Parents: Tiffany and Chris Martinson, and Jerry Anderson
Education: Anderson is a recent graduate of Northfield High School. This fall, she will be attending Gateway Community College as a freshman to pursue a degree in paramedics, with the goal of becoming a paramedic driver.
High school involvement: During high school, Caitlin competed on the bowling team, both as a team and individually. Bowling remains a hobby for Caitlin, along with training her new puppy.
Motivation for running: Caitlin chose to run for the DJJD ambassador program with the hope of improving her public speaking skills, making friends and getting to know other communities. Caitlin’s favorite part of the DJJD celebration is the PRCA rodeo because it shows the strength and commitment of the athletes. Caitlin is proudly sponsored by Minnesota Orthodontics.
Parents: Eric and Amy Frank
Education: Junior this fall at Northfield High School
Future plans: Annie plans to attend a four-year college, likely majoring in the STEM field. Annie hopes to find a career that allows her to work with great people and stay close to her family and friends.
Current involvement: Annie is involved with student council, tennis, cheerleading, robotics, speech, track, Link, R.A.L.I.E. and the Northfield Historical Society Adult Posse Program.
Motivation for running: Annie chose to run for the DJJD ambassador program because she would love to represent Northfield in an iconic way, while also being able to help spread the history of Northfield to other communities. Her favorite part of the DJJD celebration is the grand parade, because she gets to see all the local clubs and sports that are a part of our town. Annie is proudly sponsored by Eric Frank, ReMax Advantage Plus.
Parent: Jennifer King
Education: Will be a senior this fall at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. Future plans: After graduation, Lilly plans to attend a four-year college majoring in dance, with a minor in business.
Current involvement: Lilly has been a competitive dancer for 15 years — recently competing at a national dance competition — and is involved in National Honor Society.
Motivation for running: Lilly is proud to call Northfield her hometown, which is a big reason why she chose to become a part of the DJJD ambassador program, and wants to share her passion for the community with others around the state and be a representative to the volunteer committee that runs DJJD. Lilly’s favorite event during the DJJD celebration is just hanging out on Bridge Square – getting to see everyone enjoying themselves and connecting with friends and neighbors she doesn’t regularly get to see. Lilly is proudly sponsored by Minnesota Ag Group.
Max Gorden Mercer
Parents: son of Eric and Rachel Gorden
Education: Mercer will be a senior this fall at Northfield High School.
Future plans: After graduation, Max plans on attending a four-year college for a degree in business administration and then go onto law school.
Current involvement: Max is currently involved in DECA, Mock Trial, Jazz Band, library board, Teen Advisory Board, Boy Scouts, Order of the Arrow, National Honor Society, Raider Nation Council, prom planning committee, LINK, and serving on the advisory board for Bethel Youth Ministry.
Motivation for running: Max wants to be a part of the DJJD ambassador program because he wants to serve as a representative of Northfield and share our history across Minnesota. Max’s favorite event during the DJJD celebration is playing bingo on Bridge Square benefitting the Northfield Fire Department. Max is proudly sponsored by Professional Dental Group.
Parents: Mark and Amy Pagel
Education: Will be a senior this fall at Northfield High School
Future plans: After graduation, Audrey hopes to be a part of the Rotary Exchange Program. Once completing her year abroad, Audrey plans to attend a four-year college and pursue a degree in psychology, art or music. Future plans for Audrey include making a positive impact on those around her. She hopes to find a career path that allows her to help people, while incorporating her passion for music and art.
Current involvement: Audrey keeps herself busy by being a part of honors art, serving as chair of the Mayor’s Youth Council, president of the Youth Mental Health Board, Community Resource Bank Junior Board, LOA, R.A.L.I.E., Young People’s Action Coalition and LINK. Audrey is also part of choir, hockey, soccer, golf, working tech on plays, and plans on joining bowling in the fall.
Motivation for running: Audrey wants to be a part of the DJJD ambassador program because she wants to learn new skills, serve as a positive role model and get involved in volunteer opportunities. Audrey’s favorite part of the DJJD celebration is the parade and re-enactments that bring the community together to celebrate the history of Northfield. Audrey is proudly sponsored by Archer House River Inn.
Parent: John Patrikus
Education: A graduate of Northfield High School, Kiley will enter her sophomore year at University of Wisconsin-River Falls this fall. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance.
Future plans: Kiley plans to tackle a career in the financial industry as either a loan processor or financial advisor.
High school involvement: Kiley served as a LINK leader and stayed busy riding horses. In the future, Kiley plans to tackle a career in the financial industry as either a loan processor or financial advisor.
Motivation for running: Kiley chose to run for the DJJD ambassador program because of its strong reputation and sees what an amazing experience it would be to serve as an ambassador for the community and serve as a role model to young kids. Her favorite part of the DJJD celebration is everything. Kiley loves the variety of the activities availability to visitors and being able to see Northfield residents out and about celebrating their town. Although if she had to choose a favorite activity, she would have to pick the rodeo because it is so entertaining! Kiley is proudly sponsored by the Quarterback Club.
Parents: Bernie and Mary Quick
Education: Will be a senior this fall at Northfield High School.
Future plans: After graduation, Faithe plans to attend a four-year university to pursue her bachelor’s degree in business. In the future, Faithe hopes to continue her volunteering and challenge herself to always try new things.
Current involvement: Faithe is currently involved in DECA, Uno Vox Choir, National Honor Society, Hiliners and the Northfield Historical Society’s Adult Posse Program. Faithe holds leadership roles as the head editor of the 2018/2019 NHS yearbook, Hiliner Dance Team manager and as a youth faith formation leader for St. Dominic Church.
Motivation for running: Faithe wants to be a part of the DJJD ambassador program because she wants to be more involved in the celebration and serve as a positive representative for our city and celebration to other communities. Her favorite event during the DJJD celebration is giving tours at the historical society because it allows her tell the story of why we celebrate the Defeat of Jesse James Days. Faithe is proudly sponsored by James Gang Coffeehouse.
Parents: Aaron Schomburg, and Rick and Jana Hirsch
Education: Will be a senior this fall at Northfield High School.
Future plans: After graduation, Kaia plans on attending a four-year college to pursue a degree in psychology and expand her performing arts education. In the future, Kaia hopes to work in the performing arts field, whether it’s as a performer or in a more behind-the-scenes role.
Current involvement: Kaia is involved in National Honor Society, LINK, yearbook, choir, district youth council and is a member of the MN dance collaborative. Kaia has previously volunteered with the Encore program of Northfield Youth Choir, the Sarcoma Foundation of America, and participated in various shows through the Northfield Arts Guild.
Motivation for running: Kaia wants to be a part of the DJJD ambassador program because she has seen the generosity of the Northfield community over the past years, and this is one way she can give back, while also sharing the unique qualities of Northfield with other communities. Her favorite part of the DJJD celebration is the parade and getting to cheer on her friends and fellow community members who participate. Kaia is proudly sponsored by Pinnacle Performing Arts Center.
Parents: Jason and Heather Schultz
Education: Nikki will be entering her sophomore year this fall at St. Olaf College where she plans to pursue a degree in nursing.
Future plans: She hopes to pursue higher education to become a pediatric or oncology nurse.
High school involvement: Nikki was involved with National Honor Society and the Northfield Hiliners Dance team where she served as captain. Currently, Nikki is on the St. Olaf dance team.
Motivation for running: Nikki sees the DJJD ambassador program as a way to step out of her comfort zone, while meeting new people and representing the town of Northfield. Nikki’s favorite event during the DJJD celebration is the grand parade, because it’s a great finale to a fantastic weekend to show what Northfield is all about! Nikki is proudly sponsored by Landmark Homes.