Northland High School’s Haley Welk and Ravyn Gale were among the 46 Region five students honored by National Joint Powers Alliance at its 26th annual Student Recognition Banquet on Wednesday, April 12 at Madden’s Resort in Brainerd.

The event celebrated area students as Rising Stars. Each was selected by his or her respective school staff, with the criteria that they are “unsung heroes” of their district—the behind-the-scenes students with little, if any, recognition.

Scott Peterson, with the Northland Community Scholarship Committee, nominated Welk and Gale.

Of Welk, Peterson wrote, “Haley is always upbeat and happy. She stays focused on what is important in life and avoids the ‘drama’. Haley is enrolled in the CIS classes that are offered at school and online PSEO for classes not offered. She is respectful to all the adults and her peers. She is willing to offer to help if she feels she can be of some assistance. Haley is a great role model who often goes unnoticed because she does not try to get noticed or have attention placed on her.”

Peterson praised Gale for her determination.

“Ravyn transferred into our district at the start of her junior year,” said Peterson. “She has worked extremely hard and has taken her education seriously. While many students take only the number of credits needed for graduation, Ravyn has taken classes that will prepare her for her major in college. She is always polite, kind and willing to help others. She is often overlooked due to her quiet demeanor.”

Each student received at least $375 in scholarship money, plus had a chance to win door prizes. View the entire list of students atnjpa.co/StudentRecognition2017.

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