Know your why on your way to excellence

HONORED GUESTS –– The Excellence in Education honorees, left to right, sitting, are seniors Brianna Strzok, Summer Jones, Eliot Dixon, Peyton Bowe, Jacob Hillebrand and Alexis Dixon; in back, are Peggy Stanford, Dustine Gass and Jeanette Fijalkiewicz, (who accepted on behalf of Pam Luethi), and educators Karla Velie, Amanda Wysocki, Jim Aerts, Crystal Bowe, Dave Elliott (who accepted on behalf of Paul Schley), Nancy Schlageter and Kathy Plahuta. (Photo by Kayla Peche)

If it’s worth doing, then it’s worth doing right.

These words echoed in Matt Helgerson’s mind as he transitioned from a 1994 Cornell High School graduate who struggled through his first student-teaching experience, to becoming superintendent of Jordan Public School in Minnesota. Helgerson works with a $20 million budget at the school, and built a $1.5 million arena there by just asking, “Why not us?”

“We all have that, ‘it’s good enough,’” said Helgerson at a May 10 Excellence in Education banquet in Cornell. “Or we have that, ‘next level.’ I think that no matter where we are in our lives, no matter what stage, no matter what we are doing, we all have the opportunity to make an impact.”

Helgerson was the guest speaker for the 22nd annual celebration for the Cornell and Lake Holcombe school districts. The banquet honors three seniors from each district, chosen by their district’s teachers for a $200 scholarship, a certificate of recognition from Gov. Scott Walker, plus a small gift and photo.

See Thursday, May 18, 2017, issue of the Courier Sentinel for more on this story. Newspapers can be purchased at our Cadott office or Cornell office.

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