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BHS seniors' successes highlighted at ceremony

Scholarships, awards and recognitions were presented to students during the 2017 Senior Honors Recognition Ceremony at Burnsville High School (BHS) on May 15.

Burnsville Breakfast Rotary winners with police chief B.J. Jungman, pictured at left.

"This evening is all about the commitment that our students have made and the dedication they have shown to their education," said Principal Dave Helke. "All of these seniors have made their learning and academic success a priority."

Local businesses, civic organizations and community members donated a total of $89,500 in scholarships for Burnsville High School seniors.

“We are very fortunate to have a community that places a high value on education and gives generously in so many ways from the early childhood to senior years,” said Helke. “We are grateful and appreciative to be part of a community so supportive of education.”

Several scholarships were presented in memory of former teachers, students and community members (see the complete list of award winners here).

For example, the family of Burnsville community leader Ken Slipka presented two scholarships. Scholarships were also presented in memory of Taylor Ziebol, Mary Lenhardt, Lon Hitch, Renae Gustafson and Robert Naffziger.

The Class Acts annual teacher variety show raised funding to provide $1,000 scholarships to 14 Burnsville High School seniors this year. Over the past 28 years, Class Acts has raised over $250,000 for scholarships to graduating seniors.

Two alumni, Scott Kadrlik and Joe Reger, presented scholarships from the Hanson Foundation, established to honor retired teacher and coach Dick Hanson.

Each academic department at the high school presented an outstanding senior award. Seniors also received specific awards for their achievements in academics, athletics and the arts.

For the first time, Foundation 191 hosted the event and is overseeing the disbursement of the scholarships. Foundation, a not for profit organization, began in 2005 to enhance, enrich and expand educational opportunities within the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 13:36