Bobby Granquist, photographer


Olivia Wegmann-Krider

“Stay Classy.”

Griffith Pugh, online manager

Senior Bobby Granquist III is one of Zephyrus’ most upbeat and outgoing members. Bobby’s infectious energy adds to the community feel that made him want to join the newspaper in the first place. “Before the start of my junior year, my friend Ellanor Splinter recommended Zephyrus. She said it was really fun, and since I wasn’t doing many extracurriculars outside of hockey, I thought, ‘Why not?’” he said. 

A goalie at heart, Bobby brought his love for sports to Zephyrus. As a first-year photographer, Bobby took pictures at most Hornet sports games, and when the sports and activities section editor position opened, it was a no brainer to apply. “I was shocked. Being a photographer with no writing experience, I didn’t expect to get the job. Layout, writing, editing, I don’t think people realize how hard the section editor position is. It’s been a challenge, but I’ve loved it,” Bobby said. 

Bobby’s positive, glass-half-full attitude stems from his favorite motto, “Stay classy.” He explains that “staying classy” has a much deeper meaning for him. “Classy is a way you act and carry yourself. Positive and respectful of others. Seeking peace over drama. Keeping your head up and working hard,” Bobby said. 

Bobby will carry this “classy” motto to the University of Minnesota, where he plans to attend college and study psychology. “My family has a long history at the U of M. The elite academics, specifically the psychology department, which ranks top ten nationally, the sports atmosphere as a BIG 10 school, and in-state tuition made the choice a no-brainer,” Bobby said. Career-wise, Bobby is interested in being a therapist and working in that field. “Ideally, I’d graduate from the U of M and then go to graduate school. My eventual goal would be a Ph.D. in psych,” Bobby said. 

Overall, what Bobby will miss most about Zephyrus is the student-led community feel that can be hard to find. “It’s different. Everything runs through students. It’s having to work together with each other, having people directing you who are your age. Being able to work with your friends for such a unique cause is pretty cool. I’ll miss it for sure,” Bobby said.

This piece was originally published in Zephyrus’ print edition on May 18, 2023.