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Senior Stories: Helen Nguyen

One of our star senior athletes at RHS, Helen walked into every practice with a positive mindset and the intent to get better. In fact, that’s what she is most proud of. “I know I put a lot of dedication into becoming a better athlete despite how hard practice gets.” During her career at RHS, she has been involved with tennis, cross country, nordic skiing and track, as well as gymnastics. Helen has earned at least one Varsity letter in each sport and she was the runner-up Tri Metro Conference champion in cross country for the 2021 season.

Helen was also involved with the RHS Green Team club, National Honor Society, Me to We and served as the secretary for student government. After graduation, she is planning to pursue a career in physical therapy by studying Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. One day she hopes to have a career helping other athletes to “become the best version of themselves and aim for their athletic successes.” 

Helen’s parents originated from Vietnam. “They transitioned from a country they call home, to a country they know nothing about, all so my brother and I can have a brighter future. My motivation comes from my parents. There's nothing I want more than for them to know that the bright future they envisioned for my brother and I are finally coming true. My family does everything they can for me and I am very grateful.” If Helen could visit anywhere, it would be Vietnam.

Her favorite thing about school is all the extracurricular activities available. Whether that is sports or clubs, there is a variety of things to participate in. “I never thought that sports would have influenced me the way that it has. I have met so many amazing people who became some of my closest friends. I have created so many memories that would not have been possible without the opportunities our school offers.”

Her advice for freshmen is valuable: “Try not to procrastinate too much. Get your stuff done right when you get it, then you have all the time in the world to do whatever you want to do.”

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Senior Stories: Natalie Hanson

Natalie is looking forward to attending the University of Colorado Boulder’s Engineering Honors Program to study Environmental Engineering. She hopes to become an environmental engineer and travel the world working on engineering projects. “Each country has its own unique problems for environmental engineers to solve, so I hope to learn more about different problems around the world."

Senior Stories: Helen Nguyen

One of our star senior athletes at RHS, Helen walked into every practice with a positive mindset and the intent to get better. In fact, that’s what she is most proud of. “I know I put a lot of dedication into becoming a better athlete despite how hard practice gets.” During her career at RHS, she has been involved with tennis, cross country, nordic skiing and track, as well as gymnastics.

Senior Stories: Jillian Turner

The future is wide open for Jillian! Her “realistic” goal is to become a high school English teacher. However, she dreams of becoming a writer or an actor, preferably in musical theater. “I’ve had a dream to become an author since elementary school and it has stuck with me ever since.” Even though her dreams of becoming an actor are more recent, she says she would still “drop everything to be on Broadway.”

Senior Stories: Joe Carr

Joe Carr has been a bright spot in our Richfield community for years.  As he graduates this year, he is looking forward to attending Transition Plus at the South Education Center, where he will explore career and other post-secondary options. His dream job is to be a sports play-by-play announcer and if he could meet anyone, it would be Jason Benetti, a Chicago White Sox play-by-play announcer who also has cerebral palsy.

Senior Stories: Riley Herling

Riley comes from a family of Richfield graduates, including her brother and both parents. “They all had great experiences here and loved it.” Her favorite thing about RHS is the wide range of opportunities, as well as the diversity at the school.

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