Juntunen, Wade 1999 Graduate - Athlete
Wade earned several awards and honors while attending Central. He is the record holder in the 800 meters and the 5k. Wade was the Class A State Champion in the 3200m in 1998 &1999. He was the Class A State Champion in the 1600m in 1998 & 1999 (and was undefeated in this event for 2 years). In 1998 he was the individual Class A State Cross Country Champion. Wade was three time All EDC and All State in Cross Country. He was the captain of the Cross Country and Track Team in 1998 & 1999. Wade accepted a scholarship to University of Arizona for Cross Country and Track. He was a top 5 runner for the UA Cross Country his Junior and Senior years.
When asked what sets GFC apart from other high schools, he stated, “the history and tradition are un-paralleled compared to any other high school in North Dakota. I still have so much pride in having been a part of such a great school.”
A significant memory of GFC is being a member of the first cross country team to win a state championship in 1998. As a team we worked hard over four years to achieve that goal. It was a great accomplishment and one that I will never forget.
Wade’s advice to current GFC students is to never give up and that if you set goals you can achieve them through hard work and persistence. “The best advise I could give is to invest yourself into the school, support all the programs, have an open mind, and most importantly have fun.”