Minnesota--Duluth University of Wisconsin--La Crosse St. Olaf College

Grant Johnson

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Kat Kelly

United States Air Force

Katie Johnston

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Jack Kelly

Unknown

Mavrik Joos

University of Missouri

Laten Justice

University of Minnesota--Duluth

Basel Kablawi

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Harrison Kaine Kyle Kalivoda Steve Kangas

Iowa State University Iowa State University University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Mikaela Kendall

Colorado State University

Mairead Kennedy

Loyola University Chicago

Aidan Kennedy

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Maeve Kennedy

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Penny

Kernyaiszky

Katrina Kerrick

St. Cloud State University Rose Hulman Institute of Technology

HOW THE TABLES HAVE TURNED Some of Wayzata’s most popular colleges have had some major gains and losses in the last year. Pictured above, the graphics show by how many students each college has increased, or decreased, since last year.

portunity that comes to you and don’t leave any stone unturned. • Be confident in who you are and stay true to yourself. • Have faith in your ability to succeed. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. Cliche but true. • “You may have a really large group of friends at the beginning of your high school career, but over the next four years you will likely drift and that is when you find your true friends which you know are valuable. • Ignore status and popularity. You won’t care come senior year so embrace your classmates now.” • Stay hungry for knowledge, keep an open mind, and appreciate all that you have around you. • Get involved because its how you meet friends. Even do things out of your comfort zone, like talking to the person sitting next to you in class even if it is just complementing their shoes or something. I started out new to Wayzata freshman year and realized that you need to try new things in order to find yourself and your friends through high school because a lot will change. • Put yourself


before sophomore year and now they are my best friends. Definitely ones that I will keep in touch with and stay friends with for many years. They are the best! • Singing the National Anthem at the very last Wayzata football game of my senior year. • Finding the four most amazing and loyal friends I could have hoped for in a graduating class of almost 800 kids. • I’m going to have to go with Survivor week. It’s not a memory applicable to many, but sleeping in classrooms for 3 days straight was a whole new experience that can’t be replicated. I barely had time to scrape together my homework, but getting close to those contestants as we bled sweat and cried our way to the top and bottom was insane. • My junior year prom • Singing Good Ol’ Acapella at every Moment in Time choir concert. • Being an assistant stage manager in the Fall musical my sophomore year, Brigadoon. I met some amazing people and we put on a great show, it was very satisfying. • Despite how cliché it sounds, the entire

First Name Last Name

Erika Kieser Mariel Kieval

Destination

Normandale Community College

First Name Last Name

Samantha Lahti

Destination

Normandale

Tufts University

Haley Larsen

University of Southern California

Luke Kihle

University of North Dakota

Jordan Larson

Duluth Community College

Peter Kilian

Northeastern University

Logan Larson

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Mercedes Kindler

University of Colorado Boulder

Katherine Kinkade

St. Olaf College

Kaitlyn Klein Katy

Klopfenstein

Gustavus Adolphus Iowa State University

Johnny Knox

St. Cloud State University

Jeffery Knudsen

Iowa State University

Brandon Knutson

Iowa State University

Adam Knutson Christine Ko Samuel Koep Joseph Kolpin Christopher Koshiol Samuel Kothrade

Michigan State University North Carolina--Chapel Hill Michigan State University Bemidji State University University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Undecided

Carter Kowalski

University of Missouri

Mitchell Kowalski

University of Missouri

Blake Kramer Natalie Kramer Mikayla Krentz Samantha Kroeten Katja Kroll Martha Kulberg Elisabeth Kyro Kai Labowitch Katelyn Lacroix

Undecided University of Wisconsin--Stout University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Undecided University of Minnesota--Duluth Concordia University Wisconsin Crown College, Saint Boniface Maddison Area Technical College Hennepin Technical College

Allie Larson

Winona State University

Carson Law

Unknown

Alyssa Le

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Kyle Leach

Undecided

Aaron Lefkow

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Sarah Lehman

College of St. Scholastica

Brianna Leier Elizabeth Leighton Carly Leighton Michael Leius Sophie Leninger Janae Lenning

University of St. Thomas St. Cloud State University University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Des Moines Area Community College Gustavus Adolphus Wheaton College

Alyssa Lentine

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Evan Lenz

University of Minnesota--Duluth

Cj Leppla Gracie Lewis Evan Lezama Nathan Li Joseph Li Caitlyn Lindquist

University of Alabama Iowa State University University of Wisconsin--Stout Bethel University University of California--Berkely University of Alabama

Chandler Lindstrand Junior Hockey Brandon Lingen

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

out there. Don’t graduate feeling like you missed out. • Don’t take high school too seriously. In all honesty, a lot of the information you think you’ll need to know for the rest of your life will be gone by the time you come back next year. Try joining a club just for the heck of it-the worst thing that could happen? You go to one meeting, it sucks, but you never have to go back! Also, try to branch out. It’s actually a good thing not to have all your friends in a class, because it gives you the opportunity to make new ones! • Take AP classes, do well! • Always stand your ground. Stick to your values. Just because the rest of your classmates think one thing, doesn’t mean that your opinion is invalid. Don’t ever think you are less of a person because of the classes you take, your beliefs, or whatever else it may be. I had that problem of constantly thinking I was unworthy because I didn’t take advanced classes like my peers and didn’t participate in many activities. But I am not, and you are not either. • Branch


four years I have spent in this high school made me who I am today, and every memory I have of them reminds me how much I have grown. • The great friends I’ve made and grown close to, especially within the last year. I don’t have a single particular event. • Being a part of the band has been a very memorable experiencence. I have gotten to know so many of my current friends through band and I am thankful for every one of them. The Orlando trip was particularly memorable. It just created a stronger bond amongst the group. • I love the last days of school when everyone is smiling and just glad that it is almost over. • Spirit Week! • Winning the State Dance Tournament my sophomore year. • Wayzata Idol in Junior year. • The last day in Mr. Johnston’s class everyone cried, including Mr. Johnston himself. That shouldn’t be my favorite memory because everyone was sad to leave, but I was so grateful to have been taught by someone who had that powerful of an impact on his students. He

First Name Last Name

Christian Linhardt Lael Litecky

Destination

Unknown Normandale Community College

Tiffany Lo

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Ryan Lo

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Allison Long

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Steven Lorbiecki

Iowa State University

Mckenna Lorenz Erin Louwagie

Michigan State University University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Brenden Low

Iowa State University

Zachery Lowe

Unknown

Calvin Luckey Jake Luecke Charlene Luo Lily Lutsenko

Unknown University of Minnesota--Duluth Cornell University Clemson University

Elise Lybaek

University of Trondheim - Norway

Abby Maas

Loyola University Chicago

Michelle Mabine Brian Machut

North Hennepin Community College University of Wisconsin--Madison

Joseph Madenjian

University of Minnesota--Morris

Thomas Magnuson

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Nicholas Majka Joshua Maki Walter

Malikowski

Patrick Malin Nick Maney Monika Manne

First Name Last Name

Soumya

Marasakatla

Destination

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Paige Marcy

University of North Dakota

Joseph Marden

United States Marine Corps

Joshua Markworth Lawrence University Austin Marques Anna Marr Connor Marshall Bryce Marsherall Abi Martel Laura Martin

Unknown Bethel University DePauw University University of Missouri University of Kansas Gustavus Adolphus

Keeley Martin

Unknown

Mason Maschke

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Maggie Mason

University of Minnesota--Duluth

Bonita Mateen

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Margaret Matejcek

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Daniel Mattinen

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Annie Mattsen

University of St. Thomas

IOWA STATE ACROSS THE YEARS

University of St. Thomas Unknown University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Hamilton College University of Minnesota--Twin Cities University of Missouri

out and make a lot of friends, study hard, and let your teachers help you. That’s what they’re there for. • Don’t piss off Boyd. • Follow your heart. Don’t feel pressured to take AP classes, etc, simply because your friends are taking them or your family wants you to. Take courses you are interested in, and make sure you allow time for a social life. Just because you go to Wayzata doesn’t mean you need to expect to go to an ivy league school, or even a school like U of M Twin Cities. Oh, and... take Psychology, you’ll likely have Mr. Johnson. • Do not be afraid of change. Throughout these four years of high school, you will change a lot. You may change friendships, the way you look, or academic habits. Things that are out of your hands are also very likely to change. Just realize that change is okay and it is something to look forward to. You will face hardships, but it is important to find a group of supportive friends and utilize surrounding adults that are there to help you. Embrace these changes that will


was the best teacher I’ve ever had. • The 2012 intramural basketball tournament. • My favorite memory from Wayzata was probably meeting my best friend Nick. • #BlaizeAndStern... and while that hashtag is short and sweet, it is something that will never be forgotten from my 4 years at Wayzata. • The classes like choir and creative writing and the relationships built in those classes. • All the friendships I’ve made, whether they be with peers, teachers, or coaches. • Freshman year, watching Wayzata win state in football. • Winning State for Swimming • Football • Leaving to do PSEO at Normandale instead. • Meeting some of my very close friends. • Having such a big part in the Wayako yearbook has been something I’ll never forget. The Class of 2014 has made their mark, and I was lucky enough to be a part of documenting that. • Senior year. From getting varsity football playing time to participating in Homecoming Royalty to helping with Mr. Wayzata to just having fun with the friends that have

First Name Last Name

Destination

James Maxwell

Unknown

Josiah Mayo

North Central University

Ryan McCaffrey

St. Cloud State University

Kasey McCarthy

University of St. Thomas

Andrew McCarthy

Unknown

Samantha McCluskey University of Denver Tommy McCollins Kelsey McCuskey McGanAndrew non

University of Minnesota--Duluth University of Iowa George Mason University

Jane McGinty

Gustavus Adolphus

Kate McKee

University of Minnesota--Duluth

Kyle McKinzie

University of Wisconsin--River Falls

University of Minnesota--Twin Mia McMurray Cities Joshua Mead Jack Melquist Nicholas Mercurio Benjamin Merz Anna Meyer Joseph Meyer

Iowa State University Marquette University St. Cloud State University Iowa State University University of Kansas University of St. Thomas

Tara Meyers

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Kevin Meyers

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Scott Miller

Denison University

Aaron Miller

Gustavus Adolphus

Victoria Miller

University of Minnesota--Duluth

Baylee Miller

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Sammy Miller

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

First Name Last Name

Destination

Sophie Milstein

University of Kansas

Noah Milun

United States Navy

Ananya Mishra Eric Mitchell Zachary Mitchem Nelson Moen Omar Mohamed

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Boston University Bemidji State University University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Macalaster College

MohamedMohamed AbdirahUniversity of Minnesota--Duluth man Ayan Mohamud Matthew Moon

St. Catherine's University University of Miami

Kevin Morris

Unknown

Trisha Morrison

University of California--Berkely

Olivia Moss

Minnesota State--Mankato

Angel Moua

University of Minnesota--Duluth

Alex Moy

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Maxwell Mraz Amy Mueller Kristin Mueller Ellie Muske

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities North Dakota State University University of Minnesota--Morris University of St. Thomas

Chad Myers

University of North Dakota

Kevin Myers

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Sam

Narasimhan

Priyanka Narayan Reece Nauth Christina Navarro

Iowa State University Harvard University Normandale Community College University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

later help you grow as a person. • Make a wide range of friends • Work hard all four years, because it pays off. And remember that it may seem like high school will last forever, but all the good and bad times eventually end. • I have no clue, I’m eighteen years old and I am not wise in the slightest. So I don’t think I could give any advice to any future classes that would actually help them. • Don’t apply to 16 colleges. You will never be able to decide which school to choose. • Have as much fun as you can, looking back, I tried a lot harder than I had to and missed out on a lot of social opportunities. • Be yourself. Never attempt to be someone you are not. Too many kids think they have to be something specific in high school but that just isn’t true. If you are yourself, you will build everlasting bonds and leave happy with who you were, and who you are. • Care,


been four great years in the making, I’ve enjoyed all of my final year here. • Being part of the Wabbits Ultimate Frisbee team for three years; especially getting sixth in state junior year. Other highlights: Going to football and hockey games and having many diverse classes to choose from like Culinary. • My favorite memory from Wayzata is being a senior lady at the football games. It was so fun to be able to be in the stands with my best friends. • All the music ensemble performances that I have been in! • Meeting new people • Looking back over the past four years, there are obviously the grand moments that come to mind like the school dances, concerts, sporting events, and competitions. However, the memories that bring me the greatest joy are the everyday interactions I have had with some of the greatest friends I’ve ever made. • Finding out I was selected as one of the editors of the newspaper. • Probably all of the puns that Mr. Schumacher uses while he teaches. They keep students engaged

First Name Last Name

Amaury Nedel Rachel Neese

Destination

Unknown University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Sarah Nelson

Bethel University

Jessica Nelson

Drake University

Hannah Nelson

Ellsworth Community College

Kenneson Nelson

Normandale Community College

Taylor Nelson

Normandale Community College

Sierra Nelson

United States Air Force

Brooke Nelson

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Thomas Nettleton

Iowa State University

Alexis Neumann

Metropolitan State University

Emily Newman

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Trenton Nguyen

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Amanda Nguyen

University of Missouri

Theodore Nguyen Amanda

NguyenCao

Haley Nichols Josh Nielsen

Unknown University of Minnesota--Duluth Texas Christian University University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Carly Noble

Miami of Ohio

Asha Nur

St. Cloud State University

Lexi Oberg

Drake University

Brendan O'Brien

Iowa State University

Nick O'Brien

North Dakota State University

Annelies Odermann

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Richard Oganov

Normandale Community College

Brenna O'Gara

Winona State University

First Name Last Name

Rebecca Okerstrom Keiko Olds

Destination

Undecided Minnesota State--Mankato

Nick Olmanson

Pomona College

Elise Olsen

Drake University

Chad Olson

Miami of Ohio

Kristin Olson

Minnesota State--Mankato

Tybrug Omenge

St. Cloud State University

Karina Osmanski

University of Wisconsin--Stout

Sarah Osmek

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Brian Ottman

University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire

Alec Overland

Gustavus Adolphus

Charisma Owens

Hennepin Technical College

Jack Owens

Minnesota State--Mankato

Alexis Paeth Cole Pajunen

University of Missouri California Polytechnic State University

but don’t take things too seriously • If you think a class looks fun or interesting, take it. You will regret not taking it. Sign up for it ASAP in case you do not get it right away. • Pad the GPA freshman and sophomore year... • Live it up • Rather than complaining about having to go to school, remember how lucky you are to live in a place where you have access to the quality of education provided by Wayzata High School. Utilize the resources provided to you rather than taking them for granted. • It will all work out. If high school isn’t for you, it will get better. There’s something bigger than high school out there and even if you may not be graduating this year, your time will come! Be patient, enjoy the now, and plan for the future because it’s all happening in the blink of an eye! • Don’t get hung up on being ‘popular’ and don’t change who you are to fit in. By


Graphics by Katie Talerico


and the mood light-hearted. • At school: The Friday night performance of Swing! Not at school: I kidnapped my friend. We had a group and we dressed up like ninjas and abducted our friend. The rest is history. • Alpine Ski Team • Meeting fun and interesting friends or maybe getting suspended for Assassins. • Making some lifelong friends. • Participating in sports with my awesome teammates. • Every football game I ever took part in. • I will never forget walking into Mr. Johnson’s room after I had missed the first week of class and his interrogation that soon followed. • PFAM sophomore year. Met a ton of sexy upperclassmen. • The pep rally of my senior year! Even though it was kind of bad, it still made me feel like I was finally becoming a senior. • My favorite memory was being a part of the True Team State Champions team for Track and Field last year. I may not have been the one scoring in the top 3 every meet, but I threw my shot put PR that day and we ended up taking

First Name Last Name

Jeeva Palanisamy

Destination

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Alexander Palsgrove

Bemidji State University

Apekshya Panda

MIT

Bhargavi Papisetty

Indiana University

Pavithra Paravastu

Arizona State University

Nicole Park

Cornell University

Logan Patch

University of St. Thomas

Vishwa Patel

St. Olaf College

Rohan Patnaik

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Ana Paul

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Matthew Payne Jessica Peery John Pellish Micah Perwien Liese Peterson Catherine Pfiffner Noah Pfluger

Madison Area Technical College University of St. Thomas Hennepin Technical College Clemson University Concordia College Unknown University of Minnesota--Duluth

Kyle Pham

Unknown

Kylie Picek

University of Wisconsin--Madison

12

SENIORS will attend a college ranked in the

US NEWS TOP TEN

WOMEN? 9 the number of those seniors that are

First Name Last Name

Destination

Bryan Pogorelsky

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Annie Polis

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Nicholas Polovitz

University of Minnesota--Duluth

Nathan Polzin

University of Minnesota--Morris

Cecilia Pompeo

Normandale Community College

Katrina Poplett

Eastern Mennonite University

Jordan Porteous

North Dakota State University

Rachel Poss

University of Minnesota--Duluth

Cole Pouliot

Unknown

Lucas Prairie

Unknown

Matt Prisby

University of Southern California

Brianne Prodahl

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Micaela Proels

Normandale Community College

Gabby Prosser

Gap Year

Alexa Pudil

University of Wisconsin--River Falls

Haley Pysick

University of Minnesota--Rochester

Timothy

Radermacher

Kirby Radke Shruthi Rajasekar David Rakieten

Luther College University of Minnesota--Duluth Princeton University San Diego State University

Maryellie Ramler

University of California-Los Angeles

Hayley Rausch

North Hennepin Community College

Isabel Rayas Marissa Rebers Sam Reding Andrew Reding

MIT University of Kansas University of Wisconsin--Madison Washington State University

De'Kwaune Reeves

Oklahoma State University

Donovan Regan

Hennepin Technical College

the time high school is over you’ll realize how much none of it mattered socially. Academically, however, try your hardest. It will set the tone for college and increase your chances of getting accepted and getting scholarships to your dream school. • Don’t buy everything they tell you in group guidance. • Take the classes you want to take, whether that be AP Physics or Culinary Arts. It’ll make these four years that much more enjoyable. • Wayzata can be great, but it also has its negatives. In a school this size, you have to watch for opportunities and seize them, or somebody else will get what you want. • Get involved in school activities; join a team/club. Attend events and cheer on your friends. Take time to do your school work but, also take time to do the things that you like to do. • The only thing standing between you and your goal is the b******t story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it. • I would say it’s important to cherish your high school experience. Four years may feel like for-


home the state championship as a team. • My junior year we won the state tennis championship. It was pretty cool. • TAing for Graphic Design • Mr. Wayzata! • Pfam! Friends! Pepfest! Seniors sleeping in late on MCA! Probably more that I can’t think of at the moment... Oh and leaving here! • Too many to pick one. • Pep rallies • Senior moments with close friends. • The secretary mistakenly saying Shades of Grey instead of Shades of Brown over the loudspeaker. • What isn’t my favorite memory here? I personally have had a great time here at Wayzata. Anything that involves the orchestra trip to Mr. Wayzata, I have enjoyed all the social gatherings and events with my friends. • My favorite memory was performing coffee house for the first time. Personally I’ve never done that before, but it was a great experience and I had alot of fun doing it. I also had a chance to meet new people. It also gave me courage to participate in other events. • Mrs. Mc Ilmoyle’s World Lit Class. • Being done

First Name Last Name

Jarred Reller

Destination

Unknown

Cara Reynolds

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

John Rhodes

Unknown

Mark Richard

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Sierra Riddley

University of North Dakota

Sydney Riebe Nick Riley

Iowa State University St. John's University

Meghan Riley

University of Minnesota--Duluth

Jonathan Roberts

Normandale Community College

First Name Last Name

Losa Safriwe

Unknown

Cooper Salonek

Unknown

Tejaswini Samba

Hennepin Technical College

Rachel Sanders

Working

Ben Sanderson Nitish Sanil Carmen

SantanaGonzalez

University of Wisconsin--Stout

Jackson Sattervall

Julie Rodriguez

Normandale Community College

Martha

Anthony Rosen Erika Rosete Matthew Ross Hannah Roth

Dunwoody College Of Technology Gap Year Century College Unknown University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Dane Roti

Unknown

Ryan Rudin

University of Minnesota-Duluth

Austin Rudin Zachary Rudolf Brenna Ruegg Linda Ruiz Amy Rush

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Unknown University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Hennepin Technical College Cal Poly SLO

Laura Russo

Iowa State University

Marit Rustad

St. Olaf College

Dana Ruud

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Stephanie Ryan

University of Nebraska Lincoln

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Arturo Sanchez

Riley Roberts Alexander Roe

Destination

Saucedo Diaz

Maggie Scanlon Jacob

Scattergood

Karl Schafer Mikhail Schee Lucy

Scherschligt

Andrew Schmidt Dani Schmidt

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Indiana University University of Minnesota-Twin Cities University of St. Thomas Unknown University of Minnesota-Duluth University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Dunwoody College Of Technology University of Minnesota-Twin Cities DePaul University University of Minnesota-Twin Cities University of Wisconsin-Madison

Emma Schmidtke

Gustavus Adolphus

Hollis Schroeder

University of Minnesota--Duluth

Emily Schroeder

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Britney Schulz

Normandale Community College

Prentice Scott

Unknown

Rebecca Senden

Miami of Ohio

Makenzie Severud

University of Wisconsin--Madison

ever, but do not take these moments with the friends you’ve made throughout high school for granted! • Just get through it. It sucks but keep truckin. • Stop comparing how many crayons you have, and just draw pretty pictures. • It’s important to be studious but you can only learn so much from books. Know when it’s time to have some little fun and put yourself out there. You only go through high school once so make it worthwhile. • In a place like Wayzata, there will be times that adversities get the best of you. There will be times when you feel like tearing your hair out and anyone who says otherwise is trying to sell you something. Don’t beat yourself up when you fail; learn from your mistakes and kick butt the next time around. It’s not your failures that define you, it’s what you take away from them. • Take as many classes as you can. • Work hard but have fun too. You’re only young once. • You might not like high school in the beginning, but just hang in there because by senior year you’ll


• The time I I realized how many students and staff came to my Be the First 5K. Like, holy wow, what a good looking bunch of supporters at WHS, my God. • I don’t really have a favorite memory. I will always remember that this place is a second home for many people. Through staff members, friends, and clubs and athletics, this place can feel like a home. Everyone has a place, and everyone is welcome and comfortable to do what they want. • Homecoming football games • Senior homecoming football game. • I have several. • Senior homecoming Pepfest. • Senior year homecoming. • 2014 homecoming pepfest • Hardhats chanting “We want straps!” • Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Olson will live in my heart forever. Cheesy, I know, but they taught me so much and gave me a lot to look forward to. • Going to sports games (mainly football & hockey) & then going to the parties after every game. • Making the state tournament for hockey my junior year and playing in front of 19,000 people

First Name Last Name

Katharine Sherman

Destination

University of Iowa

Brittany Shofner

Hennepin Technical College

Michael Shorter

Unknown

Stacy Siewert

First Name Last Name

Chris Spencer Bridget Sperry Jacob Spiczka

Destination

Colby College University of Wisconsin--Madison Unknown

University of Wisconsin--Stout

Thomas St Martin

University of St. Thomas

University of Wisconsin--Stout

Amelia Stach

Saint Louis University

Kierra Sigh

University of Iowa

Thomas Stark

Unknown

Joseph Silbaugh

University of Minnesota--Duluth

Hannah Sigel

Michael Simone

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Risha Singh

Indiana University

Molly Sisk

University of New England

Michael Sivanich Madeline Skoglund Ashley-Anna Sledge Aliyah Smart

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities St. Cloud State University Unknown Arizona State University

Alexis Steel Brenna Steffens

University of Iowa

Samuel Stelter

University of Iowa

Curtis Stephan

Unknown

Elijah Stephens

Unknown

Ian Stewart

Minnesota State--Mankato

Nathan Stocking

Unknown

Nathan Storey

University of Minnesota--Duluth

James Smith

Cornell University

Clark Smith

Utah State University

Kasey Snyder

University of St. Thomas

Collin Sohn

North Dakota State University

Zoe Strauss

North Dakota State University

Aaron Streed

Jack Sorensen Mitchell Sorensen

University of Vermont Junior Hockey University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Lydia Sour

Gustavus Adolphus

Margie Sowada

Drake University

Alec Spaude

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Emerson College

Megan Stock

Cornell University

Alayna Sonnesyn

Iowa State University

Sam Stelter

Michael Smith

Kate Sonderup

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Ali Stottler Kevin Stowe

Jake Strom Tyler Strombeck Hannah Sturtz Peyden Suchoski Julia Summers Bjorn Sund

University of Missouri University of Minnesota--Twin Cities University of Kansas University of Wisconsin--Stout University of Minnesota--Twin Cities University of Minnesota--Duluth Gustavus Adolphus Unknown Hamilton College University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

find your people and have the most fun. • Participate in extra-curricular activities. It’s a good way to meet new people and make the most of your time at the high school while adding to your resume for college or a job! • Don’t worry that much about your classes, just give it your best effort and that should be enough. • Don’t wait for opportunities. Make some yourself. • Work hard but enjoy the work you do. • Join clubs, lots of clubs. That is where you will find friends. • Be spontaneous. Life is surprising and the best things happen when you just go with the flow. • Even though school is very important, don’t take it too seriously, and remember to have fun! • Don’t care about high school because you will never see these idiots again. • Do some work. Take the ACT a bit more seriously but don’t stress. • Enjoy everyday to the fullest! • Meet new people every day. • Take AP classes, get in clubs and sports, play ultimate. • Work hard, but don’t forget that you’re only a high schooler once. It’s the relationships


at the Excel Energy Center. • Ending all pep fests for the future of the high school. • My favorite memory was also my least favorite memory. Yearbook. I loved being apart of something bigger and using my creative skills to bring our school together. But the hard part was communication with the other girls! Putting 30 girls all in one room is bound to have drama. But over all I loved yearbook. • Participating in poetry slams Junior year. I had a blast performing my poetry and I met new friends who shared my same passion. • There isn’t one particular memory that comes to mind. The entire high school experience itself was quite memorable. From the moment when we found out who wasn’t wearing deodarant at the Freshmen Orientation all the way to the early morning walk to Culvers. • Walking into the bathrooms and smelling fruits. • Looking back on my time at Wayzata, I will remember playing on the lacrosse team the best. It was my favorite part of high school

First Name Last Name

Anastasia Sushko Connor Sutton Neil Swami Mitchell Swanson Zoe Swartz Mark Swartz Madeline Swenson Andrew Swisher Katie Talerico Courtney Tate Terrell Taylor Samuel Theisen Lucy Thomas Madee Thorburn Aly

Tisthammer

Sophie Toland Benjamin Tollander Sweden Torgerud Katie Torguson Alexander

TorresLimon

Destination

Unknown Travel Academy New York University Normandale Community College Iowa State University University of Wisconsin--Madison College of St. Scholastica University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Brown University Winona State University Concordia University University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Hope College University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee Drake University University of Kansas University of Wisconsin--La Crosse Hennepin Technical College University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Normandale Community College

Brian Toussaint

St. Cloud State University

Miles Tracey

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Mariah Trafton Nicole Tran

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising North Hennepin Community College

First Name Last Name

Danielle Tran Branyn

Trejos Mitre

Caleb Trouth Connor Trygstad Tara Tryon Lydia Tsurkan Zoe Tu Emily Turnquist

Destination

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities North Hennepin Community College Washington University in St. Louis University of North Dakota United States Air Force Unknown Princeton University Kansas State University

Priya Tuttle

Gap Year

Alex Tyler

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Victoria Ukofia Ashley Uphoff

North Hennepin Community College Cornell College

Dina Vanderwaal Portland State University Neng Vang Prasanna Vankina Hannah

Vansambeek

Andrea Vargas Akhil Veluru Ben Verbridge

St. Cloud State University Middlebury College Austin College University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee Cal Poly SLO Concordia College

Hannah Verdoorn

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Hannah Vogel

University of Wisconsin--Stout

Analisa Waage Nora

Waaraniemi

St. Catherine University Ranuan Kansanopisto (Finland)

we make and the people we meet that we never forget. • Don’t worry about clothing trends. They’re a ridiculous waste of time, energy, money, and won’t matter the second you get out of high school. • Work hard. It’s only four years. • Do not be afraid to be yourself. It may seem generic, but life goes by so fast and you do not want to regret anything you did (or did not do) in high school. Do not be afraid to branch out, try new things, explore new clubs, visit colleges far from home, and hanging out with new (and different) people. Maximize your experience, Wayzata is a great place! Make the most out of your time there! • Words of wisdom for the youngins that will soon be the rulers of the high school are to find somewhere to invest yourself. Find that something that you just can’t stop thinking about and push yourself to pursue it. Also, not being a jerk can take you far in highschool. • In ten years, none of this will matter. try to stay on task as much as you can, but put your mental health first. •


and I got to spend it with my best friends. • Winning the section semifinals against Varsity soccer against St. Louis Park senior year. • Participating in the Competition One Act. • Winning the mega bowl sophomore year in intramural basketball on the team, The Scouts of America. • The hype of the students during the football season. • Heart Week 2014 - It was super busy, but with Carnival Night, Mr. Wayzata Rehearsals, NHS meetings, Mr. Wayzata, and the Dance Team State Tournament the fun never stopped. • Prom was for sure the best! • Watching musicians play during lunch. • Winning 3rd place at state in gymnastics. • The infamous, “we want straps” pep fest. • The girls cross country team winning state. • Having Mr Johnson as a teacher! • Too many to pick. • I’m not sure. I have a lot of memories, it’s difficult to pick just one. • My favorite Wayzata memories include my times on the swim and the softball team! I feel great pride playing for Wayzata and loved

First Name Last Name

Cameron Wagener Nicole Wagner Courtney Walker

Destination

University of Minnesota--Duluth Minneapolis Community and Technical College Luther College

Wyatt Wallace

Hennepin Technical College

Collin Walters

Purdue University

Obi Wamuo

University of Chicago

Carolyn Wardell

University of Nebraska Lincoln

Patrick Wardell

University of Nebraska Lincoln

Sameerah Warmsley WashingDavante ton Sarah Wasz Elizabeth Watts Monika Weimer Madisen Wells

Unknown Minneapolis Community and Technical College Marquette University University of Minnesota--Twin Cities University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Undecided

Jason Welters

Ridgewater Community College

Caleb Wenck

Bethel University

Jeffrey Wheeler

Unknown

Through the Years...

First Name Last Name

Destination

Ethan White

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Justin White

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Timothy White

Unknown

Danielle Whiteside

University of Missouri

Christy Williams Andy Willis Ashley Wilson Ellen Winderl Robert Windt Billy Winston Zachery Winter Kyle

Coe College University of Minnesota--Twin Cities College of St. Benedict University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Working United States Navy Minnesota State--Mankato

WinterbotIowa State University tom

Nicholas Winterer Derek Wodnick Ari Wolk

University of St. Thomas North Dakota State University University of Missouri

Emily Wolverton

University of Minnesota--Morris

Daniel Woo

Chapman University

Jon Woodey

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Megan Wosje

Iowa State University

Rachel Wosje

University of Wisconsin--River Falls

Ellen Wrase Andrew Xue Billy Yancey Shakyra Yancy

Winona State University University of Wisconsin--Madison Hope College St. Catherine University

Forget the bullshit, be yourself, and enjoy your high school experience. • Juniors: Senior year goes by faster than you’ll ever imagine. Freshman: Have fun with the rest of high school, the administration’s restrictions are only going to get worse. No more straps? Just wait until there are no more hardhats. • Take Personal and Family issues 1 & 2 best class ever! Love Mrs. Olson! • Get up and go do something! Make your place and forever imprint it in others. • Do well, and you will succeed. • Take classes you want to take not ones you think you should take. • Don’t join activities based on what will get you get you into college. Be involved activities that you actually enjoy and will make you motivated and excited to be a part of. • Don’t be ignorant and closed minded. Spread yourself and be understanding toward others. Try to have a good time and don’t let academics get in the way of your happiness all the time. Love yourself for who you are and strive to make yourself better than yesterday. • Have fun and take classes you’ll enjoy, not because it would be good for colleges. Don’t procrastinate!


representing such a well known and big school! • Shedunga Blowout part one. • Two of my classmates and myself were carrying out equipment to our teacher’s car for her when an administrator came along and accused us of doing drugs. First of all, I’d be a little more cautious and inconspicuous if I were so inclined to such habits, and secondly what person in their right mind would think that a scrawny, nerdy white kid and two extremely smart Asians would do drugs right outside the school. • Fun on the Wayzata sailing team. • I will never forget the first home football game of our senior year, when I got to conduct the Marching Band at halftime. The pressure was huge, but I never felt like I made a greater contribution than that one. • Senior year pep fest. • Meeting friends and participating in clubs. • Walking into the school four years ago and seeing all the new faces I would spend the next four years of my life with.

First Name Last Name

Kong Yang Jordan Yasmineh

Destination

University of North Dakota New York University

Katie Yeager

St. Catherine University

Brad Yentzer

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Benjamin Yost Spencer Young Luke Young Alyssa Zacek

Iowa State University Butler University University of Minnesota--Twin Cities DePaul University

Dena Zahhos

Minnesota State--Mankato

Maria Zahhos

University of St. Thomas

First Name Last Name

Destination

Nicki Zahhos

Winona State University

Caleb Zarns

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

William Zeng

Stanford University

Bohua Zhai

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

Sophia Zhang

Stanford University

Kevin Zheng Eric Zhou Greggory Zinniel

Carnegie Mellon University University of Minnesota--Twin Cities University of Minnesota--Twin Cities


T N E STUD spotlights By MAVRIK JOOS

KATIE CURTIN

S E N I O R S TA F F W R I T E R

Are you worried about bringing your pet to college? There is no way your dorm room could accommodate a thousand pound goldfish, but senior Katie Curtin isn’t bringing a goldfish. She will be bringing her horse and studying equine business management at the University of Kentucky this fall. Curtin’s horse, Ducati, will not be staying in her dorm. The eight year-old brown gelding that she has owned for two years will have a room of its own off campus. Starting this June, Curtin will be training with him six days a week, and competing (known as showing) on the weekends. “I’m very excited for my freshman year, and move to Kentucky in June to get situated early,” said Curtin. At each show, she will compete with her horse from Wednesday through Sunday, showing in many different rankings, also known as classes. “There is prize money for

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY / EQUINE BUSINESS each class I enter, and if I place top 6 in a class I can receive anywhere from $50$1500,” said Curtin. Curtin’s main class for shows is Hunter/ Jumper. Hunter/Jumper involves riding a course of fences in front of a judge, then receiving a numerical score out of 100 (100 being the highest score). If the rider or horse knocks down poles from the fence, it will reduce the score. She competes with Ducati while at home, but has to travel to Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee due to lack of participants in Minnesota. In college she will mostly be showing in Kentucky and on the East Coast. While away at shows, she continues to manage school, and plans on working with tutors to accommodate her schedule in Kentucky.

After college she plans on owning her own show barn and training horses and riders to compete at a national level for Hunter/Jumper classes. Show barns are barns that focus on training, showing, and selling some of the best horses in the country. “Show barns are the most competitive and prestigious place to keep your horse, to ensure you get high quality training to do well in competition,” said Curtin.

MAX ETLING EAST TENNESSEE STATE / BLUEGRASS By POSIE BUFFINGTON

Photos by Kevin Zheng

S E N I O R S TA F F W R I T E R

Narrowing it down to one major among thousands of options can be tricky. However, senior Max Etling has chosen to study Bluegrass at East Tennessee State University. Etling said he has been listening to music his whole life. When his parents signed him up for guitar lessons for his ninth birthday, he really got into music. He broadened his interest in music when he started playing Bluegrass in sev-

enth grade. East Tennessee State University, also known as ETSU, is located in Johnson City, Tennessee. It is the only four-year institution in the world with a Bluegrass program. ETSU offers private music lessons by some of the greatest bluegrass musicians out there. “I chose this school because even though I haven’t been playing Bluegrass music for too long, [Bluegrass] has a very rich history,” said Etling. “It is going to be so cool to be studying Bluegrass right

in the area that it was founded.” He discovered the school through a fellow guitar player in his band who currently attends ETSU. In order to get admitted, Etling had to try out for a for a spot. “I pretty much just met with the director of the program and jammed with him for an hour,” he said. For future goals, Etling dreams of traveling around the country playing shows with a band as a career. “As of now, Bluegrass is the plan and I hope to minor in history or education,” he said.


CARLI GONDERINGER BELMONT UNIVERSITY / SONGWRITING By MEREDITH JOHNSON I’m so honored to be immersed in next year,” said Gonderinger. F E AT U R E S E D I T O R @mere_johnson19 “I have always wanted to go to Belmont. I think I was around fifteen Country music has when I started thinking about life after always been a part of high school. I was googling colleges that senior Carli Gonder- had a music department and Belmont kept inger’s life, so it’s no popping up in the search. I looked at picsurprise that next fall tures of the campus, which is stunning, and she will be headed to best of all: it was in Nashville. It was sort of Belmont University in an eureka moment because Nashville had the heart of Nashville, always seemed so unattainable,” said GonTennessee. deringer. “I have always loved After the realization that Belmont was music, especially country. where she wanted to be, Gonderinger Nashville was one of those took a trip down to Nashville over MEA far-away magical lands of her sophomore year with her mom and that I had dreams about. sister. According to Gonderinger, she was It really is the country mu- sick of the suburbs she had always lived in, sic capital with such incredible history that and once she arrived in Nashville, her surFor senior Quinn Farley, F E AT U R E S E D I T O R @mere_johnson19 the idea of college after high school was always in her plans. She was going to attend an amazing university, and major in photography and design. Last summer those plans literally went south when Quinn decided she would be taking a gap year in Australia through Youth With A Mission (YWAM). YWAM is a global Christian movement dedicated to doing missions in different countries. According to their website, the organization started in 1960 with the primary focus to get youth involved in missions. Today, people of all ages are involved in missions at more than 1,100 locations in over 180 countries. The staff also comes from over 130 countries, including Indonesia, Nepal, Mozambique and Columbia. “I was talking to my two best friends who graduated two years ago from YWAM. They both loved it, so I did some research and fell in love with the whole idea,” said Farley. According to Farley, the religious aspect of the experience convinced her to pursue this trip in Australia. “I felt like the Lord was calling me to go,” said Farley. “I decided to go to Australia because that’s By MEREDITH JOHNSON

roundings felt very comfortable. “Nashville offered a mix between the suburbs and the city,” said Gonderinger. Gonderinger will be studying in areas of songwriting and music production this upcoming fall. “I was never a choir kid, so the music studies program wasn’t for me. Belmont has an excellent music business program (songwriting, audio engineering, publishing, PR, producing) and it suits me perfectly. I like to be able to control what music sounds like, and have power over what people will hear and experience when listening to a song,” said Gonderinger. Gonderinger is excited to not only study music, but immerse herself in the history of the city. “Walking up and down the streets that George Jones and Loretta Lynn did and seeing pure music culture will be amazing,” said Gonderinger.

QUINN FARLEY YOUTH WITH A MISSION where my two friends went, and it sounds like such a unique place. Another deciding factor was that it was the only place that had music, art and dance discipleship,” said Farley. Farley will be traveling to Brisbane for four months where she will focus on dance in Discipleship Training School this upcoming October. The next three months will be spent doing her outreach, though she doesn’t know yet where that will be. “For outreach, we don’t know where we are going until the week before. Outreach is a three month trip to an area that is in need of help. I could be doing many things, such as working in churches, helping children, or helping women that are victims of prostitution or sex trafficking,” said Farley. When it comes to her photography, Farley plans to take pictures of nature all around her on her trip to Australia. “I’ve been interested in photography for about six years now. Out of all the hate and negative things that we all go through, I love how it’s something I can control. It makes me feel like I belong I to something bigger,

that I can change the world by a click of my shutter. It’s my outlet for everything. Whenever I’m having a bad day I will edit old photos or talk a nature walk and take some photos of the Lord’s creation,” said Farley. Farley said she’s unsure of what her plans will be postgap year, but hopes they will involve attending college while studying photography and design. “I’m so incredibly excited for change, to grow deeper with Christ and develop an even better personal relationship with Him. Don’t get me wrong, I’m nervous of the unknown, but I can’t wait to see what God does with me. My hopes are to change the world, but that’s aiming kind of high,” said Farley.


CONNOR SUTTON THE TRAVEL ACADEMY By KATIE TALERICO EDITOR IN CHIEF

@k_talerico

San Francisco, Hawaii, St. Louis—recent visits to these cities across the country have inspired a love of travelling in Connor Sutton. This summer, Sutton will be taking to the skies as he studies to become a flight attendant at the Travel Academy in Eagan, Minnesota. “I started thinking about becoming a flight attendant because I didn’t want to go to college right out of high school. I wanted to explore

By ANNA RODRIGUEZ J U N I O R S TA F F W R I T E R

@msannaluisa

This upcoming fall, Tara Tryon (12) will embark on a physical, mental, and emotional journey as she attends the United States Air Force Academy. “I am most excited for the comradery. There is a special bond that exists between teammates, especially after they have been through hell together,” said Tryon. Tryon is understandably nervous about the opportunity. “There is a very specific hierarchy at the service academies. Freshmen are at the bottom of the totem pole. They are constantly bombarded by upperclassmen who test their military knowledge and inspect their rooms daily. Freshmen have little to no freedom and are usually restricted from leaving the campus on the weekends. They must also follow certain rules that are meant to break them down further,” said Tryon. “Cadets are ranked on physical ability, military knowledge, and academic achievement. Often they are taking five or six college courses at a time and the academic difficulty is comparable to an Ivy League college,” said Tryon. Regardless of the stress she will undergo

the world!” said Sutton. “Pretty much all of the training is hands-on,” said Sutton. While at the Travel Academy for the 10 week course, he will visit Pan Am’s Minneapolis facility where everyone learns how to do all the procedures such as departing, take off, landing, and inflight announcements as well as safety demonstrations. He will also learn CPR training. “I’ll also be trained to work as a flight check-in employee, which involves checking bags and printing boarding passes. The last thing I will be trained in will be cruise ships, in which attendants play a similar role to that of a flight attendant,” Sutton explained. The course lasts 300 hours, and takes place from 9 AM to 3:30 PM Mon-

day through Friday for the beginning of Sutton’s summer. “It’s hard to say where I’d like to travel the most! I enjoy seeing new scenery, cities, and landmarks,” Sutton said. “I’ve traveled a good amount of times in the past. I’ve been researching becoming a flight attendant for a few years now,” said Sutton. “I think I’m more of a people-person, so flight attending seems like a better area to work for than being a pilot.” “Flight attendants are one of the only jobs that are always hiring,” said Sutton. “They have been one of the jobs hiring the most people from the start of the recession up through now.”

in the upc o m i n g years, she is still very eager to attend AIR FORCE ACADEMY USAFA. “I am ready to after be independent and to be screamed at a fair However, her time at the amount,” said Tryon. academy ends, her While most seniors will be starting college in the fall, Tryon’s preparation begins commitment to just weeks after her last day at Wayzata. serve does not. She Tryon said, “Every cadet goes through basic will go on to serve cadet training (BCT) the summer before the country for a freshman year. This year it starts June 26. minimum of eight It is everything that basic military training years. “The reality is (BMT) is, but with a twist - each service that at some point academy chooses their own special tortures in time I could be deployed to an active to put their cadets through.” Tryon said she had doubts about commit- war zone,” said Tryon. Despite the obstacles ting so much of her life to the Air Force she is certain she will but never once questioned her abilities face, she is prepared and choice to serve. “I am a patriot and I and motivated to sucfeel called to serve my country. I also have ceed. Tryon said, “It a strong desire to lead. All of the service is a grueling fouracademies produce commissioned officers so it is the perfect combination. I was also year process that is drawn to the discipline it will take to grad- designed to be difficult: to push each person to uate,” said Tryon. Upon graduation, Tryon aspires to go their limit and then keep on pushing.” to medical school and become a surgeon.

TARA TRYON


GET SMART, GET MONEY These students had the brains to earn a full ride at top universities. Story by Quinn Cullum

Matt Prisby: University of Southern California

“I was considering University of Chicago, Babson College, and University of Southern California,” said Matt Prisby (12). The process of receiving a full ride from USC was a bit different than the process for other schools. “I was selected from the entire pool of applicants based on merit, followed up by an interview as a second stage of the process,” said Prisby. In the end, Prisby’s concern was about academic programs: “I chose USC because it has the best programs and connections to the entertainment industry, which I’m interested in working in,” said Prisby.

Aly Tisthammer: Drake University

“Originally, Drake was in my top four. I was deciding between Creighton, Loyola of Chicago, Gustavus, and Drake,” said Aly Tisthammer (12). While Tisthammer had several options for schools, receiving a full-ride from Drake was no small task. “Drake gave out 6 full rides and 10 full tuitions. To compete for the scholarship, I had to have a 31 on the ACT and a 3.8 GPA. Then, I went to Drake for an interview and timed essay. There were 312 people up for the scholarships. They made the decision based on the interview, timed essay, and an essay written to apply for the scholarship before the weekend competition,” said Tisthammer. So what drew Aly to Drake? “ I liked the campus, they have great study abroad programs, and they have a program for physical therapy which is what I want to go into,” said Tisthammer.

Sam McCluskey: University of Delaware

“I was considering University of Southern Florida, Boston University, and University of Delaware before I heard about my scholarship to UD,” said Sam McCluskey (12). McCluskey was only looking at colleges on the east coast, and UD was one of her top choices from the beginning of her search. “UD was up there because it had my major, marine biology, as an undergrad program. It

actually has a school for ocean sciences. I applied for the honors program on a whim when I tweaked and submitted an essay that worked with the honors essay question,” said McCluskey. Upon receiving her admission to UD, Sam was offered a scholarship for $11,000 per year. “Later on, I got a letter inviting me to attend this Distinguished Scholars competition in March. I had no idea what it was, but we were competing for 4 different types of scholarships. The DuPont Scholarship (full tuition, books, meals, room, and board) was the biggest prize,” said McCluskey. Sam was competing against approximately 100 other students, and she was awarded a full ride. “It was so unexpected. I’m a decent student, but it’s not like a have a 4.0. The whole thing was about being a well-rounded person. I’m not quite sure how many people were offered the DuPont but I heard that its roughly 20 or so. I can’t wait to go to UD next fall.” said McCluskey.

Christine Ko: University of North Carolina

“University of North Carolina was definitely a top choice of mine since my sophomore year. That’s when I decided I wanted to go into pharmacy, and UNC’s pharmacy school is the second highest ranking school in the nation,” said Christine Ko (12). The scholarship award process at UNC is similar to that at University of Delaware: “I applied early action which automatically qualifies me for their scholarships. The next step is getting invited to an event called scholarship day, but I couldn’t go, because I’m so far away, and because I had a violin competition that day,” said Ko. Thinking attendance at this event was required to receive a scholarship, Christine was under the impression that a scholarship from UNC was no longer a possibility. “They surprised me with my award later. They usually give full rides to in-state students so I was really surprised when I found out I got it since I’m out of state,” said Ko. Christine was also considering the University of Minnesota and the University of Michigan. “I chose UNC because of my scholarship, and because I absolutely loved the campus and I felt like I could really follow my dream to become a pharmacist if I went there,” said Ko.


STUDENTS OFFER THEIR ADVICE TO GRADUATES

MARI MOROZ

DRAKE UNIVERSITY ‘17

​Wayzata rocks. The way that Wayzata High School prepares you for college is amazing; I know that is told to you daily, but it’s something that can’t be said enough. Of course college is difficult and challenging, but compared to the high school education that many of your college classmates will have had, I promise you will be more than prepared!

Having said that, as much as your four years of wearing tutus to football games, bleeding that blue and gold, and wishing you were as cool as Mr. Johnson will be great memories, college is the place where you really become “you.” I loved my time at Wayzata and I was terrified, to say the least, to go off to a new state, new town and new school away from my friends and family. But distance truly does make you closer, and being away from your familiar gives you a better sense of individuality and challenges you to step outside your comfort zone. I loved the discovery of myself that I went through this past year in college so much that I have even decided to do it all over again next spring when I will be taking a semester in Rome. I came to college undeclared. For anyone that knows me and my perfectionism, this was by

far the scariest thing I have ever done. But it was also the best, because I really didn’t know and I didn’t need to pretend that I did. It’s OK not to know! You will take some classes your first semester of college, find something that just clicks, and you will be fine. That’s something I wish I would have been told more before I came to college! During my freshman orientation last summer, I fell in front of a huge group of attractive men. Flat on my face, and I thought my life was over. “They’re going to tell everyone how stupid I looked and no one is going to talk to me when I come back in the fall.” But that’s not how college works! No matter what the size of your school is, you can be as big or as small on campus as you want to be; you just have to take the initiative to make things happen! No one cares that you fell on your face; people care more

about the positive things you do to make an impact on your campus. Don’t let your passions die, whether they’re your major or not. Although I didn’t major in theater in college, I wanted to make sure to stay involved in it as a passion of mine, so I joined Drake’s Improv Troupe! It has easily been one of my best decisions of the year--don’t let your passions die! Last piece of advice for seniors: Remember that college is first and foremost SCHOOL. (I’m such a nerd.) That’s right, you still gotta go through four more years of learning. But this learning is much different from high school learning and it will come not only in your academic settings, but also in social ones! Don’t be afraid to step into the world- to my nervous surprise, it’s actually pretty awesome. Best of luck to the Class of 2014 and congratulations!


TREVOR KARN

VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE ‘17

Dear Wayzata Class of 2014, Congratulations! I’m sure you are sick of hearing it by now, but you have completed the first chapter of your life. No matter if you are going to get

JESSICA VALENTINE BUTLER UNIVERSITY ‘17

A year ago, I couldn’t have wanted to run away from Wayzata, Minnesota and my house faster. I was more than ready to take the ten-hour drive to Indiana to start my life at Butler University—far away from everything. What I didn’t realize (and definitely wasn’t ready for) was how much I would miss every single thing that this town had given me over the years. My whole life had been in Wayzata schools and Plymouth, and I guess I just didn’t realize the extent to which my life was anchored to it. I spent my last summer like

a job, join the military, or pursue further education, your life will change. And that is good! Keep your eyes open, because you will meet new people, learn new things, and begin to understand old lessons. The number one lesson my dad taught me when I was eight was simple: be humble. Still, I didn’t begin to understand it until this past year. You may be top ten at WHS. You may be an All-State athlete. You may volunteer all the time. But no matter what you are good at, there is always someone better. This sounds pessimistic, but please don’t take it like that. Moving on to the next scene in your life lets you reframe and realize what is attainable. So

use those new people that are better than you, and learn from them. Stay humble, and these people will become your best teachers, mentors, and friends. One thing I beg of you, as deeply as I can, is to be a person of principle. This doesn’t mean you have to follow every single rule imposed in your new life, nor does it mean you should strive to break all rules. Simply find your own set of morals, live by them, and never compromise them.That way, at the end of the day, you know that you did what was right. Write them down and keep them in a place you see every day, that way you are incessantly reminded of it. My code was “serve the United States in memory of those

who gave their life for it.” Sure there were days when I was tired and selfish, but when I looked at the post-it note on my desk that said those words, I remembered that I wanted to live in such a way that I didn’t squander the lives given for this nation. Those words held a different meaning in each situation I found myself in, but guided me through the year. So, soon-to-be Wayzata Alum: explore, learn, and “do great things” in whatever you choose to do. You owe it to yourself to live a life you love. Also, always save work done on a computer in at least three independent places. You’ll be surprised how often you need it.

most seniors at Wayzata. I had my job, my friends, the beach, and Uptown; what more could I need? As August came around, it all became insanely real. I was going to be one of the first among my friends to leave for school, which I thought might be easier. Oh, was I wrong. I spent my last week with as many people as I could because I knew it would be a heck of a long time before I would see them again. We started our trek on a Friday morning at six. The night before, I sat in my basement with my best friend doing anything and everything to keep our minds off me leaving the next morning. I bawled my eyes out. It wasn’t only because I was leaving him, but it was because I was leaving everything I ever knew. Every road, restaurant, school, person and accent. I knew it wouldn’t ever be the same. However, the next nine months brought me something I would never have expected. Being thrown into a new state, school, and lifestyle with nobody I knew was scary,

but probably the best thing to happen to me. I know I never would have strayed outside of my comfort zone… if my comfort zone were there. But it wasn’t. Everything was new, including me. Because of this, I was able to meet so many new people, with so many different backgrounds and stories to tell. I went into welcome week open to everything and everyone. I became friends with people that I never would have been friends with in high school simply because they were different than me. But, I learned that those differences are vital to our lives. It makes things interesting. I had the best year of my entire life all because I took risks in people, places, things, and actions. Of course, not every decision was the best, but those are the things you learn from. Those decisions also give you the best stories, which you’ll tell for the hundredth (not kidding) time on the floor of your dorm at the end of the year. I bawled my eyes out doing this. This time, it wasn’t because everything was going to be

new and different again, but because I didn’t want to leave everything that I had spent the last nine months building up. This hit me so hard and surprised me because a year ago, I could never have thought I could be this happy and complete with people I hadn’t even met yet. These relationships and friendships became much different than high school. Because of that, they, in no way, took place of my friendships back home. I want to encourage everyone to go into their school year with similar attitudes no matter where you are, even if you end up at school with others from Wayzata. There are so many wonderful people out there that can show you new aspects on life. Don’t worry, your friendships and relationships from home can and will stay with you, as long as you allow them to. So, stretch your limits, meet new people, do new things, because college is the time to do that, and it will allow you to have the most different, new, exciting, and amazing year of your life.


At this point in high school, you need more advice like a herring needs a Huffy. You’ve spent the last school year inundated with life tips, interrupted only by “Where are you going?” on repeat. I know I’ll be guilty of throwing some ideas on proper living toward many of you (feel free to disregard), but nothing could usefully address all of you as a whole. That is because you, the Wayzata senior class of 2014, have nothing in common. Besides these walls. And even those not only represent something different to each of you, but are different to each of you. However you remember high school will be true, especially when it differs from that of someone else. Glory days, a fuzzy past, the best time of your life, the wonder years, or hell on earth. It’s all true.

So there’s no good advice for all of you. It would be wise for some of you to explore your options, and others should stay the course. Some of you should take more risks while others need grounding. Some of you should follow your dreams, and others ought to find new ones. But which apply to you? How should I know? The only truly universal good advice is so inherently obvious—“be nice”, “work hard”, “never get involved in a land war in Asia”—that you’ve considered defying it just because you were out of rebellious ideas. My only hope for all of you is that when you take stock of your wins and losses every once in a while, you have learned more from your mistakes than can be summed up in a Hallmark card. That you can be glad you tried something new and stuck with something old. That the high school senior you are now will be impressed. That’s what all the adults giving you advice had to do, what we continue to do, because we’re not there yet, either. Go forth and do.

Mrs. Decker

English Teacher

I have been asked to write words of wisdom or inspiration for this year’s class, and to be honest, in spite of all the time I’ve spent thinking about what to say to young people just starting off, I can’t seem to come up with anything intelligent. Because my “wisdom well” is dry, I have decided to talk about what I have learned from students who come back to visit and share their stories. I have learned a lot from these folks, and I think their experiences will be enlightening for new graduates as well. Most of the students I hear from after graduation agree on the same principal: the future cannot be scripted. High school plans to become doctors, teachers, and international business leaders very often—well most of the time—dissolve once col-

lege courses begin. Students discover hidden affinities that they were not aware of in high school, and they realize they have more to offer in other areas of interest. For some students, this feels like a sort of identity crisis because ever since they were five, they were going to be a teacher! They go into panic mode and withdraw from the world for a while. For most, however, it’s an awakening. They acquire a new understanding of themselves, and they are receptive to further discovery. I hope this year’s graduates take the latter route—it is a gift to see the world as a series of open, rather than closed, doors. Another familiar story I hear is best captured in one young woman’s experience in her sophomore year of college. “Eleanor” realized by her second year out of high school that she didn’t know what she wanted; she didn’t see a path. She was also facing heavy debt and a diminished tuition fund her grandmother had established before she died. Although it went against every lesson she had ever learned, Eleanor dropped out of college to


reassess her goals and figure out what she wanted to be. She wanted to position herself to make the best financial choices in preparation for her future. Because of her decision, she lost friends who viewed her as a dropout, and she felt like a failure at life. After several months of working and figuring out how to live on her own as an adult, she came to the realization that the equation for a “happy” or “successful” life—college + degree + job = happiness/success— didn’t work for her. She saw that there are many roads to a fulfilling life, and she didn’t have time to feel ashamed about her particular route. She knew that she needed to find something she wanted to do, so she began volunteering

Congratulations to all of you that are receiving your diploma come May 30. With a 78 percent national graduation rate, a diploma is a starting point for all of you as you continue your pursuit of knowledge. As you reflect on your past four years of high school, can you list all of your classes that you completed or the teachers that attempted to teach you their learning targets for each lesson of those classes? Can you spell words like “receive,” “thief,” and “a lot” in your essays correctly, or remember all twenty-one units of AP Euro?

in the mental health system to see if psychology was interesting to her. I am not sure what life decisions she eventually made, but I admired her courage to become a person she could believe in, a person she could be proud of. The lesson I keep learning from students like Eleanor is that there is no single formula to happiness or success. We are all on different paths, and we are in charge of them—no one can write our story for us. I wish you all in the class of 2014 the best as you commence the next phase of your lives, and I hope you remember to share what you’ve learned with the people who have had an impact on you.

Mrs. Kottke

English Teacher

The answers to those questions will vary based on your educational experience. However, it will not play a major role on your future success. The skills and knowledge you have acquired through High School are a starting point for your success. The work ethic and character in each of you will determine your legacy. Public high schools were created in the 19th century to help the public create law abiding, tax paying citizens that would be capable of jury duty. So let’s review... In the United States, we are innocent until proven guilty and that includes your high school teachers! Good luck to each and every one of you in this journey of life!

Mr. Prondzinski

Social Studies Teacher

If you were grasshoppers my advice to you would be to molt and to molt often. What is molting? Well in a last ditch effort, I’ll try to cram a little more biology into your heads as the warm summer sun sautés what’s left of your poor fact-battered brains. Molting is what a variety of fast-growing animals (including grasshoppers and other insects) do to allow for growth if they have rigid external skeletons. Here is a quick runthrough: First, they begin building a new flexible exoskeleton under their current one, and then they break out of and discard their old one. Finally, they take in air or water to “puff out ” their new skeleton before it hardens to accommodate their future larger size. Imagine your upcoming graduation as a molt. That old protective layer that was recently so valuable is now cast off and discarded, worthless. It was only valuable in the sense that it allowed you to obtain your current position. And you will all “puff out ” and feel free but at the same time a tinge of uneasiness as you know your new skin is not yet hardened. Less than a year from now you will hopefully feel safe and secure living in your fully-hardened post-high

school skin. The daily grind will continue until you grow enough to require another molt as your current skin once again feels too constricting. When will this be? How many more times will you molt before expiring? It all depends on how quickly you grow. And I would recommend growing quickly and going through many molts. Why? Because it is a rush! And it is good. How do I know it is good? Well, because no animal would ever climb back into that old castoff exoskeleton; like most developmental progressions this one is a one-way street. Just think about how many times you’ve heard the phrases, “I can’t imagine: …going through High School again, …living without you, …not being a (job title), …not having kids.” These are all expressions of the futileness of, and disinterest we have in, getting into an old molt. The new molt is that satisfying? So satisfying that no one ever willingly goes backwards? Yes. So molt and molt often young grasshoppers. You’ll be happy you did and hopefully look back upon that old casing with fond memories, a sense of accomplishment, and a furious excitement for what lies ahead (and hey, for extra calories, you might as well eat that old exoskeleton, at least you know where it has been).

Mr. Finck

Biology Teacher



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