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Rotary presents academic awards to Hudson High School seniors

Rotary Scholarships presented at the Rotary Academic Honors Breakfast went to seniors, front from left, Bailey Brinkman (Academic Achievement), Abby Duerst (Global Awareness), Anna Volk (Community Service), Danika Drake (Most Improved GPA) and Alaina Delao (Strive); back Noon Rotary Club President Charles Ladd and Daybreak Rotary Club President Dr. Garth Christenson. Not pictured, senior William Skinner (see separate photo). (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Doug Stohlberg)1 / 6
Hudson High School Associate Principal Wendy Langer, left, announced the winners of various academic pins and awards. Most of the 185 winners were at the breakfast. Senior Erin O’Brien is being introduced.2 / 6
Hudson High School Principal Peg Shoemaker said she was proud of the successes of the students who were honored at the April 23 breakfast.3 / 6
Motivational speaker Michael Monroe Kiefer’s message was that good decisions and hard work brings good luck.4 / 6
Daybreak Rotary Club President Dr. Garth Christenson 5 / 6
Noon Rotary Club President Charles Ladd 6 / 6

More than 180 Hudson High School seniors and their parents were recognized Wednesday morning, April 23, during the annual Rotary Academic Honors Breakfast at the Hudson House Grand Hotel.

Students and parents heard a message from motivational speaker Michael Monroe Kiefer, Ph.D., of Farmington, Minn.

Also on the docket was the naming for recipients of six Rotary scholarships.

The presidents of Hudson’s two Rotary clubs also made brief presentations. The Daybreak Club President is Dr. Garth Christenson and the Noon Club President is Charles Ladd.

Academic honors

Hudson High School Principal Peg Shoemaker and Associate Principal Wendy Langer addressed the students and presented the academic awards. To earn an academic award, a student must earn at least a 10.0 cumulative GPA.

The first year that level is achieved, a student earns a letter; if that level is achieved in subsequent years, a bronze, silver and gold pin is awarded. Students may also earn a silver medallion for an 11.0 cumulative GPA and a gold medallion for a 12.0 cumulative GPA.

Of the 185 students honored, 171 earned gold pins for their work covering four years at HHS.

The Rotary Scholarships were presented to the following seniors:

The Daybreak Club presented Academic Achievement Scholarships to Bailey Brinkman and William Skinner; Global Awareness Scholarship to Abby Duerst; and Community Service Scholarship to Anna Volk.

The Noon Club presented the Most Improved GPA Scholarship to Danika Drake and the Strive Academic Scholarship to Alaina Delao.


Motivational speaker Michael Monroe Kiefer said it is not a coincidence that people who “make good decisions and work hard seem to have all the luck.”

Kiefer, owner of Powermind Training Inc., has been studying the traits of successful people for more than 20 years. His program is titled “The Amazing Luck Factor.” He has also written several books including “Superconscious Power - The Science of Attracting Health, Wealth, and Wisdom” and “The POWERMIND System, Power of Will.”

“People have been studying the traits of peak performers for a long time,” Kiefer said. “One of the first books was published in 1928 by Napoleon Hill titled ‘The Law of Success.’ It was over 1,000 pages and nobody read it. He renamed it (Think and Grow Rich) and condensed it to 120 pages and it’s still a best seller.

“We all want to know what separates an average performer from a top performer; and a top performer from a peak performer.”

Keifer said there are four key elements to making a person’s life successful:

1. Base a career on natural talents and strong interests.

“Plan to find a career in a field you enjoy,” Kiefer said. “The ‘average’ person often finds themselves disenfranchised with a job by their late 20s. It’s because they are doing something they don’t enjoy doing.”

2. Decide on goals for yourself – power.

“Make good decisions in everything you do, including choosing a career,” Kiefer said. “If you make good decisions when you are young, you can avoid costly errors. The ‘average’ person does not decide what they want.”

3. Hard work to achieve your goals.

“Nothing in society is free,” Kiefer said. “You must work hard. Those who decide and work hard will get the ‘lucky breaks.’”

He said the average Olympian trains for up to 10 years or more.

“You don’t just roll out of bed and decide to be in the Olympics a couple of months down the road. It takes hard work.”

4. Make a short term plan.

“If a person drops out of college during the first semester they usually never go back,” Kiefer said. “Set a goal of completing the first semester. A person who completes the first semester increases his or her chances of graduating by 70 percent. Then set a goal of completing the second semester. Don’t think of college as a four-year plan; break it down into short term plans.

“Decision, plus work equals luck. Decide what you want, do the hard work to get it. By the way, hard work is not playing Xbox three hours a night. Take action toward your goal. The power of decision attracts luck.

“Decide on your goals and think about them often.”

He said there are many people who will try to drag a person down.

“Protect your goals and dreams,” Kiefer said. “Stay focused on the things you want. When you do that you will find the people who will provide the help, be it in college or life. You will be in the right place at the right time.”

He also promoted the power of positive thinking.

“Tell yourself you will do well. Thinking positive frees up the mind,” Kiefer said. He told the example of his own daughter who would worry about tests and always said she “wasn’t going to do well.” Eventually she changed her attitude and the test scores improved.

He also told about his personal story about he and his wife. Doctors said she couldn’t have children and that he was sterile. They stayed positive and eventually had two children of their own.

“Good decisions and hard work equals luck –- lucky break after lucky break,” Kiefer said in closing.

Doug Stohlberg

Doug Stohlberg has been part of the Hudson Star-Observer since 1973 and has been editor since 1987. He worked at the New Richmond News from 1971 to 1973. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

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