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Students earn accolades

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Last week several teachers in Detroit Lakes presented their students with awards for the skills they have acquired under their leadership.

For those receiving the skills certificates, the teachers and students have collaborated with post-secondary instructors and industry representatives to develop the criteria to earn the certificate.

Students could also earn an articulation agreement, which if they should chose to attend Minnesota State Community and Technical College Detroit Lakes, they will receive credit because of the class they completed.

The skills the students were assessed on include basic skills, employability skills, personal skills, critical thinking skills and occupational specific skills.

"You should feel very good about being here," teacher Vern Schnathorst said as he and the teachers giving the awards handed them out. "You guys are here because you show high degrees of accomplishment.

"Excellent job teachers, excellent job students."

Awards went to skills certificates in accounting: Melissa Anderson, Brittany Thompson; computer applications: Christine Kinney. Articulation agreements in accounting: Melissa Anderson, Jesse Engen, Ashlyn Jasken, Tyson Libby, Miranda Schumacher, Brittney Thompson; computer applications: Brittney Eischens, Christine Kinney, Donna Wicker. Teacher is Jeri Sakrismo.

Skills certificates in child care: Tiffany Anderson, Tanya Anderson, Missy Blanchard, Amanda Feldt, Mara Fortune, Kayla Lang, Bailey Jordan; Foods: McKenzie Beyer, Brittney Eischens, Sarah Herman, Natalie Hoffert, Liz Lund, Jacob Martens, McKenzie Oistad, Elizabeth Peterson, Abbie Gorder. Articulation agreements in child development: Megan Rousu, Bailey Jordan, Jessica Puttbrese, Amanda Feldt, Missy Blanchard, Kayla Lang, Mara Anderson, Tiffany Anderson, McKenzie Beyer, Lindsey Linebaugh. Teacher is Emily Ritchie.

Skills certificates in Welding: Alex Anderson, Austin Anderson, Gabe Foltz, Tony Friesen, Nathan Kieselhorst, Greg Malikowski, Blake Murphy, Nick Griffith, Jacob Johnson, Max Prouty, Alex Molacek; Small Engines: Alex Molacek, Tony Friesen, Ryan Lindquist, Levi Nordine, Derik Brehm, Darrin Trasto; Natural Resources: Blake Murphy, Tony Friesen, Michael Brunner. Teacher is Trescha Mitchell.

Both skills certificates and articulation agreements in computer technical skills: Patrick Link, Dylan Koster, Theo Tinjum. Teacher is Rob Nielsen.

Skills certificates in Entrepreneurship: Kristi Hoppert, Cole Neumeister, Cody Okeson, Courtney Berg, Jamie Maloney, Callea Butz, Garret Duncan, Matthew Weston. Teacher is Amy Knopf.