Sibley Senior Spotlight: Joe Quehl
Sibley Senior Spotlight: Joe Quehl
Posted on 06/07/2016

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.

Joe Quehl - Henry Sibley Class of 2016
Senior Joe Quehl

Son of Paul and Jeanie Quehl, from Mendota Heights

For Joe Quehl, the best part of the outdoors is truly all of it. In order to experience as much of nature as possible, Joe has participated in the Boy Scouts of America program for more than six years. Not only has he reached the rank of Eagle Scout, but Joe has continued to participate in Scouting, achieving three additional Eagle Palms. He has also served as a Senior Patrol Leader and Troop Guide, helping to run meetings and campouts for younger Boy Scouts.

“I have always loved the outdoors and being a Boy Scout was one of the best ways to go out and experience everything nature has to offer,” said Quehl. “The outdoors has really been the main reason why I decided to stay in Scouting, where I got to learn new things and continue going on campouts.”

In addition to his time with the Boy Scouts of America, Joe has also connected to the outdoors as a Student Representative for the Mendota Heights Parks and Recreation Commission, and most recently he joined the Henry Sibley Trap and Skeet team. As an avid hunter and fisherman, trap and skeet has been a natural fit for Joe.

A love for the outdoors has also influenced Joe’s college decision. Next fall he will enroll at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to study Wildlife Ecology and Biology.

“I hope to become a wildlife biologist and eventually work for a corporation or agency that helps properly manage our wildlife, to help them prosper in our growing population and society. That way people will always be able to enjoy the great outdoors,” said Quehl.

As a student, Joe has also demonstrated great skill as a member of the Henry Sibley Business Professionals of America (BPA). Competing in the video production category, Joe and a group of classmates have been named state champions in the category for the past two years.

Other activities in which Joe has participated at Henry Sibley include Student Council for two years and the newly formed philosophy club.

In the classroom, Joe has maintained a rigorous class load thanks to the Advanced Placement (AP) offerings available at Henry Sibley. Some of the AP classes that Joe has taken during high school include AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP U.S. History and AP Calculus AB. During his senior year, Joe also took AP Language and Composition, AP Calculus BC, AP Physics Mechanics C and College in the Schools (CIS) French IV.

Previously, Joe attended Somerset Elementary School and Heritage Environmental-STEM Magnet School.

District 197: How has Sibley prepared you to succeed after graduation?
Joe: The classwork and homework that the advanced track has brought me is by far the best way Sibley has prepared me for college. The amount of work and standards that teachers hold their classes to is very high and challenging, which causes you to work that much harder to get good grades. This prepared me the best for college as it made me think about and understand the material.

Who is your favorite teacher or what is your favorite subject?
My favorite subject at Sibley has to be the sciences like Biology, Chemistry, and Physics with Art and Calculus being a close second and third. I find them all very fascinating and interesting. One of the biggest impressions a teacher has made on me was by Mr. Dan Hurlbert, a former Henry Sibley teacher, when I was a freshman in his film studies class. He got my friend and I involved in BPA, which has been a ton of fun.

What’s a memory from your time at Sibley that will always stay with you?
One of my favorite memories at Henry Sibley is participating in BPA and being able to compete in the state competition, as well as the national competition. Winning the state competition two years in a row and then placing eighth at Nationals is a memory that I will always remember, along with the friends I made there. And then of course, the football games were always fun, too.

What advice do you have for younger students about high school?
Do not let the core classes occupy your entire schedule. Make sure to take a few classes here and there that you are interested in and will enjoy. It will make your academic experience a whole lot more enjoyable.

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

-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Tracy Magooba
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Kallman Parry
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Masbal Abdullahi
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Serina Vue
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Max Buell
-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