Sibley Senior Spotlight: Patrick (PJ) Gannon
Sibley Senior Spotlight: Patrick (PJ) Gannon
Posted on 05/23/2014

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.

PJ Gannon

Senior Patrick (PJ) Gannon

Son of Pat and Mary Gannon, from Eagan

Previously attended Friendly Hills Middle School

PJ takes Advanced Placement History, Language and Composition, and Psychology, and is involved in many activities. He is co-president of the Sibley Student Council, and is involved in Link Crew and Business Professionals of America. 

PJ is also a multi-sport athlete. He was named All-Conference in Track, received Varsity letters for Cross Country, Hockey and Track, and also played on the Football team. PJ plays saxophone in the Sibley Band, Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble, and was named to the All-Conference Band. 

Outside of school he's involved with his church and works in childcare at the YMCA.

After graduation he plans to attend the University of Nebraska - Lincoln to major in business. He says he hopes to get involved in many activities such as joining a fraternity and participating in a jazz band.

District 197: How has Sibley prepared you to succeed after graduation? 
PJ: Sibley has helped me prepare for my future by getting me ready for college classes, and by giving me the tools I need for success in both the classroom and in the social world.

Who is your favorite teacher or what is your favorite subject at Sibley?
I have been fortunate enough to have had many excellent teachers throughout my time at Sibley so it would not do them justice to only thank a few. I am thankful for all of the teachers that I have had. They have all given me a positive experience here at Sibley and kept learning interesting. I would, however, like to extend a special thank you to Mrs. (Sue) Soine and Mrs. (Alison) Footh for being the best advisers that a student could ask for and for putting up with me for the four years I served on the student council.

What’s a memory from your time at Sibley that will always stay with you?
I will never forget the feeling of School Pride shared by all of the students at Sibley. It made the victories even sweeter and the losses more bearable. It is a contagious feeling and brings people even closer. It was a delightful surprise and complete honor being crowned Homecoming King for a school with as much school spirit and pride as Sibley. 

What advice do you have for younger students about high school? 
My advice to all of the younger students at Sibley would be to get involved in as much as possible and give 100 percent in everything you do. It makes it a lot easier to meet new people and form lasting friendships. If you need anything or have trouble with any classes, talk to your teachers. They all are there to help you succeed and care about you doing the best you can. Finally I would like to say take everything in and don't be in a rush to get done with high school. It goes by faster than you think.

Anything else you'd like to share about your time at Sibley?
My time at Sibley has been better than I could ever ask for. I truly believe that it is like a second family and with the many hours of school and activities it has been a literal home away from home. It has been some of the best years of my life and I will miss it deeply but I know that it has prepared me for the future and I am excited to be moving on to my next stage in life.

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.
Gretta Bruestle - Gretta has been involved in various Sibley activities and sports, including Link Crew, Model United Nations, Cross Country and Volleyball. She has lettered in Academics and taken many Advanced Placement and "College in the Schools" courses. 

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