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By LeAnn R. Ralph
GLENWOOD CITY — Leslie Ludtke says her high school success is because of her twin sister, Hannah.
Leslie is the salutatorian of the Glenwood City High School Class of 2015.
She is the daughter of Jon Ludtke and Kirsten Ludtke of Downing.
[emmeber_protected] “Earning the title of salutatorian of my high school graduating class means a lot to me. I studied hard throughout high school and made sure to be prepared for everything. Having my twin sister, Hannah, in most of my classes helped me push myself to do well,” Leslie said.
“My academics were always my first priorities in high school, and I knew in the long run that it would hopefully pay off,” she said.
“My teachers were always supportive and gave great advice, so I want to thank them,” Leslie added.
Band and choir were Leslie’s favorite classes at Glenwood City High School, so it is no surprise that her most memorable experience revolved around music.
“The most memorable moment in high school is traveling with the band down to Orlando, Florida, and marching in front of thousands of people at Disney World,” Leslie said.
“It was an amazing experience, getting to showcase all of the hard work our band puts into our performances, and being able to enjoy it with my friends,” she said.
“I will also never forget playing softball with a great team. Every game, we always had fun and played well together,” Leslie said.
Besides band and choir, Leslie’s favorite classes were Human Anatomy and AP World History.
“In Human Anatomy, I loved learning about the human body and different types of diseases. We always had fun during the class, and we learned a lot,” she said.
AP World History was a favorite class for several reasons, not the least of which is that it taught Leslie an important lesson.
“AP World History was challenging because it took place over the school’s ITVs, but it taught me so much about history. It was a class that has helped prepare me for college, and it taught me that you can’t study for exams just one day before to do well on them,” Leslie said.
“Band and choir were always my favorite classes of the day because I love music and there were many amazing opportunities that I got to have because of them,” she said.
In addition to marching band, show choir and softball, Leslie participated in National Honor Society, volleyball, student council, Art Club, 4-H and Honors Band.
“My favorite activity was softball because no matter if we won or lost, we still had fun. I will always remember the great memories we shared together,” Leslie said.
This summer, Leslie plans to work on her family’s farm and to help babysit at a daycare.
She is planning to attend the University of Wisconsin — Superior this fall.
“My major will be Marine Biology. I decided to major in Marine Biology because I’ve always loved marine animals, water, and science,” Leslie said.
“I selected UW — Superior as my intended school because the campus is beautiful and is located on Lake Superior, which will offer a lot of hands-on experience with marine animal life,” she said.
“I also liked it because of the smaller size and is still fairly close to home,” Leslie added. [/emmeber_protected]