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Three stars of the class

Josalin Helmueller (left), Timothy Stauffer and Danyelle Hovland

As the Plum City High School Class of 2017 receives its diplomas Saturday, May 20, it will be led by valedictorian Danyelle Hovland and co-salutatorians Timothy Stauffer and Josalin Helmueller.

As is tradition, the scholars wrote a paragraph about themselves to share with the Herald.

Danyelle Hovland

Throughout high school, I have stayed involved in the community, participating in different events such as Feed My Starving Children and various dairy breakfasts, along with staying involved with school activities such as National Honor Society and Student council.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, riding horse and traveling.

Next year I plan to attend UW-River Falls to major in biology with hopes to become part of the medical field.

Josalin Helmueller

Throughout my high school career, I have continued to be as involved as I can. Activities I was a part of include basketball, equestrian team, band, choir, Future Farmers of America, Student Council, Forensics, and National Honor Society.

In my free time I enjoy riding horses, reading, playing the piano and guitar, and hanging out with my friends and family.

Next year I will be attending the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and majoring in chemistry. I will also be a part of the ROTC program in hopes of commissioning into the Air Force was an officer after receiving my bachelor's degree.

Timothy Stauffer

Hello! I am TJ Stauffer from Plum City and I am so very glad to be our school's salutatorian! I was raised here in Plum City and have learned to appreciate every value of small town living.

I grew up competing on horseback, flopping in mud, baling hay and running around the county as an active 4-H member. I love riding anything with an engine and have turned out to be quite the grease monkey.

I have developed so many memories from every street corner to creekbed in this town: fishing with my great-grandfather out of the duck pond during PC Days, walking door-to-door, learning how to present myself for strangers while fundraising for all my extracurriculars, sprawling over a blanket under the Friday night lights, watching our team pound the enemy into the dirt, lying in between my parents as we watch the fireworks from our truck bed in Legion Park, and so on.

I have left my mark on this town, and it has left its virtues on me. After I receive my high school diploma, I am going to attend the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities in pursuit of a degree in mechanical engineering. I then hope to graduate and find a career in the field of petroleum engineering, so I can help our world become a greener place.