Seventh-graders participate in outdoor retreat
Wadena-Deer Creek seventh-graders participated in a day-long outdoor retreat Sept. 9 that focused on teamwork skills.
WDC Middle/High School Counselor Toni Kraska said the retreat, which is held at Inspiration Point Retreat Center near Clitherall, helps seventh-graders feel comfortable in a high school setting.
“By participating in this unique experience, it is the hope that, as a seventh-grade class, they will feel a sense of cohesiveness; belongingness to the school community; and have the opportunity to experience positive leadership with one another,” said Kraska, who coordinates the trip.
About 80 seventh-graders participated, along with senior and junior students who serve as peer mentors.
WDC seventh-graders Hailey Wiederich, 12, and Zach Meeks, 12, thought the outdoor retreat was an excellent learning experience.
“It was awesome!” said Wiederich, who enjoyed being off campus with her classmates. She said she learned about listening to one another and how important teamwork is in school and in life.
For Zach Meeks, it was learning about working together as a unit and the challenging team exercises that he enjoyed. “I liked the teamwork activities, about trusting our classmates and being there for each other,” Meeks said.
Twenty-two junior and senior students serve as peer mentors and go to the retreat with the seventh-grade students as a way to connect with the students.
Senior peer mentors include: Senior peer mentors are: Maddy Hinojos, Autumn Jahnke, Marissa Jahnke, Elise Kallevig, Sutton Lohmiller, Carrie Nelson, Ian Olson, Wade Piper, Danyel Post, Matthew Quincer, Michael Small and Morgan Zeise.
Juniors peer mentors include: Michael Behl, Kendra Evans, Wyatt Fitzsimmons, Jessica Langer, Briana Malone, Jarrett Pettit, Alex Redfield, Beth Schmitz, Brianna Taggart and Hannah Vorderbruggen.
Teachers and staff who accompanied the students, as well as participated were: Toni Kraska, licensed school counselor; Katie Edin, school counselor intern; Jay Patterson, English teacher; Dawn Paurus, science teacher; Marc Reynolds, special education teacher; and Randi Schmitz, paraprofessional.