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Five Monticello students recognized at 2019 Students of Excellence Event

MHS seniors Vanessa Martin, Kennedy Bican, Troy Dahlheimer, and DJ Ward recognized as Students of Excellence Monticello High School seniors Vanessa Martin, Gavin Nelson, Kennedy Bican, Troy Dahlheimer, and DJ Ward were among a group of standout seniors from around the region that were recognized at the 2019 Students of Excellence event last month.

Joe Beckman was the  keynote speaker at the 2019 Students of Excellence Recognition event and told the gathered 139 high school seniors to remember that “everybody has a story,” and that sometimes they will find that things can get a little messy. Making good human connections is what can make a difference for people.

The 2019 Students of Excellence Recognition event was on Wednesday, April 24, at the River’s Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud. The evening honored the top 139 high school seniors from 34 high schools in Resource Training & Solutions’ Region 7 in 2019. Criteria for selection to attend the event is at the discretion of the honoree’s school, but also based upon Resource’s recommended guidelines. The honorees receive a plaque recognizing their accomplishments and a certificate from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz.

Resource has hosted the Students of Excellence Recognition event for 33 years. During that time, 4,829 high school seniors have been honored.

Beckman went on to suggest students repeat three phrases to themselves when faced with life’s challenges: 1) “Love YOU!” 2) “Push through.” and 3) “Just look up.” Beckman told students that "Love YOU!” means to stop comparing yourself to others. “Push through” means that when life is difficult, look for the positives present within the negatives. “Just look up” means always keep appreciation for the small wonders in life — a habit will help when times are tough. Beckman also reminded honorees that technology serves us and is a great tool for connection, but can also be a negative force if students find they are plugged in at the expense of their relationships. He encouraged the audience to remember that human connection matters.

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