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Cardinal Head High School Student of the Month

The staff at Upsala High School are proud to announce Mia Roerick as the April Student of the Month.  Mia is the oldest daughter of Gerald and Julie Roerick.  She has a younger brother Alex and a younger sister Kylie.

Mia is on the Basketball team, involved in the Drama Club and participates in Pep Band.  

Her academic achievements include consistently being on the honor roll at school and was a Student of the Month in several subject areas including Art, ELA (English Language Arts) and Math.  Mia loves her Textiles Art class since she learned hand sewing techniques and how to use a sewing machine. “I have enjoyed Mia being a part of my art classes so much!  She is funny, passionate, and determined,” said Kara Poissant Art Teacher.  “Mia has a great sense of humor which brings so much to her peers and teachers.  She lights up the room and is willing to help at all times.  She is very deserving of this recognition as April Student of the Month.”

As much as Mia enjoys Art, she feels her most valuable classes are her college classes.  “College classes help prepare you for your future.”  She took 21 credits this school year and is currently enrolled in four college classes for the fall.

In her free time Mia enjoys working on the family farm, hunting, fishing and hanging out with friends.

Mia’s advice to her classmates is, “Give it your all and you will have great success in all that you do.”

Cardinal Head Junior High Student of the Month

Congratulations to Amber Biniek who was named by staff as the April Upsala Junior High Student of the Month.  Amber is the daughter of Charles and Sheila Biniek of Bowlus.  She has an older sister Ashley and a younger sister Kristine.

Amber is a very dedicated student athlete.  She has been on the “A” honor roll all of her Junior High career.  Math is Amber’s favorite class, since “Ms. Hovland makes learning and math fun.”

“Amber is a spunky, intelligent and hard working girl who brings a positive attitude with her wherever she goes,” said Jay Hovland, Math Teacher.  “She makes learning a little more fun for her peers and teaching a lot more fun for me.”

Amber is very involved in extracurricular activities.  Not only is she on the Student Council, but she is on the Basketball, Softball and Volleyball teams. She loves sports and considers that her only “hobby.”

Outside of school Amber enjoys hunting, fishing and hanging out with friends and family.

April Student Recognition
Students of the Month

Mia Roerick

Amber Biniek  
Subject Area Students of the Month
  Senior High Sr.
  Ag/ Voc. Tech: Tim Valencia-Louden  
  Art: Jolene Kremers  
  Health: Makayla Ganz  
  Language Arts: Andrew Prokott  
  Math: Kiley Smieja  
  Music: Nicole Lyon  
  Physical Ed.: Mathias Braun  
  Science: Matt Herzog  
  Social Studies: Chase Douvier  
  Technology: Mathew Cavegn  
  World Language: Alexis Krebs  
Junior High  
  Ag/ Voc. Tech: Amber Biniek  
  Art: Shanna Campbell  
  Health: Carter Johnson  
  Language Arts: Peyton Guthrie  
  Math: Paige Biniek  
  Music: Audrey Thomas  
  Physical Ed.: Nick Herzog  
  Science: Abby Ripplinger  
  Social Studies: Shayla Ganz  
Athletes of the Month:
  Baseball Justin Cichon  
  Softball Kaitlyn Welinski  
  Track Tim Valenica-Louden  
    Peyton Guthrie  
  September, October, November, December,  
  January, February, March, April &May  


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