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09mayo top seniors/MD tks

Laura Bond, daughter of Jeff and Emily Bond, is a National Honor Society member, honors diploma candidate and Mayo’s nominee for the Minnesota State High School League Triple "A" (academics/athletics/arts) Award. She has been involved in Key Club, tennis, student government, concert choir and piano and has volunteered through her church and school organizations. She has received Mayo Foundation and St. Olaf Buntrock scholarships. She plans to attend St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

Allison Ducharme-Smith, daughter of Denise Ducharme and David Smith, is a National Honor Society member and National Merit Commended Student who has been involved in varsity soccer, student government, intramural basketball, track, Spanish Club, Model UN and Project 540. She has received scholarships from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Rochester Alumni Chapter and the Mayo Foundation. She has volunteered for Mayo Clinic and Channel One food shelf. She plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a pre-med student.

Anna Kuffel, daughter of Daniel and Mary Kuffel, is a National Honor Society member who has been involved in cross country, track and field, Masque Youth Theatre, regional and state science fairs, Spanish Club and peer tutoring. She has received scholarships from several institutions, including the Mayo Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wis., to major in graphic communications management.

Erin Litzow, daughter of Kris and Mark Litzow, is a National Merit Commended Student and honors diploma candidate who has been involved in school bands, the Southtown Singers, Model UN, Honors Choirs of Southeastern Minnesota, Drama Club and the National Youth Leadership Conference. She has volunteered at Seasons Hospice. She plans to attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., to study international relations.

Benjamin Nelson, son of Douglas and Karen Nelson, is an honors diploma candidate and Academic All-State and Big-9 Scholar athlete who has been involved in football, basketball, ultimate Frisbee and the school newspaper. He plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Alyssa Offutt, daughter of Bradley and Tracy Offutt, is a National Honor Society member, honors diploma candidate and National Merit Scholarship finalist who has been involved in the competitive ballroom dance team, student government, Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota, Key Club, LINK Crew and as a conflict mediator. She has volunteered on the steering committee for the Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity Youth United branch. She plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison to major in political science and secondary education.

Cole Patterson, son of David and Valerie Patterson, is a National Honor Society member, honors diploma candidate and National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student who has been involved in three youth leadership programs, including the Congressional Student Leadership Program. He also has been involved in varsity tennis, intramural basketball, LINK Crew, peer tutoring, S.A.V.E. Club, Project 540 and Spanish Club. He has volunteered as a math tutor and through the People to People organization. He plans to attend the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind., as an honors, pre-law student.

Andrew Penz, son of Rick and Rachel Penz, is a National Honor Society member, honors diploma candidate and an Academic All-State and Big-9 Conference Scholar athlete. He has been involved in football, basketball, baseball, peer tutoring, student government, the school newspaper, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Diversity Committee. He has volunteered for the Salvation Army, the Rochester Youth Football Association and as a piano soloist for community functions. He has received scholarships from St. Olaf Buntrock and the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association. He plans to attend St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., to major in physics and mathematics.

Jay Pritchett, son of Diane and Kenneth Pritchett, is a National Honor Society member, National Merit Scholarship finalist and an honors diploma candidate who has been involved in school bands, Knowledge Bowl, Science Olympiad, a Mayo Clinic mentorship, intramural basketball and Project 540. He is an Eagle Scout who has volunteered for Friendship Place Day Camp. He plans to attend Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

Alexander Ryu, son of Jay Ryu and Patricia Pellikka, is a National Honor Society member, honors diploma candidate and National Merit Scholarship finalist who has been involved in Knowledge Bowl, Science Olympiad, Spanish Club, LINK Crew, Math League, Key Club, varsity tennis, band, piano and church activities. He was a national finalist in the Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition, the recipient of a Yale Book Award and a Mayo Foundation Scholarship. He has volunteered as a math tutor, the Salvation Army Free Clinic and as a pianist for various community fundraisers. He plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania to major in biology and music.

David Shin, son of Cheolsu and HeeJune Shin, is a National Honor Society member, honors diploma candidate and National Merit Scholar Commended Student who has been involved in Key Club, varsity tennis, LINK Crew, Math League, Mayo’s Ecological Marine Ecology Club, MIRA, intramural basketball, Science Olympiad, the Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestra and Honors Choirs. He has volunteered in musical performances at local Rochester nursing homes and Carefest 2006. He plans to attend Columbia University in New York.

Matthew Stewart, son of Jim and Karen Stewart, is an honors diploma candidate and Big-9 Scholar and All-American athlete who has been involved in Rochester Swim Club Orcas (12 years), Mayo Swim Team and intramural basketball. He has received the Purdue University Valedictorian Scholarship, an athletic scholarship for swimming and a Mayo Foundation scholarship. He has volunteered for Goodwill and Easter Seals. He plans to attend Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., to major in chemical or biomedical engineering.

Kathryn Wiseman, daughter of Gregory and Kim Wiseman, is a National Honor Society member and honors diploma candidate who has been involved in the Model UN, Conflict Mediators, Black Data Processing Association, Knowledge Bowl, Science Olympiad, Southeastern Minnesota Honors Choirs, Columbia University summer programs and a mentorship with Mayo Clinic’s Audiology Department. She has volunteered on the Steering Committee for Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity Youth United branch. She plans to attend Brown University in Providence, R.I., to major in engineering.

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