Como Park Celebration of Excellence

 Aiyana Aeikens

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Aiyana Aeikens

College: Brown University
Major: Environmental Studies

  • AP Scholar with Distinction
  • Ordway Honors Art Exhibition
  • Link Leader
  • Badminton

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
It's okay to be uncomfortable. You have to be comfortable with that feeling.

 Thomas Freberg

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Thomas Freberg

College: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Major: Management Information Systems

  • University of Minnesota Presidential Scholarship
  • Varsity Baseball Captain
  • National Honor Society
  • AP Scholar

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Take school seriously.

 Henrie Friesen

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Henrie Friesen

College: Carleton College
Major: Psychology

  • Harvard Prize Book Award
  • Excellence in Mathematics Award
  • National Honor Society
  • Modern Music Masters (Tri-M) member

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Trying to be the best at school, sports, or anything else is an endless pursuit. There will almost always be someone better, so just focus on being the best version of yourself that you can be, and don't try to be someone you're not. Our uniqueness is our most valuable asset.

 

 Naddi Jillo

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Naddi Jillo

College: St. Catherine University
Major: Undecided

  • National Honor Society
  • Pan-African Student Union
  • Rotary Club of Saint Paul “Rotation Forward Award”
  • Link Crew

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
I would advise them to be themselves. This is the fastest and most honest way to find those who you would spend the next four years with, if not more. Join after school clubs and sports. This would expose you to more groups, so you can have something that you can call your own.

 Jackson Lee

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Jackson Lee

College: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Major: Physics

  • AP Scholar with Distinction
  • National Merit Scholarship Commended Scholar
  • Captain of the Nordic Ski Team
  • Captain of the Como Area Ultimate Frisbee Team

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Remember that every project, assignment, and essay that you work on in high school is simply preparing you to succeed in college. Don't stress out about the little things.

 

 Hannah Lender

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Hannah Lender

College: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Major: Biomedical Engineering

  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Silver Scholar
  • 3M scholarship to attend Women in Engineering camp at Michigan Technological University
  • AP Scholar with Honor
  • 3M Science Training Encouragement Program

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Make the most of your high school experience by joining clubs, taking challenging classes, and managing your time well. But don't burn yourself out in the process!

 Celia Olson

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Celia Olson

College: St. Olaf College
Major: Computer Science/Biology

  • St. Olaf Presidential Scholarship
  • AP Scholar with distinction
  • Link Leader
  • National Honor Society

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Try new things.

 Bridget Proper

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Bridget Proper

College: Viterbo University
Major: Nursing

  • Viterbo Nightingale Nursing Scholarship
  • AP Scholar with Honors
  • National Honor Society
  • Certified Nursing Assistant

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
My biggest piece of advice is that high school is truly what you make it. Take advantage of the opportunities and experiences that come your way. Getting involved with extracurriculars is one of the best ways to make your high schools years fun and memorable.

 Antero Sivula

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Antero Sivula

College: Undecided
Major: Undecided

  • National Merit Scholarship Commended Scholar
  • AP Scholar with Distinction
  • Cross Country-Captain
  • SPUT youth tennis coach

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Joining sports and clubs early on in your high school career will provide you with an amazing way to meet new people and make friends that can last throughout the entirety of high school. Also, just have fun and give your best effort and everything will probably work out.
 

 Marco Tabacman

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Marco Tabacman

College: Undecided
Major: Computer Engineering

  • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities College of Science & Engineering Scholarship
  • Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs
  • MMEA All-State Choir
  • Tri-M Music Honor Society

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
For your sake, please do your homework and make sure to check Schoology often.