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New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

Two St. Croix Central High School students were chosen by faculty and their peers to compete for scholarships: Kayla Boyd was nominated for the Kohl Excellence Scholarship; Janelle Olson was nominated for the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award.

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Kayla Boyd

Boyd has been active throughout her academic career at SCC. She has been a cheerleader, a member of S.O.S., a theater participant all four years, a soprano and choir leader in the high school choir, an FFA member (reporter last year) and an honors student.

She participated in Singing in Wisconsin, honors choir, state Solo & Ensemble and a world affairs seminar in Waukesha dedicated to teaching students to solve conflicts without violence.

Boyd was a Student of the Month last year (for showing initiative) and Miss Congeniality last year in the Hammond royalty for Heartland Days. She said she especially liked participating in the Love Baskets program and face-painting little kids while serving as Miss Congeniality.

Boyd, her mother and Paulette Anderson of the Hammond Arts Alliance have agreed to jump out of an airplane if they can raise enough money for the HAA. Fundraising begins in January.

“I agreed to because the two guys that were supposed to wimped out,” Boyd said.

Boyd has also played several parts in productions at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson and with the Spring Valley Stagehands. She planned to audition for a role in <I>Mulan<I> at the Phipps this week.

Her favorite part of school has been learning about new things and the opportunities to have different experiences, such as I-TV Holocaust class in school.

“Take every opportunity you can to do everything you can because you don’t know when you’ll have the opportunity to,” she said as advice to fellow students.

Boyd plans to attend UW-Stout and major in some sort of science. She said she also might transfer to UW-Superior or UW-Stevens Point to major in music.

When she’s not busy in theater or school, Boyd works at Nilssen’s Foods in Baldwin. She likes to read and has her own personal library. She also enjoys hanging out with friends, crafting, volunteering at the middle school and singing the lead in her rock band, the Pink Ties.

Boyd earned a chance to win the Kohl scholarship by writing an essay that was scored by a teacher and a school board member. She also had to have a teacher and someone not related to her or the school write recommendation letters. Each year $1,000 is given to 100 Wisconsin graduating seniors. She will find out in the spring if she is a finalist.

Boyd is the daughter of Kristy Olson of Hammond and David Boyd of Milltown.

Janelle Olson

Olson was one of two nominees for the DAR Good Citizen Award; the other was Boyd. She was voted the winner by her classmates. If chosen at the state level, Olson will be awarded $500. If she is chosen at the national level, the amount would be $1,000.

Olson has been the Student Council president, the vice-president of the National Honor Society, a golfer, a softball player and a member of S.O.S. and T.A.T.U. (Teens Against Tobacco Use) during her four years at SCC.

“I’ve always like doing the more hands-on things, like taking notes and doing labs in science,” Olson said.

Her love of science shows in her possible career paths: either pediatrics or pharmaceuticals. She has been accepted to five universities, but hasn’t chosen one yet.

Outside of school, Olson also enjoys taking part in Teens Encounter Christ nondenominational retreats, photography, watching movies and eating frozen yogurt. She also works part-time at Walgreen’s in Hudson.

Olson has earned many honors during her high school career, including the Coach’s Award for softball, the 100% Award for golf, Student of the Month for leadership and responsibility and Badger Girls State, a mock government competition.

During school, she enjoyed participating in Health East’s explorers program, which explores different career options in the health care field. She advises students to listen to instructors.

“Get to know your teachers really well and if you need help, go in all the time,” Olson said.

Olson is the daughter of Angela Leitzen of Hammond.

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