Sta2rs banquet: Another successful year was celebrated

Tartan’s Hannah Benck shares a hug with Annemarie Sass, Tartan 9th-grade teacher and coach, at the STA2RS Banquet stage May 20. The top ten percent of Tartan and North High seniors were honored by the  622 Education Foundation and sponsors at Prom Center. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Tartan’s Hannah Benck shares a hug with Annemarie Sass, Tartan 9th-grade teacher and coach, at the STA2RS Banquet stage May 20. The top ten percent of Tartan and North High seniors were honored by the 622 Education Foundation and sponsors at Prom Center. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
North High students line up as they and Tartan’s top ten percent seniors were honored at the annual STA2RS Banquet held at Prom Center. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
North High students line up as they and Tartan’s top ten percent seniors were honored at the annual STA2RS Banquet held at Prom Center. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

It happened again
The 19th Annual Sta2rs Banquet was held for the top 10 percent of the graduation classes at North and Tartan high schools.

While it may have been the 19th annual, it was just as impressive and inspiring as any of the past banquets.

The 622 Foundation — established under the direction of the late District 622 superintendent Mike White — is the "foundation" of several positive functions within the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District. One of these is the annual Students and Teachers Achieving Academic Recognition and Success banquet honoring the top Tartan and North students.

On Wednesday, May 20 these students were feted along with their guest of honor — usually a teacher who has had a positive influence in their young lives.

The gathering is nothing short of a testament to what is great about public education today.

District 622 Superintendent Patty Phillips quickly summed up what the event meant to her when she opened her comments by saying, "This is the most important and fun evening I have through the entire school year."

Most of the students at the festive evening at the Prom Center in Oakdale will probably be surprised to see their names in print as it isn't often they are recognized for their academic achievements, as well as the commitment most have made to the community and local organizations.

Each student, along with his or her parents and mentor, were seated with table hosts.

There were of course speakers. Most important among them were the student representatives — one from North (Luke Kubiatowicz) and another from Tartan (Victoria Brooks) - who set the stage for the finale of the evening.

Meet the future of our country

The highlight was when the students and mentors were called to center stage.

So, without further ado, let's meet those people about whom you can feel confident knowing they will be doing many good things that will improve the quality of living for the future generations.

From North: Zachary John Anderson (mentor Paul Dean); Morgan Barker (David Moran); Lora Bishop (Pam Phillippi); Jack Bonko (Kevin Barnard); Sean Bradford (Thomas Waeffler); Margaret Cantion (Scott Kopp); Joseph C. Carroll (Dave Wichman); Colin Michael Cassin (Dan Larson); Miranda Chartrand (Keith Reynolds); Kyle Christopher (Todd Wallert); Alec Enke (Nick Krueger); Abigail Flom (Adam Carlson); Marissa Gill (Katy Fini); Abby Glaus (Mary Mielzarek); Kerry Hagedorn (Rachel Whitney); Matthew Her (Robert Hackney); Brendan Herold (Mike Madigan); Theresa Hofeldt (Melissa Mandel); Natalie Huntley (Deb Gardner); Tyler King (Casey Holm); Luke Kubiatowicz (Ian Bronson); Lindsey Long (Barb Rossow); Bradley Mahr (Thomas Hagel); Allison Martin (Michelle Zwirn); Claire McNamara (Betsy Dobbin); Andrew Michel (Dean Kern); Amal Mohamed (Corrine Crothers);    Carlee Nestrud (Amy Hering); Paul Nettleton (Richard Siver); Dustin Nguyen (Jody Murphy); Maria Nowak (Kathleen Berrigan); Monica Oberfrank (Errin Destics); Avery Peterson (Melanie Bruyers); Daniel Aquino Pua (Nancy Gustafson); Joseph Rice (Carraig Hegi); Georgiana Robasse (Katherine Liden); Emily Ronsberg (Caitlin Jensen); Tyler Ronsberg (Tom Westcott); Nathan Rubbelke (Jim Honsa); Joseph Scull, (Eric Longtin); Anna Elise Stolte (Vicki Peters); Emerald Thole (Jennifer Cook); Emily Westemeier (Joseph Simms); and Mary Yeboah (Paul Hazzard).  

From Tartan: Isaac Audette (mentor Greg Vievering); Thomas Bao (Marge Proulx); Baylee Bartz (Lori Raebel); Hannah Benck (Annemarie Sass); Carly Boyle (Dan Recchio); Victoria Brooks (Miranda Godfread); Arieana Brown (Scott Revoir); Ariana Campanaro (Karen Hyers); Sydney Diekmann (Becky Metz); Elizabeth Drobinski (Jason Stutsman); Rochelle Fabian (Glenn Hansen); Efemona Famati (Kimberlee Presswood); Mallory Fenske (Vicki Fellows); Alyssa Frickson (Shannon Ostertag); Charles Green (Ken Balfanz); Nathaniel Hacker (Steve Hoemann); Thomas Hebl (John Povolny); Candace Her (Melissa Moe); Michelle Hoffer (Tracie Hanson); Eustacia C. Ikeri (Billie Jo Shoen); Somer Johnson-Fleischauer (Monica Dahlberg); Julia Kugler (Tracy Brown); Jacob Lyle (Nikki Beck);  Lyric Mager (Teri Hei); Anthony Mazza (Rick Spehn); Erika McDonald (Laurey Kropacz); Kevin James McPherson (Matt Cory); Benjamin Meeder (Matt Oberg); Amy Meuwissen (Jeff Cavett); Benjamin Miller (Carol Best); Megan Moore (Jan Churchill); Kayla Morris (Kristen Underhill); Okung Obang (Nathan Miller); Sandra Osei (Gail Colbert); Mitchell Perkins-Cozatt (Curt Russell); Tucker Rients (Monica Romero Cortes); Drew Severson (Bill Fetsch); Annika Snyder (Laura Springer); Selena Ung (Dayle Langlois); Chonhanh Vuvan (Marnie Galvin); and Austin Wersonske (Roy Erickson).

There you have it. The best of the best in School District 622!

I have a quote hanging on my wall that says, "Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence."

Isn't it nice to know so many young people have already done just that? No matter what you think of today's world, it's rewarding to know there are teens and mentoring adults like those just named on whom we can rely to make it better.

Quick takeoffs

Congratulations are in order for popular NORTH grad DENNIS BARTHOLOMEW, who was recently inducted into the MINNESOTA Senior Sports Hall of Fame. Great going, DENNIS! . . . The MINNESOTA Old Timers Football Association has announced its 2015 inductees. They include TOM BARNES, CENTRAL; GERRY BROWN, ST. THOMAS; STEVE DOODY, SOUTH ST. PAUL; BILL ZUCCO, CENTRAL; and GREGG WONG, MINNEAPOLIS CENTRAL. The MOTFA will hold its 14th annual golf tourney on June 22 at RIVER OAKS Golf Course. Contact GARY GUSTAFSON at 651-777-0286 for more info . . . Hey RUTH, you hang in there!        

Wally Wakefield can be reached at wwakefield@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7826.
 

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