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Published March 04 2012

Namedroppers (March 04, 2012)

CONCORDIA NEWS: Several area Concordia College students recently spent the spring mid-semester recess on Exploration Seminars to Hawaii, Egypt, Norway and Vienna, Austria.

Students and their travel seminars were as follows: Brianna Anderson, daughter of Thomas and Kari Anderson, West Fargo, “Vienna-City of Dreams” seminar; Karina Johnson, daughter of Rollie and Adriana Johnson, Moorhead, “Egypt: Ancient and Modern Christianity and Islam” seminar; Stephanie Clark, daughter of Jonathan and Sharon Clark, Moorhead, and Alec Lackmann, son of Kurt and Debra Lackmann, Detroit Lakes, Minn., both “Ancient Stars and Brand New Earth: Astronomy and Geology in Hawaii” seminar; Alexander Johnson, son of Curtis and Gail Johnson, Moorhead, and Kaitlyn Johnson, daughter of Rick and Karen Johnson, Fargo, “Importance of Place: Literature and Life in Arctic Norway” seminar.

NDSU NEWS: Ashley Engelstad and Elizabeth Ugelstad, both Fargo, have been accepted to the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences Ambassadors program at North Dakota State University. Ambassadors represent each program within the college and vary from pre-professional students to graduate students. They were selected based on leadership skills, dedication and effective speaking ability.

MSCTC NEWS: Sara Hruza, Fargo, was named to the president’s list at Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

STAR PERFORMANCE: Members of the Moorhead High School One Act play “Interview,” by Jean-Claude Van Itallie, earned a star rating at the 2012 State One Act Play Festival recently held in St. Paul. The production was directed by Christopher Lien. Cast members were Sarah Rice, Colby Schwartzwalter, Nina Grollman, Sy Cavins-Wolford, Kathryn Eggert, Matt Fossum, Emily Kari and Sam Wisenden. Support was provided by Britnee Surprenant and Casey Fee.

4-H NEWS: The following 4-H members were winners in the Cass County 4-H Communication Arts & Expo Contest held at Horace (N.D.) Elementary School:

E Pre-teen Speech Division:

Interpretive Reading – Humorous: Anna Stoppleworth, Horace; Mikayla Dodge, Davenport, N.D.; Preeti Chemiti, Fargo; and Katelyn Galde, Horace.

Interpretive Reading – Serious: Nishita Gaba, Fargo; Rachel Danielson, Fargo; Pooja Chemiti, Fargo.

Prepared Speech: Preeti Chemiti.

Dramatic Presentation Team: Preeti Chemiti and Pooja Chemiti.

Commercials Team: Natalie Tegtmeier and Sarah Yoney, Grandin, N.D.

Commercials: Preeti Chemiti.

Broadcast Team: Preeti Chemiti and Pooja Chemiti.

Short Takes: Preeti Chemiti, Pooja Chemiti.

E Teen Speech Division:

Interpretive Reading – Serious: Ryder Belgarde, Horace.

Prepared Speech: Arianna Alvarez, Kindred, N.D.

Short Takes: Jonathon Dodge, Davenport.

E Pre-teen Demonstration Division:

Demonstration: Joslin Forness, West Fargo; Nishita Gaba, Fargo; Jonah Stevenson, Horace; Frank Jirik, Fargo; Astrid Axtman, Fargo; Katelyn Galde, Horace.

Demonstration Team: Pooja Chemiti and Preeti Chemiti.

Illustrated Talk Team: Pooja Chemiti and Preeti Chemiti.

Illustrated Talk: Alaina Lynk, Fargo; Kyra Evjen, Horace.

E Teen Demonstration Division:

Demonstration: Shelby Germundson, Fargo; Emily Erickson, Fargo.

Illustrated Talk: Megan Badinger, Fargo.

Presentation Software: Tyler Vetter, Fargo.

Winners in the speech and demonstration categories will compete at the district level in Fargo in June.

Project Expo winners in the preteen division were Michaela O’Leary, Fargo; Theresa Klinnert, Kindred, and Noelle Grant, Fargo. Winners in the teen division were Megan Badinger, Fargo; Mikayla Cramer, Amenia, N.D.; and Emily Erickson, Fargo. Expo winners will compete in the State 4-H Expo Contest to be held at the North Dakota State Fair in July.

MAKING THE GRADE: Elizabeth Henschel, Fargo, was named to the dean’s list at Winona (Minn.) State University.

The following area students were named to the dean’s list at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Elizabeth Cowles, Mary Cowles, Daniel Jordan, Julia McCormick, Emily Olig, Kyja Omdahl, Kelsey Schmidt and Sydney Wurzer, all Fargo; and Shane Hendrickson, Ypsilanti, N.D.

Macie Dorow, Moorhead, was named to the dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The following area students were named to fall honors lists at Central Lakes College, Brainerd and Staples, both Minnesota: Kayla Ekberg, Breckenridge, Minn.; Nicole Calkins, Ann Campbell, Kelsey Schmaltz, Fargo; Jacob Swenson, Fergus Falls, Minn.; Samuel Oelfke, Frazee, Minn.; Jonathan Ratsey, Glyndon, Minn.; Cody Cederberg, Hawley, Minn.; Gabrielle Brendefur, Henning, Minn.; Megan Schmitz, New York Mills, Minn.; Eric Gunkel, Tiffany Mullins, Ottertail, Minn.

The following area students were named to the dean’s list at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa: Kristin Westby, Erhard, Minn.; Maria Ellingson, Moorhead; Maia Mastel, Naomi Sandgren, both Fargo.

Megan Aarsvold, Fargo, was named to the dean’s list at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash.

RECENT GRADUATES: The following area students recently graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato: Patrick Ryan, Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Cynthia Hager, Patrick Lemieux and Chelsey Miranowski, Fargo; Maggie Freeman, Fergus Falls, Minn.; Carrie Stavenger, Cory Woodard, Moorhead; and Tyler Richter, Perham, Minn.

AND THE WINNER IS ...: Winners in Moorhead’s Horizon Middle School Geography Bee were as follows: David Bartle, first; Elly Schaefer, second; and Zachary Myers, third. Bartle has taken a written qualifying test for the opportunity to compete in the Minnesota State Geographic Bee in April.

HIGH HONORS: West Fargo High School student Anna Soderholm, of Horace, N.D., has been nominated to represent North Dakota as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2012 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University, Fairfax, Va. Soderholm will have the opportunity to join 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive week-long study of journalism and media. She was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies.

Plains Art Museum, Intermedia Arts and the North Dakota State University Department of Visual Arts has announced the participants in the Creative Community Leadership Institute, which will be held this spring in Fargo-Moorhead. Participants, along with their affiliated organizations and city of residence, are: Joseph Allen, independent artist and photographer, Ogema, Minn.; Michelle Lee Anderson, Springboard for the Arts – Lake Region, Fergus Falls, Minn.; Gretchen Boyum, Kaddatz Gallery and Boyum Farms, Battle Lake, Minn.; Newzad Brifki, Kurdish Youth of America, Moorhead; Vicki Chepulis, Green Island and Five Wings Regional Arts Council, Wadena, Minn.; Dayna Del Val, executive director of The Arts Partnership, Fargo; Brad Delzer, Theatre B ensemble member, Fargo; Kim Embretson, vice president of development, West Central Initiative, Fergus Falls; Lynn Fundingsland, Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Fargo; Raul Gomez, publisher, High Plains Reader, Fargo; Lori Horvik, NDSU/Theatre B, Fargo; Paul Ide, artist, Fargo; Megan Johnston, Plains Art Museum director of curatorial affairs and interpretation, Fargo; Su Legatt, faculty member, Minnesota State University Moorhead and NDSU, Moorhead; Raymond Rea, founder and director of the F-M LGBT Film Festival, Moorhead; Carol Schlossman, Insight to Action, principal, Fargo; Meg Spielman Peldo, artist and Plains Art Museum board member, Fargo; Amy Stoller Stearns, executive director, Historic Holmes Theatre, Fergus Falls; Karis Thompson, Concordia College Office of Intercultural Affairs and FM League, Fargo; Sara Watson Curry, Red Raven Espresso Parlor, Fargo; Camille Weber, professional development coordinator,

F-M West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, Moorhead; Christina Weber, associate professor of sociology, NDSU, Fargo; Hugh Michael Weber, OTA Sessions/Storyline, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Mike Williams, Fargo city commissioner, Fargo; and Laura Youngbird, Circle of Nations School, artist, Breckenridge, Minn.

The Creative Community Leadership, founded by Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis, is one of only a handful of programs nationwide that develops and connects community leaders who are advancing change through arts-based strategies.


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