Niagara High School names top graduates
NIAGARA, Wis. — Niagara School District Superintendent Nathaniel Burklund, the board of education and school faculty have announced the top five scholars in the graduating Class of 2022.
The district will have its graduation ceremonies for 25 seniors at 6 p.m. Friday at the high school, 700 Jefferson Ave., Niagara.
The top five are:
— Evan Bruemmer, 17, will graduate first in his class with a 3.843 cumulative grade-point average. He is the oldest child of Denise Lind and Marc Bruemmer. He has one sibling, Brooke Bruemmer.
Bruemmer is an honor student who has participated in football, track and field, forensic public speaking and Hi-Q. He is the 2022 Forward Financial Badger Boy. His other honors and awards include 2020 2nd Team All-Conference Offensive Line; 2021 track and field Most Valuable Player; high honor roll; academic letter; National Honor Society member; a Student of the Week in 2018, 2019 and 2020; and a three-time medal winner at the state forensic public speaking competition. Bruemmer has also received the Academic Excellence Scholarship.
He named Niagara teacher Ginger Anderson as his role model because she has inspired him to be motivated and to continue to work hard through high school. Her dedication to her students is truly inspiring, he said, and she has been a constant, driving force pushing Bruemmer and his peers to apply themselves and shoot for the stars.
He enjoys weightlifting, camping and hiking. He has amassed more than 200 hours of community service hours as a volunteer for the Salvation Army Kettle Drive and as a YMCA youth swim lesson instructor. Bruemmer’s work experience includes two years as a lifeguard for the Northern Lights YMCA.
Bruemmer plans to study criminal justice at Northern Michigan University in the fall. He will participate in the ROTC program and intends to become an active-duty officer in the U.S. Army after graduating college.
— Domenic Bjorkman, 18, will graduate second in his class with a 3.833 cumulative GPA. He is the youngest child of Trinity and Jodi Bjorkman. He has one sibling, Madison Bjorkman.
Bjorkman is an honor student who has participated in track and field and forensic public speaking. His honors and awards include high honor roll and academic letter, and he was a bronze medal winner at the state forensic public speaking competition.
Bjorkman named all his teachers as his role models: Ginger Anderson and Megan Lynch for teaching
him responsibility, Laura Gunderson for teaching him respect, Ben Laarman and Tara Hartwig for teaching him morals, Lance Ellis and Joe Trudeau for teaching him life skills and all of his teachers for their unending patience.
Bjorkman enjoys playing video games, hanging out with his friends and sleeping in late. His community service includes working at the high school concession stand and helping with the Niagara Majorettes program. He is employed as a custodian at the Niagara School District.
Bjorkman plans to pursue a degree in welding at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in the fall. He hopes to secure a job as a welder near or in Niagara so he can stay close to his family and support the community.
— Beauden Anderson, 18, will graduate third in her class with a 3.78 cumulative GPA. She is the youngest child of Kevin and Ginger Anderson. She has one sibling, Dr. Ben Potter.
Anderson is an honor student who has participated in volleyball, basketball, softball, Badgers United, Art Club, Miss Niagara Court, and forensic public speaking. She is the 2022 Forward Financial Badger Girl. Her other honors and awards include National Honor Society member, High Honor Roll, WHSFA Public Speaking State Medalist, and Association of Student Artists Award. Anderson has also served as the Class of 2022 president for four years.
She named her brother, Ben, as her role model. Scholar-athlete and now surgeon, he practices health care in a rural area. Regardless of his many accomplishments and honors, this has always been his philosophy: “Our primary purpose in this life should be to help others.” She agrees with him and believes that this sense of obligation to others is the direct result of being raised in the close-knit community of Niagara. Service to her community will be the primary focus of Anderson’s career, and she would like to make sure that she is practicing health care in an underserved rural area.
Anderson enjoys illustrating, knitting, reading, and playing the piano. Her involvement in the community runs deep. She has volunteered for the Niagara High School Red Cross Blood Drive, Camp Michigamme – “The Big Clean”, the Big Red Barn, Philadelphia Service Trip, the Niagara Lions Club Picnic and NABA Candlelight Snowshoe/Ski Event, among other things.
She is employed at Dave’s Auto Sales and Service. She is a member of the Quinnesec United Methodist Church in Quinnesec.
Anderson plans to major in health sciences with an emphasis in microbiology at East Tennessee State University in the fall.
— Bailey Pearson, 17, will graduate fourth in her class with a 3.637 cumulative GPA. She is the daughter of Gary and Jodi Pearson. Her siblings are Gary Pearson, Matheaw Pearson and Mackenzie Metras.
Pearson is an honor student who has participated in volleyball, basketball, track and field, Badgers United, student council, yearbook, club volleyball, and forensic public speaking.
Her honors and awards include 2021 Basketball Badger Award, 2021 Volleyball Marinette & Oconto All-Conference Honors, 2021 Volleyball Marinette & Oconto 1st Team All-Conference, Badgers United co-captain, academic letter and honor roll.
She named teacher Ginger Anderson as her role model because she is the most selfless person she knows. Anderson would do anything for her students and is always doing something for others. Pearson aspires to be like her.
Pearson enjoys baking, participating in sports, dancing, art and fishing. Her community service includes working at the high school concession stand, refereeing for Great 8 Games and UPNorth women’s tournaments, and helping with high school dance set-up and clean-up.
She plans this fall to major in business administration at Lakeland University. She will also continue her volleyball career as a Lakeland Musky.
— Isabel Jacobs, 17, will graduate fifth in her class with a 3.598 cumulative GPA. She is the youngest child of Chad and Melissa Jacobs. Her siblings are Logan Jacobs and Makayla Jacobs.
Jacobs is an honor student who has participated in volleyball, track and field, student council, art club, Badgers United, yearbook and forensic public speaking. She has served as the Class of 2022 secretary for the past three years, is a medal winner at the state forensic public speaking competition, was chosen as the volleyball 2021 Most Improved player and is currently the Badgers United co-captain.
Jacobs named her parents, Chad and Melissa, as her role models because they are the hardest-working people she knows. Her parents are funny and loving people who have inspired her to be the best person she can be.
Jacobs enjoys fishing, playing sports, and camping. Her community service includes working at the high school concession stand, helping with high school dance set-up and clean-up, serving as a junior counselor at Northern Lakes Impact Center and volunteering at Badgers United events. She is employed at Walmart.
Jacobs plans to attend Northcentral Technical College this fall toward becoming a dental hygienist.