Tesdahl first Rotary Student of the Month for 2011-12 school year

Grant Tesdahl

Parents: Brad and Jennifer Tesdahl

Town: Elk River

Activities and proudest accomplishments:  In the past couple of years, I have participated in National History Day, Science Fair, band, soccer, track, Youth in Government, Spanish club and plan to join speech in December. My proudest accomplishment is playing on the varsity soccer team that went to state as a freshman.

Favorite class and subject: My favorite class is Honors chemistry because it amazes me to learn about how the elements of our planet interact together and form entirely new substances. My favorite subject has always been science because I love learning about how things work.

Plans for future: As of now, my future plans are to attend a four-year college and become an engineer. However, I do not know what field of engineering I want to be in.

Hobbies and personal interests: Some of my hobbies are playing soccer, running, hanging out with friends, reading, water skiing and listening to music.

Who are your heroes? My heroes are my grandparents because they have taught me countless life lessons that I will never be able to thank them enough for. Some of the greatest are the discipline and perseverance that my grandpas from both sides have instilled in me, as well as the love, compassion and sense of adventure my grandmas have taught me.

Memorable experience: A memorable experience I have had is when I scored my first varsity soccer goal against Wayzata, one of the top teams in the state.

Leadership: I demonstrate leadership by setting a good example for others. I always strive to do my best and encourage others to do the same. I also use my integrity to treat others fairly and be a trustworthy partner.

Approach to academics: I approach academics with good time-management skills. With being as busy as I am, I need to use every second of my time so that I can study each night and complete my homework, which greatly contributes to good test scores. This discipline and ability to push myself have greatly contributed to my academic success.

Special projects? I have volunteered at Feed My Starving Children many times and am currently teaching Sunday school at my church.

Why do you think you won this award? I think I won this award by having lots of perseverance and passion for everything I participate in, whether it be school, athletics or volunteering in the community.

What does it mean to you? I am very honored to be recognized by the Rotary Club for my efforts in and outside of the classroom. This means a great deal to me and I will continue to work to grow upon the success I have achieved thus far.