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Brainerd High School senior Jillian Anderson was named Fine Arts Student of the 1 / 2
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Jillian Anderson

Year: Senior.

 Age: 17.

Art focus: Mock trial.

Adviser nomination: “Jillian has taken on the role of lawyer this year in mock trial. She pulls the best testimony possible from her witnesses and is a tiger on cross-examination. She does the closing argument pulling the entire case together and arguing it with thoroughness and passion. We’ve had judges comment on how she really sounds like a lawyer.”

Art activities: Mock trial and choir.

What do you like about being a lawyer? “I like to be the one who talks and the one to get all of the testimony and getting the proof you need. It makes you feel confident in the case ... I also enjoy the ability to persuade people.”

Would you like to pursue a law career? “I’m planning on it. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. Being in mock trial and seeing what it’s like made me realize that it’s better than I thought. I plan to attend Hamline University in St. Paul.”

Hardest part of mock trial: “Writing questions that won’t be objected to. We have to cover all of them and that is why practices can get long.”

Artist most admired: Ilissa Ramm.

Memorable fine arts achievement: “Beating Cloquet by 40 points to get into mock trial’s postseason.”

What inspires you: “Seeing my peers around me who are working hard on things and seeing their dedication.”

Favorite movie: “He’s Just Not That Into You.”

Favorite law TV series: “Boston Legal.”

 Favorite book: “The Keltiad” trilogy by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison.

Something people don’t know about you: “I’m an open book.”

Favorite food: dark chocolate.

If you were a crayon, which color would you be: “Razzmatazz because it has a lot of spunk and bright colors.”

Parents: Brian and Julie Anderson of Baxter.

Honorable mention: Annija Mitenberga, senior, art: The adviser said, “Annie possesses technical skill in rendering subjects realistically beyond the norm. She is a foreign exchange student from Latvia. I believe Annie’s skills are a testament to consistent art experiences throughout her educational process with a visual art specialist. Her drawings are fantastic and inspiring for her BHS art peers.”

Makenzie Kampen, junior, Brainonian: The yearbook adviser said, “Kenzie is new to our school and yearbook. She came in with yearbook experience from her previous school and has done an excellent job in learning our yearbook and tools so quickly. She works like she has been doing it all year.”