Minnesota Connections Academy, a tuition-free, public online school based in St. Paul, Minn., recently announced that there were five lakes area students amongst its graduates this spring.

Local MCA graduates include Griffin Cervenka, Audubon; Evelyn Erickson, Detroit Lakes; Kailey Kools, Detroit Lakes; Brie Moldenhauer, Detroit Lakes; and Julia Johnson, Frazee.

“The faculty and staff at Minnesota Connections Academy are so proud of this year’s graduates for their hard work and we admire their determination and perseverance during a very challenging time,” said Minnesota Connections Academy Principal Melissa Gould. “These students came to our school in search of a learning environment that met their individual needs, and we know that when given the opportunity to learn in a way that works best for them, they thrive. Our Class of 2021 is ready to move on with the skills they learned to take on whatever challenges lie ahead.”

The Class of 2021 is the 13th graduating class for the experienced virtual school that serves students in grades K–12.

Smith graduates from University of Nebraska

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Katherine Marie Smith of Detroit Lakes was among 3,512 graduates who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln during commencement exercises held on Friday and Saturday, May 7-8.

Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.

The graduating class was from 58 countries, 43 states and the District of Columbia, and more than 250 Nebraska communities.

The May exercises were the first time since December 2019 — before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic — that the university held full-fledged commencement ceremonies in person. To ensure the safety of graduates and their guests, face coverings were required at the commencement venues; seating was socially distanced; and all participating faculty, staff, volunteers and graduates had to test negative for COVID-19 in the days leading up to the ceremonies.

For the complete list of graduates, visit http://go.unl.edu/grads-may21.

Frazee student earns dean's list honors at Iowa State

Chelsea Ann Samuelson, Frazee, was among those Iowa State University students recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the spring semester 2021 dean's list.

Samuelson is a sophomore at the university, studying veterinary medicine. Students named to the ISU dean's list must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.5, on a 4.0 scale, while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded coursework. Iowa State University is located in Ames, Iowa.

Audubon student named to dean's list at UW-Madison

Chloe Leno, Audubon, was among those students named to the dean's list for academic achievement at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) during spring semester 2021.

To be eligible for the dean's list, CALS students must achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average or above (on a 4.0 scale) and complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits during the semester.

Detroit Lakes student earns $6,000 scholarship from NDSU

Caleb Splonskowski, son of Luke and Jennifer Splonskowski, Detroit Lakes, has received North Dakota State University's Provost Award, in the amount of $6,000.

The Provost Award recognizes students who scored a 25 to 28 on the ACT and had a 3.5 or higher high school grade point average. Splonskowski will enter NDSU in the fall and plans to major in landscape architecture.

Several area students earn academic honors at M State

Minnesota State Community and Technical College has named 615 students to its president's list and 572 students to its dean's list for the 2021 spring semester.

Among those local students earning dean's list honors were: Riley Aho, Frazee; Julie Alley, Detroit Lakes; Jacob Amberg, Lake Park; Camryn Anderson, Audubon; Letesha Anderson, Detroit Lakes; Kendra Bachmann, Rochert; Tanner Bachmann, Rochert; Rebecca Bennett, Detroit Lakes; Allyson Bergstrom, Detroit Lakes; Katie Blaney, Detroit Lakes; Stacy Blauert, Detroit Lakes; Mason Borash, Detroit Lakes; Hunter Burnside, Detroit Lakes; Carissa Carlson, Lake Park; Julie Chilton, Ogema; Vanessa Christensen, Frazee; Falyn DeBoer, Detroit Lakes; Ashley Domines-Gooselaw, Detroit Lakes; Emma Fegely, Detroit Lakes; Nathan Francis, Detroit Lakes; Hailey Fullerton, Lake Park; Alexander Gastelum, Ponsford; Abby Gray, Detroit Lakes; Annika Gulseth, Frazee; William Hannesson, Audubon; Abigail Hauge, Detroit Lakes; Maddie Hibma, Detroit Lakes; Jasmine Hinz, Detroit Lakes; Ashley Johnson, Detroit Lakes; Claire Johnson, Frazee; Katie Johnson, Detroit Lakes; Patience Johnson, Audubon; Angela Koltes, Audubon; Kayla Kunz, Detroit Lakes; Annelise Lage, Detroit Lakes; Andre LaPlante, Detroit Lakes; Emily Larson, Detroit Lakes; Krysta Lipton, Detroit Lakes; Alessandra Matson, Frazee; Hannah McKagan, Detroit Lakes; April Morrison, Ogema; Megan Oien, Lake Park; Carli Olson, Frazee; Hailey Olson, Lake Park; Christopher Podlak, Waubun; Adara Price, Detroit Lakes; Amanda Schermerhorn, Detroit Lakes; Merissa Schmith, Detroit Lakes; John Schumacher, Detroit Lakes; Adam Simons, Detroit Lakes; Brina Smith, Detroit Lakes; Andrew Softing, Lake Park; Trinity St. Germain, Detroit Lakes; Isabella Steffl, Callaway; Jayda Swegarden, Lake Park; Benjamin Unruh, Detroit Lakes; Evan Westrum, Detroit Lakes; Madison Wothe, Frazee; and Shauna Wothe, Frazee.

Local students earning president's list honors were: Riana Aho, Frazee; Alyssa Anderson, Lake Park; Jerron Aschnewitz, Frazee; Sienna Baratono, Detroit Lakes; Emilee Beack, Frazee; Josten Bellefeuille, Detroit Lakes; Trent Bjerke, Lake Park; Jaylen Block, Detroit Lakes; Katherine Botzet, Detroit Lakes; Grace Bowers, Detroit Lakes; Gabrielle Branchaud, Audubon; Taylor Brend, Rochert; McKenna Burhans, Detroit Lakes; Christian Carlson, Vergas; Alexis Curb, Detroit Lakes; Kyrsten Demers, Detroit Lakes; Cameron Dennis, Detroit Lakes; Lara Eckberg, Rochert; Kristina Eiter, Lake Park; Toby Eiter, Lake Park; Lindsi Erickson, Detroit Lakes; Raini Evans, Audubon; Seth Felker, Audubon; Madison Foster, Rochert; Carly Glander, Detroit Lakes; Jack Hall, Rochert; Reno Hanson, Detroit Lakes; Jaylen Haverkamp, Detroit Lakes; Sydney Heisler, Audubon; Johnathan Jacobson, Audubon; Alexis Jesness, Detroit Lakes; Noah Johnson, Detroit Lakes; Quentin Johnston, Detroit Lakes; Sara Johnson, Frazee; Jeffrey Jurina, Detroit Lakes; Faith Keller, Detroit Lakes; Jamie Kiehl, Frazee; Hayden Lacher, Detroit Lakes; Lexus Lamblez, Detroit Lakes; Hannah Laney, Lake Park; Sarah LaSart, Frazee; Riley Lefebvre, Audubon; Kaarin Lehto, Osage; Andrea Leitheiser, Audubon; Amber Lindahl, Detroit Lakes; Carrie Lowe, Detroit Lakes; Grayce Mickelson, Frazee; Austin Miller, Detroit Lakes; Josiah Mohn, Frazee; Linsey Nelson, Frazee; Sue Nolan, Detroit Lakes; Kaitlyn Peterson, Detroit Lakes; Summer Peterson, Detroit Lakes; Kaleigh Reller, Detroit Lakes; Edward Salmen, Osage; Pamela Satkoski, Detroit Lakes; Jeremy Schoenberger, Detroit Lakes; Alysia Schons, Audubon; Cara Seaberg, Detroit Lakes; Rina Singh, Detroit Lakes; Gabriel Soyring, Detroit Lakes; Tracy Ann Soyring, Waubun; Angelica St. Germain, Detroit Lakes; Amelia Suhsen, Frazee; Madison Thompson, Audubon; Mary Ullmer, Lake Park; Broden Ullyott, Detroit Lakes; Bethany Vareberg, Detroit Lakes; Laken Weaver, Detroit Lakes; Cassandra Westlund, Lake Park; Chloe Will, Detroit Lakes; and Payton Wothe, Frazee.

All M State students are required to complete a minimum of six college-level credits and 75 percent of the courses in which they enrolled for the semester to be eligible for academic honors. To be named to the dean's list, students must earn a grade point average (GPA) between 3.5-3.99 (on a 4.0 scale), while students named to the president's list must earn a GPA of 4.0 for the semester.

Two local residents named to dean's list at Alexandria Tech

Gregg Raisanen, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Alexandria Technical & Community College, recently recognized two local students for academic excellence during spring semester 2021.

Ethan Anderson, Detroit Lakes, and Alan Lubbers, Lake Park, were honored for maintaining a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the semester.

Three local students earn academic honors at St. Cloud State

St. Cloud State University has announced the names of more than 1,100 students whose academic achievement placed them on the 2021 spring semester dean's list.

Local students who achieved this honor included Sydney Gulon, Kendra Jenson and Makayla Zimmerman, all of Detroit Lakes.

To be eligible for dean's list honors at SCSU, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.75 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.

Several area students named to NDSU dean's list

Several lakes area residents were among the 3,529 North Dakota State University students recently named to the dean's list for their academic achievements during spring semester 2021.

Among those to receive this honor were: Lucas Andes, Detroit Lakes; Savanna R. Bauer, Frazee; Trinidy J. Beck, Menahga; Kaitlyn M. Bridgeman, Detroit Lakes; Maggie A. Buboltz, Detroit Lakes; Samuel J. Busker, Detroit Lakes; Kaitlyn S. Cameron, Detroit Lakes; Brittany A. Canham, Detroit Lakes; Megan B. Chromy, Callaway; Aaron J. Conklin, Detroit Lakes; Hayley L. Courneya, Vergas; Maria Evan O. Dela Cruz, Waubun; Emma E. Disse, Detroit Lakes; Makenna Duncan, Detroit Lakes; Bailey B. Evenson, Frazee; Rachel L. Grande, Lake Park; Jonathon C. Hoffmann, Vergas; Hayden T. Hogenson, Lake Park; Hannah A. Jacobson, Detroit Lakes; Jake A. Jenson, Ogema; Kaylie A. Kirchenwitz, Richville; Garrett Kleven, Lake Park; Luke Kosel, Osage; Rileigh A. Leininger, Audubon; Elizabeth Lembke, Detroit Lakes; Hayden K. Mastrud, Detroit Lakes; Bailey S. Mattson, Lake Park; Olivea J. McDonald, Frazee; Jonas J. Mickelson, Detroit Lakes; Lindsey Moen, Detroit Lakes; Dahlen Olson, Detroit Lakes; Mackenzie A. Ostlie, Vergas; Jocelyn Patnaude, Detroit Lakes; Madison T. Peichel, Frazee; Sierra Preabt, Detroit Lakes; Carson M. Reep, Audubon; Reed R. Reller, Detroit Lakes; Jennifer L. Spadgenske, Menahga; Jonah J. Steffl, Callaway; Kalie M. Steffl, Callaway; Noah B. Steffl, Callaway; Tucker Strawsell, Detroit Lakes; Grant E. Tolkkinen, Menahga; Rachel M. Ullmer, Lake Park; Daniel J. Willenbring, Frazee; and Tessa Zima, Waubun.

To be eligible for the NDSU dean's list, a student must earn a 3.5 grade point average or higher (on a 4.0 scale) and be enrolled in at least 12 class credits for the semester.