Kaelan Emerson is the Park Rapids Area High School student of the month for September.

The son of Sharon and James Emerson, Kaelan has been involved in drama, speech, choir, golf and BPA. In the future, he would like to attend college for nursing or pre-med, but doesn’t know where at this time.

Choir teacher and speech volunteer Leandra Craigmile said, “Kaelan is an absolute asset to our high school choir program. He is currently serving as our choir president for the second year. He was also accepted into All-State Choir for the second year this spring and participated in All-State Camp this summer. All-State Choir is the highest honor choir our state offers to high school students, and Kaelan rightly earned his spot. He has a positive attitude and inspires and leads others to be better musicians. We are lucky to have him as part of our choir. He was also a joy to coach in speech last year, and I am amazed at all he accomplished in just one year of speech. Kaelan is proof that hard work and time invested truly pays off.

BPA adviser Angie Kuehn said, “Kaelan is an outstanding young man, involved in many activities and does a great job in all. I am very happy to have him in BPA. He is a great addition. Kaelan is very deserving of this award. He is always willing to help and is such a good role model. I see great things for him in the future.”

Social studies teacher Tom Coborn said, “I have known Kaelan since he was a seventh grader. Kaelan has always been a student that strives to do his very best. Kaelan is intelligent, kind, talented, hardworking and absolutely ready to shine with whatever he plans to do in the future. He is a great example of a student we can all be proud of. He will represent our school, our town, himself and his family with the utmost reverence. He has been a pleasure to teach and get to know. I'm looking forward to hearing about his accomplishments in the future.”

English Teacher Kerry Johnson said, “Kaelan is such a well-rounded person. He is very artistic, yet analytical. He'll sing in front of a crowd of people, and yet he also enjoys sports. He can do so many things well. Even when his last spring was so crazy, he still stayed on top of it all. He was and is very motivated and organized. I always enjoyed having him in class because he is personable, insightful and has a great sense of humor. Congrats!”

Upon receiving the award at their meeting on Monday, Emerson told the school board, “I’d just like to thank all the people that said those nice things. I want to thank my teachers and my parents, my directors, my coaches for helping make me who I am today. I’d like to thank you guys for keeping this place not burned down, keeping this place running. It’s an honor. Thank you very much.”