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Five individuals and the Burnsville Lions Club to join the BHS Hall of Fame

The six new members of Burnsville High School's Hall of Fame were inducted during a ceremony on Sept. 12, in the school's Mraz Center and were also recognized during half-time at the football game that night.

They are Katie Snyder Bolling, the Burnsville Lions Club, Mike Luckraft, Greg Orson, Laura Slominski and Alyse R. Solberg Stofer. They joined 54 previously inducted honorees.

The BHS Hall of Fame was established in 2006 as part of the school's 50th anniversary celebration. It is a way to recognize those who have made exceptional achievements in their field, significant contributions to Burnsville High School and unique contributions to their community on a local, state, national or international level.

“The Hall of Fame honorees serve as an example of the quality education that BHS provides and has fostered over the years and as role models for current students and staff to achieve their own success,” according to Dave Helke, principal.

2013 Inductees are:

Katie Snyder Bolling, a 1994 graduate of Burnsville High School, excelled in athletics, lettering in swimming as a freshman and sophomore, qualifying for state and earning All-Conference status her sophomore year. She lettered in track for three years and soccer for two years, playing on the State Championship teams in 1992 and 1993 and earning All-Conference Honorable Mention in 1993. She also lettered in girls’ hockey playing on the 1993 inaugural team. Bolling was a member of the Burnsville Giants U16 soccer team which won the 1992 National Championship. She continued playing soccer at the College of St. Benedict, receiving All-MIAC honors in 1996, and All-NCAA honors in 1997 and was voted Most Valuable Player in 1997. She graduated from St. Benedict’s in 1998 with degrees in accounting and business management. Bolling became a marathon runner and competed in Grandma’s Marathon, the Chicago Marathon, the Colorado Marathon and the Boston Marathon. She also became a triathlete earning USAT All American Triathlete recognition from 2004-2007. She qualified for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in 2007 where she was recognized for her volunteer humanitarian fundraising efforts on behalf of World Bicycle Relief. In 2008, Bolling became the fourth employee of World Bicycle Relief, an organization that distributes bicycles and provides mechanic training in 10 African countries. She was featured in the 30-year anniversary book of Ironman World Championships. She participated as a scholar at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2013.

Greg Orson was ranked third academically in the Burnsville High School Class of 1974 and served as commencement speaker. He was a well-rounded student with many successes academically, athletically and musically while in high school. He was a National Merit Scholar and Minnesota State Scholarship winner and was named to the National Honor Society both his junior and senior years. He earned two varsity athletics letters each in football and basketball, and three letters in track and served as co-captain in all three sports for the 1973-74 year. He led the football team to its first state championship in 1972, finishing the championship game with 160 yards rushing and two touchdowns. In 1973, he set the school record for touchdowns in a season with 18 and was voted All-Conference, All-State and Prep All-American. Orson was a two-year starter at forward-guard in basketball. His team won the conference championship in 1974 and was named All-State Team of the Week twice during that season. He participated in the 1973 state track meet at half-mile and earned All-Conference designation for individual events and relays in both 1973 and 1974. He was voted the "Athlete of the 1970s Decade" at Burnsville High School by the Burnsville Sun newspaper. Orson received a State Star rating for his trombone quartet and band in 1973 and 1974. He was the lead trombone in the school's wind ensemble, the lead trombone for summer musicals in 1972 and 1973, and the lead trombone on the first Burnsville High School tour to Europe in 1974. He also earned his Eagle Scout Award in 1973, and refereed youth football, basketball and baseball games. Orson attended Gustavus Adolphus College where he received his undergraduate degree with high honors, with a major in mathematics and minor in chemistry. He attended the Mayo Medical School and was in the Orthopedic Residency Program at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine from 1983-1988. He has been an orthopedic surgeon at Meritcare Medical Group of Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D., for 25 years, specializing in hip and knee replacements. As chair of the Orthopedic Department for 12 years, Orson received five “Guardian Angel” awards. He developed and continued to lead the quality improvement program for the Orthopedic Department. He was also an assistant clinical professor at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and was twice recognized as the Department of Surgery's Teacher of the Year.

The Burnsville Lions Club has been a strong supporter of Burnsville High School and the entire school district for many years. The group has presented scholarships to many BHS seniors, including last year when $19,500 was presented to students. Lions members have supported athletics at the school and have helped students attend national contests for which they have been selected. They provide funding for youth eye exams and provide eye glasses to students who need them and cannot afford them. Lions volunteer their time at many school events. They have also distributed dictionaries to every ISD 191 third grader for more than ten years. The Lions Club was recognized with District 191’s John Coskran Volunteer Award in 2004-2005 for these activities.

Mike Luckraft, a 1985 graduate of Burnsville High School, won seven varsity letters during his tenure at the school. He earned three letters in hockey, playing on the 1983 State Runner Up team, the 1984 State Tournament 6th place team and the 1985 State Championship team. He also garnered several individual honors in 1985 when he was a captain and was named to the All-Conference Team, the All-Metro Team, the All-Tournament Team and the All-State Team. He was also selected for the Team Minnesota vs. Team Massachusetts team and the Maroon Gold All Star Team. He holds the BHS record for playing in the most career games – 27 each year for a total of 81 games. Luckraft also excelled in golf at BHS, earning three letters during his high school career and serving as team captain in 1984 and 1985. He was named to the All-Conference team all three years and holds the school record for earning the Individual Championship in the Lake Conference Tournament in 1983, 1984 and 1985. He qualified for the Minnesota State High School Golf Tournament in 1984. Luckraft lettered in soccer, playing on the Lake Conference Championship Team in 1985. He was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League in 1985. Luckraft attended the University of Minnesota on a hockey scholarship and played on the Men’s Varsity Hockey Team which qualified for the final four in 1985-86 and 1986-87. In 1987, he transferred to the University of South Carolina - Coastal where he received a golf scholarship. He played on the varsity golf team there until his graduation with a physical education major in 1989. Luckraft, who became a member of the PGA of America in 1995, has served as a golf professional, general manager and director of golf at several golf clubs since his graduation including Willingers Golf club in Northfield, MN, where he currently works. He served as an assistant varsity hockey coach at BHS from 1993-1995 and 2006-2010.

Laura Slominski, a 1998 BHS graduate, was an academic letter winner, a member of the LIFE Leadership Group and a member of National Honor Society. She also excelled in athletics, being honored as the 1998 BHS Athena Award winner and Ms. Hockey 1998. She was on the second place Girls State Hockey Tournament team in 1996, earning a spot on the state tournament All-Tournament Team. She was named All-Metro and A.P. All-State Honorable Mention in 1997 and was All Conference 1996-1998. As captain of the 1997-98 Girls Varsity Hockey Team, Slominski was named an All-Metro player. She was also named to the Star Tribune All-State Second Team, the St. Paul Pioneer Press All-State First Team and the Coaches All-State Team. Slominski participated in soccer at BHS playing on state tournament qualifying teams in 1995 and 1996 and served as captain of the 1997 team. She garnered an All-Conference Honorable Mention in 1995, an All-Metro Honorable Mention in 1996 and All Conference designations in 1996 and 1997. She was selected to the St. Paul Pioneer Press All State Teams in 1996 and 1997, to the Coaches All-State Teams in 1996 and 1997 and to the Lake Conference All –Academic Team in 1997. Slominski attended the University of Minnesota where she played hockey as she studied psychology and management. She was honored with the U of M Women’s Hockey Highest G.P.A. Awards in 2000 and 2001, the U of M’s women’s hockey Unsung Hero Awards in 1999 and 2002 and the U of M’s Hockey Team Ridder Award for Volunteer Work in 2002. She was also recognized with the WCHA All-Academic Team, Big Ten Academic Awards in 2000, 2001 and 2002. She served as captain of the U of M Women’s Hockey Team in 2001-2002 and was a member of the team that placed third in 1998-99 AWCHA, were 1999-2000 AWCHA National Champions, 2000-2001 WCHA League Champions and 2001- 2002 WCHA League and Conference Champions and NCAA third place winners. She was a WCHA All Star Team participant and Assistant Captain in 2001 and a Patty Kazmier Top Ten College Hockey Player of the Year candidate in 2002. Slominski played with U.S. Under 22 Women’s Hockey Team in 1999-2000 and participated in the USA Hockey National Women’s Festival in 2005. She graduated from the U of M with a master’s of education in 2006 and has been teaching mathematics and coaching girls’ varsity hockey at Edina High School since 2008 where her teams were Co-Conference Classic Lake Champions in 2010, finished third at state in 2009 and 2012 and second at state in 2010 and 2011. With an overall record at Edina of 104-30-18, Slominski has been recognized as Section 2AA Coach of the year in 2009, 2010 and 2011. She was also presented with the 2009, 2010 and 2012 MN Wild 3M Excellence in Coaching Award for Section 2AA.

Alyse R. Solberg Stofer graduated with highest distinction from Burnsville High School in 1993. She was also a cheerleading captain for boys’ soccer and football. She participated on the cheerleading competition squad which earned the Cheerleading Excellence Award and was named a Gold Star Squad. Stofer earned the Presidential Academic Fitness Award and was a member of the National Honor Society in addition to serving as class president. She received the Academic Excellence Award and was recognized as a Senior Achiever in Leadership. She received scholarships from the Burnsville Jaycees and the Lions Club and was also awarded the Tandy Technology Scholarship. She attended the University of Iowa where she majored in biomedical engineering graduating in 1997. She continued her education at the University of Minnesota where she earned a master's degree in biological science and biomaterials in 2003. Stofer was featured in U.S.A. Today as a New Face of Engineering in 2003 and was recognized by the Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science and Technology Societies as a Young Engineer of the year in 2006. She received the Distinguished New Engineer Award from the Society of Women Engineers in 2006 and was recognized as an Emerging Leader in Product Research by the Society of Women Engineers in 2011. Stofer has been an active member of the Society of Women engineers since 1998 and now serves as president. She is also a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society and serves on the board of the American Association of Engineering Societies. She holds a patent for barriers and methods for pressure measurement catheters and has four other patents pending. She serves as a judge at the Southwest Regional Science Fair and is a Best Prep eMentor for local students interested in engineering. She has been a keynote speaker at Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) events.

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013 - 10:00