Sibley Senior Spotlight: Gretta Bruestle
Sibley Senior Spotlight: Gretta Bruestle
Posted on 05/21/2014
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.

Gretta Bruestle

Senior Gretta Bruestle

Daughter of Oksana Bruestle and Gunnar Bruestle, from Mendota

Previously attended Mendota Elementary and Friendly Hills Middle School

Gretta has lettered in academics each year and has taken many Advanced Placement courses: Biology, U.S. History, Chemistry, Calculus, Language and Composition, and Physics. She has also taken College in the Schools courses in both German and Spanish. She has been part of various Sibley activities, including Link Crew, Model United Nations, Drama Club, Book Club, Environmental Club and more. She has also participated in Cross Country, Track, the Dance Team, Volleyball and Ultimate Frisbee. 

Outside of school, Gretta volunteers at the Dakota County Library and is involved in her church's Youth Group.

After graduation, Gretta plans to attend Northeastern University to study biomedical engineering.

District 197: How has Sibley prepared you to succeed after graduation? 
Gretta: All of the AP and advanced classes I took really helped to prepare me for the difficulty level that I will be faced with in college.

Who is your favorite teacher or what is your favorite subject at Sibley?
Mr. (Erik) Kluznik is my favorite teacher at Sibley, and he happens to teach my favorite subject: math. Kluz has been an inspiration to me over the past 3 years. The manner in which he believes in our calc class helps me to believe in myself. Because of him, I know that I can and will do well in whatever I choose to do after Sibley.

What’s a memory from your time at Sibley that will always stay with you?
One of my favorite memories from the year was when the football team beat St. Thomas to go to state. Rushing the field was amazing, and the way we all came together as a community really showed how great Sibley is.

What advice do you have for younger students about high school?
My advice for any younger students would be to take as many advanced classes as you can. This sets you up to do well in college, and keeps all of your opportunities open in the future.

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. 
Kevin Kolstad - Kevin has made the A Honor Roll every quarter and takes many Advanced Placement classes. He is captain of the Sibley baseball and basketball teams, and also volunteers outside of school.
Nina Cerda - Nina has taken several advanced courses at Sibley and serves as captain of the Softball team. She volunteers outside of school with the Animal Humane Society and leads youth softball activities.
Santana Baker - Santana takes many advanced courses and is active in Sibley's math team, orchestra programs and musical theater.
Isaac Cortes Mera - Isaac takes many advanced placement courses at Sibley and has been on the A Honor Roll every quarter. He's involved in the Sibley Math Team and plays bass and guitar in his church's band.

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