Sibley Senior Spotlight: Kevin Kolstad
Sibley Senior Spotlight: Kevin Kolstad
Posted on 05/07/2014
The Senior Spotlight series features interviews with Sibley seniors who have shown commitment to academic excellence and personal achievement. The series will highlight two seniors each week until graduation.

Kevin Kolstad
Senior Kevin Kolstad

Son of Jean and Bill Kolstad, from Mendota Heights
Before attending Sibley, Kevin went to Mendota Elementary and Friendly Hills Middle School in District 197.

Kevin made the A Honor Roll ever quarter at Sibley and received an academic letter each year. He has a 3.9 GPA and has been designated an AP Scholar with Honor. He takes various Advanced Placement classes including Biology, Chemistry, Calculus (two courses), U.S. History, Physics, and Language and Composition. He has also taken the College in the Schools Spanish V course. 

Kevin is captain of the Sibley Baseball team and the Sibley Basketball team, and has received all-conference honors in both sports. He has been part of Sibley's Link Crew his junior and senior years, and is active in the Business Professionals of America.

Outside of school, Kevin volunteers at Neighbors Inc. food shelf in South St. Paul.

After graduation, Kevin plans to attend the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor to pursue a degree in engineering.

District 197: How has Sibley prepared you to succeed after graduation? 
Kevin: Sibley has prepared me with all the tools that I will need for college and beyond, whether it be academically or socially. I have developed a strong work ethic as a result of the challenging courses here at Sibley. Also, I have also learned how to effectively balance academics, athletics, and friends and family.

Who is your favorite teacher or what is your favorite subject at Sibley? 
My favorite subject at Sibley is math and my favorite teacher is Mr. (Erik) Kluznik, who I have now had for three years. Mr. Kluznik has helped me make great strides in math the past three years by pushing me to my full potential and his love for the subject made math class fun. In addition to the academics, he has taught me many important lessons that I can apply to life beyond the classroom; things that I will never forget. 

What’s a memory from your time at Sibley that will always stay with you?
One of my favorite high school memories was this past fall when our football team made it to the state tournament. The run that we made in the playoffs was awesome, especially the huge win over our rivals St. Thomas, to earn us a state birth. Being in the stands for that game was absolutely crazy and one of my most memorable moments at Sibley. It was also great to see the community unite around the team and all the Warrior Pride that came as a result.

What advice do you have for younger students about high school? 
I would advise younger students to take harder courses and challenge themselves in school. This will greatly prepare them for college and will push students, which I think is very important in school. Also, if you have questions, don't hesitate to go in and ask the teacher for help — that's what they are they for. Some incoming students feel too scared or overwhelmed to approach teachers, but trust me they will do all that they can to help you succeed. Appreciate every moment because it sure goes by fast; before you know it graduation day will be here.

Any closing thoughts?
My past four years at Sibley have been awesome and I will never forget all the great friends and memories that I have made here. 

Read interviews with other students featured in the Sibley Senior Spotlight series:
Aspen Doud - Aspen takes advanced courses and maintains a 3.9 GPA while being a leader on the Dance Team and Student Council.
Victor Corral - Despite starting his freshman year at Sibley knowing very little English, Victor has maintained a 3.9 GPA, excelled in athletics, and was offered academic scholarships from three different colleges. 

Read about other achievements by students in the Class of 2014:
   - Kate McKay named Henry Sibley High School’s 2014 Athena Award winner
   - Henry Sibley student Jake Jaeger wins Region Triple A Award
   - National Leadership training inspires Sibley student Jose Salazar to make change
   - Sixty-five Sibley students earn AP Scholars honors
   - Three Henry Sibley seniors recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program
   - Meet the School Board's new Student Representative, Mikaela Ziegler