WADENA — Wadena-Deer Creek High School students will travel to St. Paul next Tuesday where they will join 18,000 other teens for a “We Day” rally.
“This is a day of motivational speakers and performers that will talk to the students about the importance of community service. The program is sponsored by “Feed the Children” and we will commit to a local community service project, along with a global project,” explained Mike Ortmann, student council co-adviser.
WDC students in grades 9-12, who represent several service organizations, such as student council, National Honor Society, FCCLA, BPA, as well as class officers, will attend the rally held in St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center.
WDC students include: Brittany Andrews, Brandee Bly, Ashley Carlson, Jennifer Craig, Taylor Dirks, Hailey Formo, Jacob Goeden, Ella Harrison, Austin Hendershot, Stephanie Hughes, Autumn Jahnke, Jessica Langer, Shania Lannes, Isaac Laughlin, Michaela Lehmkuhl, Brooke Lorentz, Larissa Maisio, Sam Manselle, Nicole Miller, Carrie Nelson, Hope Norenberg, Kassi Peterson, Danyel Post, Ricky Price, Matthew Quincer, Gabbi Ross, Morgan Sibert, Hannah Vorderbruggen, David Wegscheid and Morgan Zeise. Chaperones are Cindi Koll, Rachel Bounds and Mike Ortmann.
The We Day lineup includes Martin Luther King III, singers Dessa, the Jonas Brothers and Carly Rae Jepson, actress Mia Farrow, Minnesota leaders such as Gov. Mark Dayton, the Twin Cities mayors, and members of the Minnesota Vikings.
“The kids are excited. They don’t know what to expect, but they are anxious to network with other students and get ideas for community service projects,” Ortmann said.
Jack Jablonski, the Benilde-St. Margaret’s student who suffered a spinal cord injury during a hockey game, is among the speakers at the Xcel Energy Stage for the event.
WDC student Matthew Quincer, 16, is anxious to be a part of this event that teaches youth about volunteerism. He serves as a junior class officer.
“I’m excited to learn motivational techniques as well as leadership skills,” Quincer said.
To learn more about We Day, go to www.weday.com.