Upsala names its top five graduates for 2017

     The top five of 31 students who will graduate from Upsala High School with the Class of 2017 include:

Rachel Prom, the valedictorian of the Class of 2017 with a 4.0 grade point average (gpa), is the daughter of DJ and JoAnne Prom. During high school she has participated in concert choir, band and pep band, Knowledge Bowl, Math League, drama, Student Council and the Upsala mentor program. She served one-year terms as secretary and president of the National Honor Society (NHS), was class president for two years and student body president for two years.

Prom plans to double major in business and professional writing at the University of Minnesota – Duluth.

Noelle Kedrowski, the daughter of Jay and Marcy Kedrowski of Bowlus, is the salutatorian for her class and earned a 3.983 gpa. In high school, Kedrowski was active in varsity softball, dance, Knowledge Bowl, the Upsala High School mentor program, concert choir, band and pep band. She is the senior class president and a member of the Student Council.

Kedrowski plans to attend the University of Minnesota – Duluth, to pursue a degree in biology.

Joshua Schlumpberger, the son of David and Tamara Schlumpberger of Bowlus, will graduate with a 3.939 gpa. During his high school career, Schlumpberger was involved in First Robotics, National Honor Society, Knowledge Bowl and was a class officer.

Schlumpberger plans to attend the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities to major in computer science.

Samantha Blonigen is the daughter of Patrick and Kristine Blonigen of Bowlus. She has been active in varsity softball, Knowledge Bowl, concert band, pep band, dance, drama, yearbook, the Upsala High School mentor program, FFA and served as a class officer. She will graduate with a 3.924 gpa.

Blonigen has been admitted to Winona State University in the nursing program.

Parker Barth, the son of Jeff Barth and Karin Nelson of Upsala, will graduate with a 3.864 gpa. He has been involved in varsity football, basketball and baseball. He was active in First Robotics, Knowledge Bowl, National Honor Society and Student Council.

Barth plans to attend North Dakota State University to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.

Graduation ceremonies will take place Saturday, May 27, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the high school gym. The Class of 2017 chose “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyard as its class song; the white rose as its class flower; black, gold and crimson as its class colors and “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring,” by David Bowie, for the class quote.