The following students are the top 10 students for the class of 2013 at Royalton High School. They include:
Brianne Carlson, the daughter of Shelly and Dail Carlson of Royalton, will graduate as the class valedictorian, with a grade point average (gpa) of 3.982. During her high school career, Carlson was active in cross country, track (captain) and Knowledge Bowl. She is the vice president of the Tech Club, a member of the National Honor Society (NHS) and a senior editor of the yearbook. Carlson also holds a part-time job at the Royalton Dairy Queen. This fall, Carlson will attend North Dakota State University (NDSU), where she will major in pharmaceutical sciences as a pre-pharmacy student.
Justin Opatz, the son of Gary and Marie Opatz of Royalton, is the salutatorian for the class of 2013, with a gpa of 3.92. Throughout high school, he has been involved in basketball, track, Knowledge Bowl, Tech Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), NHS, the Student Council, youth group, band and marching band. Opatz plans to attend Bemidji State University to pursue a degree in accounting.
Andrew Kroll is the son of Brian and Karla Kroll of Royalton. During his high school career, Kroll was involved in football, track and field (captain), Knowledge Bowl, NHS and was the secretary/treasurer of the senior class. For the past two years, Kroll was a lifeguard and taught swimming lessons over the summer at the Little Falls Community Middle School pool. Kroll achieved a gpa of 3.839 and plans to pursue a degree in electrical engineering at NDSU.
Virginia Block is the daughter of Jim Block, Susan Block, Anna Marie Schlichting and Mark Costello, all of Royalton. In high school, she was involved in speech, drama, Knowledge Bowl, track, cross country, NHS, spirit choir, youth group and is a sandwich artist at Subway in Rice. Block achieved a gpa of 3.8. This fall, she will attend Hamline University to pursue a career in law.
Elizabeth Fountain, daughter of Matt and Jackie Fountain of Royalton, will graduate with a 3.78 gpa. During her high school career, her activities included jazz band, spring and fall plays, one-act play, speech, basketball, cross country, softball, volleyball, youth group, Knowledge Bowl and NHS. She was also a peer tutor and a volunteer at St. Francis. This fall, Fountain will attend the College of St. Benedict for pre-medicine and then plans to attend medical school.
Hannah Fussy is the daughter of Bernie and Lori Fussy of North Prairie. During high school, Fussy was involved in volleyball, basketball, yearbook, NHS, softball and Tech Club and will graduate with a 3.77 gpa. This fall, Fussy plans to attend NDSU to pursue a degree in health sciences.
Matt Silbernick, the son of Kevin and Joan Silbernick of Royalton, will graduate with a 3.77 gpa. During his high school career, Silbernick was involved in football, basketball, Knowledge Bowl, NHS, Tech Club and Student Council. Outside of school, he is involved in his church’s youth group and is a Mass server. For the past two years, Silbernick worked at the Royalton Dairy Queen. This fall, he will attend St. John’s University to major in pre-physical therapy courses to pursue a career as a physical therapist.
Kalee Petron is the daughter of Cindy and Mark Petron of Royalton. Throughout high school, she has been involved in band, marching band, NHS, Student Council, Knowledge Bowl, volleyball, basketball, softball, DECA, was part of the prom committee, is a peer tutor and Wrestling Club volunteer. Petron has also coached little girls basketball, volunteers with Kids Against Hunger and at the Veterans Administration Hospital. Petron will graduate with a 3.74 gpa and plans to attend St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona to pursue a career in the medical field.
Mitchell McCallson is the son of Delina and Michael McCallson of Royalton. Active in speech, Knowledge Bowl, the Drama Club, one-act play, Upsala Community Theater, Student Council and NHS, as well as a member of the baseball and football teams, he will graduate with a 3.69 gpa. McCallson plans to attend Central Lakes College in Staples to work on an associate’s degree in videography to pursue his dream of becoming a filmmaker.
Christopher D. Eli is the son of Dale and Rhonda Eli of Royalton. In high school, his activities included football, baseball, marching band and Tech Club. Outside of school, Eli is part of his church’s youth group. Graduating with a 3.49 gpa, Eli plans to enlist into the Air Force and then branch off into law enforcement.
Graduation ceremonies will take place in the Royalton High School gymnasium, Friday, May 24, at 8 p.m.