Alumni Success Stories

  • Many students who graduated from District 742 have continued on to make significant contributions and achieve high recognition in a variety of fields. Below you will find some of our talented alumni who have generously shared their stories with us.

    Do you know a former student whose story is inspirational and a testament to the District 742 experience? Share it HERE!

Wayne Schluchter - Tech 1978

  • Schluchter Coaching the Tech TigersImagine what happens when you have a coach who genuinely cares and won’t give up on your future. Wayne Schluchter, a 1978 Tech High School graduate, still gives back to the community that gave him so much by coaching Tech’s football team. In high school, Schluchter became a Tech football athlete who later went on … Read more

Anoop Prakash - Tech 1991

  • Prakash and his wife GitaAnoop Prakash, a 1991 Tech High School graduate, would say that his career has had a lot of twists and turns and luck along the way. He has worked in multiple countries as well as served in government, the United States Marine Corps, and both private and public sectors. “When I graduated in ’91, I … Read more

Moriah Novacinski - Apollo 2010

  • Moriah NovacinskiPhysician Assistant Moriah Novacinski, a 2010 Apollo High School graduate and recent Apollo Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, prides herself on achievement. During her time at Apollo, she competed in several sports including cross country and track and field. She established the Apollo record for running a mile in 5:09.56 (which she still holds today), … Read more

TyRuben Ellingson - Tech 1977

  • TyRuben EllingsonAll you have to do to succeed is give yourself permission. TyRuben Ellingson, a 1977 Tech High School graduate, has always had an interest in movies. He had a strong passion for visual mediums of art, so he picked up a camera as a teen to create short videos. While in high school, Ellingson also … Read more

Sarah (Handahl) Ahlberg - Tech 1999

  • Presenting at a Scientific ConferenceWhen Tech High School graduate (1999) Sarah Ahlberg broke her leg playing soccer in eighth grade, she recovered at home with her father who had just undergone quadruple heart bypass surgery. It was a traumatic experience for her to face the mortality of a parent at such a tender age. By the age of 15, … Read more


Amber Brennan - Apollo 1988

  • Honorable Judge BrennanExciting news for Apollo High School alumna Amber Brennan! (Class of 1988) Governor Tim Walz recently appointed her to the Fourth Circuit Judicial District bench in Minnesota, a position that she greatly looks forward to, but never imagined, while attending St. Cloud Area School District 742. While in high school, Brennan knew she wanted to … Read more

David Martini - Apollo 1989

  • Martini sworn in as President of the National Society of Professional EngineersDavid Martini, Apollo High School graduate of 1989, says if you want to help people, become an engineer. Martini was recently named Engineer of the Year from the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers (MnSPE) and it’s an accomplishment he’s been building toward his entire career. He believes civil engineering is one of the most rewarding … Read more

Jonathan Williams - Apollo 2003

  • Jonathan Williams coaching basketballThe most valuable lesson Jonathan Williams, 2003 Apollo High School graduate, learned in high school was to give back. Although a shining star on the basketball court, Williams had little direction where he wanted to go in life. It was his basketball coach, Dean Kesler, who guided him and helped put meaning in his life. … Read more

Carrie Richards - ALC and Apollo 1993

  • Richards at Fashion WeekThe road to success for Carrie Richards, a 1993 Area Learning Center* student and Apollo High School graduate, began in high school but did not follow a traditional path. Richards recognized in tenth grade she needed something different academically than what she experienced at Apollo, and she felt the alternative school [ALC] was the answer. It … Read more

The Ewers Family - Tech Graduates

  • Montanna, Garrett, Tony, Dominic, HenryThe Ewers family is St. Cloud Area School District through and through. Henry and Kathy Ewers are Apollo High School graduates, but their five sons, Henry, Jr., Dominic, Tony (Anthony), Garrett and Montanna are Tech High School graduates. Henry Sr. also served on the Board of Education for District 742 for several years. They have … Read more

Deb Meierhofer - Tech 1980

  • Deb Meierhofer Deb Meierhofer, 1980 Tech High School graduate, has a unique view of healthcare right now working at the St. Cloud Hospital as an exercise physiologist. She is screened daily for COVID-19 symptoms when she reports to work and is still getting used to the new normal of working in healthcare. Upon arriving at work she … Read more

Joe Meierhofer - Apollo 1979

  • Joe Meierhofer 1979 Apollo High School graduate, Joe Meierhofer, looks back fondly on high school and his career, saying his involvement in athletics at Apollo became the driving force behind his 28-year career. “I was a three sport athlete,” he says. Meierhofer attended St. Cloud State University (SCSU) after high school to play baseball for the Huskies. While … Read more

Amanda (Hams) Melby - Tech 1992

  • Amanda Melby

    Amanda (Hams) Melby, 1992 Tech High School graduate, grew up around music and theater. Her parents owned Al’s Music store in St. Cloud and her mother was a longtime play director in St. Cloud Area School District. It’s no surprise that Melby found her passion in film. Her latest film, “Raising Buchanan,” has just been … Read more

Julie Moyes - Apollo 1971

  • Julie Moyes Julie Moyes, 1971 graduate of Apollo High School, was in the first graduating class from the new school. It was a stellar year. Opportunities were plentiful. Because new doors were opened, her senior year gave her a zest for adventure that continued the rest of her life. She’s traveled the world, met royalty, presidents, diplomats, … Read more

Jonathan Schroden - Tech 1994

  • Jonathan Schroden

    1994 Tech High School grad, Jonathan Schroden, always had a knack for science. Chemistry and the physical sciences came naturally to him. So when he went on to attend the University of Minnesota-Duluth, he knew his focus would be in chemistry and physics. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he went on to Cornell University where … Read more

Aaron Brossoit - Apollo 1996

  • Aaron Brossoit

    Coming from a family of educators, 1996 Apollo High School graduate Aaron Brossoit was instead bitten by the entrepreneurial bug even before graduating from St. Cloud State University (SCSU). While at SCSU, Brossoit became interested in websites and started to “play around” with them, teaching himself how to design web pages. He loved the creativity of art … Read more

Jessica Backes - Tech 2014

  • Jessica Backes Music is in her blood. For 2014 Tech High School graduate, Jessica Backes, music is a way to connect with people. Backes just visited South Junior High School, her former middle school, to talk to students about music, but more importantly, to stop and say hello and thank you to her old band director, Anita Boster ... Read more

Sara Algoe - Tech, 1994

  • Sara Algoe Curiosity is human nature, and it can be a powerful driving force. For 1994 Tech High School alumna, Sara Algoe, curiosity is not only her motivation but a craving to learn more about human nature itself. Algoe yearns to discover how emotions tie to the physical and mental well-being of human beings. She began to feed that curiosity through her research around one word – gratitude ... Read more

Nicole Lavoi - Tech, 1987

  • Nicole LaVoi When it comes to young women in sports, St. Cloud Area School District 742 has a robust history. Starting in 1972, Peg Brenden became the first girl in the state to earn a letter for competing on a boys’ tennis team after arguing her rights in court and with the school district. Later that year, … Read more

Nate Nelson - Apollo, 1998

  • Nate Nelson Nate Nelson, a 1998 Apollo High School graduate, majored in history and minored in ancient Greek while attending St. John’s University. He loved history, but after graduation realized he didn’t want to teach the subject. Instead, he turned to his other passion, debate, and attended law school at the University of Minnesota to obtain his law … Read more

Sruthi Shankar - Tech, 2014

  • Sruthi Shankar The road to becoming a doctor for 2014 Tech High School graduate, Sruthi Shankar, has not been what she imagined. She’d been looking at colleges across the United States, always knowing she would attend medical school. However, that road changed in January of her senior year in high school. “My dad took a job offer … Read more

Melissa Huberty - Tech, 1989

  • Melissa Huberty Melissa Huberty, 1989 Tech High School graduate, knew as a teenager that she wanted to work with people with chemical dependency. During high school, Huberty connected with a lot of different students; she didn’t hang out with a particular clique. To her, it was all about relationships. “It’s easy to judge people that don’t have … Read more

Lymarie Jimenez - Apollo, 2000

  • Lymarie Jimenez Lymarie Jimenez has the ability to transport anyone to a dystopian future 200 years from now where the world is highly technologically advanced. This Apollo High School 2000 graduate and published author has the talent for capturing readers and taking them through the twists and turns of conspiracies and secrets. Her first published book, “Awaken” takes the reader … Read more

Lisa Dooley - Tech, 2005

  • Lisa Dooley “Lights, camera, action!” are three words 2005 Tech graduate, Lisa Dooley, never thought she’d be saying. Yet her film, “Ben is Dead,” which she directed and wrote, opened at the Carmel International Film Festival in 2017 and was recently screened locally at the St. Cloud Film Festival. It all began when Dooley was studying to be a … Read more

Jerri Zhang - Apollo, 2002

  • Jerri Zhang For 2002 Apollo grad, Jerri Zhang, writing and reporting quickly turned into a passion for the law. Zhang attended the University of Missouri-Columbia for both her undergraduate and law degrees, earning a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 2006 and a Juris Doctor in 2009. It was during her work in journalism that a professor pulled her … Read more

Terin (Euerle) Sytsma - Tech, 2007

  • Terin (Euerle) Sytsma For 2007 Tech graduate, Dr. Terin (Euerle) Sytsma, medical education is what it’s all about. And the Mayo Clinic couldn’t be a better place to teach and learn about it. Long before working at Mayo, Sytsma began career planning while in high school. In fact, it was during her college and career preparation at Tech … Read more

Josh Kaler - Apollo, 1997

  • Josh Kaler When you think of Nashville, it’s all about country music, honky-tonks, cowboy boots and Johnny Cash. What you may not know is that 1997 Apollo graduate, Josh Kaler, is all about Nashville. Recording artist, producer and songwriter of indie, pop and rock music, Josh is leaving his mark on Music City. Taking a year off … Read more

Todd Williams - Apollo, 1990

  • Todd Williams The saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  And it certainly echoes through the extraordinary work of 1990 Apollo graduate, Todd Williams. Williams is a professional photographer who has traveled the world photographing people and places. His clients have included Polaris, Victory Motorcycles, Indian Motorcycles, Vogue, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Nike, Gatorade and many … Read more

Alison Feigh - Apollo, 1996

  • Alison Feigh Since her graduation from Apollo High School in 1996, Alison Feigh has made it her mission to educate the public on child safety. As an author, she’s written two books on child safety and as a program manager for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (JWRC), she travels speaking on the importance of child safety as … Read more

Justin Ploof - Tech, 2002

  • Justin Ploof As Technical High School revs up to celebrate 100 years of tradition and excellence, 2002 graduate and professional musician, Justin Ploof, will be bringing in the band. Justin Ploof and The Throwbacks is a familiar name in central Minnesota. The band is one of the newest sensations on the music scene, especially since their original … Read more

Chris Jungels - Apollo, 2006

  • Chris Jungels What’s a Marine’s dream job? How about becoming a part of the Marine One detail to the President of the United States? For 2006 Apollo graduate, Chris Jungels, that dream became an unexpected reality. As a recent Apollo High School graduate, Jungels remembers setting an appointment with the Air Force to learn about his military … Read more

Josh Hagemeister - Tech, 1989

  • Josh Hagemeister Josh Hagemeister may have just become famous for being chosen as an official fishing guide to Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith for the Minnesota Fishing Opener, but he’s already held in high esteem as a Tech High School graduate of 1989. Hagemeister started his fishing guide business in high school. Dreaming of always owning a guide … Read more

Greg Klinefelter - Apollo, 1987

  • Greg Klinefelter For police officer Greg Klinefelter, St. Cloud is in his blood. As a 1987 graduate of Apollo High School and St. Cloud State University graduate, the St. Cloud community is his home. Klinefelter looks back on Apollo with fond memories. “Back then, it was the modular system at Apollo, and it felt so different,” says … Read more

Jill McGuire - Apollo, 1987

  • Jill McGuire If you’re looking to engineer something and send it into space, Jill McGuire is your person! McGuire, a 1987 graduate of Apollo High School, is a space robotics application office lead at NASA. She and her team, after completing their mission to design and send over 200 tools into space for the Hubble Space Telescope … Read more

Erin Saupe - Tech, 2003

  • Erin Saupe Some Technical High School graduates head for the Olympics, others like Erin Saupe go on to become Oxford professors. Saupe, a 2003 Tech grad, recently crossed the ocean to become an associate professor of earth science at the University of Oxford. Her impressive education journey includes degrees from the College of St. Benedict, University of Kansas … Read more

Dan Mondloch - Apollo, 2001

  • Dan Mondloch He calls himself a third generation landscape painter and jokes that he is genetically expected to paint! His father and great-grandfather were landscape artists. Dan Mondloch, a 2001 graduate of Apollo, is well-known for his beautiful, award-winning, watercolor paintings. He’s been featured in PBS “Postcards,” SPLASH 17 book and Pleinair Magazine’s “PlenAir Collector.” Mondloch has … Read more

Laura Nelson Olmstead - Apollo, 1996

  • Laura Nelson Olmstead Apollo High School alumna Laura Nelson Olmstead always aspired to be a judge.  Starting June 1, her dream is coming true.  Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton just appointed Nelson Olmstead, a ’96 Apollo graduate, to the Second Judicial District Court of Minnesota. Nelson Olmstead attributes much of her learning to her mentor, Honorable Judge Kathryn Quaintance … Read more

John Pederson - Apollo, 1977

  • John Pederson John Pederson is an entrepreneur, inventor and graduate of Apollo High School, class of 1977. “Most people in the world see my inventions every day,” says Pederson. Those everyday inventions are in the form of police lights, security lights and architectural lighting. Pederson is the current CEO and Chairman of the Board for LVX Systems, … Read more

Alise Post - Tech, 2009

  • Alise Post Alise Post is a 2009 Tech High School graduate who has hit the BMX world by storm.  After making the USA Olympic team in 2012, she now is preparing for the 2016 Olympics to represent Team USA in Rio De Janeiro. BMX is short for bicycle motocross. The races usually entail steep curves and hills, … Read more

Shelby Hadley - Apollo, 1997

  • Shelby Hadley After two tours in Iraq and Bosnia, Shelby Hadley, a former McKinley Area Learning Center student and 1997 Apollo High School graduate, has found her passion and niche as a vocational rehabilitation specialist for the St. Cloud Veterans Hospital. Her primary responsibility is to assess veterans returning from deployment in order to transition them into … Read more