Congratulations to the Henry Sibley Class of 2017!
Congratulations to the Henry Sibley Class of 2017!
Posted on 06/16/2017

As the 2016-17 school year comes to a close, School District 197 would like to present the "Sibley Senior Spotlights" — interviews with seniors who have shown commitment to academic excellence and personal achievement. Students share stories about their favorite memory from their time at Sibley, a teacher who helped encourage them, advice for younger students about high school, and more!

Read on to learn more about a few of the graduates.

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Andrew Zuckerman – Some people discover their talents later in life or develop a variety of interests over time. Others just know what they love to do from an early age. This was the case for Andrew Zuckerman who has been a visual storyteller since he was young. Andrew will attend Syracuse University where he plans to major in Film within the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Read more.

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Elizabeth Whitcomb Years of hard work, training and dedication have led Liz Whitcomb to become both an accomplished athlete and scholar. These accolades will continue to follow her as she attends Gustavus Adolphus College where she plans to major in Biology and run on the cross country and track teams. Read more.
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Chanel Zahradka Since she was young, Chanel Zahradka has enjoyed caring for and helping others. She also has a passion for volunteering. Chanel finds outlets for all of these interests in school clubs and classes at Henry Sibley that emphasize service and build student leaders. She will attend the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities this fallRead more.


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Sakai Kelly Over the course of his high school career, Sakai Kelly has found success on the football field, on the wrestling mat, in the classroom and beyond. Through it all, he has stayed focused on what’s important, like building relationships, maintaining a positive attitude and supporting his classmates, teammates and even younger athletes who look up to him. This fall, Sakai will be attending St. Cloud State University where he will be a member of their wrestling teamRead more.

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Kelia Cortes Mera Throughout her fours years of high school, Keila Cortes Mera has been determined not to waste one moment. Whether or not she has had previous experience in an activity or sport, she doesn’t let it stop her from joining and trying her best. Read more.

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Gabe Segura If you ask Gabe Segura to describe a perfect day he will tell you he would spend it snowboarding in the mountains somewhere in the western United States. It could truly be any sport though, other favorites include golf and fishing, just so long as he is in the outdoors, being active. Read more.
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Ben Alva – Academically, Ben Alva is drawn toward engineering, science and wanting to learn how and why things work. What he has discovered throughout high school, however, is that even linear thinkers can excel in the abstractRead more.

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Juliet Dupont – Whether in or out of the classroom, Juliet Dupont is continuously expanding her view of the world. Juliet's participation in Henry Sibley’s Model U.N. along with a trip to India have been influential in her decision to attend the University of Wisconsin - Madison where she plans to double major in political science and journalism. Read more.

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Liliana JimenezWhen an opportunity to learn or try something new comes along, Liliana Jimenez takes it. Liliana’s natural-born curiosity has led her to learn multiple world languages and take on a rigorous course load throughout her time at Henry Sibley. Her hard work and dedication will continue to fuel her future as she pursues a degree in Health Science at the University of Minnesota-Rochester this fall. Read more.


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Sam Gantman – By blending lessons learned in athletics and his academics, Sam Gantman has been able to amass awards in both areas during his time at Henry Sibley High School. He will look to continue to excel both in and out of the classroom when he begins his pursuit of a mechanical engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute Technology (MIT) in the fall. Read more.


 Read about other achievements by students in the class of 2017: