Welcome to the August 2021 Issue

by | Aug 2021


Lake Minnetonka Magazine August 2021We’re well on our way through summer with fall in our sights. Typically, this issue would include our annual Prep Elite article. Each year, we ask area high schools to nominate incoming seniors, who exemplify the schools’ standards of excellence in a multitude of areas. Our editorial team then highlights four or five of the students in our pages.

This year is different—because last year and much of 2021 have been “different.” Under regular circumstances, it’s difficult to feature only a handful of the nominated students because they all are amazing in unique and admirable ways. This year, we felt it would be downright impossible to choose Prep Elites.

This time around, let’s salute all our high school seniors for what they’ve missed, endured, accomplished and overcome as they navigated the end of their high school educations and beginning of their “what’s next.” We’re proud of Lake Minnetonka area students—from the littles to the seniors.

This issue does, however, stay true to its education theme, and Madeline Kopiecki shares on page 26 how Sara Swan of Looking Forward Life Coaching educates and encourages clients of all abilities to make successful transitions. On page 20, Olivia Rivera sheds light on how the recent pandemic has impacted the college application process. Turn to page 22 as Samantha DeLeon explores how Adventure is Barking teaches dogs real-life skills through some enviable social interactions.

There’s so much more for you to learn about in this issue, so let’s get started.

Until next time,
Renée Stewart-Hester

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