Name: Amanda Handle
Parents' names: Diana Franke, Martin Handle
School: Valders High School
Year in school: Senior
What extracurricular activities have you been involved with during high school? National Honor Society, Student Council, Key Club, Above the Influence, track and field, basketball, A cappella Choir, 7AM Choir, symphonic band, marching band, pep band, Band Council, forensics, plays, musicals, solo and ensemble, acting troupe, FFA
What is one academic accomplishment about which you feel particularly good? I have never gotten a "C" or lower as a final semester grade.
Which class or extracurricular activity influenced your decision regarding the career you plan to pursue? When I was home alone with my brother a few years ago, he hurt himself pretty badly. I had to clean it up and try to stop the bleeding. The nurse we went to later that day told me I would make a good nurse someday, and that got me thinking about it. I've been pursuing the nursing career ever since.
What advice do you have for those just starting their high school career? The one thing I often hear seniors say is they wish they'd tried harder to get better grades their freshman year. Try your hardest from the beginning. You may not think so now, but your freshman year can make a difference in your future.
What is one high school memory you think you'll still be talking about at your class reunion decades from now? Going to Disney World with the choir and band was one of the highlights of my year last year. The best night was performing with the 7am Choir. As we sang and danced, people kept stopping to watch us. What had been a small crowd of mostly Valders people turned into a huge crowd. They were all cheering and dancing, you could feel the energy up on stage, and it was great! Afterward, we went to a café to eat. They had a DJ and a dance floor so we sang and danced some more. We even got Mr. (Mike) Cisler to dance with us.
What are your plans after high school? I'm most likely going to Carroll University for nursing.
Teacher recommendation: What makes this student stellar? "Amanda has been my student in three courses over the past two years. She is a pleasure to have in class because she is both outgoing and inquisitive. This makes her a real asset during class discussions. Amanda is used to doing more than what is expected. Last year, she completed three semester projects when only one was required. She completed her third project with another student when he was unsure what to do. We will miss Amanda at Valders High School when she graduates this June." - Robert Evans, social studies teacher