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WDC students excited to attend 'We Day' in St. Paul

Wadena-Deer Creek High School students will travel to St. Paul Tuesday, Oct. 8 where they will join 18,000 other teens for a “We Day” rally.

“This is a day of motivational speakers and performers that will talk to the students about the importance of community service.  The program is sponsored by ‘Feed the Children’ and we will commit to a local community service project, along with a global project,” explained Mike Ortmann, Student Council co-advisor.

WDC students in grades 9-12, who represent several service organizations, such as Student Council, NHS, FCCLA, BPA, as well as class officers, will attend the rally held in St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center. 

WDC students include: 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, Brooke Lorentz, Larissa Maisio, Sam Manselle, Nicole Miller, Carrie Nelson, Hope Norenberg, Kassi Peterson, Danyel Post, Ricky Price, Matthew Quincer, Gabbi Ross, Morgan Sibert, Angela Torkkola, Hannah Vorderbruggen, David Wegscheid and Morgan Zeise. Chaperones are Cindi Koll, Rachel Bounds and Mike Ortmann.

We Day is considered to be one of the most celebrity-packed events to hit the Twin Cities this year. The lineup includes Martin Luther King III, singers Dessa, the Jonas Brothers and Carly Rae Jepson, actress Mia Farrow, Minnesota leaders such as Gov. Mark Dayton, the Twin Cities mayors, and members of the Minnesota Vikings.

“The kids are excited. They don’t know what to expect, but they are anxious to network with other students and get ideas for community service projects,” Ortmann said, adding, “Quite a few are excited to see the Jonas Brothers too.”

Jack Jablonski, the Benilde-St. Margaret student who suffered a spinal cord injury during a hockey game, is among the local speakers to grace the Xcel Energy Stage for the daylong event.

WDC student Matthew Quincer, 16, is anxious to be a part of this event that teaches youth about volunteerism and how to make the world a better place.

“I’m excited to learn motivational techniques as well as leadership skills. I think it’s going to be exciting, beneficial and fun,” Quincer said, who serves as a junior class officer.

This is the first time Minnesota was selected to host We Day. Minnesota was selected because of its national reputation for service learning and volunteerism, as well as the support of state Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius.

Former WDC Superintendent Virginia Dahlstrom learned of We Day at a superintendent’s meeting over a year ago and she brought the idea to Mike Ortmann immediately. 

“When Ginny approached me about We Day, we both thought it was a great idea,” said Ortmann. “Then, when Lee [Westrum, current superintendent] came on board, he too supported WDC’s involvement in We Day.”

To learn more about We Day, go to www.weday.com

 
WDC High School students attending We Day on Oct. 8 are, front row, from left: Autumn Jahnke, Morgan Zeise, Brandee Bly, Jennifer Craig, Matthew Quincer, Danyel Post, Jessica Langer, Kassi Peterson, Carrie Nelson and Sam Manselle; middle row, from left: Brooke Lorentz, Ashley Carlson, Hailey Formo, Nicole Miller, Gabbi Ross, Taylor Dirks, Morgan Sibert, Larissa Maisio, and Brittany Andrews; back row, from left: Shania Lannes, David Wegscheid, Isaac Laughlin, Ricky Price, Austin Hendershot and Jacob Goeden. Not pictured: Ella Harrison, Stephanie Hughes, Hope Norenberg, Angela Torkkola and Hannah Vorderbruggen.

WDC High School students attending We Day on Oct. 8 are, front row, from left: Autumn Jahnke, Morgan Zeise, Brandee Bly, Jennifer Craig, Matthew Quincer, Danyel Post, Jessica Langer, Kassi Peterson, Carrie Nelson and Sam Manselle; middle row, from left: Brooke Lorentz, Ashley Carlson, Hailey Formo, Nicole Miller, Gabbi Ross, Taylor Dirks, Morgan Sibert, Larissa Maisio, and Brittany Andrews; back row, from left: Shania Lannes, David Wegscheid, Isaac Laughlin, Ricky Price, Austin Hendershot and Jacob Goeden. Not pictured: Ella Harrison, Stephanie Hughes, Hope Norenberg, Angela Torkkola and Hannah Vorderbruggen.