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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.

Joe stays busy outside of school, taking part in adaptive floor hockey, soccer, softball, horseback riding and downhill skiing. He also hosts an annual lemonade stand to raise money for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. Last year, during his fifth annual lemonade stand, Joe raised over $10,725 to help with their adaptive bike program.

“Joe has so much Spartan pride, and always has a smile on his face. I love seeing him at different events, and he always gives me the warmest greetings,” says teacher Laurie Siebert. “Joe is such an asset to the Spartan community!”

Joe loved his Unified PE classes at RHS, because he gets “to go on my bike and my gait trainer. I get to be with my friends and meet new friends in Unified PE.” He also loved all the adaptive sports he took part in. “I loved playing adaptive sports and having the football team, wrestling team, basketball team, former paras and teachers, neighbors and friends come out to watch us play.” 

Coach Omar McMillan made the greatest impact on Joe’s high school experience: “As a Coach—He included me on all of the boys basketball team events and made me a part of the team. I will always remember the last two years.”

Joe’s advice to freshmen? “Try new activities or sports to meet new friends. Try your hardest and ask for help if you need it.” When asked his favorite thing about school, Joe said simply: “I like everything.” 

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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.

Senior Stories: Amara Ramirez

Amara Ramirez is looking forward to attending St. Catherine University this fall and majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics. "My dream job is to become a diabetes care and education specialist," she said.

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