Join us as we congratulate the 2010 Lakeview Legacy Award Recipients
Miss Alyssa Temte
High School Senior Legacy Award
A senior at Rosemount High School, Alyssa divides her attention and considerable energy into four areas:
School, where she is Student Council President, Concert Choir President, and has served as a Peer Ambassador and Peer Tutor. As a junior she received the MSHSL ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership), and was one of 20 state finalists for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. She holds the Rosemount High School triple jump record and was a top finisher at the 2009 Minnesota State Track and Field Meet.
4-H, where she has served as a day and weekly camp counselor for several years and as a member of the Dakota County Youth Ambassadors, the leadership arm of 4-H. She also sits on the Dakota County 4-H Executive Council. In 4-H, Alyssa has participated in countless community service efforts like roadside clean up, Operation Military Kids, and nursing home visits, and has been very involved at the Minnesota State Fair in Western Games (horses).
Church, where she is active in her Trinity Lutheran Church of Minnehaha Falls youth group. On Sunday mornings she is a worship leader and scripture reader, and summers find her serving as a camp counselor at Camp Patmos, a Bible camp owned by her church. Her outreach also includes Feed my Starving Children and Urban Homeworks.
Home, where she has used her love of horses to organize a Horse Show and Competition to raise money for an abused animal shelter in Zimmerman, MN, and to mentor several young people who would be considered at risk and vulnerable. In her “spare” time, she volunteers weekly at the Apple Valley Medical Center.
Next fall she will be attending Northwestern College in St. Paul and plans to double major in Spanish and biology in anticipation of a medical career. In Alyssa’s words, “I want to follow a path of contribution at both a personal and community level.”
Citizen/Volunteer Legacy Award
Wade’s involvement in Breakthrough Ministries and Midwest Challenge speaks volumes about his commitment to bettering the lives of those less fortunate than most of us. In his activities with Breakthrough Ministries, begun in July, 2009, he reaches out to the homeless and brings supplies, comfort, encouragement, love, and prayers to them, with the hope of eventually bringing them into houses. At Midwest Challenge, he serves as a life coach and mentor to men on work release from the state penal system. There, he works closely with one man to provide support, accountability, and direction, while weekly joining others at Midwest Challenge for the house meal, conversation, Bible study and other activities.
One of Wade’s passions is “washerboard,” a backyard game not unlike horseshoes or bean bag toss. While not so unusual in and of itself, Wade has used his keen interest in the game to organize a neighborhood washerboard league that last year attracted 32 men into regular community fellowship that brings them together to make a difference in their neighborhood. In fact, their washerboard league last year raised $1,500 through a philanthropic effort to benefit Midwest Challenge; although the dollar amount was not huge, the effort connected those involved to a greater cause around which they could rally.
Wade and his wife of 15 years, Nicola, have two children—and a trusty dog named Takoda that has been a part of their family for 12 years. Professionally, he is in sales with BT Media in Apple Valley.
Wade finds satisfaction in living by this quote: “Act in a new way of thinking, versus thinking of a new way to act!”
Business Manager Legacy Award
In her own words, Sheila’s career as President of Document Destruction Services (DDS) chose her. After 22 years in the printing business and recognizing the seismic changes coming in her industry, she accepted the challenge of running and growing an embryonic company ten years ago. Today, DDS is a AAA Certified security company specializing in the destruction of confidential documents, electronic media, and hard drives. With a staff of sixteen, DDS operates nine on-site shredding trucks throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
While passionate about her profession, Sheila is equally passionate about community service. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Lakeville, where she has served as a STRIVE mentor, chaired the Taste of Lakeville event for two years, and served on the Board of Directors for three years. She serves as an Economic Development Commissioner, is on the Executive Board of the Lakeville Chamber of Commerce, and is a graduate of the Leadership Lakeville Program.
Sheila’s number one hobby is curling, where she has channeled her energy into teaching and coaching. As a USCA Certified curling instructor she assists clubs throughout Minnesota. Perhaps her biggest contribution to the game and the lives of others, though, comes as coach of the USA Deaf Women’s Curling Team, which won a silver medal in the Deaflympics in 2007 and will be competing in Slovakia next February.
Sheila has four children and nine grandchildren, and enjoys time with them all at their family cabins on Lake St. Croix in northern Wisconsin, where summer weekends are filled with children, dogs, tons of laughter, and memorable nights around the campfire.