• Student council makes strides to recognize students who have made an impact on scholl Elk River High School’s Student Council has championed the Legacy Project, an effort to increase the recognition of high school seniors who have significantly contributed to the school. Seven awards for excellence have been created to recognize the remarkable accomplishments of select seniors. “We find it very important to show some of the young talent the high school has to offer and inspire upcoming students to achieve their best,” Grant Tesdahl said in an email to the Star News. The winners each received an engraved golden brick and a plaque displayed on the pillars at the entrance of the school.
The following awards have been created as part of the Legacy Project by the Elk River High School Student Council. They are:
•ELK Award – Outstanding character and integrity.
•Valedictorian – Highest academic achievements.
•Class President – Student leader and representative.
•Esteemed Male Athlete – Young man displaying athletic excellence.
•Esteemed Female Athlete – Young woman displaying athletic excellence.
•Distinguished Performing Artist – Great accomplishment in performing arts.
•Distinguished Visual Artist – Great accomplishment in visual arts
ELK Award Courtney Hickman was a proctor in the DCD-Severe/Profound classroom during the 2013-2014 school year.
Each day she walked down the hallway with a smile on her face and looked past the students’ disabilities to see their true abilities. She was incredibly patient and comfortable with the students with whom she worked. She was compassionate and genuinely interested in knowing what the students were interested in and helping the students achieve their goals. Hickman has a natural calming ability about her that creates a safe and encouraging environment where students can be themselves.” — Submitted by teacher who voted for Hickman
Valedictorian and class president Grant Tesdahl finished at the top of the class and was voted the class president.
He also served as the vice president of member communications for DECA and was the National Honor Society treasurer. He was also the boys soccer team captain and a state participant in addition to homecoming king, TIES member, a Boys State attendee and a member of the speech team a LINK leader and on the math team.
Esteemed male athlete
Denis Bardashevskiy was named the MVP for both the 2012 and 2013 football seasons. He was also named the Old Dutch High School Student Athlete of the Week in 2012, All-Conference 2012, All-Conference 2013, Captain 2013, Spotlight on Scholarship 3.0 or better, Star Tribune Athlete of the Week 2012 and 2013 and the Star News Athlete of the Week. He set a career rushing record of 3,723 yards. He also set the single season rushing record with 1,938 yards and the single game rushing record with 370 yards. He tied the record for most rushing touchdowns in a single game 6 and was named by Star Tribune as one of 5 players to watch in 2013. In track, he was named 2012 rookie of the year and 2013 hardest worker. He also made all conference 2013, earned 2 varsity letters (2012, 2013) and he made the Sophomore Top Ten in the 200m. He also set records for the 4x100m relay and the 4x200m relay.
Esteemed female athlete Molli Detloff, a five-time letter winner in track and two-time captain, was a state qualifier every year 2009-2014. She also was named all-conference 2009-2014.
In 2013 she was voted the team’s most valuable player. She was a two-time letter winner on the basketball team and was the captain. She also was a two-time letter on the tennis team and a state qualifier in 2012.
Distinguished performing artist Elizabeth Budahn was chosen for this. Here’s what the arts department staff had to say about her:
“We have chosen Elizabeth Budahn for the Performance award distinguished by her choices and actions. Elizabeth was very deservedly chosen for the 2014 Performance Arts Award. Among her musical activities, Elizabeth is the president of the ERHS Chorus, received a perfect score in her auditions, and received straight Superiors in Music Performance Assessments. In the Elk River Wind Symphony, she is the principal French hornist and plays tenor sax in one of the Elk River Jazz Bands. Elizabeth has scored superior ratings in multiple ensembles this year alone. Her approach to the performing arts is an example for all other students. “In addition to Elizabeth’s involvement in school activities, she is involved in many community arts organizations, which further her musical skills and leadership qualities.” –
Distinguished visual artist Kyle Badger won the following awards: MN Scholastic art awards – Gold Key Portfolio and Silver Key; Visual Arts MN High School Exhibition – First Place in Ceramics.
He juried into numerous exhibitions: the North Hennepin Community College Student Show and the Martin Luther King Exhibit at Union Church. He was awarded the following art scholarships: the Dana Hunt Art Scholarship and the James Loso Legacy Scholarship.