BP honor students will give addresses
The 2020 commencement of Blooming Prairie High School seniors will be a one of a kind production and one they will never forget but remember with fondness.
The school's Valedictorian and two Salutatorians will address those in virtual attendance at the commencement ceremonies of Sunday, May 31.
Valedictorian is Julia Worke, daughter of John and Mary Worke. Co-Salutatorians are Adam Larson, son of Muriel and Robert Leverington, and Riauna Bishop, daughter of Nicole and Benji Bishop.
This is the final year that Blooming Prairie High School will select a Valedictorian or a Salutatorian.
Mary Worke, senior high guidance counselor, said all three students' Grade Point Averages will go up once the year is done and finalized.
"They are all terrific students and role models for our community" said Worke. "All are very hard workers and not only excellent students, but help out in many ways at BPHS and BP," she added.
We sent a questionnaire for each of the three honor students. Their responses are printed in this account.
1) How old are you? Who are your parents? Siblings?
I am 18 years old. My parents are John and Mary Worke. My brother is Matthew and my sister is Madison.
I am 18 years old. My parents are Muriel and Robert Leverington. I have one brother (Aaron Larson) and five step-siblings (Jaime, Chris, Josh, Stephanie, and Jacob Leverington).
I am 18 years old. My parents are Benji and Nicki Bishop. My brother is Carter Bishop.
2) What is your GPA? What does it mean to you to be an honor student?
My GPA is 4.plus, but should go up once my final grades are in. I am honored because I know that I have worked hard to keep my grades where they are. I am glad that all my sacrifices have been worth it and I can be recognized for my hard work in the classroom.
My Cumulative GPA is 4.plus. Being an honor students, to me, means being an active part of my community and someone people can turn to whenever they need help.
My GPA is 4.plus. It means a lot to me to be an honor student because I have put lots of time and effort into getting good grades and I take pride in the homework that I complete.
3) Please list your activities in school.
Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, FCCLA, Minnesota Honor Society, Student Council Representative, Speech, Football Statistician
Cross Country, Robotics, Track, Minnesota Honor Society.
I am in Volleyball, Softball, FCCLA, and the musical. I am also a part of the Minnesota Honor Society.
4) How are you involved in community service?
I have been active in the church. I am a Sunday school Teacher, Vacation Bible School Teacher, and a Coffee Server. In 2018, I went to the ELCA youth gathering in Houston and helped rebuild an elementary school there. I have also gone to a homeless shelter and made meals for the homeless with my confirmation class.I have also Painted the Town Pink, Volunteered at BPRA camps, helped with concessions at school and fundraised for prom. I have also carried banners in the Fourth of July in the past.
I am a part of Emergency Services Mentoring (E.S.M.) which helps to provide anyone aged 14-20 the basics of being a police officer, EMT, firefighter, and S.W.A.T.
I am a Sunday school teacher, I am a teacher helper at the Elementary, I have volunteered at Cancer Group events and Women of Today events, a youth board member at First Lutheran Church, and a Vacation Bible School teacher.
5) What are your plans following high school graduation?
I plan to attend Winona State University and major in Business Administration with a minor in Spanish.
Over the summer I want to get a full-time job alongside my part-time one. I ship out for Basic and AIT in the fall and once I’m done with that I plan on attending either the U of M or West Point. I plan on majoring in computer science and minoring in philosophy.
I will be attending Minnesota State University of Mankato and will be majoring in nursing.
6) How are you dealing with the coronavirus essentially taking your senior year away?
I am sad that our class cannot all celebrate together, but I understand that we need to social distance. I am also sad that spring sports cannot be played, but I am extremely grateful for my experience at BPHS. I've been busy with homework, working, cooking, biking, and watching Netflix/Hulu.
I have started to look into different philosophies that deal with how one should act when, to put it simply, life gets tough. I have also been reading Terry Goodkind’s The Sword of Truth series.
I am very sad, but I have learned to go with the flow and accept the fact that I will not get that time and those memories back. I have been trying to stay in contact with friends and classmates throughout this time to feel still connected. Our softball team does team zooms every week, which is fun to be able to still feel part of a team and still create fun memories in the best way possible.
7) What advice do you have for your underclassmen?
Make sure to study for tests and don't be afraid to ask for help or give help.
I don’t think I can stress enough how important it is to become involved in something during high school, whether that’s only being in the yearly play or being in every sport. I truly believe that high school is fun and enjoyable when you put effort into enjoying it instead of taking the easy route and saying school is dumb and that life is horrible.
The time spent in high school flies by. Go to sporting events, dances, and participate in any fun things such as homecoming and dress up days. You can never get that time back and the time flies by so make it count. Don't take anything for granted and live up each and every day of high school and make memories with your classmates and friends.