Class of 2020 Top 10
Sauk Rapids-Rice High School
Daughter of Dan and Julie Bittman of Sauk Rapids. Her school activities include Minnesota Honor Society (president), Storm Leaders, Math League, Link Crew, SADD, prom committee, soccer and diving for the Girl’s Swim and Dive Team. Outside of school, Madeline volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters and works as a bank teller at American Heritage Bank. In her free time, she enjoys going to the lake with her family and just being outside. Madeline plans to pursue a career in engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Son of Cindy McMillan of St. Cloud and Curt Burgardt of Monticello. Ryan has been an active member in band, choir, jazz band, marching band and pit orchestra. Other school activities include student council, Green Team, Link Crew, Minnesota Honor Society and Winterguard. Outside of school, Ryan volunteers at the St. Cloud Hospital and loves to binge watch reality TV. Ryan will be attending the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering.
Gavin is the son of Jon and Kristen Fuchs of St. Cloud. He has always enjoyed going to school, especially making lifelong friends. Gavin’s school activities include cross country, track and field, student council (treasurer), DECA (president and district representative), Math League (Captain), Minnesota Honor Society, Principal’s Cabinet and Green Team. In his down time, Gavin enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing ping pong, golfing, boating, running and playing video games. Gavin will be attending the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where he will be majoring in neuroscience and minoring in pharmacology and Spanish. His long term goal is to become a surgeon.
Grant is the son of Chad and Karla Hiltner of Sauk Rapids and the late Nicole Hiltner. He has been an active member of DECA where he has qualified for the national competition for the past two years. He is also a member of Minnesota Honor Society and volunteers at the Tri-County Humane Society. Outside of school, Grant enjoys reading and running. Grant plans to pursue a degree in Biomedical Science at St. Cloud State University.
Emma is the daughter of Brian and Camille Johnsen of Sauk Rapids. She has been on the soccer team for five years and a senior captain. She is also involved in the Green Team, Link Crew, Minnesota Honors Society, Storm Leaders, prom committee and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Outside of school, Emma works at Target and Dairy Queen. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. Emma will be attending the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She is considering majors in occupational therapy or biomedical engineering.
Hillarie is the daughter of Bill and Kris Markfort of Sauk Rapids. She has been active in P4T (Project For Teens), SADD, Minnesota Honor Society, FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) Revive, Link Crew, Drama Club, Principal’s Cabinet, band, jazz band and Storm Leaders. Her favorite activities have been being part of drama and the culinary/management team. When she’s not in school, Hillarie enjoys volunteering at her church and grabbing a cup of coffee or going to a movie with friends. Hillarie will be attending Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, to pursue a degree in youth ministry.
Alexandra is the daughter of Keith & Kristi O’Brien of Rice. Her activities include track and field, volleyball, Link Crew, Minnesota Honor Society, Principal’s Cabinet and DECA. Alexandra is the president of DECA, which is her favorite high school activity. Outside of school, she loves traveling, spending time with family and friends and relaxing in her hammock. She is also an avid reader and napper. Alexandra plans to pursue a degree in neuroscience at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Morgan is the daughter of Bruce Paulson & Jennifer Thorsten of Rice. She has been involved in many activities but her passion falls within the fine arts programs. These activities include speech team (captain), drama, band, choir and the music listening contest. Morgan also participated on the Girl’s Swim and Dive Team, Minnesota Honor Society and Storm Leaders. In her free time, she likes trying new things, spending time with friends and family and loves listening to music. Morgan will be attending North Dakota State University to pursue a degree in pharmacy with a minor in economics.
Megan is the daughter of Steve & Lisa Wahlin of Sauk Rapids. Her school activities include Minnesota Honor Society, Storm Leaders and prom committee. She is on the Storm dance team where she was a two-year captain as well as a member of the choreography team. Outside of school, Megan volunteers at the Good Shepherd Memory Loss Cottages. She has also enjoyed various shadowing experiences at the St. Cloud Hospital through the Health Careers Internship Program. Megan is currently working to obtain her nursing assistant certification. Megan plans to major in human physiology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where she will follow a pre-medical track.
Holynne is the daughter of Randy and Marie Zeilenga of Sauk Rapids. Her biggest passion in high school has been being a member of the Girl’s Swim and Dive Team. Swimming has been part of her life for as long as she can remember. It has been a sport with highs and lows that has taught her the power of perseverance. Holynne will be attending Winona State University to major in nursing.