MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 3, 2006--Jenna Borkenhagen, a
senior at Mayo High School in Rochester and Reid Velo, a senior from
Nashwauk-Keewatin High School, have each won a $10,000 scholarship
from U.S. Bank as part of its Back 2 Schools program. The awards were
presented at a banquet last night in Bloomington where all of the
2005-06 Back 2 Schools winners were honored.
Borkenhagen was honored for outstanding academic achievements. She
is first in her class of 376 and has maintained a 4.0 grade point
average while taking mostly Advanced Placement and honors courses.
Growing up the oldest child in her family, Borkenhagen assumed many
household responsibilities that are not a concern for most students.
These added responsibilities would take many kids away from their
studies and deter them from getting involved in extracurricular
activities, but Borkenhagen was up for the challenge. She organized
her schedule around the rest of the family's in order to be involved
at school and in the community.
Throughout her high school years, Borkenhagen has been actively
involved in a wide variety of school activities including the Science
Olympiad, peer tutoring programs, art club, MIRA (the school's
multicultural association) and the National Honor Society. She has
made giving back to her community a priority by volunteering for the
American Cancer Society, the Ronald McDonald House, the local women's
shelter and food bank, as well as the Salvation Army. Borkenhagen also
was actively involved in fundraising efforts for Hurricane Katrina
Velo was honored for his outstanding leadership. In addition to
ranking third in his class, Velo has served as president of the
National Honor Society and the Spartan Spirit Squad leadership team.
He has also held various positions on the school's student council. In
addition, Velo has been captain of the Math Team and Knowledge Bowl
team as well as the football, basketball and baseball teams for his
Velo's parents inspired him to be the leader he is today. When he
was 3-years-old, his family moved to the Leech Lake Indian Reservation
where his father was the pastor of a church. For eight years, Velo
watched how his father was able to bring a community together. Living
in a culture different from his own has provided Velo with the
motivation to lead and make a difference. Active in his community,
Velo has been an activity leader for Book Delivery to the Elderly,
Elementary Tobacco Training, Kids Vote and the D.A.R.E. Role model
More than 200 Minnesota high school student and teachers from 130
schools received awards as part of the U.S. Bank Back 2 Schools
program in the 2005-06 academic year. They were recognized in one of
three areas - the U.S. Bank Teacher's Edition, the Five Star Student
Honor Roll and the KARE-11 Prep Athletes of the Week. Student winners
in the Five Star Student Honor Roll program were honored with awards
based on their success in one of five categories - academics, arts,
community service, leadership and personal success.
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SOURCE: U.S. Bancorp