member of the month archives

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November 2020

Gabrielle Ketterer

Maple Valley High School

Gabrielle is the Maple Valley Student Council President. A great communicator, Gabby mentors younger members, listens to all points-of-view, enthusiastically takes on school spirit projects, and maintains a positive attitude even in difficult situations. She also has had a role with the annual food drive to increase presence in elementary classrooms, is leading a committee to help make the Maple Valley school parking lot safer, and is working with administration on getting a healthy snack machine in school.

At the beginning of the nationwide quarantine last spring, Gabby led her student council in two unique projects: a flipgrid video of their best dad joke sent to families in the district and a TikTok-style video sending teacher appreciation messages.

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May 2020

Lexi Dirk

Mandan High School

Lexi is the Secretary for Mandan Student Council and is known to help with everything the council does, while still trying to let others take the lead sometimes. To highlight some of the work she’s done, Lexi organized a School Wide Day of Caring, Trick or Treat for Canned Goods, provided food for a local food pantry, and led the Community Clean up day along with the Mandan City Clean-up day. "Lexi is so willing to go above and beyond to make things happen at our school and in our community.”

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APRIL 2020

Leah Kelsch

Legacy High School

Leah is the community service rep on the Legacy High School Student Council. This past year, she has taken it upon herself to create monthly service opportunities. Some of the events she has organized and planned includes a blood drive through Vitalant, bell ringing with Salvation Army, Heaven's Helper Soup Kitchen, Zion Lutheran Church's Trunk or Treat, and fundraising for the Alzheimer's Association. Her fundraising work for the Alzheimer's Association is especially exceptional because she planned multiple service opportunities for the month of September. 

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March 2020

Cali Wilson

Jim Hill Middle School

Cali actively runs all meetings with the Jim Hill executive board and has been instrumental in the success of Jim Hill’s haunted house. She also is a school party activity planner, student guide at parent teacher conferences, mentors students with special needs weekly, and volunteers with the school recycling program.

Cali was instrumental in bringing the "Mystic" back to Jim Hill as a school mascot, along with bringing back the singing of the school song to increase school spirit at all assemblies. She has helped lead the sock and food drives for charity and helps other members achieve their community service hours. She gives of her personal time to food pantries and soup kitchens. She has helped with the council’s reading to animals project at the humane society and several other community events. 

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February 2020

Samantha Whalen

Grand Forks Central High School

Samantha is an integral part of the Grand Forks Central High School Student Council. Her involvement in student council can be highlighted by her 100 hours of leadership program recognition for 4 years, management of social media for the school, pep rally planning, wrapping hundreds of gifts for the giving tree, running half time game entertainment, and volunteerism all around on the GFC student council. She missed the Halloween dance last year because she was the only student to help clean up the haunted house. Her involvement has been described as a vital part of the school community and culture of high school in Grand Forks.

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