WDC students returned empowered after 'We Day'
Twenty-eight Wadena-Deer Creek High School students returned inspired and motivated from “We Day” in St. Paul.
The students joined nearly 18,000 other students in the Xcel Energy Center on Oct. 8. The event was developed in conjunction with Free the Children and the We Act Program, which works to empower young adults to become involved in social change through volunteerism and fundraising.
A long list of inspiring speakers shared their messages throughout the day.
“The speakers all centered on helping people gain freedom from whatever burden they have whether it is poverty, unclean water, lack of education, homelessness, bullying – we need to be the change for them to succeed,” explained Mike Ortmann, WDC Student Council co-advisor/music instructor, who attended the event.
Ortmann described the WDC students as feeling empowered by the other 18,000 youths like them all wanting to somehow make a difference back in their hometown communities.
“There was a ton of energy at the Xcel Energy Center,” Ortmann said.
When they returned to school the next day, WDC students weren’t talking about the performances from the Jonas Brothers or Carly Rae Jepson, rather they were more excited about the personal message and ways they wanted to get involved.
“We Day showed me just how much of a difference teenagers can make, that we can impact the world,” said junior Carrie Nelson. “I’m super-motivated!”
Senior Ashley Carlson said We Day was inspirational and motivating. In fact, she and a group of WDC students are excited to begin working on a global service project: providing clean, safe drinking water to villages in India through a program called “Charity Water.” After attending We Day, Carlson said she is even more excited to tackle this extraordinary project.
WDC will continue to host their annual “Day of Giving” as a local service project. This is a day where students volunteer their time to help those who are in need of help with yard and general clean-up work.
WDC students who attended included: Brittany Andrews, Brandee Bly, Ashley Carlson, Jennifer Craig, Taylor Dirks, Hailey Formo, Jacob Goeden, Ella Harrison, Austin Hendershot, Stephanie Hughes, Autumn Jahnke, Jessica Langer, Shania Lannes, Isaac Laughlin, Michaela Lehmkuhl, Brooke Lorentz, Larissa Maisio, Sam Manselle, Nicole Miller, Carrie Nelson, Hope Norenberg, Kassi Peterson, Danyel Post, Ricky Price, Matthew Quincer, Gabbi Ross, Morgan Sibert, Hannah Vorderbruggen, David Wegscheid and Morgan Zeise. Chaperones were Cindi Koll, Rachel Bounds and Mike Ortmann.