Sibley Senior Spotlight: Kyle Gilberg
Sibley Senior Spotlight: Kyle Gilberg
Posted on 05/08/2015

The Senior Spotlight series features interviews with Sibley seniors who have shown a commitment to academic excellence and personal achievement. The series will highlight two seniors each week until graduation.

 Kyle Gilberg
Senior Kyle Gilberg 

Son of Mike and Pam Gilberg, from Mendota Heights 

An active high school career for Kyle Gilberg comes to a close in June. In addition to teaching Sunday school at his church and developing his skills as a pianist, Kyle has participated in three sports, National Honor Society and Link Crew while attending Henry Sibley--all while maintaining a 3.9 GPA.

As a result of his dedication, Kyle has received numerous awards including an academic letter award each of his four years at Sibley. Kyle was also named an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar and has taken the following AP courses at Sibley: Biology, Chemistry, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Physics, and Language and Composition.

Kyle was named all-conference in track as a junior and has served as a captain for the Warriors this spring. He also received all-conference honorable mention nods in soccer and basketball as a senior.

As the lone senior and team captain for the Sibley boys’ basketball team this year, Kyle found himself learning and growing alongside his younger teammates. Despite facing adversity on the court, Kyle said it was an excellent opportunity to develop as a leader.

“It was a very unique experience being the only senior,” Gilberg said. “Looking at the teams in the past, we’ve always had at least a couple of seniors. It was a different season for me, and the whole team. I ultimately enjoyed it because I got a lot of respect from the younger guys on the team, and from the coaches as well.”

Kyle plans to attend Luther College in Iowa in the fall and focus on a degree in math or science. He previously attended Mendota Elementary School and Friendly Hills Middle School.


District 197: How has Sibley prepared you to succeed after graduation?
Kyle: Sibley's challenging courses and outstanding teachers have pushed me to be the best student I can be. Whether it was writing an essay in language arts, or solving a question in math, I knew I had the support of teachers if I ever needed help. I also learned how to manage my time well during my four years at Sibley. 

Who is your favorite teacher or what is your favorite subject at Sibley?
My favorite teacher is Mr. (Erik) Kluznik. I had him for calculus my junior and senior years, and he coached me during track as well. He brings energy and passion to teaching and keeps class fun. Mr. Kluznik believes in each and every one of his students and that gives them confidence to develop as students. 

What’s a memory from your time at Sibley that will always stay with you?
One memory that will always stick with me is Senior Night for basketball this season. I was the only senior on the team, so people started calling it "Kyle Night" and there were a lot of posters and pictures of me around the gym. We had a great crowd there and it was great having all that support. I will remember that for a long time. 

What advice do you have for younger students about high school?
The most important thing I would say to new students is to get involved. Once you have a strong base of friends and peers around you, the high school experience is so much better. Another piece of advice would be to take challenging classes because even though you might struggle a bit, you will learn a lot, and grow as a student. 

Anything else you’d like to share about your time at Sibley?
I had a great time at Sibley, and I wouldn’t have wanted to go anywhere else. I’d also like to thank my teachers, coaches, and everyone else who helped me along the way.

Read about other achievements by students in the class of 2015:

-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Jennifer Gravelle
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Michelle Friedmann
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Jeyca Maldonado-Medina
-Kania Johnson named Henry Sibley's 2015 Athena Award Winner
-Four Henry Sibley students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program
-Eighty-four Sibley students earn AP Scholar honors 
-Courtney Dean named Naitonal Achievement Scholarship semifinalist
-Meet the School Board's new Student Representative, Adrian Rocke