Senior Class - Information You Need to Know - please check frequently

2021 Class Motto   "Be Positive, Test Negative"
A Special Note From Your Advisors:
Due to the fluid nature of the school year, it is VERY important for you and your parents to frequently check this senior website for any and all up to date information regarding senior related items.  Answers to most senior related questions can be found in the following information.  However, feel free to contact us if any other questions pop up.


Graduation for the class of 2021 will be on Friday, May 28th at 7:00pm at RLHS. The location of the event will be at the Friess Family Athletic Complex. In the event of inclement weather, the rain date will be Saturday, May 29th at 10:00am at RLHS. Graduation Practice Graduation practice will take place on Friday, May 28th after 2nd period at the athletic complex. This will be at 11:00am.   All seniors graduating will need to attend. Seniors will be receiving their tassel after practice along with 8 tickets for their friends and family to join them at graduation. Senior Scholarship Awards This year's recognition/scholarship awards will take place on Wednesday, May 26th at 7:00pm in the high school auditorium. Any senior receiving such an award will receive an invite to this ceremony.
GET YOUR OFFICIAL SENIOR CLASS T-SHIRT! Students may now order and pay for their official senior class t-shirt with Mrs. Young in the main office. The cost is $15 per shirt. All orders must be placed and paid for by Friday, February 5th. See shirt sample below.

Academic Career Plan

Seniors are expected to have a completed Academic Career Plan - ACP (formerly e-portfolio) prior to graduation.  This ACP must be completed to go on the senior trip, participate in graduation ceremonies and to receive a diploma.  Use the following link to locate resources on fulfilling the necessary requirements for the ACP - Senior ACP

Senior Pictures
The deadline for senior picture submission is February 1st, 2021.  Any student wanting their senior picture in the yearbook needs to have it submitted to Mr. Panasuk by this date.  Either you or your photographer will need to send it to his email address at RLHS.

Transcript Information
In order to access final transcript information, all students need to register with Parchment at  This will allow students to be able to request and send transcripts to their preferred destinations online.  Students will need to set up an account with Parchment.  This is a free service to all students.  Even though you register with Parchment now, transcripts will not be sent out until June.
Be sure to change the email address associated with your Parchment account (to a non-school district email address) so that you can continue using your account after graduation - Click Here for Directions

Senior Scholarship Award Recognition

Seniors, please be sure to check the following scholarship link below for a wide variety of scholarships that you may be eligible for through student services.  Be sure to check back frequently for the list is continuously changing.

Senior School Files and Emails
Attention seniors, your district files and emails will be removed and no longer active after July 1st, 2021. Please click on the following link to see information from DTO regarding your school files and emails.  Files and emails

Community Service Day & Senior Class Picnic

Mark your calendars and be ready to have some fun while "saying thanks"!  On Wednesday, May 5th, the senior class will be out in the community saying thanks as they help give back while doing some community service and follow it up with a senior catered lunch at one of our local parks.  Times, location and lunch menu will be updated soon!

Cap & Gown Distribution - NOTE CHANGE
This year's distribution of graduation gaps and gowns for the class of 2021 will take place on Friday, May 21st in the high school gym lobby during resource time.  Any seniors that are distance learning or graduated early should plan on picking theirs up between 1:00pm-1:40pm at this same location.

Senior Panorama
NOTE:  The senior panorama will be cancelled due to the nature of this year and the constraints COVID is causing. 

Cap and Gown Order Information 
Good news...DEADLINE EXTENSION!  We have received notice that all orders MUST be completed by Sunday, January 24, 2021 to avoid an extra $10 handling charge on top of the $26.38 for the cap/gown/tassel unit.  Please make it a point to place your order by this time.

Due to the nature of the school year, we will not be having a large group senior class meeting to disseminate and discuss ordering of caps, gowns, tassels, etc.  The following items will contain the necessary information that you will need to place orders.  Please keep in mind that ALL orders are to be done through your family and Herff Jones.  NO money or orders will be taken at the high school.  At minimum, all graduating seniors are expected to order the cap/gown/tassel unit.  The cost for this will allow students to rent the usage of the gown and keep their cap and tassel.

Click here to view a video message from Herff Jones regarding your cap and gown order

Click here to view a video message from Herff Jones regarding any orders for class rings/jewelry  

Click here for a printable order form.  The $10 shipping charge is waived for anyone just ordering the cap, tassel and gown unit for $25+tax ($26.38) as long as your order is submitted by Sunday, January 24th, 2021.

Click here to order the Rice Lake High School-Cap Gown directly on line.  

Click here for the Herff Jones website  to see what is offered.

Senior Class Speaker NOTE: Updated information!
Information for senior class speaker tryouts can be found below.  Students wishing to tryout will need to submit a recorded video of their speech to Mr. Thurston and Mr. Zuzek by Friday, April 30th at 3pm.  Best of luck!

*Your senior co-advisers for the 2020-2021 school year are Dale Zuzek & Paul Thurston.  They can be reached at 715-234-2181.