May Students of the Month at Pierz High School


“I’ve been fortunate getting to know Jenny Riley through her being a Peer Helper and as this year’s SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) president,” said Connie Moe, Healy High counselor. In addition, Jenny captained the volleyball team, edited the yearbook and kept statistics for the baseball team.

“Jenny is always willing to help out and be there for her schoolmates. She has a genuine concern for her peers and is willing to go the extra mile to help out. Jenny’s attitude is positive, making her a natural leader and someone that other students can look up to,” said Ms. Moe.

Those attributes are also evident in church involvement where she serves as a Eucharistic minister, teaches sixth-grade religion and is active in Youth Group. Always willing to share her athletic talent, she enjoys coaching volleyball to younger students.

The daughter of Tom and Judy Riley says that moving to Pierz in seventh grade ranks among her best memories. Naturally outgoing, friendly and energetic, Jenny is still undecided about a major course of study, but plans on attending the University of Minnesota-Duluth this fall.

Both Jenny and Tony rate the study tour of Washington D.C. and New York City last month with classmates as one of their most unforgettable high school experiences. Wally Brown, social studies teacher who conducted the trip, said Tony is an excellent student who leads by example and is not afraid to do the extra work it takes to be successful.

“Tony is a doer and provides an excellent example to younger children,” continued Mr. Brown. “As a wrestling captain, he is a leader that a coach would want. He always has time for his teammates and the younger players to provide an encouraging word.”

A three-sport athlete, Tony has excelled the past four years in wrestling, football and track. He was a member of the state championship wrestling team this winter and the Pioneer football squad, which made it to the state final four last fall.

Andres is interested in another sport that may become a lifetime career. After completing two years of general credits at Bemidji State University, he plans on transferring to Iowa State University in the field of golf course management/horticulture. He is currently accumulating a lot of experience in the profession by working summers at the Pierz Golf Course.

“As a student, I have found Tony to be very conscientious and hardworking,” said Mr. Brown, attributes that could aptly describe Jenny as well. “He is constantly striving to be the best. He leads discussions and gets other students and his teachers involved in classroom activities. He has developed mature study habits, which will enable him to succeed on a college level.”

Athletic, smart and exercising common sense, the son of Carol and Jim Andres can look forward to a bright future based on the study habits and work ethic he has developed at Pierz Healy High School.

This concludes the Student of the Month features for the 2003-2004 school year. Earlier this month, Valedictorian Ashley Athman and Salutatorian Kristine Gruber were named Students of the Year in the program sponsored by Farmers and Merchants State Bank of Pierz and Sauk Rapids. Each was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

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