Area students earn academic honors at UND

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Celebrating the academic achievements of area students. (Stock photo)

Several area students were recently named to the dean’s list and president's roll of honor for the 2020 spring semester at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

To qualify for the UND president's roll of honor, a student must have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). The student must also have earned a minimum of 30 semester hours and have completed a minimum of 12 hours at the close of the semester, eight of which must be for traditional letter grades.

Among those local students who were named to the president's roll of honor were (listed alphabetically by hometown):

  • From Detroit Lakes: Sydney Brininger, Abigail Schramel.
  • From Frazee: Makayla Melvin.
  • From Lake Park: Morgan Schmitz.
  • From Rochert: Brianne Huesman.
  • From Vergas: Paul Schoeneberger.
  • From Waubun: Isaac Benson, Trenten Johnson, Logan Pazdernik.

The UND dean’s list comprises students whose grade point average are in the top 15 percent of the enrollment in each of the university's degree granting colleges and schools. A student must have completed no fewer than 12 semester hours of academic work for the semester, of which eight or more hours must be graded work rather than "satisfactory/unsatisfactory."
Among those local students who made the dean's list were:

  • From Callaway: Alice Steffl.
  • From Detroit Lakes: Sydney Brininger, Caitlin Collins, Morgan Mastrud, Ellie Morgan, Abigail Schramel, Abbigail Smith.
  • From Lake Park: Carlie Ecker.
  • From Vergas: Paul Schoeneberger.
  • From Waubun: Trenten Johnson, Logan Pazdernik.

Audubon's Leno earns dean's list honors at UW-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has recognized Chloe Leno, Audubon, for her academic achievements by naming her to the dean's list for the spring semester of the 2019-2020 academic year.


Students who achieve at a high level academically are recognized by the dean at the close of each semester. To be eligible for the dean's list, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester.

Each university school or college sets its own GPA requirements for students to be eligible to receive the distinction. Students attending the College of Letters and Science at UW-Madison, where Leno is a freshman, must earn a GPA of 3.6 or above to be named to the dean's list.

Detroit Lakes' Seaberg named to dean's list at Bethel University

Elle Seaberg, a sophomore at Bethel University in St. Paul, has been named to the dean's list for academic excellence during spring semester 2020.

Ellie, the daughter of Jon and Heather Seaberg, Detroit Lakes, was one of those honored by the university for achieving an outstanding scholastic record during the semester, with a grade point average of 3.6 or greater.

Detroit Lakes' Lyngaas earn's dean's list honors at UW-LaCrosse

Molly Lyngaas, Detroit Lakes, was among those students named to the dean's list at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for the spring semester of the 2019-20 academic year, ending May 2020.

Lyngaas is majoring in Exercise and Sport Science at the university, on the pre-professional track. Qualification for the dean's list is limited to students who have attained outstanding academic achievement. To be eligible, students must have earned not less than a 3.5 semester grade point average and carried a minimum of 12 credits.

Vergas' Berube makes dean's list at UW-Stevens Point

Madalin Berube, Vergas, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, was among more than 2,660 undergraduate students honored by the university for attaining high grade point averages during the spring semester of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Berube earned a high honors distinction, meaning that she achieved a grade point average between 3-75-3.89 (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester. Only full-time students are eligible to receive honors distinction.


Frazee's Johnson earns president's list distinction at Central Lakes

Reed Johnson, Frazee, was among the 410 students at Central Lakes College to earn president's list honors for spring semester 2020.

To make the president's list students must achieve a grade point average between 3.75-4.0, while being enrolled for at least 12 credits during the semester. Central Lakes College has campuses in Brainerd and Staples, Minn.

Local students earn M State academic honors

Minnesota State Community and Technical College has named 735 students to its president's list and 688 students to its dean's list for spring semester 2020, including several from the lakes area.

Students on the president's list completed a minimum of six college-level credits and 75% of the courses in which they enrolled for the semester, and earned a grade point average of 4.0.

Area president's list honorees include:

  • Anna Bergh, Parker Christianson, Sydney Heisler, Brandell Johnson, Sydney Porter and Alysia Schons, all from Audubon.
  • Courtney Jensen, Callaway.

  • Josten Bellefeuille, Joseph Boomgaarden, Grace Bowers, Anna Cihak, Cameron Dennis, Makenna Duncan, Ashley Eikren, Alexiss Erickson, Brett Frank, Matthew Green, Heather Haarstick, Johnathan Hallisey, Alexis Hanson, Barnabas Harris, Jack Hines, Nathan Jensen, Amanda Jenzen, Alexis Jesness, Brianna Johnson, Noah Johnson, Jenny Joy, Aries Lazaro, Carisa Leonard, Carrie Lowe, Erin Mack, Chelsy McDougall, Austin Miller, Alex Morrison, Lynn Nelson, Clare Nemec, Grace Nemec, Alexander Neuhauser, Bridgette Olek, Summer Peterson, Zachary Polzin, Gage Rogers, Pamela Satkoski, Amanda Schermerhorn, Sadie Schmit, Jeremy Schoenberger, Emily Skjonsberg, Megan Sorlien, Angelica St. Germain, Trinity St. Germain and Karen Woytassek, all from Detroit Lakes.

  • Riana Aho, Jerron Aschnewitz, Tanner Bachmann, Susan Bartel, Rachael Buhr, Jaryn Johannsen, Carissa Kaiser, Nathan LaSart, Mary Eleanor Nelmark, Carli Olson, Kari Pederson, Amelia Suhsen, Madison Wothe and Shauna Wothe, all of Frazee.

  • Hunter Christianson, Toby Eiter, Morgan Kruger, Caleb Noel and Emma Pederson, all of Lake Park.

  • Greg Maurstad, Ogema.

  • Isaac Niemi and AnnaRose Steger, Osage.

  • Taylor Brend and Sarah Eckberg, Rochert.

  • Christian Carlson, Brenna Graham, Lindsay Hagerty, McKenna O'Brien and Logan Wallace, all of Vergas.

  • Stephanie Amundsen and Jacob Miller, Waubun.

Students on the M State dean's list have completed a minimum of six college-level credits and 75 percent of the courses in which they enrolled for the semester, and earned a GPA of 3.50 to 3.99.
Area dean's list honorees include:

  • Kelsey Dalby, Alexis Leininger and Miranda Puttbrese, all of Audubon.

  • Rhiannon Triggs, Callaway.

  • Ethar Al Ghazzawi, Sienna Baratono, Jaylen Block, Alaina Brown, Travis Buschette, Natasha Cosgrove, Kyrsten Demers, Tanner Engen, Lindsi Erickson, Paula Florentine, Nathaniel Flugel, Collin Ginnaty, Jordan Grossman, Jonathan Hausten, Veronica Haverkamp, Gabriel Heimark, Josie Johnson, Jeffrey Jurina, Kayla Klatt, Ethan Ladwig, Emily Larson, Peyton Leonard, Amber Lindahl, Joanie Malecka, Sharon Marques, Robert Meyer, Alyssa Mitchell, Dahlen Olson, Jocelyn Patnaude, Jamie Pohl, Jaden Thorson, Joseph Voz, Will Walberg, Alisha Ware and Autumn Wing, all of Detroit Lakes.

  • Riley Aho, Courtney Hahn, Teri Harthun, Sara Johnson, Rebecca Kotchian, Sean Labbe, Tessa Landry, Sarah LaSart, Ellie Reierson, Thanaporn Tychsen and Andrew Ulschmid, all of Frazee.

  • Brittney Burkett, Brendan Erickson, Aliza Hochhalter, Maria Miosek, Andy Nguyen, Kay Pederson, Jayda Swegarden and Jacob Woody, all of Lake Park.

  • Brian Winczewski, Osage.

  • Alexander Gastelum, Ponsford.

  • Jack Hall and Kristin Sandberg, Rochert.

  • Jacob McArthur, Anna Paul and Nicholas Podlak, all of Waubun.

M State serves more than 8,000 students each yea, online and at its campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena.

A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at
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