JEFFERSON — The Jefferson Rotary Club hosted an honors luncheon Wednesday for the top 10 percent of Jefferson High School’s Class of 2019.
The honorees, who hold the top academic ranking in their respective class at Jefferson High School, were treated, along with their parents, to a luncheon catered by the Bon Ton Bakery at Fort Community Credit Union’s Puerner Room.
Honorees include: Lucas Bauer, the son of Ronald and Victoria Bauer, who plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a major in microbiology; Jenna Dinkel, the daughter of Steve and Cathi Dinkel, who plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a major in public administration and political science; Megan Gleisner, the daughter of Jody and Lloyd Gleisner, whose future plans were not released by the school; Morgan Graf, the daughter of Sherry and Scott Graf, who plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a major in occupational therapy.
Also, Amy Griffin, the daughter of Tina and Mike Griffin, who plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a major in kinesiology; Bryr Harenda, the son of James and Anna Harenda, who plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a major in game design; Mariah Linse, the daughter of Tom “Harv” and Angela Linse, who plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh to major in nursing; Alex Marin, the son of Jason and Nova Marin, who plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a major in economics and a minor in math; Sawyer Peterson, the son of Mark and Susie Peterson, who plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to major in radiation therapy; and Libby Pupanek, the daughter of Nicole and William Pupanek, who plans to attend Edgewood College to major in cytotechnology.
Serving as guest speaker at the honors luncheon was Edwin Bos, the incoming district governor for the Rotary organization, who is from Fort Atkinson.
Bos shared the story of a young woman about the age of the honorees who had developed an interest in Rotary at a young age and who, through her association with the international service organization, was propelled to greater heights than she could have imagined.
From a remote and impoverished part of Nepal, the young woman learned about Rotary when her father started a club and hosted Rotary International exchange visitors several years ago.
Challenged by a Rotarian to learn English, she mastered the foreign language and later started a Rotary Interact club at her school. Now, the young woman is in the final stages of application for the Rotary International foreign student exchange and pending final approval, is headed for an exchange year in this area.
As the application is pending, however, further details cannot be shared in this forum until the process is completed.
Drawing on this girl’s story, Bos called on the honorees to emulate this Nepalese girl in their lives going forward.
They can do so by showing initiative, creating opportunities for themselves and others, going on “smart” adventures, fostering their creativity and being open to new things.
Finally, he urged the students to consider joining a service organization while in college. Whether it’s the Rotary-affiliated “Rotaract” club or some other organization, Bos said, a service club can provide the infrastructure to help people bring their ideas to life and make a difference here and across the world.