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Superhero of the Week: Gracie Staude

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Meet our first Superhero of the Week for the 2022-23 school year: 

Hello, I am Gracie Staude. I am currently a senior at Franklin High School.

Attending Franklin High School has given me the opportunity to participate in many clubs and activities including softball, tennis, eco-club, Student Senate, Future Business Leaders of America, Relay for Life and National Honors Society.

This year, I have had the privilege of being the Vice President of the National Honors Society. As Vice President, I lead the meetings and events. Along with the leadership role, I am completing over 30 hours of volunteer work in our Franklin Community.

Some of the ways I enjoy helping my community include volunteering at Ben Franklin Elementary School. I get to personally form connections with students in the classroom as well as work on social and emotional skills with special education students. Additionally, at my high school, I enjoy tutoring and assisting my peers in the classroom on various subjects.

On Sundays, I am able to give back to my church by helping in the Sunday School classrooms and nursery. As a senior, I have found a way to balance hard classes such as AP, honors and dual enrollment courses, while enjoying life outside of school. I am also an athlete and have been on the softball team since freshman year.

I unfortunately experienced a shoulder injury sophomore year, which has affected my ability to play sports. Since the injury, I have found a way to stay connected to the team and sport by serving as the varsity manager. Being the varsity manager means I am able to still attend all of the practices and games. I have learned that as an athlete and leader I can still be a part of the team and enjoy the sport even off of the field. My organizational skills and positive attitude has helped the team become closer and create a great team environment.

I am currently working as a patient care technician for Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital and The Orthopedic Institute of Wisconsin. The skills I get to learn at work, as well as the information I learn from shadowing medical professionals I work with, are building my knowledge for my future. After
experiencing orthopedics as a patient, and now as an employee, I plan to continue my medical career as a Physician’s Assistant; with the hopes of
becoming an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgery, PA.

My biggest supporters and motivation to succeed, include my family and close friends, but specifically my parents and sister. They have taught me how to be an independent, selfless person that is willing to help others at any time.