2014 Legacy Award Recipients
Join us as we congratulate the 2014 Lakeview Legacy Award Recipients!
Alyssa Ettl Legacy Award
Three different nominators. Number one in his class. AP Scholar with Distinction. Class officer and student council member. National Honor Society. South Suburban All-Conference honorable mention in football. Captain of the 2014 AAAA state basketball championship team, and member of the State All-Tournament team. Fairview Ridges and United Hospital volunteer. Youth in Government delegate. Congressional Gold and Presidential Volunteer Service Awards recipient. And, in his spare time, owner of Double "B" Lawn Mowing Service.
Could there be a more deserving recipient for the first ever "Alyssa Ettl Legacy Award, presented by Lakeview Bank" than Bronson Bruneau? Alyssa was a shining star at Lakeville North High School and a loved and respected member of the Lakeview Bank team who lost her life in a tragic car accident in December, 2013. She left a larger-than-life impact on our community, and living up to the example she set is no easy task for anyone, young or old…and yet, Bronson does just that.
The above list of Bronson's achievements is hardly exhaustive, and only tells a bit of his story. Words like respect, leadership, service, honesty, and character were used by his nominators to describe the positive impact he has had on his school and community. After graduating from Lakeville North High School he will bring those tremendous qualities to Durham, NC to enroll in the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering and be a walk-on for the Blue Devil football team, where he'll demonstrate his nationally ranked long snapper skills.
High School Senior Legacy Award
When his father lost his ten year battle with cancer in 2008, Ryan Condon knew he had a choice to make. He could wallow in understandable self-pity, or he could follow his father's advice and seek out positive mentors who could help him find ways to honor his father's legacy. Fortunately, Ryan showed wisdom far beyond his seventh grade years and chose to follow his father's guidance, and his school and community are all the richer because of it.
In all Ryan has done, he has demonstrated leadership and a positive attitude. A gifted athlete, he has earned nine varsity letters in three sports—alpine skiing, track and field, and cross country—and all-conference honors in each sport. A gifted student, he is a member of both the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society. A gifted musician, he is a member of the Rosemount Concert and Jazz Band and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. And as if all his high school achievements aren't enough, he is also an Eagle Scout and a member of the Boy Scouts Order of the Arrow.
But it's what he does with his many gifts that truly sets him apart. Whether he is volunteering at his church, working with children through the local CAP and Head Start agency, being an adaptive ski instructor, or giving the keynote address at Rosemount's Relay for Life program, Ryan exemplifies what it means to give back.
After graduation from Rosemount High School, Ryan will take his considerable gifts to the United States Coast Guard Academy…and our country is all the richer because of that decision.
Citizen/Volunteer Legacy Award
If Ruth Jacobson ever intended to slow down after retiring from Target, she obviously didn't follow instructions very well. More likely, though, the joy and satisfaction she gets from volunteering motivates her to do even more, and our community is blessed because of it…even if her "work week" now has stretched to six days!
With well over 10,000 hours of volunteer service to Fairview Ridges Hospital, there aren't very many areas of the hospital where she hasn't worked. In fact, she has trained in over 17 different volunteer roles and is one of the hospital's "go to" people whenever there is an immediate need. On top of that, Ruth is the key volunteer in the hospital's Red Cross blood drive twice a year, rising early to greet the Red Cross staff and first donors arriving at 7:00 a.m.
As if her commitment to Ridges isn't enough, she also finds time to go across the street and volunteer at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, where she serves as a communion captain and assists with baptisms, greeting families and answering their questions.
Ruth is married, a mother to three daughters and a son, and a grandmother to eight grandchildren. With her spirit of volunteerism and service to others as a shining example, we can be pretty certain that future generations of her family will most certainly follow in her servant footsteps!
Business Owner Legacy Award
When the entrepreneurial bug hit Glenn Starfield in 2004 he was, in his own words, "full of enthusiasm, but light on finances." With some help from the owner of the Express Employment Professionals franchise in Lakeville, he acquired his first location with 1.5 employees and a vision for what his business could become. Today, his business employs 16 with offices in Lakeville, Savage, and Minneapolis, and last year issued more than 1,000 W-2s to employees at hundreds of businesses in the south metro area.
Glenn took to heart the help he received, and consistent with his company's mission has been working to help people succeed ever since. For Glenn, however, connecting employees with employers in itself is not enough, as his community work illustrates. An active Rotarian in the Lakeville club since 2008, last year he co-chaired the club's signature Taste of Lakeville event that raised $130,000 to support a multitude of programs in the community. He has been active in the Lakeville Area Chamber of Commerce where he has co-chaired the Public Policy Committee and will assume the position of Board Chair in 2015, and also serves as Chair of the Lakeville Economic Development Commission and on the Board of the Twin Cities area CEO Roundtable.
As if his community service isn't enough, Glenn also finds time to be a devoted husband of 13 years to Katy and father to three active children, Ethan (9), Jack (7), and Elisa (3). If he isn't coaching hockey, he is likely driving them to soccer or lacrosse practice! Together, Glenn and Katy compete in at least one triathlon a year together…Katy to win, and Glenn for the t-shirt!