Senior Spotlight By Bethany Parvin Alex William Nielsen was born Sept. 7, 1986, to Jim and Mary Nielsen. He has two siblings Brett and Kayla, both in college at USD.
"We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." This quote by Aristotle is Alex's favorite, and if you look at his high school achievements he has lived by this quote only striving for excellence.
"Spud," a widely known nickname, has been very active in extracurricular activities. He has participated in football, basketball, golf, four years; band, four years; and all-school play, four years.
Alex will always remember his class by how they came together and regrouped after the loss of a good friend and classmate. His favorite teacher memory is when Mr. Muth was trying to explain to his senior class what "FNORDS" are.
Alex wants the underclassmen "to keep in mind those four years go by fast. Don't wait until your senior year to get stuff done, because before you know it, it will be all over."
Alex has enlisted in the Navy. His plans are to become an electronic technician in the Navy's nuclear program, and finishing college to become a naval aviator.
Spud's sense of humor and his academic ability will be missed by everyone next year.
Jeanie Marie Stockland was born Dec. 15, 1986, to Frank and Robin Stockland. Jeanie has two siblings, Kent Stockland and Kyle Stockland, both attending high school at Wakonda.
Jeanie's future plans are to attend Black Hills State or USD with a major in biology with minors in chemistry and psychology while in the pre-med curriculum.
Jeanie has been very active in her high school throughout her four years. She's been involved in all-school play, FCCLA, TATU one year; oral interp, all- school musical, two years; 4-H, Teens-in-Action, Wakonda First Responders for three
years; band, chorus, one act play, peer helpers, bookkeeper for basketball and volleyball, jazz band, and honor roll all four years.
Her classmates debating various issues, especially in Mr. Muth's class, is Jeanie's favorite teacher memory. Her worst teacher memory is when Mr. Wynia brought a tarantula to school to traumatize her.
Jeanie's first crushes were Troy Humpal and Lyle Vogel in third grade.
If Jeanie had a chance to "will" anything to underclassmen, she would "will" her study habits. Her most embarrassing moment was in F.A.C.S. when a piece of steaming hot broccoli fell down her shirt.
The Dance by Garth Brooks is her favorite song. "Live each day to the fullest, because you never know when you last day will be here," is the quote Jeanie takes with her as the next chapter in her life begins.