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Celebrating the great work of Faribault students and staff

Showing the way

Throughout May, STOPS (Students Together Offering Peer Support) students from Faribault High School are taking fifth-graders on tours of the middle school to help them prepare for the transition next fall.
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Learning from an engineer


In late April, first graders learned about the engineering design process, and the steps involved. All Jefferson Elementary first graders had the opportunity to talk with an engineer.


Brett Wingad, a Photonics Engineer and brother of first grade teacher Eryn Harman, out in California, had a Google Meet with all four first grade classes to talk about how he uses the design process in his daily work. Brett walked the students from the beginning stages of when they want to start creating something, something that has never been created before, to the end where they look for companies that want to invest in the product. He was even able to share with the students a product in one of the final stages through 3D images to look at all of its parts.

Wrestling team cleans up along Highway 21

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School Lunch Hero Day

May 7 was School Lunch Hero Day! Thank you to the food service staff at each school for all the hard work you do to provide nutritious meals for our students every day!

Peck receives Star of Innovation Award

Congratulations to FHS Assistant Principal Shawn Peck for receiving the Star of Innovation Award from the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals for his work on R.I.S.E.

Launching in fall 2020, RISE (Realizing Individual Student Excellence) was created for Faribault High School students needing academic support, as well as additional/intentional mentoring, to overcome barriers in their lives. The core of the program is to build a trusting relationship between students and caring, trained mentors who advocate on their behalf and help them overcome the challenges they face in their lives.

This program is a community partnership between Faribault Public Schools, Healthy Communities Initiatives, HealthFinders and Carleton College.

Bike to School Day at Lincoln

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Green ribbons raise awareness for Mental Health Awareness Month

Have you noticed the green ribbons outside each school building? They are to raise awareness for Mental Health Awareness month.

Each May there is an international movement to raise awareness and reduce the stigma about mental health. The theme this year is "You are not alone". Through this theme, the focus is "on the healing value of connecting in safe ways, prioritizing mental health and acknowledging that it’s okay to not be okay"

This year FPS, with help from high school STOPS members, is joining to raise awareness by placing green ribbons outside our schools.

Community School: 24 students go fishing

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FHS Personal Finance Team Takes 2nd In State

Congratulations to the Personal Finance team of Henry Schonebaum, Paige Ross, Avery Rein, and Thomas Malecha for finishing in 2nd place in the 2021 Minnesota Personal Finance Decathlon Challenge! They finished in 2nd place out of nearly 100 teams competing around the state to represent Minnesota in the National Personal Finance Challenge. The team, led by advisor Mr. Jared Kegler, qualified for the state finals by being one of the top 12 teams in the exam portion of the challenge. In the states finals, they reviewed a case study scenario for a couple struggling financially in many aspects of their lives. They then prepared and delivered a financial consulting presentation to judges.

Softball team organizes The Nest

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AVID students make May Day baskets for assisted living residents

VIDEO: Teacher Appreciation Week thank you message from Faribault softball

Faribault softball Teacher Appreciation Week video

FHS Theatre Troupe Puts on Impressive Showing in Spring Musical

The FHS Theatre Troupe had a great run of shows at the end of April! "Help! I'm Trapped in a Musical" was very entertaining and a tremendous showcase of the talents of FHS students. Every performance was filled with energy, joy, and laughter.

Meet the Class of 2021 valedictorians


Faribault High School's class of 2021 will have five valedictorians. Victoria Carlsten, Ruby Gernandt, Makayla Keilen, Kylie Petricka and Alli Velander have all accumulated a four-year grade point average of 4.0. All five will speak at the commencement program at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 6, 2021 at Faribault High School.


Victoria Sandra Carlsten is the daughter of Kyle and Emily Carlsten. She is involved in gymnastics and is a coach at Faribault Gymnastics Club. She is a foster and volunteer with Secondhand Hounds. Victoria will attend the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She is undecided on a major but her potential focus is in Pre-Optometry. Carlsten's advice to her classmates is, “Make sure you do a career that you enjoy and if you end up not being happy with it, don’t be afraid to switch to something else!”


Ruby Marie Gernandt is the daughter of Lee and Monica Gernandt. She is a Link Crew member and involved in cross-country, track and field, and a member of the Minnesota Honors Society. Gernandt will attend Bethel University studying biokinetics/kinesiology and run cross-country and track. Ruby’s advice to her classmates is, “Nothing good comes easy so always work hard and be the best person you can be. Believe in yourself and your abilities, you can do more than you think you’re capable of.”


Makayla Lee Keilen is the daughter of Craig and Becki Keilen. She is involved in a number of activities including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Link Crew, Student Council, Prom Committee, STRIVE, Minnesota Honors Society, and Yearbook. She is a member of the varsity dance team, on the Junior Board of Directors at 1st United Bank and a church volunteer. Keilen will attend Minnesota State University, Mankato and major in Early Childhood Education. Her advice to her classmates is “I believe that remembering the importance of persistence and determination is key. You can achieve anything you want by just pushing through the difficulties and keeping your head up. Never give up on a dream of yours, because everything is achievable.”


Kylie Victoria Petricka is the daughter of David and Shalinie Petricka. She is involved in tennis, basketball, softball, speech, orchestra (Pit, Chamber, and Philharmonic), math team, DECA, Minnesota Honors Society, STOPS, Link Crew and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Petricka will attend the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities and study Biomedical and/or Computer Engineering. Kylie’s advice to her classmates is, “Enjoy your life while you can; these four years of high school flew by as we’ve seen this past year, our lives can change in the blink of an eye. What will happen in the future is never certain; try not to stress yourself out so much, have fun, and live your life one day at a time.”


Alli Linae Velander is the daughter of Bob and Kelly Velander. She is involved in hockey, softball, Minnesota Honors Society, STRIVE, Link Crew and a student representative for Faribault Public School Board. Velander will attend the University of Minnesota Duluth and major in graphic design with an emphasis in marketing. Alli had this to say to her classmates: “The past couple of years were nothing like any of us expected for our final two years of high school. We all have had to overcome our own obstacles, but also overcome obstacles together. We have built stronger relationships with each other and with those around us. Through these challenging times we have learned to not take anything for granted. We have learned to live every day as if it is our last and to do everything with a purpose. We have learned that things can change and be taken from us with a blink of an eye. From these lessons, we have all become better people. I encourage all of you to take these lessons and apply them to your future beyond high school. For whatever you choose to do, do it with a purpose. Do it to succeed. You never know when it could be taken from you and you do not want to look back and wish you acted differently. I know that each and every one of you are capable of amazing things. So go on to prove those who doubted you and show them that you can.” Velander would like to be remembered for always working hard to achieve her full potential at every task she did.

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8th grade AVID students make, donate pillows and blankets

8th grade students in Mrs. Gerr’s and Mrs. Hart’s 8th grade AVID classes made tie pillows and tie mini blankets to give to programs in the community. The pillows were presented to Ruth’s House and will be used to welcome the children of new residents to the facility. They will be a cozy welcome to children who are in uncertain and difficult situations. Students shared the motivation behind their act of kindness and had a great discussion with Sandy, the Donations Coordinator for Ruth’s House of Hope.


In addition to crafting pillows for children, 8th grade AVID students wanted to create something to help animals as well and decided on making small tie blankets for cats and dogs. The students enjoyed presenting these to Furball Farms Pet Sanctuary in hopes of helping them with their mission of providing shelter, care and adoption for cats in our community. Students had fun investing their time and efforts in something that benefits various aspects of our community.

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Book on the environment inspires Roosevelt first-graders


Mrs. Borgerding's first-grade class at Roosevelt started reading a book for interactive read aloud about cause and effect with the environment. They talked about how people's actions affect our environment.


Then at recess, kids were playing on the big hill and started bringing the teacher garbage pieces. They saw aluminum can shards that had been shredded by the lawn mower that their teacher then picked up. These kids saw how sharp things and garbage could hurt them and animals and wanted to make a change! So many ran around and collected pieces during their recess.

VIDEO: Back at the PAC, FHS bands, orchestra perform for live audiences

Faribault Public Schools Sports Live Stream
Faribault Public Schools Sports Live Stream

Seniors receive Elks Scholarships

Congratulations to the seniors who received an Elks Scholarship at the Faribault Elks Lodge Scholarship event May 5. Thank you to the Faribault Elks Lodge for supporting our youth and for putting together this special event for seniors and their families!

Scholarship recipients were Carter Breitenfeldt, Victoria Carlsten, Taylor Day, McKenzie Gehrke, Makayla Keilen, Caroline Karnick, Alex Leet, Jackelyn Ramirez, Payton Ross, Lilliana Thoreson, Alli Velander, Bennett Wolff and Madelyn Yetzer.

McKinley students do their part on Earth Day

Leadership classes volunteer in the community

On May 12, students from Mr. Dunnigan's Leadership 1 class volunteered their time at the Community Action Center in Faribault. They cleaned up debris and materials, pulled up old carpeting, swept and cleaned, organized shelving units, and packed some boxes of food for the community.

The goal is to get the facility ready for the contractors to begin their renovation work in early June.


Earlier this month, the Leadership 2 class teamed up with some members of the wrestling and track teams, as well as Faribault Parks and Rec, to celebrate Arbor Day by cleaning up parks and trails around Faribault.

"One of the big goals for the Leadership class was to create some pride and momentum in the community, and it was fun to see members of the community thanking the students for their service as they cleaned," teacher Kevin Dunnigan said.

Thank you, permanent subs!

Tiffany Tripp, Janice Nelsen, Amelia Knudson-Griffin, and James Lehman (1st Semester) all stepped in as permanent substitute teachers this school year.

Student-athletes sign letters of intent

Faribault High School held a letter of intent signing event for students who are pursuing athletic opportunities at the college level next year. Congratulations to Ruby Gernandt (Bethel University), Gael Ramirez (Bethel University), Mckenzie Gehrke (Gustavus Adolphus), John Palmer (Augsburg College), and Payton Evenstad (East Carolina University) and their families.

FHS is so proud of these student-athletes for continuing their athletic career at the next level! We thank them each for making Faribault High School a great place to be and wish them the best of luck in college!

801 students clean up on Earth Day

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Alumni Update: Evan Knutson, Class of 2009

Student activities and awards: I played Basketball and Baseball throughout high school- All-State in Baseball.

Additional education: I attended Hamline University for college.

Career history: Real Estate agent with Weichert Realtors Heartland in Faribault.

Current residence: Faribault MN

Who were some of your favorite teachers?

  • My favorite teacher was Bob Fielitz. I Loved how he always held us accountable and all of his quotes.
  • Chad Wolff was my favorite coach from high school. He always knew how to get the most out of his players and taught us how to work hard.


What are your favorite memories from attending Faribault schools?
I have a lot of great memories from FHS. My best memories come from playing sports and the lessons that come with them.

What lessons did you learn in school have stuck with you and helped you be successful?
You create your own path! It's about showing up everyday and putting in the work to become successful.