• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

  • Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

  • Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

Remember that kid? Yeah, he’s famous.

So yesterday I learned a little interesting tidbit.  I will begin by saying, for those of you who don’t know, that I grew up in the Twin Cities metro for the first 16 years of my life.  I went to a big high school in Circle Pines by the name of Centennial Senior High, and after I moved up to Ely during my sophomore year, I wished that I could go back everyday.  Well, he’s the interesting fact.  As I was browsing Facebook and going about my daily routine yesterday afternoon, I learned that someone I knew from Centennial and who I had been friends with for a time is now famous.  For what?  Hockey!  Tyler Pitlick plays for the Oilers, and he is only a whopping 20 years old.  We all knew this kid had talent growing up.  He played hockey practically everyday, had amazing skills on the ice, a great knowledge of the game, and the sport was literally what he breathed, ate, and slept.  HOCKEY.

This was so exciting to hear.  It’s always a great feeling to see and hear what your high school classmates have grown up to do with their lives and learn of what they have become.  Now, in all of this comes a small lesson, as well.  I am sure that there are people you know, or maybe its even you yourself, that pick on others or call out the flaws of acquaintances.  It may be wise, after hearing this story, to think about these actions a little more before going through with them.  Who knows?   They might be on the road to fame and fortune!  Wouldn’t it be more rewarding to say you were friends with that person then saying they hated you for picking on them?  Hmmm…:)

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