Six individuals and a chess team will join BHS Hall of Fame

Posted on September 25, 2017

BHS hall of fame torch

Burnsville High School will be inducting six individuals and the 2001-02 Chess Team into its Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 13 at the school’s Mraz Center for Performing Arts. A reception will take place starting at 4:30 p.m. followed by the formal induction ceremony at 5:30 p.m. that is free and open to the public. Inductees will also be recognized at halftime at that evening’s home football game.

They will join 84 individuals, teams and organizations that have been inducted since the Hall of Fame was created in honor of the school’s 50th anniversary in 2006.

“The Hall of Fame honors graduates, staff members, teams and community members or organizations who have made exceptional achievements in their fields, significant contributions to BHS or unique contributions to their community on a local, state, national or international level,” according to Vicki Roy, chairperson of the Hall of Fame committee. “They serve as positive role models for our students and let them see what opportunities they may have and what they may achieve in their futures.”

Inductees in 2017 are:

Joe Bueltel, class of 1979, graduated with honors from Normandale Community College and received his bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota. He received his juris doctor degree with honors from William Mitchell School of Law where he wrote for the Law Review. Bueltel won the Don’t Tread on Me Award in 1993 and the Clarence Earl Gideon Outstanding Service Award in 1996. He held many positions and served on several task forces, becoming chief public defender for the Third Judicial District from 1999-2002. He was appointed Minnesota State District Court Judge for the Third Judicial District in 2002 and elected to that position in 2004, 2010 and 2016. He currently serves as assistant chief justice, as well as Steele Waseca Drug Court Lead Judge and Steele County Truancy Court Lead Judge. Bueltel is a member of the Steele County Habitat for Humanity Board and has coached in the high school mock trial program.

Jennifer Hall, class of 1986, graduated ninth in her BHS class and excelled in sports, winning the 1986 Athena Award as captain of three sports and winner of eight letters. She was named all-conference and all-region in both soccer and softball. The 1986 Minnesota Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year and 1986 Metro Player of the Year, she was the leading scorer at the 1986 Minnesota state tournament. She also earned all-state and conference leading scorer honors twice and was the first 1,000-point scorer for Burnsville. At the University of Minnesota, she played in every basketball game her freshman and sophomore years and started every game her junior and senior years. The 1990 team captain was named team Most Valuable Player twice and was named an All Big Ten player twice. Hall was recognized with the 1994 South Suburban Conference Achievement Award - Athletics for outstanding accomplishments in high school and beyond. She teaches social studies at Armstrong High School in the Robbinsdale school district.

Greg Holker, class of 1996, was a member of the National Honor Society and served as vice president of the BHS Student Council. A member of the boys’ soccer team from 1993 to 1995, he earned 1995 All-State Honorable Mention honors and was named to the 1995 Star Tribune All Metro Team and the 1995 All-Conference Team. He continued his soccer career at Gustavus Adolphus College where he was a 4 year starter, serving as captain in 1999 and earning NSCAA All-Region and All-MIAC honors. He earned his degree in English and was a member of Sigma Tau Delta International Honor Society. Since 2004, he has served as Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Augsburg College where he holds the honor of being the winningest coach in team history and has been recognized twice as the MIAC Coach of the Year. He also serves as the Burnsville Soccer Club director of coaching.

Kerry Kraemer, class of 2007, was a member of the National Honor Society and swam on the girls’ varsity swim team for five years. She was the first swimmer in Minnesota history to win five consecutive individual state titles (100 breaststroke). She broke the all-time Minnesota AA record in the 100 breaststroke and was a 16 time All-American, winning 10 state titles during her high school career. Attending Stanford University on a swimming scholarship, Kraemer earned her degree in international relations with a 3.7 grade point average. Her college swimming career earned her NCAA Division 1 All-America honors twice and Pac-12 All-Academic First Team honors three times. She finished in the top eight at the 2009 U.S. National Championships in the 100 breaststroke. Co-founder and president of Friends of TASAAGA, an organization supporting vulnerable women and children in rural Uganda, Kramer was selected a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow in 2013 and a Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project in 2017.

Renata (Heupel) Mayrhofer, class of 1977, was a member of the National Honor Society and served on the BHS Yearbook staff. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1982, she earned her masters degree in business administration from Boston College in 1985. Commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army in 1980, she served with the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade in Germany from 1983-1988. From 1985-1991, she was the chief negotiator for international loans for Commerzbank Germany. As a Professor of Business Management at the University of Phoenix, she was recognized as the Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year for 2003-2004. She is currently department chair and professor of business management at Concordia University. Mayrhofer is a founding member and board member of the Saving Grace Village, coordinates the Angel Tree Christmas initiative for children of incarcerated adults and serves as president of the Urban Cross Cultural College Consortium.

Douglas Wendland, class of 1969, was a National Honor Society member and winner of the Barry Mott Memorial Scholarship. He participated in cross country and track at BHS. He earned his bachelors and medical doctor degrees at the University of Wisconsin where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Wendland started and serves as chief of the Family Medicine Department at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. He helped design and implement response to the 2009 influenza pandemic while serving as medical director of occupational medicine and employee health for St. Luke’s Health System serving Northwestern Wisconsin and Northeastern Minnesota. He served as the World Health Organization’s national coordinator for occupational health and safety for Sierra Leone during the 2014-2015 ebola outbreak and won the 2016 50 Over 50 award from the Minnesota AARP for that response work.

2001-2002 Chess Team was the 2001 National K-12 Champions, Grade 12, with four individuals placing in the top 25. They won the 2002 Minnesota State High School Championship with seven team members placing in the top 21 and placed 11th in the 2002 National High School Championship with four players placing in the top 200. Grady Cantrell and Brett Larsen were crowned the 2002 National Double Bughouse Champions. Members of the team, coached by Eduard Zelkind, were Caleb Bousu, Grady Cantrell, Jesse Fredeen, Kyle Geiken, Matthew Kleman, Phil Koistra, Landon Larch, Brett Larsen, Rachel Larsen, Nick Naegeli, Garrick Nelsen, Nick Pechman, Mark Rupp, Bobby Steffen and Chi Tran.

Posted in Alumni, Achievement, Student Success | Tagged hall of fame, bhs

Celebrate with Sioux Trail on Oct. 12

Posted on September 25, 2017

Join us on Oct. 12 for a special program featuring student performances and more as we celebrate Sioux Trail Elementary being named a Minnesota School of Excellence!

The program will start at 10 a.m. in the school gym. Learn more about the MN School of Excellence award at

Posted in Community, Achievement | Tagged sioux trail, school of excellence, MESPA, celebration

MWS Super Hero Fall Ball is Sept. 29

Posted on September 25, 2017

Join the fun for the annual Back to School Fall Ball Super Hero Dance at MWS on Friday, Sept. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. Dress up as your favorite super hero. The whole family will have fun!!!

Yes, volunteers are needed to help out with concessions and admissions. Be a hero and volunteer to help!

Super Hero Dance Volunteer Sign Up



  • $2 per student admission fee

  • Concessions available for purchase!

Tagged marion w savage, dance, fall ball

Harriet Bishop book fair starts Oct. 12

Posted on September 25, 2017

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming! Come to the book fair on October 12, 16, and 17 during parent-teacher conferences and help support our school. If you can't make it to the fair, books can be purchased on our website.

Tagged harriet bishop, book fair, scholastic

Green Apple Day of Service slated for Oct. 14

Posted on September 22, 2017

Green Apple Day of ServiceBurnsville High School will take part in its fourth annual Green Apple Day of Service on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This event gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to come together and transform the school into a healthy, safe and productive learning environment through local service projects.

Students will be engaging in a variety of tasks, like pulling weeds, adding mulch and rock to the Peace Garden, picking up garbage, tending to the Giving Garden, painting the Burnsville Rock and much more!

All students are welcome to this fun event ... you can sign up HERE

To learn more about Green Apple Day of Service, you can visit the website.



Posted in Activities, Community | Tagged bhs, youth service, green apple day of service

Teacher honored at Vikings game Oct. 1

Posted on September 21, 2017

Terese TrekellTerese Trekell, a kindergarten teacher at Gideon Pond Elementary School in Burnsville, was honored as a Hometown Hero during a Minnesota Vikings football game at U.S. Bank Stadium on Oct. 1.

During each home game, U.S. Bank and the Minnesota Vikings recognize a Minnesotan whose extraordinary actions have made the community a better place.

Trekell has lived and worked for the past 20 years in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 as an educator, teacher leader, mentor, change agent, PTO member, parent, and playground committee member.

“Her involvement and contributions have led to Gideon Pond Elementary and District 191 being places of pride, inspiration, and preparation for a happy and productive life for countless children and families,” said Principal Chris Bellmont.

Posted in Achievement, Community | Tagged gideon pond, terese trekell, vikings, US Bank, community, awards

Community invited to special School of Excellence program Oct. 12

Posted on September 21, 2017

Members of the community are invited to attend a special event on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. in the Sioux Trail Elementary gymnasium as we celebrate being named a Minnesota School of Excellence, one of only eight schools to receive the honor. 

Posted in Achievement | Tagged sioux trail, awards, school of excellence, MESPA

District 191 receives financial award for 29th consecutive year

Posted on September 21, 2017

For the 29th consecutive year, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 has received an award for financial reporting from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International. The Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (COE) Award is considered to be the gold standard and the highest recognition for school district financial operations.

“This award represents a significant achievement and reflects your commitment to fiscal integrity and high quality financial reporting,” wrote John Musso, executive director of ASBO.

District 191 is one of only two districts in the state that have earned the award for 29 or more consecutive years. This outstanding accomplishment places the district in the top 20 percent of the 550 school districts across the country that participate in the COE program.

By preparing and presenting this report, District 191 validates the credibility and transparency of its financial operations and the integrity and technical competence of its business staff.

“This award recognizes our continuing commitment to meeting the highest standards of financial integrity,” said Superintendent Cindy Amoroso. “It is a prestigious achievement that demonstrates that we are using tax dollars wisely to support academic success for students.”

The award is for the report for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2016. For more details, visit

Posted in Finance, Achievement | Tagged finance, funding, budget, ASBO, awards

BHS crowns 2017 Homecoming King and Queen

Posted on September 21, 2017

Burnsville High School students crowned seniors Daniel Akah and Olivia Brammer as their 2017 Homecoming King and Queen in a coronation Sept. 21.

Attendants walked into a darkened, jam-packed gymnasium, with background music welcoming them in and a spotlight and floor lights illuminating their way. Last year's Homecoming King Charlie Green and Homecoming Queen Egeziharya Yilma were on hand to crown the new king and queen. (See Slideshow)

Daniel is involved in theater guild and is the publicity manager for the school’s Mraz Center for the Performing Arts. He is part of Concert Choir and Freestyle, as well as the All-State Choir. He is currently a senior class officer, leader for #BurnsvilleStorng and Young Life, and a member of student council. Daniel is also an active volunteer who participates in various events with the BHS Youth Service.

Daniel plans to apply to the University of Minnesota and Northwestern University in Chicago and major on a pre-medical track while pursuing music on the side.

Olivia is an active volunteer on the “Bowls for Brainpower” leadership team to provide weekend food to elementary students in need. She is also the theatre guild house manager for the Mraz Center for the Performing Arts and a youth commissioner for the City of Burnsville’s parks and natural resources commission. Last year, Olivia was selected to be among six Distinguished Finalists from Minnesota for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. She also is involved in WEDay, Future Teachers of America, Youth in Government, Interact Club, #BurnsvilleStrong and Senior Class officers.

Olivia plans on studying either special education or political science in college, with the hope of becoming a lobbyist for education.

Emphasizing these students' dedication as service leaders in our community, BHS Youth Service Coordinator Bri Ostoff noted that the members of the Homecoming Court have volunteered 3,300 hours in the last two years. 

Members of the 2017-18 Homecoming Court are:

9th Grade Attendants

Nicholas Hughes
Erika Leeman

10th Grade Attendants

Joshua Kamara
Kaylahna Onenaly

11th Grade Attendants

Dawson Ludvison
Destiny Somsanouk

Junior Ambassadors

Isaac Nelson
Sarah Scalzo

Senior Ambassadors

Victor Sanchez Villegas
Fiona Chow

12th Grade Attendants

Chloe Atkinson
Olivia Brammer
Samantha Brenes
Elizabeth Cummings
Mackenzie Duncan
Natalie Engel
Courtney Funk
Aviva Leverty
Megan Sash
Hannah Schliemann
Daniel Akah
William Alvey
Ethan Andersen
Nate Drobnick
Luke Haddorff
Joshua Mwebi
Brock Schultz
Sutton Strander
Robert Wedan
Nicholas Willmert
Burnsville High School students, alumni and community members celebrated Homecoming Week with themed dress up days and sporting events. The week of festivities will conclude with a football game against Maple Grove on Friday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. and a dance from 8 p.m.-midnight on Saturday, Sept. 23.
Posted in Parents, Community | Tagged bhs, 2017 homecoming, coronation, king and queen, royalty, court

Principal's message to families regarding student death

Posted on September 18, 2017

Dear Burnsville High School Families,

This is a message from Principal Dave Helke for families of Burnsville High School students.

Today was a very difficult and emotional day for our school community following the death of a student this weekend. I want to make sure you are informed so that you can help your children as you feel is best.

During the school day today, we provided time and resources for students so that they could receive the support they need and start to process their emotions or simply be in a safe place to grieve. The support of counselors and all staff members will continue to be in place as long as necessary.

Today’s planned Homecoming assembly was postponed until tomorrow. While we had more immediate needs today, I believe an all-school assembly will provide us an opportunity to rally together as a community, support each other and celebrate how strong we are. Please know that the assembly is not mandatory and students who don’t feel ready to attend will have alternatives available to them.  

Lastly, I want you to know how proud I am of our students. In small and large ways, their compassion and caring for each other is obvious everywhere I look. They are leaders for each other in a time of great need.

Thank you for your time and for helping us to be truly Burnsville Strong.

ASC, Fariintan waxay ka socotaa maamulaha Dave Helke , waxay ku socotaa waalidiinta ardayda dhigata

Dusiga sare ee Burnsville.Maanta waxay aheyd maalin murug badan dhamaan bulshada iskuulka ka dib geeriddi ku timid arday isbuucii la soo dhaafay dhamaadkiisa. Waxaan jeclahay in aan idinla socodsiiyo sida ugu fiican ee aad ilmahaaga dareenkooda u caawin kartid.

Maanta intii iskuulka lagu guda jiray, waxaan ardayda siinay waqti iyo caawimaad ay u baanayeen si ay ugu samraan xaalada muragada leh ee soo saa’iday. Caawinta ay bixinayaan lataliyayaasha iyo shaqaalaha iskuul oo idil waa sii socondoontaa ilaa iyo inta loo baahanyahay.

Howshii qorsheysneed maanta oo aheed (Homecoming assembly) dib ayaa loo dhigay ilaa iyo bari. Maadaama ay tacsi nagashay maanta, waxaan aminsanahay in ay isku imaashaheena iskuulka oo nasiindoono fursad aan ku midowno bulsho ahaan, iskuna gacanqabano una dabaaldagno isku xirnaanta awodeyna. Fadlan ogow (assembly) qasab kuma aha ardayda hadii aysan rabin, maalin kale ayay ka qeyb gali karaan.

Ugu dambeyn waxaan rabaa in aan idin sheego si aan ugu farxsanahay ardayda dhamaantood , ha yaraadeen ama ha badnaadeen siday is kugu naxriisanayaan oo ay is ku daryeelayaan qofba qofka kale , wey iska cadeed meel walba oo aan fiiriyo. Iyagoo is hogaaminayay waqtigiii ama marxalda adag oo ay baahi weyn ay jirto.

Aad ayaad ugu mahadsantihiin waqtigiin iyo caawinaadiina run ahaanti.    

Este es un mensaje del Director de Burnsville High School el Sr. Dave Helke.

Hoy fué un día muy difícil y emocional en la comunidad escolar después de la noticia del fallecimiento de un estudiante durante el fin de semana. Quiero asegurarme les mantengo informados para que desde casa los puedan seguir apoyando a como lo consideren necesario.

Durante el día, la escuela contó con recursos ofrecidos a los estudiantes recibiendo apoyo conforme lo necesitaban procesando sus emociones o simplemente teniendo un lugar seguro donde procesar su luto. El apoyo de los consejeros escolares y el personal seguirán en su lugar el tiempo que sea necesario.

La Asamblea de Homecoming prevista para hoy se pospuso hasta mañana. Aunque hoy teníamos necesidades más inmediatas, creo que una asamblea de toda la escuela nos brindará la oportunidad de reunirnos como comunidad, apoyarnos unos a otros y celebrar lo fuerte que somos. Por favor, sepa que la asamblea no es obligatoria y los estudiantes que no se sientan listos para asistir tendrán alternativas a su disposición.

Por último, quiero que sepan lo orgulloso que estoy de nuestros estudiantes. En pequeñas y grandes maneras, su compasión y el cuidado de cada uno es evidente en todas partes que miro. Son líderes uno para el otro en un momento de gran necesidad.

Gracias por su tiempo y por ayudarnos a ser verdaderamente Burnsville Strong.