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Mitch Haglund

School: Chippewa Falls Senior High School

Parents: Eric Haglund and Martha Lindeman

Teacher: Nicholas Gagnon

Mitch’s comments about Gagnon: Anyone who has ever interacted with Mr. Gagnon will know that he is a huge nerd, and that is exactly what makes him a great teacher. He has a passion for all things science and the ability to share that passion in truly genuine and engaging ways. Getting students interested in science is an incredible challenge, and Mr. Gagnon makes it look easy.

Gagon’s comments about Mitch: Mitch is the type of student that every teacher hopes to have in class. His attention to detail, work ethic and love of learning makes him standout among his peers. As impressive as his academic abilities are, Mitch’s greatest asset is that he lives by the Golden Rule. He is patient, kind and does what is right when no one is watching.

Future plans: Mitch will attend UW-Madison where he will pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Following his education, Mitch plans to work in the aerospace or renewable energy field.

Isaac Hein

School: Chippewa Falls Senior High School

Parents: Steve Hein and Shelley Hein

Educator: Michael Renneke

Isaac’s comments about Renneke: Mr. Renneke is a great role model and leader for the band, and he has really been important in my high school career. His musical knowledge has helped me grow so much as a musician, and his fun, hilarious personality never fails to make every student he encounters smile.

Renneke’s comments about Isaac: I’ve known Isaac since he was in 8th grade. As early as those first few weeks of his 8th grade year, it was apparent that he was — and would become — an exceptional musician and, also, a pretty decent person. He had a drive and an ethic that made him unique compared to the other middle schoolers in the eighth grade band, and when he came to the high school, it was no different. Every day that Isaac steps into the band room he is thinking about others, he is thinking about the program, and he is looking for a way to make it better. He is always trying to raise those around him, whether he knows it or not. I’m thankful for the impact that Isaac has made on our band program and the legacy that he has instilled in the students who come after him.

Future plans: Next year, Isaac will attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities to major in engineering.

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Graduating seniors at the top 5 percent of their classes from Chippewa Falls Senior High School and McDonell Central Catholic High School were recognized at the Chippewa Area Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Education banquet this May. The students also chose their most influential teachers to join them on their night.


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Well, it seems that they found the right teacher-student partners this year for the honoring. Everyone who knows Mr. Gagnon knows how passionate he is when it comes to teaching and every student who has been through his class validates that.

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