Brainerd High School seniors next spring will likely hear commencement speakers tell them how graduation marks the beginning of a new chapter more than it represents an ending. Evidence to support that theory is apparent when one surveys the accomplishments and positions of influence held by the 47 members of the Brainerd High School Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame.
After graduation, the hall of fame members ventured to amazing destinations that included the Minnesota governor’s mansion, the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, university research laboratories, corporate board rooms and New York City’s Broadway. Others excelled as business or civic leaders while staying in their home communities.
The hall is sponsored by the Brainerd Public Schools Foundation, Brainerd Rotary Club and the Brainerd Dispatch.
This year’s inductees are Connie Marshall-Grittner (1964), William Potvin (1972) and Sheila Wasnie Haverkamp (1981). Marshall-Grittner of Fort Pierre, S.D., spent 25 years with the U.S. Department of Defense, much of that time during the Cold War. Potvin is partner-in-charge of the northern Minnesota offices of CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. Haverkamp is executive director of the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp. Tentative plans call for the three new members to spend time in high school classrooms before they’re formally inducted.
Parents who’d like to inspire their children about the great possibilities which exist after high school should consider attending the hall of fame banquet at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 (with a 5 p.m. social hour) at the Brainerd Hotel and Conference Center. Tickets are on sale at the Washington Education Services Building. It’s a great way to celebrate BHS students who translated exemplary school work into successful careers.