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Abbi Browne and Grace Gilbertson

Year: Juniors.

Age: 16.

Art Focus: Brainonian.

Adviser nomination: “Abbi and Grace have been great additions to yearbook this year. All year they have shown great initiative and leadership qualities and look to be editors next year.”

How do you guys work together: “We’re really good friends and we’re honest with each other. It’s easy for us to get along, plus we hang out together outside of yearbook. We’ve known each other since elementary school, but have been friends for five years. We’re in dance together.”

How do you clash: “We don’t clash and if we did we’d talk about it. Our personalities and opinions are the same.”

Both your goals for yearbook: “To make it a yearbook that everyone will enjoy and appreciate. And to get as many faces in the yearbook as possible.”

Activities/clubs you are both in together: Student Council, Class Cabinet, Brainerd High School dance team and take classes five days a week at Just For Kix in jazz, kick, ballet, hip hop and lyrical.

Most memorable fine arts achievement: Being named Fine Arts Student of the Week.

Last movie you guys saw together in theater: “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.”

Abbi Browne

Favorite singer: Luke Bryan.

Favorite song: “Defying Gravity” from the musical “Wicked.”

Favorite TV show: “Real Housewives of Orange County.”

Favorite candy: Chewy Sprees.

Parents: Greg and Sheila Browne of Baxter.

Grace Gilbertson

Favorite singer: Adele.

Favorite book: “A Thousand Splendid Suns.”

Favorite TV show: “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Favorite candy: Gummy worms.

Parents: Ron and Elaine Gilbertson of Baxter.

Honorable mentions: Erika Strand, senior, art: “Erica’s creative energy radiates in the artist books she has designed and hand crafted. Her choices of theme and visual content are well executed, often with a whimsical, yet personal topic. Erica always comes to class with a smile and a positive attitude.”

Jackie Heise, sophomore, mock trial: “New to mock trial this year, Jackie jumped right into the deep end by taking on the role of lawyer for the plaintiff side. Jackie was the best lawyer at direct examination questioning. She was extremely skilled at drawing out the witnesses story and showing empathy for her witness.”

— Jennifer Stockinger, Staff Writer

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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