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Cardinal Head High School Student of the Month

Congratulations to freshman, Zachary Bruder, who was named Upsala High School’s May student of the month.  He is the ninth grade son of Darryl and Becky Bruder.

Zach is active both in and outside of school. As a former student of the month, Zach demonstrates responsibility in the classroom, determination with his studies, and dedication towards any task he is willing to take on. He has been placed on the “B” honor roll and takes his school-work very seriously. Zach loves playing football for Upsala Area Schools and intends to participate until he graduates. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, and four- wheeling.  After school and on weekends, Zach works on his neighbor’s farm.  

Zach has dreams of becoming a pilot in the Air Force.

Zach’s favorite class is Algebra with Mrs. Hovland because “The teacher is nice and will help you no matter what.” Zach also thinks math is his most valuable class because he will need a lot of math skills in order to be successful in the Air Force.

“Zach is a valuable asset to our school. He works so hard every day and is always offering to help others.  He is responsible and completes his work in a timely manner. He doesn’t want to have idle time, so he takes the initiative to complete other tasks once his assignments are complete,” said Amber Kalthoff, his language arts teacher.

Math Teacher, Jessica Hovland said, “Zach has really grown into a very responsible and respectful student this year.  I have been so impressed with his hard work and his ability to make good choices.  He is super helpful and has been great to have in class.”

His advice to his classmates is “Respect your teachers, work hard, and don’t give up!”
Cardinal Head Junior High Student of the Month

The staff at Upsala High School are proud to announce Isaiah Wardlaw as the May Junior High Student of the Month.  Isaiah is the eighth grade son of Terry and Sara Wardlaw.  He has one sister Lois and three younger brothers: Elijah, Joshua and Caleb.

Isaiah has been consistently on the “A” honor roll.  He has been named student of the month in two subject areas this year: Music and Agriculture/Vocational Technology.  

Activities he is involved in include Robotics, Knowledge bowl and Student Council.  In Robotics he learned programming and problem solving skills.  He was part of the JH Knowledge Bowl team “Cardinal Pride” that earned a 4th place round robin trophy and 2nd place sections trophy this year.  Isaiah has served as Treasurer for his class on Student Council.

Science is his favorite class, since it is related to his future career goal of becoming an Aerospace Engineer.

"Isaiah is a very inquisitive, highly-motivated student,” said Roxann Lewis, Global Studies teacher. “He comes to my class everyday with a positive attitude and an eagerness to learn. He likes being challenged and enjoys doing his own research on personal areas of interest in our topics of study, often share his findings with me and his peers. His successful work through junior high has him well prepared for the next four years. I am very excited to see what new challenges Isaiah will conquer and the new learning goals he will accomplish."

Isaiah’s hobbies incorporate his love for scientific learning, which are fishkeeping and robotics.  

Advice for his classmates is, “Study hard and don’t settle for less than you deserve.”

May Student Recognition
Students of the Month

Zach Bruder

Isaiah Wardlaw  
Subject Area Students of the Month
  Senior High Sr.
  Ag/ Voc. Tech: John Sand  
  Art: Mia Roerick  
  Health: Dylan Depa  
  Language Arts: Jeron Wensmann  
  Math: Sebastien Sunder  
  Music: Ester Rica Jerez  
  Physical Ed.: Matt Herzog  
  Science: Shelby Gilbertson  
  Social Studies: Caitlyn Douvier  
  Technology: Devon Butkowski  
  World Language: Bennett Westrich  
Junior High  
  Ag/ Voc. Tech: Anthony Boeckermann  
  Art: Laura Lange  
  Health: Austin Wensmann  
  Language Arts: Shanna Dobmeier  
  Math: Haley Opatz  
  Music: Michael Young  
  Physical Ed.: Nick Herzog  
  Science: Audrey Thomas  
  Social Studies: Alison Harren  
Athletes of the Month:
  Baseball Andrew Kulla  
    Chase Douvier  
  Softball Desiree Dingmann  
  Track Ethan McCoy  
    Katie Panek  
  September, October, November, December,  
  January, February, March, April &May  


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