Cass Lake-Bena High School's Jennalee Fairbanks and Mark Reyes were among the 44 area students honored by National Joint Powers Alliance at its 27th annual Student Recognition Banquet, Wednesday, April 11, at Madden's Resort in Brainerd.

The annual event celebrates area students as rising stars. Each student was selected by his or her respective school staff, with the criteria they are "unsung heroes" of their district-the behind-the-scenes students with little, if any, recognition, a release said.

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Fairbanks ($500 scholarship from the NJPA Senior Leadership Team) is third in the 2018 graduating class. She has been involved in robotics and the National Honor Society. Her plans upon graduation are to attend nursing school, either at BSU or the University of Minnesota Morris, both of which have accepted her. She would eventually like to land a job working in the OB/GYN department somewhere close.

"Jennalee is such a deserving young woman for this recognition as she always does the right thing and, yet, is a humble person," said Luann Frazer, Cass Lake-Bena director of Indian Education.

Reyes ($215 scholarship) has played basketball and football. He would like to go into law enforcement after he graduates. He is also interested in building things and working with his hands.

"Mark Reyes III is an exemplary student to be nominated for this honor as he is the kind of guy who does things right in school, on the basketball court, football field, and in class. He is well liked by students and staff alike, and at home," Frazer said.