Calumet High School makes it possible for every student to maximize their potential

CLK senior Helen Erickson energized for her future after graduation

Calumet High School makes it possible for every student to maximize their potential to be outstanding members of the community. With a full spectrum of academic excellence and hundreds of special interest activities, students grow and expand their abilities for a future of success.
Helen Erickson exemplifies the success that CLK schools has energized her with as she prepares to graduate and embrace her future. Born and raised in Laurium, Helen has attended CLK since kindergarten.
Helen has been involved with a variety of organizations during her time at CLK, including band, JROTC, Science Olympiads, French Club, Drama Club, the National Honor Society, and Slack”a community service group. Helen notes that JROTC has been one of her favorite teams to be a part of, crediting Major Michael Farley and First Sergeant Mark Powell for creating a welcoming setting for students to learn, grow, and build relationships. “Major Michael Farley and First Sergeant Mark Powell have created an awesome atmosphere in JROTC,” she said. “I’ve been involved for four years, and we’ve been given opportunities that have helped us grow as both people and leaders.”
“I’ve always felt really supported in these halls,” Helen said, noting what makes CLK special. “The teachers make sure to always say hi and ask how you’re doing, and they really want you to succeed. I really appreciated my classes with Major Farley, First Sergeant Powell, and Mr. [Ryan] Watt. They made high school a good time and always encouraged us to have fun, be creative, and push for more.”
Outside of school, Helen enjoys spending time with her friends, reading, writing, and going for walks with her dog, Willow. In the fall, Helen will be attending Michigan Technological University to pursue a degree in Scientific and Technical Communications. While she will miss her friends and classmates and CLK, Helen noted that she is prepared and ready to face the future. Her advice to underclassmen? “Don’t get too anxious about your future,” she said. “You’ll be ready when you get there.”


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