Currently attending Grand Rapids High School-anticipates attending the University of North Dakota majoring in Biology-with a Professional Health Services emphasis
Son of John & Sherrie Porth, Loon Point Resort, Bigfork
It was the winter of 2014 when my parents informed me that we were moving to northern Minnesota to live on and run a resort. I was 12 years old at the time, in the 6th grade and had lots of friends, so the idea of moving was absolutely dreadful. Today, looking back, the move was not only the best thing for me but also my whole family.
Living on a resort as a kid has been a very interesting experience. The work seems to be never ending but I’ve witnessed that hard work does pay off because I overhear guests commenting on how they appreciate the cleanliness of their cabin and how manicured the property is. I’ve also heard my parents comment on how much their hard work has paid off by the increased bookings every year. This “hard work” mentality has helped me shape my character by allowing me to realize that hard work does pay off, in one form or fashion. I have great plans for my future which will require much education and dedication, so knowing that hard work always pays off will keep me motivated and pushing to always strive forward.
Currently attending Staples-Motley High School-anticipates attending the University of Sioux Falls majoring in History Education
Son of Brian & Heather Sams, Campfire Bay Resort, Cushing
I’ve lived at Campfire Bay Resort my whole life. I’ve always been taught to work hard and push through things even if it’s difficult or unpleasant, because the outcome will always be greater than the struggle. I’ve learned a lot of important life skills from my dad, whether it’s construction, plumbing and heating, or even helping with electric as we rebuilt or renovated cabins. I’ve also learned how to run the front desk, make lattes, cappuccinos, and waffle cones, and help guests out from my mom in our lodge. I think the resort has helped me develop good social skills, as well as good values, because my parents strive to treat everyone like family. I’ve learned to be a good listener and be patient because I’ve seen how important it is to treat everyone with respect and kindness. Both of my parents were teachers before buying the resort and teach organized activities at the resort every week so I want to be a teacher as well. Since I’ll have my summers off I plan to help out at the resort. Then, maybe one day, I’ll continue to follow in their footsteps and take it over when they retire.
Currently attending Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High School-anticipating attending University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, majoring in Business.
Daughter of Dana & Cindy Pitt, Bailey’s Resort, Walker
I was born in May on “The Opener” and have spent my entire life at Bailey’s Resort. This experience has taught me many things such as, learning what it takes to run a business, specifically a resort. The skills required to be a resort owner are extremely varied, and the jobs are endless. I have been cleaning cabins every Saturday for as long as I can remember and helping throughout the week when my parents needed an extra hand. This has taught me to work hard and efficiently. Throughout the season a variety of guests stay at Bailey’s, teaching me communication skills, how to be patient and how to be a quick problem solver.
The resort is a special place where I have made many memories and lifelong friendships. I have loved being a “resort kid” and it has inspired me to want the same for my future children. After graduation in May, I will start my college experience at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in September 2020, studying business. Bailey’s has been in the Pitt family for 29 years and I would love to keep it in my family. For that reason, and also the amazing experience I have had throughout my life so far with the resort, I definitely see myself being a future owner of Bailey’s Resort.
Currently attending South Dakota State University studying Construction Management
Son of Bob Schimerowski, Diamond Lake Resort, Atwater
My experience at my family’s resort has been very important to me and has turned me into the person I am today. Through thick and thin, we pushed to keep that place open and enjoyable to the resort guests. Whether it was dealing with frozen pipes, fallen trees, septic tanks cracking, docks or lifts being torn apart, and of course chasing down the water trampoline after every summer storm. You name it we dealt with it. These situations and of course dealing with the guests is what I believe got me interested in construction management and influenced my character in ways that have only positively affected my life.