Area students continue to excel academically


Area students named to BSU president's list

BEMIDJI — Several area residents were among the 329 students who earned president's list honors from Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minn., at the conclusion of the spring 2018 semester.
Those students from this area who were named to the president's list include: Elijah Disse and Sarah Fulton, Detroit Lakes; Toni Wien, Frazee; Nicole Eischens, Osage; and Alissa Holmer, Ponsford.

To be eligible for the president's list, BSU students must be enrolled for at least 12 credits and earn a perfect 4.0 GPA during the semester.

Area students earn Ridgewater dean's list honors

WILLMAR — Two area students, Betty Schouviller of Callaway and Ryan Roberts of Menahga, were among those earning dean's list recognition for spring semester 2018 at Ridgewater College.

In order to be included on the Dean's list a student must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and be enrolled in at least twelve credits, and meet certain other criteria. Ridgewater College is a community and technical college with campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson, Minn.

Lackmann named to dean's list at Luther College

DECORAH (Iowa) — Jeffrey Lackmann, Detroit Lakes, a senior at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, has been named to the college's 2018 spring semester dean's List.

Luther College's spring 2018 Dean's List includes 732 students; 96 first-years, 135 sophomores, 184 juniors and 317 seniors.

To be named to the dean's list at Luther College, a student must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale and must complete at least 12 credit hours with 10 hours of conventionally graded (A, B, C, D) classes.

DL's Thompson awarded fellowship at Jamestown

JAMESTOWN (N.D.) — Emma Thompson, Detroit Lakes, was awarded the College Fellow award by the University of Jamestown (N.D.) at the college's annual honors convocation this spring.

The University of Jamestown fellowship is awarded to a limited number of outstanding junior or senior students who are selected each year by the faculty. Recipients are to be of exemplary character, possess an overall cumulative grade point of 3.3 or better as well as a cumulative grade point of 3.5 or better in their major.

A fellow may also tutor or teach under the direction of the department chair, and holds rank just below that of the college Instructor.

Three local students receive Kiwanis scholarships

DETROIT LAKES — The Detroit Lakes Kiwanis Club has presented three local high school graduates with $1,000 scholarships to attend Minnesota State Community & Technical College (M State) this fall.

The recipients are: Megan Vogt, majoring in Radiologic Technology; Mary Jo Schaumburg, majoring in Nursing; and Taylor DeLair, majoring in Radiologic Technology.

From the profits of the Blues, Beer and BBQ (BBB) festival held at Detroit Mountain in 2017, the local Kiwanis Club set aside $10,000 to initiate the Detroit Lakes Kiwanis Technical Scholarship Fund. That sum was deposited with the
M-State Foundation, to be made available for three initial $1,000 scholarships to be awarded for the 2018-19 school year.

Kiwanis seeks to encourage applications from recent area high school graduates who are not thinking about a four-year college or university, and have skills that with training can lead to technical careers and good wages. At present there are many job openings in health, business, manufacturing, engineering, computers and other occupations for which trained workers are not available. M-State offers programs on their campuses that will help fill that need. Wages vary between $35,000 and $66,000. Placement is currently almost 100 percent.

Students need not be at the top of their class academically to qualify for these scholarships. Non-traditional students with raw talent are encouraged to seek out this scholarship opportunity. An independent three-person committee has been established by Kiwanis to recommend scholarship awards, which shall be made available immediately upon enrollment, when the need is often the greatest.

Kiwanis is committed to supporting this program through continued fundraising efforts. Fifty percent of the profits from the 2018 Blues, Beer & BBQ Festival, up to $15,000, will be invested in the Kiwanis Technical Scholarship Fund for this year. Funds not paid out each year will be re-invested by the M State Trust for growth and future scholarships.

For further information, please contact scholarship co-chair Lynn Hummel, 218-847-9481; scholarship co-chair Mike Fillmore, 847-1987; M-State's Denise Laymon, 847-3720; or 2018 Kiwanis President LoAnn Thompson, 844-7004.

Arvig awards scholarships to several area students

PERHAM — A total of 36 high school seniors were recently awarded scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year through the Royale B. and Eleanor M. Arvig Memorial Scholarship Fund, in the amount of $3,000 each.

Students were selected based upon achievements or interest in the field of mathematics, engineering, accounting, computer science, telecommunications or any of the physical sciences.

"We are proud to invest in the futures of these students," said David Arvig, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer at Arvig. "Our rural communities need educated and talented young people like them to be our future leaders. Congratulations to each one of them on their success."

The list of scholarship winners, in alphabetical order by high school, is as follows:

• Zoe Johnson (Ada-Borup High School), majoring in pre-med biology

• Stacey Christiansen (Battle Lake High School), majoring in finance

• Charles Bakken (Bertha-Hewitt High School), majoring in mechanical engineering

• Austin Youngberg (Bigfork School), majoring in engineering

• Cierra Wittner (Cass Lake-Bena High School), majoring in bio-engineering

• Erica Bock (Cedar Mountain High School), majoring in engineering

• Isaac Eggebraaten (Detroit Lakes High School), majoring in engineering

• Ellie Balken (Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School), majoring in pharmacy

• Brad Dockendorf (Eden Valley-Watkins High School), majoring in engineering

• Isaac Wurst (Frazee-Vergas High School), majoring in engineering

• Andrew Arndorfer (Grand Meadow High School), majoring in aerospace

• Christiane Palmer (Hawley High School), majoring in chemistry

• Katelyn Rinicker (Henning High School), majoring in science

• Abbey Schiefelbein (Kimball High School), majoring in science

• Jacob Anderson (Lake Park Audubon High School), majoring in plastic engineering

• Joseph Gillis (Long Prairie-Grey Eagle High School), majoring in engineering

• Larissa Schoenborn (Mahnomen High School), majoring in finance

• John Brang (Melrose High School), majoring in accounting

• John Merila (Nevis High School), majoring in engineering

• Henry Keskitalo (New York Mills High School), majoring in computer science

• Isaac Stene (Norman County East High School), majoring in business

• Derek Hetland (Osakis High School), majoring in engineering

• Luke Kosel (Park Rapids High School), majoring in engineering

• Maddie Schroeder (Parkers Prairie High School), majoring in pre-med

• Grace Johnson (Pelican Rapids High School), majoring in pharmacy

• Emily Martinson (Perham High School), majoring in physical science

• Mitchell Irlbeck (Redwood Valley High School), majoring in engineering

• Max Court (Rocori High School), majoring in engineering

• Alissa Christen (Sauk Centre High School), majoring in science

• Maxwell Giza (Staples-Motley High School), majoring in mechanical engineering

• Jarod Hellerud (Ulen-Hitterdal High School), majoring in graphic design

• Jayden Eis (Wabasso High School), majoring in engineering

• Lindy Jones (Wadena High School), majoring in computer science

• Micah Link (Walker High School), majoring in biology

• Trenten Johnson (Waubun High School), majoring in engineering

• Natalie Manypenny (White Earth High School), major undecided

About the Royale B. & Eleanor M. Arvig Memorial Scholarship Fund: In 1950, Royale and Eleanor Arvig began offering telephone service to the Perham area, and that same entrepreneurial spirit drives the company today. The Royale B. and Eleanor M. Arvig Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to encourage civic leadership and emphasize the importance of higher education for young people in rural Minnesota so they can continue to maintain strong, vibrant communities and lead our growing rural economy into an exciting and prosperous future.

Local students graduate from M State

FERGUS FALLS — The following area students were among the 800 spring 2018 graduates of Minnesota State Community and Technical College, with campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena.

From Detroit Lakes: Brad Burgess (diploma, powersports technology); Alyssa Sickles (Associate of Science, accounting).

From Frazee: Carly Mahone (Associate of Arts, liberal arts & sciences); Austin Torma (Associate of Applied Science, construction management).

From Vergas: Brenna Graham (Associate of Science, criminal justice).

Several area students graduate from SCSU

ST. CLOUD — St. Cloud State University graduated more than 1,120 students at the end of spring semester 2018.

Among those area residents who received their degrees were (degrees and academic honors in parentheses):

Erica Dhakal, Detroit Lakes (certificate, professional selling specialization); Noah Kitzmann, Detroit Lakes (Bachelor of Science, social work); and Annie Rothschadl, Waubun (Bachelor of Science, communication arts and literature; summa cum laude honors).

Commencement ceremonies took place Friday, May 4.

Local students named to UMM spring dean's list

MORRIS — Detroit Lakes students Hannah Spry and Katie Crawford were named to the dean's list for spring semester 2018 at the University of Minnesota-Morris.

To be eligible for the dean's list, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.666 or higher while taking 12 or more credits on the A-F grading system, with no incompletes or unsatisfactory grades.