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Mitchell High’s Mebius, Steiner tackle high school, Mitchell Tech all at once – Mitchell Republic

MITCHELL — Spring is graduation season, and around Mitchell, students graduating from high school, tech school or college cross the stage to receive their diplomas, taking their first steps into the next stage of their life and their career.

Two students from Mitchell High School are doing double duty this year, as they are about to complete their classes and graduate from both Mitchell High School and Mitchell Technical College.

Hazel Mebius and Madelynn Steiner, both seniors who are expected to graduate from high school on Sunday, are also graduating from Mitchell Technical College, with Mebius pursuing a degree in geospatial technologies and Steiner working toward her LPN degree.

“I really liked it,” Mebius recently told the Mitchell Republic of his high school experience.

During her high school career, Mebius became interested in the study of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a discipline that focuses on maps, Global Positioning System satellites, and other studies. And while it sounded like an interesting field to pursue, she wasn’t quite sure if this was the path for her.

“I got interested in it and was considering going to South Dakota State University for GIS, but I wasn’t sure if I would like it that much. It sounded super interesting, but high school didn’t have classes like that,” Mebius said. “We were looking around, my mum and I were, and then we all became connected.”

Mebius had finished all of high school in her freshman year, and she couldn’t find any extra classes to take in her senior year that really interested her. She found the geospatial science program at Mitchell Technical College, and after learning that it was a one-year program that could help jump-start her future career aspirations, she decided to jump on board. and register last August.

It was a bit of a whirlwind, she said.

“It was a very impulsive decision. I had already done all of my high school credits in freshman year, so I didn’t have to go back to high school. I worked full-time at Mitchell Tech,” Mebius said.

Hazel Mebius graduated from Mitchell High School and Mitchell Technical College this year.

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With no requirement to attend high school, she didn’t have to worry about scheduling conflicts or dividing her time between high school and technical college programs. She stopped at Mitchell High School for a variety of reasons, but for the most part, she dove headfirst into the next phase of her educational career.

His time at Mitchell Tech also earned him a Spirit of Mitchell Technical College award. Faculty members select one graduate student from each program for the honor each year. Students are chosen as the graduates who best embody the “spirit” of Mitchell Tech and exemplify their chosen profession through study, hard work, reliability, contribution to their program, and future potential in their field of study. job.

The decision to take the plunge at Mitchell Tech served her well, she said, and was an enjoyable experience. The school’s focused programs, small class sizes and knowledgeable teachers made work much more enjoyable, she said.

“I really like it. It was small so I felt it was a very tight-knit (class) and I knew everyone really well. In the end there were three of us, so we got to know each other pretty well,” said said Mebius.

Like Mebius, Steiner had already graduated from high school by the time she completed her first year. This gave her a head start on a goal she had been considering for some time: studying to become a licensed practical nurse.

Living in Mitchell, Steiner had two solid options for advancing her education — Dakota Wesleyan University and Mitchell Technical College, both of which offer nursing programs right here in town.

“I knew I wanted to become a nurse, so I explored options at Dakota Wesleyan University and Mitchell Technical College. My original plan was to go to DWU, but my neighbor’s daughter-in-law was one of the teachers in the RN program at Mitchell Tech, and she talked to me a lot, and I ended up visiting Mitchell Tech during the summer,” Steiner mentioned.

That tipped the odds in Mitchell Tech’s favor, and she entered the program in August of last year. A popular and growing program, Mitchell Tech’s LPN program was full when she applied, but a bit of luck worked in her favor before classes started in the fall.

“The program was full when I applied, so I had no idea what I was going to do. Then I got a call in early August that some people had dropped out and I I had a spot if I wanted to take it,” Steiner said. “I went to orientation and got my ID and everything.

The two students previously walked the stage at Mitchell Technical College’s graduation earlier this month, and are now set to do the same on Sunday afternoon at the Corn Palace, where Mitchell High School will hold its graduation ceremony. ‘opening. After that, it’s yet another step.

Mebius eventually plans to attend Dakota State University (DSU) in Madison to study cyber leadership and intelligence with an emphasis on global affairs and human behavior. She credits Mitchell Tech for helping her find work while she prepares for college. She currently works for Millennium Geospatial, a Wisconsin-based company with employees working remotely across the country.

“What was super cool about Mitchell Tech is that they already have internship opportunities and part-time jobs for us,” Mebius said. “And I work from home. We work with maps all day.

She said she was weighing her options after college and seeing where life takes her.

“I know that sounds corny — to say I’ll see where life takes me — but I don’t know what’s going to happen to my life four years from now,” Mebius said.

Steiner, who walked the stage for his unofficial graduation from Mitchell Tech on May 6, will technically continue to take classes at Mitchell Tech through July, then begin his own internship at South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux. Falls. She will then have a pinning ceremony in July and then possibly take her boards at her convenience. She hopes to complete her work next August.


Madelynn Steiner graduated from Mitchell High School and Mitchell Technical College this year.

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Steiner also said his time at Mitchell Tech was well spent and enjoyable.

“I like the teachers, who are very encouraging. If you don’t understand anything, you can talk to them one-on-one,” Steiner said.

She’s also unsure of her future after her internship, but she’s considering making the rounds to become a registered nurse, though she hasn’t made a decision about where she might pursue that goal.

Both graduates give credit to Mitchell High School’s mass personalized learning program, which allows students to focus on dual credits and work at their own pace, to help them achieve their goals, as well as their teachers and their families for their support.

The pair are among 223 high school graduates who have enrolled in at least one dual-credit course this year at Mitchell Tech. These students hail from six different states, including two home school students. Along with Mebius and Steiner, 12 students are enrolled in a two-year program and completed their first year as seniors in high school. An additional 36 Mitchell High School students enrolled in at least one dual credit course, according to statistics provided by Mitchell Tech.

“To succeed in this program and these courses, students must have a lot of responsibility, discipline and focus. Hazel and Madelynn are definitely each of those, and they’re great people too. They don’t just finish a program, they network with other strong students and future leaders, and they take a step back from other relevant courses and career goals,” said Joe Childs , Principal of Mitchell High School. “The opportunity to have our students learn MHS, on the campus of one of the most successful community colleges in our country, has been invaluable. I am thrilled to see our students leave with the skills needed for continued success and the confidence to know they can accomplish anything.

This past year has been busy and intense, but they are happy that they have chosen the paths they have taken and are ready for the next challenge.

“It’s been crazy, and I’ve spent a lot of time away from my family. I haven’t seen them much this year. With school, I feel like a little lab rat in my room,” Steiner said.

Mebius accepted.

“It was fast, fun and I’m glad I did it. I wouldn’t take it back,” Mebius said.

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