By Kelsie Hoitomt
GLENWOOD CITY- The Valedictorian for the Class of 2014 at the Glenwood City High School is Miss Kenzie Kruse.
Using the term “involved” is almost too light of a word to describe Kenzie’s high school career as she has participated in nearly every club and sport available to her.
Academically, Kruse shared she has a 3.98 GPA with seven semesters on the A Honor Roll. She has received the Principal’s Award for four years.
She has also earned a Medical Terminology credit at WITC and is a Certified Nursing Assistant. Kruse has been a National Honors Society member for three years and is also a Wisconsin Covenant Scholar.
Throughout high school, Kruse has spent all four years as a member of the G-Club. She spent two years in DECA and on the Annual Staff. She was also a member of the Student Council for two years including one year as it’s president.
She spent one year in FFA, the Tech Ed Club and Destination Imagination, which she was a state finalist in. She was also a state finalist for the Kohl’s Scholarship of Excellence award.
Kenzie was also class president for two years and has been voted onto both the Prom and Homecoming courts.
Outside of academics, Kenzie is an avid volleyball player with three years of varsity experience and two years as a team captain. She also played varsity softball for two years and participated in track and dance for one year.
With all of that, Kenzie has still found time to enjoy music. She spent four years in band with one year as the Drum Major for the marching band. She earned All-Conference Band three years with a first chair in the Flute/Piccolo one year.
Additionally Kenzie had two years on the Indian Head Honors Band. She was also in two all-school productions.
“I would say my biggest achievement is being able to participate in sports, clubs and work two jobs every day and still become Valedictorian. It got rough at times, but I knew it would all pay off in the end,” shared Kruse.
Kenzie’s busy life will continue on after high school graduation as she plans to attend Chippewa Valley Technical College to attain her Associate’s Degree in Radiography and Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
From there, she plans to attend the University of Minnesota where she hopes to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in both majors.
“I will then decide to get my Master’s in one of the programs, that way I will always have a reliable back up career when needed,” explained Kruse.
Kenzie shared that she is super excited to move into her apartment in Eau Claire after graduation and she plans to work full time as a CNA until college starts in the fall.
“I have missed living in the big city since I moved here from Alaska, so this change will be very refreshing,” Kenzie said.