• 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!

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Katelyn Gehling

    Junior
    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Takudzwa Munjanja

    Senior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

    Halle Nystrom

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

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Senior
    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Jin Baek

    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

    Jason Chavez

    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Laura Salazar

    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Laila Zemar

    Sophomore
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

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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