Heather Boaz DeGroot spent her time in Woodbury heavily involved both at Woodbury High School as well as with the community. In the performing arts department, Heather served in numerous different roles in all the school plays including: Antigone, Little Mary Sunshine, Teahouse of the August Moon, The Music Man, Scapino!, and Camelot. She earned the role of lead actress in both The Music Man and Camelot. Heather also participated in swimming, German Club, National Honor Society, and was a student secretary in the Social Studies Department for one year. Academically, she was a mainstay on the honor roll and graduated in the top 15 of her graduating class in 1984. Heather also loved to showcase her talent in talent shows, participating in one each year as a student and getting voted “most talented” by her peers during her senior year.
In the music department she was a 4-year standout in Choir, Show Choir, and Orchestra. Her exceptional musical talent earned her All-State Orchestra and All-State Choir Awards her senior year. During her senior year, she was also asked to serve as a student conductor for the choir. Throughout the community she was a frequent participant in both Solo & Ensemble competitions as well as orchestras for the Woodbury Community Theatre.
Rachel was a standout athlete in both Soccer and Track and Field while at Woodbury High School. She was a Varsity Soccer Player from eighth grade through her senior year, lettering and earning All-Conference honors in each of those 5 seasons. Rachel earned All-State honors her final 3 seasons as a Royal and helped lead her team to a State Championship her junior year in 1999. In her senior season (2000), she again led the team back to the State Tournament and received the Minnesota Miss Soccer award given to the most outstanding Girl’s High School Soccer Player in the entire state. She also won the Mount Olivet Female Athlete of the Year award in 2000. While at Woodbury High School, Rachel also participated in Track and Field where she was a 4-year Varsity Runner and Letter Winner. She earned All-Conference Honors 3 times and went to 3 straight State Tournaments, including her senior year where she finished 6th in the 300 meter hurdles. To cap off her senior year, Rachel received the Athena Award in 2001.
After high school she played Division 1 soccer at the University of Kansas where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management. In 2011, she received her Master's Degree in Nursing from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Rachel currently works at Ambulatory Surgery Center in Maple Grove, MN where she is a Pre-op/PACU nurse and lives in Oakdale with her husband Chris and step-daughter Peyton. RACHEL GILFILLAN
Coach Wayne Dietz began his legendary sporting career as a football, basketball, and baseball player at Gaylord High School in the early 1970’s. He was a superb three-sport athlete in high school in each sport and was awarded Gaylord High School’s Outstanding Senior Award as well as being selected as a first alternated for an appointment at the Air Force Academy. After high school he continued both is football and baseball career at Gustavus Adolphus College.
Coach Wayne Dietz was an exceptional leader and coach throughout his time at Woodbury High School. Wayne became the head baseball coach at Woodbury in 1981 and coached for 28 years. Counting his years as an assistant he coached there for 32 years. His record was 278 wins and 257 losses with St. Paul Suburban Conference championships in 2000, 2001 and 2005. He coached Woodbury to the state tournament in 2004 where they lost a 4-3 heartbreaker to Eden Prairie in the championship game. Wayne was a three-time St. Paul Suburban Conference Coach of the Year and coached in the all-star games for both baseball and basketball. Wayne also coached football at Woodbury and was winner of the Butch Nash Award in 1998. Wayne passed away on October 14, 2008.
Craig Stevens was an exceptional leader and instrumental in the development of Woodbury High School’s music and performing arts programs during his time as a student. His superb leadership ability can be seen in his role as lead actor in 5 different school productions including: Oliver, Little Mary Sunshine, the Music Man, Antigone, and Madwoman of Chaillot. Craig showcased his exceptional musical talent as a 2-year Band member as well as a 4-year Choir and Royal Show Choir member during his time at Woodbury High School. Craig was also an extremely active member of the Speech and Declamation Team all four years at WHS. He helped lead the team to the state tournament as a junior and senior and his standout performances earned him state awards in prose during each of those years.
After graduating from Woodbury High School, he went on to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications from Iowa State University. Following that he went to US Navy Flight School where he became a licensed US Navy Pilot. Craig is married with three children. He retired as a Navy Pilot in 2005 and currently resides in Waunakee, Wisconsin where he continues to be involved with the Youth Ministry at his church.