Several area residents were among those North Dakota State University students who were awarded a total of 1,845 degrees, after completing the requirements to graduate at the conclusion of spring semester 2020.

Among those local students completing the requirements for graduation were (listed alphabetically by hometown):

  • From Audubon: *Cody Ryan Elhard, Ashley Elizabeth Thompson.
  • From Callaway: Kristofer James Knutson, *Alex Mason, Mackenzie R. Speicher.
  • From Detroit Lakes: Bridget Joy Bergen, *Greta Claire Fritz, Carter Craig Kretchman, *Ethan McCullough, Kali Kristine Olsen, Lance Jerome Singer, Julia Taylor, Briton Keanu Thompson, *Christian Gary Tunheim, *Sarah Marie Wendt, Mason Alexander Wentz.
  • From Frazee: Charles Jerome Christensen, Griffin Bradley Helmeke, Mel C. Johnson, Jonah Tyler Lange, Nathan Le Nguyen.
  • From Lake Park: Grace Elizabeth Highness, Hailey E. Knosalla, William Kalvin Larson, Jackson C. Nelson, Paige Jessica Omberg, *Rebecca L. Schermer.
  • From Mahnomen: Justine Marie Haugo.
  • From Menahga: Joseph Ivar Keranen.
  • From Osage: *Ashley Marie Laine
  • From Richwood: Michaela Shaye Olson.
  • From Vergas: Jay Bradley Klatt.
  • From Waubun: Olivia Marie Gartner-Oshkinowe, JoAnne Marie Rieger.

Students with asterisks in front of their names graduated with honors, meaning that they earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).

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Area students graduate from Central Lakes College

Several area residents completed the requirements to graduate from Central Lakes College at the conclusion of spring semester 2020.

Each graduate is listed below, followed by their respective degrees and academic honors (in parentheses):

  • Isaiah Guida, Osage (associate of applied science, natural resources technology; with honors).
  • Reed Johnson, Frazee (certificate, advanced robotic offline programming; with high honors).
  • Timothy Safar, Waubun (certificate, essentials of farm business management; high honors).

Students graduating with high honors earned a cumulative grade point average between 3.75-4.0; honors students were those earning a cumulative GPA between 3.25-3.74. Central Lakes College has campuses in Brainerd and Staples, Minn.

Detroit Lakes' Dahring named to NDSU dean's list

Alison Dahring, Detroit Lakes, was among the 4,206 North Dakota State University students to be placed on the spring 2020 dean’s list. Dahring is majoring in pharmacy at the university.

To be named to the NDSU dean's list, a student must earn a 3.50 grade point average or higher (on a 4.0 scale) and be enrolled in at least 12 class credits for the semester.

Three Detroit Lakes students named to dean's list at St. Scholastica

Three Detroit Lakes students were recently named to the dean's list at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn.

Dean's list honorees for spring semester 2020 include:

  • Jackson Carlblom, majoring in health humanities;
  • Peyton Jernberg, majoring in psychology;
  • Samuel Spry, majoring in nursing-intended.

To be named to the St. Scholastica dean's list, students must achieve a 3.75 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.

Area students graduate from UMC

Several area residents completed the requirements to graduate from the University of Minnesota-Crookston (UMC) at the conclusion of spring semester 2020.

Each graduate is listed below, followed by their respective degrees and academic honors (in parentheses):

  • Justin Richard Bellefeuille, Ogema (bachelor of science, natural resources).
  • Sabrina Marie Rux, Frazee (bachelor of science, accounting; with high distinction).
  • Brandon Steven VanWatermulen (bachelor of science, accounting.

Students graduating with high distinction have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.9 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).

Detroit Lakes' Goltz graduates from MN Connections Academy

Casey Goltz, Detroit Lakes, was among 350 high school students from across Minnesota to receive their diplomas from the Minnesota Connections Academy this spring.

The Class of 2020 is the 12th graduating class for the state’s leading provider of high-quality, tuition-free virtual education for students in grades K–12.

Each year the public online school celebrates this academic milestone by hosting an in-person commencement ceremony. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school recognized the graduates with a virtual celebration.

Lake Park's Miletto earns $3,000 in scholarships from NDSU

Hailey Miletto, daughter of Kelly Miletto, Lake Park, and Katie Welsh, Moorhead, recently received both a $2,000 Winetta and Delores Lamont Scholarship and a $1,000 Development Foundation Honor Scholarship to attend North Dakota State University.

The scholarships recognize high academic achievement. Miletto plans to major in biology and pre-medicine at NDSU. In high school, she was active in National Honor Society, student council, Philanthropy and Youth, speech, volleyball, choir, yearbook and golf. She also managed the wrestling team.

Detroit Lakes FFA members earn proficiency awards at state event

Two Detroit Lakes High School FFA members, Robert Blanchard and Johnna Swiers, were among 43 individuals from across the state of Minnesota to receive the Minnesota FFA's top Agricultural Proficiency Awards during the virtual State FFA Convention, held May 18-21.

Students earning these awards have each developed specialized skills through Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs), working with their high school agriculture instructors. The proficiency areas correspond to career pathways related to agriculture.

Award winners were chosen from FFA members who advanced from regional competitions held across the state. Blanchard was honored for agricultural sales entrepreneurship, while Swiers received a proficiency award in service learning.

Also during the convention, the Detroit Lakes FFA chapter as a whole advanced to the National Chapter Award competition, to be held as part of the National FFA Convention.

The National FFA Organization will host the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo during the week of Oct. 28; this year's convention will be a virtual experience that will be streamed live on multiple outlets.