Harding High School Celebration of Excellence

 Elizabeth Chaney

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Elizabeth Chaney

College: Saint Cloud State University
Major: Pre-Veterinary Studies

  • Varsity Volleyball and Softball
  • National Honor Society
  • Hull Educational Foundation Scholarship
  • Volleyball Academic All-State Award

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Learn to listen to your own desires, and not the expectations of society and others. Never be afraid to do what is best for yourself, even if others oppose. Strive to become someone you're happy with and proud of; improve yourself each day.

 Martin Danielson

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Martin Danielson

College: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Major: Chemical Engineering

  • College of Science and Engineering Scholarship
  • IB Diploma candidate
  • Eagle Scout
  • Varsity Basketball

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
The learning environment of an accelerated class and of a non-accelerated class is extremely important. Do not say “I don’t want to take the hard class because I’m not smart enough.” Realize that everyone in those difficult classes wants to be there and use that to help you.

 

 Mattie Ebbesen

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Mattie Ebbesen

College: Macalester College
Major: Philosophy

  • Macalester College DeWitt Wallace Distinguished Scholarship
  • Dare 2 Be REAL
  • Minnesota Youth Symphonies
  • International Baccalaureate Scholar with Distinction

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
High school is the beginning of a long journey, but it's an important time nonetheless. In short, the effort you put into high school - academically or otherwise - is what you're going to get back. The truth, equal parts terrifying and enthralling, is that the choice is yours.

 Elizabeth Harper

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Elizabeth Harper

College: Pacific University
Major: Accounting

  • Founders Scholarship
  • Leadership Pillar in National Honor Society
  • Lights and Sound Board Operator for Theatre Department
  • Speech Team

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Look at what you want to become and what you want to do, and do what you have to do to get there. Make a plan, but be open to change. Don’t let your peers or school staff pressure you into doing things you don’t want to do. Be brave and have fun.

 Paulnika Ke

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Paulnika Ke

College: Undecided
Major: Undecided

  • Presidential Scholarship
  • Math Team
  • Student Council
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Ask questions. Practice. Experiment. Fall flat on your face and spring back up. Being involved is the best way to learn. But if you don't care about it, skip it. It's your ship, as long as you have food, a destination, and the basis of how to get there, then it's smooth sailing.

 Kashie Kong

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Kashie Kong

College: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Major: Nutrition

  • Presidential Scholarship
  • EST U Promise Scholarship
  • Tri-M Honors Society
  • Wallin Education Partners Scholarship

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Four years of high school go by in a matter of moments, so avoid procrastination.

 Aisha Mohamed

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Aisha Mohamed

College: Macalester College
Major: Medical Science/Biology

  • IB Diploma Candidate
  • National Honor Society
  • Astronomy Club Co-President
  • Wallin Education Partners Scholarship

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Enjoy the moment, if you get caught up in the drama of everyone else, you’ll miss out on the important moments in life. Step back and take a second to enjoy yourself and the people you care about. Do what you feel is best for you and your future, regardless of what others think.

 Gyru Thor

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Gyru Thor

College: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Major: Finance

  • Optimist Scholarship
  • President's Emerging Scholars Award
  • Captain of Cross Country Team
  • Wallin Education Partners Scholarship

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Don't be afraid to fail! I encourage everyone to fail as many times as possible. Being afraid of failing is the same as being afraid of success. When choosing the easy way out, you get the hard way in life. Instead, choose the hard way out and get the easy way in life.

 

 Anny Tran

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Anny Tran

College: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Major: Pre-Med

  • Wallin Education Partners Scholarship
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate
  • ThreeSixty Journalism
  • Student Council

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
My best words of advice to incoming freshman is to do some soul-searching early on and find your inspiration to achieve your goals. Everyone has their own dreams, they just have to find the motivation to reach for them.

 Cheyanne Vang

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Cheyanne Vang

College: Undecided
Major: Criminology

  • Volleyball
  • Softball
  • Club Volleyball Eastside Storm Volunteer Coach
  • Wallin Education Partners Scholarship

What words of advice would you give incoming freshman?
Know your limits and take care of your mental state before anything else. Always make the best of everything and stay true to yourself. Remember that there is more to life than a good grade and that your best will always be good enough even if someone says different.