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Brainerd High prepares students for life after graduation

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opinion Brainerd, 56401

Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

As you reflect on your high school experience, many of you have positive memories of friends, school events, and classes that were interesting and relevant to life. At Brainerd High School, we provide students with rigorous coursework to prepare them for college or career, but the experience is not limited to the classroom. Warrior Activities are an important part of the BHS culture and I’d like to give you a closer look at a few of the student groups we support in our school.

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Two mornings each week before school, members of our Key Club and Interact Club meet to plan service projects for our school, community, and beyond. Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. Key Club assists Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. These BHS service clubs are sponsored by the Brainerd Kiwanis and Lakes Sunrise and Brainerd Noon Rotary Clubs and are open to students in grades 9-12.

After our school day concludes you will find our high school building filled with practices, meetings, and events for many other activities. If you visit our technology wing, you will find the BHS Robotics team busy working to create a robot that can throw a Frisbee accurately at a target and also climb an apparatus to earn points in a competition. This group of creative and innovative robotics students are financially supported through 3M and many local Brainerd Lakes area businesses in addition to being supported by time and expertise from community members who volunteer to help the students.

Students taking a world language may also be involved in the Spanish or American Sign Language (ASL) clubs. These clubs strengthen language skills for our students while providing fun social activities.

If thinking on your feet is of interest to you, we have a number of activities to hone those skills in our students. Mock Trial provides an authentic simulation of court cases for students to argue in a competitive arena against other high schools. The Debate and Knowledge Bowl teams use critical thinking skills to outwit their opponents in front of judges. During Debate, students are presented a topic they will debate with other students. Typically they don’t know the subjects ahead of time so they are encouraged to read about current events and issues in preparation. Knowledge Bowl is an interdisciplinary academic competition involving teams of four to six students trying to answer questions in a written round and several oral rounds.

Is drama in high school ever a good thing? Of course, especially when it is winter one act play season! Visit our theater and you will find students busily preparing for competition in late January. Productions are often shared in public performances to highlight the outstanding abilities of our high school actors.

An outstanding high school is one that provides high-quality courses and activities for students to prepare for life after graduation. It is with great pride I share more information about just a few of our outstanding offerings for students. When BHS graduates reflect on their high school experiences, I know they include memories of teachers and classes, but many will also include valuable life experiences of belonging to one of our many outstanding clubs and groups.

ANDREA RUSK is the principal at Brainerd High School.

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