Inspiring Students seriesInspired by Time magazine’s Person of the Year, the Anoka-Hennepin School District celebrates students who are inspirations and examples of hard work, determination, resiliency, and leadership. One student from each traditional and alternative high schools are selected for the district’s Inspiring Students banner collection.Each high school and the district’s central office buildings will display the banners throughout the school year. A new student will be selected from each high school every year.
Students selected for this year are:
The banners are provided courtesy of the Lifetouch school photography company. See below for stories about this year's inspiring students.
- Andover High School: Jared Vidervol.
- Anoka High School: Shakaylah James.
- Anoka-Hennepin Technical/Regional High Schools: Katie Gitzen.
- Blaine High School: Sara Ho.
- Champlin Park High School: Josiah Strong.
- Coon Rapids High School: Lucas Sargent.
- STEP: Rachel Hancock.
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Rachel Hancock’s hard work and perseverance toward her career goals are impressive to everyone who knows her, including staff and students at STEP.
Champlin Park's Josiah Strong is steadfastly committed to reaching the goals he’s set for himself.
Anoka-Hennepin Regional High School's Katie Gitzen has shown remarkable perseverance in life.
Anoka High School junior Shakaylah James has something she wants you to know: “Being like everybody else is not where it’s at.”
Andover High School: Jared Vidervol stepped out of his comfort zone and found a way to make his mark
Jared Vidervol is known by staff and students at Andover High School (AndHS) as someone who will go out of his way to spread positivity and help others.
Lucas Sargent is an incredibly dedicated student who is not one to talk about — or even acknowledge — his own accomplishments.
Blaine High School junior Sara Ho likes to joke that getting glasses in second grade destined her for “the nerd life.”