Deer River High School graduation ceremonies will take place on Sunday, May 31, at 2 p.m. in the High School Gym.
Valedictorian Amy Gustafson and Salutatorian Carly Onraet will lead the class.
Gustafson is the daughter of Jim and Audrey Gustafson.
Her extra-curricular activities include Band (Full, jazz, and pep), Choir, 127 Vocal Ensemble, One Act Play, Cross Country Running, Nordic Skiing, Track and Field, Softball, NASA INSPIRE, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Link Crew, Student Council, Boys and Girls Club, Close Up, Grand Rapids Area Library, Big Sandy Camp, Campus Life, Marcell Family Center, Adopt A Highway and Sand Lake Alliance Church.
Her honors, awards, and scholarships are MSHSL Excellence in Community, Education, and Leadership Award, National Gold Award in FCCLA, State Gold Awards in FCCLA, MN FCCLA Region 7 President, 3rd Chair Alto Saxophone UMD Gold Honor Band, NHS Treasurer, Girls State, A Honor Rolls, Academic Letters, Alworth scholarship.
When asked about her future plans, Gustafson said, “I plan on attending the University of Minnesota Duluth for the next four years and graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Math. After receiving my degree, I hope to get a job in northern Minnesota as a teacher.
“This may seem cliché, but my family is made up of those who have had the greatest influence in my life growing up. They have taught me about what to value in life and how to live by those beliefs. One of the biggest lessons they have taught me is to do everything I do to the best of my ability. Also, my family has guided me through life’s various joys and struggles. Without my family, I wouldn’t be who I am today.
“Overall, my involvement in extracurricular activities has been the most memorable aspect of my educational experience. These groups and organizations are going to be what I remember after high school. They have helped me grow in my leadership skills, musical ability, and academic prowess. Through these groups, my horizons have widened and I have learned so much about myself and others. The friendships I’ve made and the opportunities I’ve had will stay with me long after I graduate.”
Onraet is the daughter of Rita Onraet and the late Tim Onraet.
Her extra-curricular activities include Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Bowling, Academic All-State, Girls State citizen, AAA award (sub-section winner), Gustavus Scholarships, LINK crew, NHS, Spanish Club, Band and Choir.
When asked about her future plans, Onraet said, “I plan to attend Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter this fall and go into mathematics and statistics or computer sciences.
“My parents and grandparents have been the most influential to me because they have all been a part of my entire life and have supported me through everything I’ve wanted to be a part of. They taught me about responsibilities and how to take care of things with our resort as I’ve grown up. Also, they’ve provided for me and been able to give me unbelievable experiences. We’ve had a lot of opportunities to travel and see the world in many different ways. They’re always looking out for me and encouraging me to always try my best.”
“I’m grateful that I’ve had so many amazing opportunities while experiencing once in a lifetime moments during school. It really means a lot to me that our community is small so we’ve all grown close. I always feel welcomed and have gotten to know a lot of awesome and supportive people so I never feel left out. Positivity is always surrounding me and being involved is always encouraged so I can make the most out of this time of my life. I also appreciate the fact that I was part of the last graduating class at North Elementary school because it was a really unique opportunity to be a part of and it was a great start to my education.”
Other students graduating at Deer River High School are Tiffany Amy, Sebastian Anttila, Caleb Belgarde, Iain Belgarde, Shelby Bourquin, Lori Bower, Justine Bowstring, Garren Bremer, Dane Charlton, Jade Cloud, Amelia Daigle, Lucas Danielson, Johnathan Dowling, Benjamin Eby, Haden Evans, Cynthia Garbow, John Grife, McKenzie Grossell, Natilee Harrison, Colton Hines, Aaron Howard, Sarah Isaacs, Emery Jenkins, Eugene Jenkins, Dominic Kingbird, Gavin Kossow, Dylan Latvala, Marissa Latvala, Mitchell Mann, Daniel Martin, Alexander Metzenhuber, Christian Morlan, Jacob Oquist, Karley Paulley, Brodie Peck, Isaac Rasmusson, Kole Schultz, Brandi Scott, Chloe Serfling, Jacob Starck, Madison Steel, Alexis Stejskal, Nicholas Tibbetts, Spencer Tibbetts, Vanessa Truelove and Cassidy Villeneuve.
The class motto is “Only God can judge us.” Their class song is “We Own It” by Wiz Khalifa and 2 Chainz. The class flower is the blue rose and the colors are camo and blaze orange.