Class of 2020 senior Kaelyn Pecha smiling outside
What grade did you start attending SLP Schools?
What activities were you involved in while you were a student at Spring Lake Park High School?
  • Girls Basketball
  • Manager for the Boys Basketball team
  • National Honors Society
  • Panther Mentors
  • Jazz Band
  • Pit Orchestra
  • Pep Band
What teacher or teachers have had the biggest impact on your educational journey?
Mr. Lukkasson and Mrs. Tycast have had the biggest impact on my educational journey. I have had them as teachers for four years now and they have continued to push me to be the best musician and person that I can be. They connect with their students on a deeper, more personal level and they want nothing but the best for every student that walks into the music suite. They believed in me when I did not believe in myself and they both have made a lasting impact on me.
What's your favorite school memory?
My favorite high school memory was traveling to Cuba during my senior year during spring break with the band. I got to experience so many new things that I never thought I would get to experience and it truly was a life-changing trip for me. I developed a deeper understanding of Cuban culture and music and getting to experience it all with my peers was incredible and something I'll never forget.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I will be attending the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities where I am planning to major in Psychology and get my Master's in Occupational Therapy.
How has Spring Lake Park Schools prepared you for your future?
Spring Lake Park Schools has prepared me for my future by giving me the education I need to be successful and by providing opportunities for me to grow as a person. I have taken away strong leadership skills from being a leader in our Panther Mentor program and in the classroom that will help me thrive in college and as an adult.
What advice do you have for incoming ninth graders or students new to Spring Lake Park High School?
Get involved! The school offers so many clubs and activities that appeal to all kinds of likes and interests. It is a great way to meet new people and make friends and it will make your four years at SLPHS better. Also, do not take these experiences for granted because it may end sooner than you had planned.
What are you doing to stay busy during the pandemic?
During the pandemic, I have been spending time with family and doing things around the house to keep myself entertained. I also have been going on walks and bike rides to make sure I am staying active.
What makes you SLP Panther Proud?
I am SLP Panther Proud because SLP has given me so many great opportunities to get involved and discover my passions. The amazing support from the staff in this district has helped me become a better person and I know I will be successful because of everything I learned from them.