by Dawn Feddersen-Poindexter
For many, the 310 students who will graduate from Rogers High School this year will be remembered as academic leaders who did things the right way.
“This is a great class and I really mean that,” said Principal Roman Pierskalla. “They are great student leaders who make good choices. We had a great year here at Rogers High School and these kids really made it happen. They wanted to do things the right way, and they did.”
Rogers High School senior Nandu Ganesh, 17, agreed.
“We’re a little different than your typical class. Our class is really well-rounded. The top 20 in our class aren’t just book smart, they’re really involved in leadership groups and sports,” she said.
Ganesh, who has lived in Rogers and attended its schools since she was 7, is involved in many school activities. She is the captain of the dance team, co-president of the student council, and president of the National Honor Society. She will attend the University of Minnesota in the fall and plans to major in biological sciences.
The school, which has only been open for nine years, has been working to add even more activities to help students develop their interests. This year, the school put on its second spring musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” and will begin a speech team in the fall.
Pierskalla is also pleased with the progress made by the school’s sports teams.
“Overall, we had a very good sports year, a lot of competitive teams. We’ve made a lot of progress in the last several years,” he declared.
The hockey team made it to the section finals and one of the school’s gymnasts competed in state.
He also noted that the football team made it all the way to the state tournament for the third year in a row.
“Being a school such as ours, only nine years old, to get to that point, that’s just great,” he said.
The senior class is also known for coming out in droves to support their classmates’ endeavors. They could be seen cheering on their sports teams, sitting rapt through theatrical performances, or thoughtfully examining pieces at art competitions.
Ganesh fondly remembers when the seniors worked to unify all the students at their homecoming game.
“Usually, every class wears a different color. But we wanted to unite everybody so we did a black out. Everyone wore black at the homecoming game,” she said.
If you go:
Rogers High School
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7
Where: Rogers High School fieldhouse
Tickets: Admission is ticket only. Tickets were given to seniors to give to family and friends.