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As we wrap up the school year, there are a number of events recognizing the accomplishments of students—in particular the work of the members of the senior class.  Last week offered one of the recognition events—the Students of Excellence gathering at the River’s Edge Convention Center. 

During the month of May many other recognition events will take place including the Dollars for Scholars Senior Breakfast, the senior awards night at the high school, and many recognition events in conjunction with classes and activities.  Recognition, for seniors, culminates with graduation.

I would like to take time to share about the Students of Excellence program.  The program is coordinated, in the ROCORI School District by counselors Craig Lieser and Jen Illies-Sabol.  Four members from the senior class students and their parents are offered opportunity to attend the Students of Excellence program.



On Wednesday, April 29, a gathering of area high school seniors was held by Resource Training and Solutions.  The program, at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center, honored the top students in Central Minnesota’s high schools.  This was the 28th annual recognition ceremony.

ROCORI students honored at the event included Rachel Janssen, Jenna Kalthoff, Toni Schlangen and Claire Steil.  There were seniors from high schools across Central Minnesota recognized at the Students of Excellence program.

These students rank very high in the class of 2015 although final standings are not determined until our courses are complete.  As Resource Training and Solutions’ Executive Director Rob Cavanna often explains, “academic achievement is the demonstrated ability to perform, achieve and/or excel in scholastic activities.  Academic excellence has been identified with achieving high grades and superior performance.”

While the intent of the program is recognition of academic accomplishments, there is emphasis placed on the development of the full person and the value of service.  Dr. Cavanna reminds the group that, “Academic excellence, however, is more than just making good grades.  It is the maximum development of one’s intellectual capacities and skills in the service of others.  Our region’s honorees will have numerous opportunities in their lifetime to exercise servant leadership in whatever they may do.”

Paul Durand from Rockford served as the presiding superintendent at the event.   The keynote address was offered by Renee Rongen.  She delivered a powerful and inspiring message to the audience. 

Each of the students honored at the program received a certificate from Governor Dayton and a plaque recognizing them as Students of Excellence.



One of the pleasures and privileges of this time of year is the presentation of the Dollars for Scholars awards at the annual breakfast.  On Thursday morning this week, May 7, we will again have a  wonderful opportunity to honor seniors with the 21st Annual Dollars for Scholars recognition breakfast.  The session is scheduled to be held at St. Boniface with the purpose of honoring members of this year’s graduating class with scholarships.