Class of 2018- Wyatt Nielsen
Wyatt Nielsen
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?
Soccer, track, Knowledge bowl (Captain! Woowoo!), Science Olympiad, National Honor Society, Panther Advisors, Jazz l, Jazz ll and Pit Orchestra.
What teacher or teachers have had the biggest impact on your educational journey and why?
Brain Lukkasson and Nora Tycast. They showed me a passion for music and preformance that I never knew I had and would never have found myself. Seeing the tangible and beautiful payoff of playing music after practice and learning is a gift that I could never hope to equal. The skills and experiences that they have given me, like playing with professional musicians and jamming with the amazing teens of Landry Hall High School, are ones I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to pursue Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana and eventually find a career in Natural Resources or Forestry for the US Government.
How has Spring Lake Park Schools prepared you for your future?
I have been given the tools, the resources, to become whatever I need to be. I have had a supportive community of teachers that encourage me to succeed at every turn, and most importantly, it has given me the confidence to be who I am. When my friends wanted a science olympiad club, we decided we would build one and Mr. Stern stepped in and took up the responsibility. That's one of many examples of SLP giving me the skills to take control of my future at a young age. In all stages of life, things don't start unless someone has the ambition and wherewithal to being them themselves. Seeing Spring Lake Park reward the ambition and drive of students who wanted to make a difference was incredible. Being a part of the 4-time state qualifying SLP Science Olympiad team taught me much about time management and responsibilty, and it's all thanks to SLP.
What advice do you have for incoming ninth grade or students new to Spring Lake Park High School?
Do everything. It's really easy not to care at first, to stay in your comfort zone and stay in middle school habits. I can't blame anyone for falling victim, I was like that myself freshman year. But if you work, you get rides from friends, and you join clubs from your first year in High School, you will certainly reap the rewards when you stay in those clubs until your last.
What makes you SLP Panther Proud?
My school cares. I've seen people who have needed help to go through this school, and I have seen them get it. Sometimes people just need someone to be on their side as they go through a trying time, and sometimes people just need a shoulder to lean on while they adjust to their new normal. Whatever help kids need, our school realizes that people are human beings and need help sometimes. That makes me proud to be a Panther.