Top students named for Pelican High School Class of 2020
Two students ranked at the top of their 66-member graduating class at Pelican Rapids High School.
Brianna Colosky, daughter of David and Pamela Colosky, has been named Valedictorian of the PRHS Class of 2020, maintaining a 3.979 GPA for grades 9-12 of her high school career.
Colosky was a member of Pelican Rapids’ first varsity girls soccer team where she was team captain. She has also been a part of the volleyball team where she was named most encouraging player as a sophomore. Brianna was also a member of the softball team.
Beyond sports, Brianna has been active in other activities such as SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)–where she held office of vice president–and Minnesota Honor Society and Band.
Colosky involved in volunteer activities
During her time in school, Colosky has had the opportunity to volunteer by serving local areas with the Bridge Mobile Food Shelf/Produce Drop through her church. She has also served coffee and visited with residents at Pelican Valley Senior Living, served lunch to veterans on Veteran’s Day, helped with the Red Cross Blood Drive, and road ditch clean-up.
Work experience for Brianna includes Pelican Valley Senior Living as a dining assistant.
Colosky plans to attend Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Detroit Lakes for Registered Nursing.
Madeline Guler, daughter of Eric and Amanda Guler has been named Salutatorian of PRHS Class of 2020, maintaining a 3.964 GPA for grades 9-12 of her high school career.
Guler a 3-sport athlete, plus strong academic record
Guler has been a three sport athlete throughout her high school career. She participated in Cross Country where she obtained various awards including captain grades 10-12, section academic excellence gold level grades 9-12, varsity letter winner grades 8–12.
The cross country team also placed fifth at the state level. Madeline was a five time girls basketball letter winner. She was recognized for many accomplishments including team captain, Heart O’ Lakes All-Conference honorable mention, Heart O’ Lakes All-Conference, academic All-State, section champs, and state tournament participant. As a four time All-Conference and state participant, Ms. Guler was a successful track and field athlete as well.
Beyond sports, Madeline has been involved in numerous activities including Math Team, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), Student Council–where she was elected President her senior year–Band, Pep band, FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), Minnesota Honor Society, Yearbook staff, and Youth Eco Solutions. Madeline has volunteered within her community by window washing for community businesses, assisting with the Red Cross Blood Drive, Read Across America, ditch clean up, Special Olympics, youth mass coordinator, mission trip to Colorado, elementary basketball coach, elementary track and field day helper, and fourth grade classroom assistant.
Work experience includes Brygge, Hub 41, Riverview Place, Summer Recreation coach, and Rapid Nutrition. Ms. Guler plans to attend Concordia College in Moorhead to continue her sports career in basketball and track while majoring in Biology and Psychology.
Top 10 percent of 2020 Class listed
The Top 10% of students academically in their class are Riley Berg, Brianna Colosky, Alyce Erdman, Madeline Guler, Nicole Martinez, Kirby Nelson, Logan Petznick and Abigail Syverson
The two Presidential Scholars this year who successfully met the national criteria of a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, 85th percentile college entrance exam score (ACT, SAT, etc.), characteristics of leadership-service-character and course work in the core areas plus foreign language and technology were Madeline Guler and Kirby Nelson.
Honor society acknowledgments
Seven Minnesota Honor Society members will be recognized for their efforts to maintain high standards in character, leadership, scholarship, and service. They are Riley Berg, Brianna Colosky, Madeline Guler, Katlyn Haugrud, Kirby Nelson, Logan Petznick and Abigail Syverson.
40 recognized as honor students
The following forty students will be recognized at graduation as honor students for maintaining a 3.0 grade point average for their four years of high school: Amina Ahmed, Issadin, Ahmed, Nohemi Baeza, Noah Ballard, Riley Berg, Samantha Blakeway, Brianna Colosky, Oscar Diaz, Maxwel Dykhoff, Alyce Erdman, Haile Fitzgerald, Obetd Franco-Hernandez, Madeline Guler, Autumn Gummeringer, Lul Hassan, Emma Haugrud, Katlyn Haugrud, Tyler Haugrud, Abdifitah Isse, Ellie Johnson, Craig Jones, Jared Kekaha, Emma Kress, Anna Kunz, Nicole Martinez, Alexzander Motz, Kirby Nelson, Spencer Okke, Matthew Osborne, Ryley Paulson, Logan Petznick, Britta Seiple, Mandilyn Sjolie Jenna Stetz, Abigail Syverson, Brekken Thorson, Jennie Tran, Alan Villagomez, Emily Vo, and Natalie Williams.
Junior class achievers noted
The top academic students in the junior class are Weston Funk, Rachael Guler, Allison Haiby, Anna Stephenson, Greta Tollefson, and Julian Zavala-Gunderson.