Sibley Senior Spotlight: Max Buell
Sibley Senior Spotlight: Max Buell
Posted on 05/27/2016

The Senior Spotlight series features interviews with Sibley seniors who have shown commitment to academic excellence and personal achievement. The series will highlight two seniors each week until graduation.

Max Buell
Senior Max Buell

Son of Jeff and Dana Buell, from Mendota Heights

In both hockey and baseball, Max Buell has found a way to make his teammates better. His leadership, hard work and team-first attitude have, in turn, resulted in multiple individual honors for the five-time letter winner at Henry Sibley High School. Max is also a three-time all-conference honoree, twice in hockey and once in baseball, was named most improved on the boy’s hockey team as a sophomore, served as the team captain his senior year, and also received the Hobey Baker High School Character Award – awarded to high school seniors who exhibit integrity, positive attitude, coachability, outstanding sportsmanship and community spirit.

According to Max, he’s also been able to find greater success in the classroom by applying the skills he has developed and lessons he has learned as an athlete.

“I've learned a lot from participating in athletics, which have applied to the classroom,” said Buell. “I've learned how to work well with groups and to work with others. I've also learned to how balance my time while playing sports. When you're going to school and playing sports you need to learn how to prioritize. Playing sports also helps me focus, reduce stress, and take my mind off of school.”

Along with his athletics achievements, Max has also received numerous accolades for his academic performance as well. He is a six-time academic letter winner, an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar with Honor, and has spent all four years on the honor roll.

Max will graduate with a GPA above 4.0 after excelling in advanced courses like AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP U.S. History, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Physics Mechanics C, AP Psychology, and AP Language and Composition.

Other activities that Max has participated in at Henry Sibley include: Link Crew for two years, National Honor Society for two years, Student Council for three years, and Youth Leadership for a year. He has also volunteered with the West St. Paul Youth Hockey Association, assisting with youth clinics, practices and tryouts.

Next year Max will enroll at the University of Wisconsin in pursuit of an engineering degree.

Previously, Max attended Mendota Elementary School and Friendly Hills Middle School.

District 197: How has Sibley prepared you to succeed after graduation?
Max: Sibley has done a great job in preparing me for college both academically and socially. The teachers have done a fantastic job giving me all the tools needed to be a successful college student. Sibley also taught me how to balance my time and energy between academics, athletics, friends, and family. 

Who is your favorite teacher or what is your favorite subject?
My favorite subject is math especially the two calculus classes I have taken. I have really learned to enjoy math and all the struggles that come along with it through calculus and the teacher Mr. (Erik) Kluznik. Besides Mr. Kluznik, one of my favorite teachers is Mrs. (Sarah) Lund. I've had a lot of fun in her social studies classes, and working with her through student service for the past two years. I learned many life lessons from her that I will take with me for years to come.

What’s a memory from your time at Sibley that will always stay with you?
A memory from Sibley that will always stay with me is celebrating GOFA every year. It's a really fun week for the students that we all look forward to. It is also really cool to see everyone in school participating not for their own benefit, but to come together to raise money for a greater cause.

What advice do you have for younger students about high school?
My advice for younger students is to get involved in many of Sibley's co-curricular activities, whether it is athletics or clubs. I met many of my friends through co-curricular activities that I would not have met otherwise. I would also advise younger students to enjoy high school, as it goes by fast.

Anything else you’d like to share about your time at Sibley?
I'd like to thank the teachers, coaches, and all of the people who have helped me along the way. I really enjoyed my time at Sibley and couldn't imagine myself anywhere else.


Read about other achievements by students in the class of 2016:

-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Serina Vue
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Andy Nguyen
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Angelina Contreras
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Emma Verby
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Jose Figueroa Castro
-Hannah Delmont named Henry Sibley's 2016 Athena Award winner
-Cailin McMahon recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program
-Eighty-six Henry Sibley students earn AP Scholars honors
-Moog, Fischer named National Merit Semifinalists
-Meet the School Board's new Student Representative, Drew Conway