Student Testimonials

Through One91 Pathways, our high school students are receiving opportunities to pursue the things they love. See how we help students explore their interests through a broad range of class offerings and hands-on job training that happens in our building.

Abdi Abdullahi

Business, Management & Entrepreneurship Pathway
Culinary Arts
Class of 2019

When you see a chef expressing himself or herself on the plate in so many unique ways, the food essentially becomes art.

Abdi Abdullahi has been fascinated with cooking since he was 12. He was excited that ProStart, the premier culinary arts program for high school students, was offered right at BHS. 

He’s taken several chef courses and acquired skills that he never knew existed. He’s also catered at a Minnesota Vikings event and helped judge a cookie contest for the Star Tribune newspaper. To him, cooking is more than producing meals; it’s an extension of one’s personality.

Abdi plans to earn a degree in hospitality, attend a culinary institute and someday open his own restaurant. 

Eloisa Carrasco

Design, Engineering & Manufacturing Technologies Pathway
Class of 2021

Choose classes that involve you in something you like or are good at doing. Not only will you do well, but you will enjoy being in class.

Eloisa already had an idea that she wanted to go into the engineering field, but through coursework and participation in FTC robotics at Burnsville High School, she has been able to explore and expand her abilities. 

Engineering classes introduced Eloisa to a variety of concepts, but work in the Fab Lab gave her hands-on experience and allowed her to operate a variety of machines and equipment. 

Eloise is interested in attending college and studying biomedical engineering. 

Oriana Penaloza-Ortega

Arts, Global Communications & Information Systems Pathway
Information Technology
Class of 2020

Start exploring early, so you can discover what you like and what inspires you to do meaningful things.

In 10th grade, Oriana came to Burnsville High School without being able to speak English. She focused on learning English first before discovering her passion for computer science. 

Oriana’s computer programming classes helped her understand important concepts, provided her with a solid foundation for post-secondary coursework and also developed her creativity. 

Oriana is attending Concordia College Moorhead on a full-ride scholarship and is pursuing a degree in computer science. 

Meagan Hasse

Health Sciences & Human Services Pathway
Health Sciences
Class of 2020

The healthcare core curriculum has shaped me into a better person by improving my work ethic and communication skills.

Meagan Haase had a very strong interest in the medical field. Through several health sciences classes, including Certified Nursing Assistants and Emergency Medical Technician, she gained real-world skills and experiences that gave her a clear idea of what she wants to do in the future. 

Meagan explored as many opportunities as she could at Burnsville High School, realizing that early exposure to these opportunities would help prepare her for success. 

Meagan enjoys the fast-paced environment of the healthcare field and is now attending the College of St. Scholastica to become a nurse.