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Work pays off for Cobian as she is named EHS' Valedictorian

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As the days started to dwindle on her high school career, Emma Cobian refused to let her foot off the gas pedal.

“Grades have been super important to me,” the 2014 Ellsworth High School Valedictorian said. “There is no tendency to slack off.”

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It’s with that attitude when the valedictorian announcement was made and Cobian was at the top of the list, she said, “it’s what I was shooting for. I was not surprised.”

Cobian will attend UW-River Falls in the fall and she’ll work on deciding on a major.

“I’m undecided right now,” she said last week, although she is leaning toward a career in the math field. “I wanted to stay closer to home and go to a smaller college.”

Cobian was a member of Math League and band during her time at EHS. At the same time, most of her extracurricular time was taken up by another activity.

For two to three hours a day for six days a week, Cobian drove to Bloomington, Minn., for figure skating lessons. She started taking lessons when she was 11.

“I really like the sport,” she said. “I got into it…I love going there every single day working hard toward a goal.

“I don’t think the average person realizes how hard it is, how much work is done. It’s very technical. Guys who compete professionally are rotating in the air four times before they land.”

She added since it’s a sport unique for this area, that makes it more enjoyable.

“The people I meet are so much fun,” she continued.

Cobian said she will miss the people around Ellsworth High School she has grown to see on a daily basis, but at the same time, “looking forward to meeting new people” in the fall.

“This year went by really fast,” she said. “It seems like we just started.”

Cobian is the daughter of Karen and George Cobian. She is the youngest of their four children.

“I’m going to be living at home for now, but once I do leave, I think I will miss them just as much as they will miss me,” she said.

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts with his wife and two daughters. 
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