Her dedication to academics resulted in her achieving continuous honor roll status at Upsala Area Schools. In addition, she has been a devoted and very active participant in band, drama, basketball, track and softball. Evoniuk has demonstrated leadership as captain of varsity basketball in her senior year. This follows her captain status during her junior high basketball participation. She has lettered in track, band and drama. Commitment to the drama club led her to act in five plays. Elementary soccer players benefited from her assisting in coaching over several summers.
In addition, she served as a Peer Conflict Mediator helping kindergarten through third grade students resolve issues at recess. She has been consistently involved in the community, including an extensive commitment to Community Covenant Church youth group. Evoniuk raked yards for the elderly, cleaned school busses, filled food bags for Kids Against Hunger, collected food for the local food shelf and assisted janitors in cleaning the school, gym, auditorium and commons area.
She has also volunteered at the Great River Regional Library, served Easter breakfast at her church and made cookies during December at the Upsala Community Covenant Church. The school administration said the senior has successfully managed to balance both extracurricular activities and high scholastic achievement throughout her years at Upsala Area Schools.
“Work hard and enjoy every minute of high school; it goes by fast,” is Evoniuk’s advice to underclassmen. Her favorite class has been forensics, because, “It was a lot of fun and very interesting.” She feels school has been valuable to her because she learned how to interact and communicate with people.
“I’ve had the pleasure of being able to coach Dawn the last three years in basketball. Her dependability, leadership, and positive attitude that she displays will make her excel in whatever her future plans may be. She’s a great listener and her pleasant personality makes it easy to be around her,” said Paul Pelzer. “She is very deserving of the Student of the Month honor.”
When she has free time, Evoniuk enjoys spending it with family and friends. Her future plans include attending college at Bemidji State University.