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Thomas Alley, Detroit Lakes, recently graduated from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, as one of five students honored with the university's Distinguished Senior Award. (Submitted photo)

Alley graduates from LeTourneau University as one of its 'distinguished seniors'

Thomas Janne Alley, son of Julie and Daniel Alley, Detroit Lakes, recently graduated from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, with a Bachelor of Science degree in professional flight. He also earned magna cum laude honors for maintaining a grade point average between 3.6-3.79 during his years at the university.

In addition, Alley was one of five students honored by the university as distinguished seniors. Recognizing excellence, the award is based on academic achievement; servant leadership; generosity with time and resources; spiritual growth evidenced by a maturing faith in Jesus Christ and the potential to be an effective ambassador for Christ in every workplace and every nation.

LETU's Distinguished Senior Award Program selection involves faculty, staff, deans, cabinet and the LETU board of trustee members. Candidates must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the end of the Spring 2018 semester, with no academic, social or chapel probation on their records; and must be scheduled to graduate with an undergraduate degree either in December 2018, May 2019 or Summer 2019.

The top 20 students recommended for the award are invited to apply with a resume and answers to five essay questions. Student Life staff reviewed them and chose the top 10. The Board of Trustees and staff deliberated to choose the top five. Each of the distinguished seniors are presented with a trophy award. Their photos will be displayed on campus throughout the next year.

Thomas Alley has completed several of his pilot certificates including instrument rating, complex endorsement, tail wheel endorsement, high performance endorsement and commercial pilot airplane single and multi-engine landing and as a flight instructor airplane single and multi-engine landing and instrument rating.

Since September 2017, Alley had worked as a flight instructor at LETU, effectively working with students to finish flight course syllabi within a semester's time frame. He serves as the university's STING Precision Flight Team Safety Officer and has won several awards in national flight competition. In national competition in 2018, he was awarded 3rd place Top Pilot Award, 3rd Place IFR Simulated Flight event, 3rd Place SCAN event. In regional competition in 2017, he won 1st place in SCAN event and 1st place in Ground Trainer Event, 2nd Place in Power Off Landing Event and 3rd Place in Navigation Event. He has earned his aircraft dispatcher Letter of Aeronautical Competency. He has been awarded the LeTourneau University Dean's Scholarship and was a volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club from 2015 to 2016.

"My time at LeTourneau University has been challenging and intense," Alley said. "But I have grown a lot as a person because of it. The biggest thing I'll take away is the connection between my Christian faith and my work."

"LeTourneau University is a community of builders, and these bright students represent a continuation of our builder legacy," said LETU President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford. "For more than 70 years now, our graduates have changed lives through what they have built. I know that each of these fine men and women will integrate their Christian faith and professional work to build a better tomorrow for our world."

Longview University held its spring 2019 commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 11 at the LU Belcher Center, honoring over 400 graduates who received their bachelor's and master's degrees.

Several area students among M State's spring graduates

The following area residents are among the 790 students at Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State) who completed all their graduation requirements by the conclusion of spring semester 2019.

From Detroit Lakes: Shelby Scowcroft (child and adolescent therapeutic behavioral health, medical administrative assistant); Andrea Seaberg (liberal arts and sciences); Justin Tweeton (commercial refrigeration); Samantha Wichern (human resources); Caleb Will (civil engineering technology).

From Frazee: Kaisa Aho (liberal arts and sciences); Savanna Bauer (liberal arts and sciences); Joshua Ermel (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration); Curtis Jepson (criminal justice); Henry Kellerhuis (liberal arts and sciences); Sean Labbe (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration); Ravanna Mischke (early childhood and paraprofessional education); Hailee Oswald (dental hygiene); Dylan Parsons (automotive service technology); Jessica Royer (American Sign Language studies); MacKenzie Wutzke (liberal arts and sciences).

From Lake Park: Samantha Dahlgren (liberal arts and sciences); Eugene Knutson (liberal arts and sciences); Jessica Komrosky (medical laboratory technology); Ty Swiers (architectural drafting and design).

From Osage: Danielle Hawks (nursing); Kelsey Sharp (nursing).

From Ponsford: Sally Yliniemi (business entrepreneurship).

From Rochert: Ashley Nelson (radiologic technology); Joshua Nelson (diesel equipment technology).

From Vergas: Shauntel Johannes (early childhood and paraprofessional education); William Vana (power sports technology); Bryce Wallace (electrical technology).

From Waubun: Cyril Bain (diesel equipment technology); Mason Bartos (electrical line worker technology); Michael Kennedy (fundamentals of culinary arts); Rebecca Lego (cybersecurity); Brady Swanson (electrical line worker technology).

M State has campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena.

Local students graduate from Central Lakes

The following area residents were among those students at Central Lakes College who completed the necessary requirements to graduate at the end of spring semester 2019.

From Audubon: Taylor Lunde.

From Callaway: Matthew Deabenderfer.

From Osage: Logan Veo.

Central Lakes College has campuses in Brainerd and Staples, Minn.

Mann graduates from St. Scholastica

Callaway resident Olivia Mann graduated with cum laude honors from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minn., with a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise physiology.

St. Scholastica held its spring 2019 commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 12 at Amsoil Arena in Duluth.

Stewart graduates from St. Mary's U

Paul Stewart, son of Michael and Michelle Stewart, Detroit Lakes, was among the students at St. Mary's University of Minnesota who graduated with a bachelor of arts degree at the conclusion of spring semester 2019.

St. Mary's University is located in Duluth, Minn.

Larsen graduates from Carleton College

Randa Larsen of Detroit Lakes recently graduated from Carleton College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology/anthropology, women's and gender studies.

Larsen was among 459 to graduate with the Carleton Class of 2019 at commencement ceremonies held on June 15 in Northfield, Minn.

Crawford graduates from UM-Morris

Katie Crawford, Detroit Lakes, recently graduated with distinction from the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM), earning a bachelor of arts degree in management, financial and organizational management, and economics.

Spring commencement ceremonies were held Saturday, May 18 at the Cougar Sports Center on the UMM campus.

Seley graduates at Rochester CTC

Janai Seley. Lake Park, recently graduated from Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) with her diploma as an administrative office professional.

The college's 103rd commencement ceremony was held on May 16 in the Regional Sports Center, Rochester, Minn. Fall 2018 graduates were recognized along with spring and summer 2019 candidates.