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Published June 03 2012

Namedroppers (June 03, 2012)

CONCORDIA NEWS: The following students have enrolled at Concordia College: Sydney Kays, daughter of Christopher Kays and Kimberly Kays, Fargo; Morgan Kelly, daughter of John and Renee Kelly, Moorhead; Anthony DeLeon, son of Troy and Diane DeLeon, Fargo; Danielle Gravalin, daughter of Dan Gravalin, Moorhead, and Lisa Gravalin, Fargo.

NDSU NEWS: Sarah Russell, daughter of Ken and Katie Russell, Fargo, has been admitted to North Dakota State University “with distinction.” Distinction means that NDSU is acknowledging Russell as an honor student.

MSUM NEWS: The Minnesota State University Moorhead mathematics department has awarded Christopher Mehl, son of Paul and Mary Ann Mehl, Fargo, the Bill Ritchie Award for Excellence in Mathematics. Faculty selects a winner based on grade point average, performance in difficult mathematics courses and the results of the ETS Major Field Test in Mathematics.

UND NEWS: The University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, has awarded Honor Program partial tuition waivers to Fargo students Austin Espe, son of William and Sharon Espe, and Brent Johnson, son of Keith and Carol Johnson. The Honors Program nurtures creativity, critical thinking, and scholarship beyond the usual academic frameworks. Incoming students who receive the tuition waiver must enroll in at least one Honors class and participate in Honors service projects each semester.

The following Fargo students were UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Doctor of Medicine Class 2012 Award winners:

Justin T. Mauch: North Dakota Medical Association award; Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Recognition.

Meredith A. Reisenauer: North Dakota District Medical Society Award; Department of Surgery Senior Award; Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Recognition; and Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Brett A. Oestreich: Robert C. Painter, M.D., Internal Medicine Award.

Kathleen P. Carlson: Lloyd S. Ralston, M.D., Memorial Endowment Award.

Justin S. Ferragut, Tiongson Humanities Award.

Dr. Harish Goyal, Alpha Omega Alpha Resident Recognition.

Dr. Mihir P. Raval, Alpha Omega Alpha Resident Recognition.

MAKING THE GRADE: Jessica Norstog, Fargo, was named to the dean’s list at the University of New Haven, West Haven, Conn.

The following area North Dakota students were named to the president’s honor roll at Bismarck State College: April Faught, Amenia; Jess Goehring, Ashley; Caleb Genre, Carrington; Taylor Wade and Mackenzie Wade, Devils Lake; Gina Deibel, Cameron Sandberg, Dillon Marquette, Dane Simonson, Fargo; Kimberly Dittus, Fredonia; Sarah Gregg, Cody Schneider, Daniel Deck, Steven Schild, Kyle Keller, Eric Kourajian, Harvey; Drew MacDonald, Hoople; April Erickson, Tiffany Horning, Robert Klein, Jamestown; Daniel Premo, LaMoure; Logan Wald, Rebecca Buchholz, Courtney Schumacher, Jenna Wolf, Megan Hilzendeger, Napoleon; Elizabeth Schmit, Oakes; Patrick Neumiller, Sykeston; and Chris Grafing, Valley City.

AWARDS AND OTHER RECOGNITIONS: Moorhead High School student Drew Lausch was recently honored for theater arts study at the Scholars of Distinction awards program. Scholars of Distinction specialties are developed through partnerships that include educators, business people and others who are able to apply complex knowledge and skills to the real world. To earn distinction, a student must complete required work in Minnesota’s Academic Standards, demonstrate mastery of complex subject matter, and apply their knowledge and skills on challenging projects.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS: AgCountry Farm Credit Services has awarded $1,000 scholarships to the following students based on academic record, vocational promise, financial need, personal attributes and leadership activities: Bryce Anderson, son of Larry and Jane Anderson, Oakes, N.D.; Bayleigh Antonsen, daughter of Scott and Felicia Antonsen, Frazee, Minn.; Zachery Bohn, son of Jody Bohn, Grandin, N.D.; Jacob Chisolm, son of Bill and Pam Chisholm, Gary, Minn.; Jenna Gullickson, daughter of Scott and Wendy Gullickson, Spiritwood, N.D.; Aaron Haux, son of Steve and Sandy Haux, Kindred, N.D.; Andrew Jossund, son of John and Lorraine Jossund, Perley, Minn.; and Nathan LaPort, son of Amos and Lonnie LaPort, Twin Valley, Minn.

The North Dakota 4-H Foundation has awarded scholarships to the following 4-H members: Megan Ruch, Sargent County, $150 Jerome Striegel Memorial Scholarship; Kelli Vosburg, Richland County, $300 Kelci Jo Willson Memorial Award; and Elise Eberhardt, Cass County, $500 Steve E. and Mary M. Tuhy Scholarship.

Cargill has awarded a $3,000 academic achievement scholarship to Jocelyn Kyllo of Blanchard, N.D. Kyllo is one of 40 children of Cargill employees to earn a scholarship.

Lichtsinn-Anderson Insurance of Moorhead and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company have awarded Rachel Rude, daughter of Nathan and Dawn Rude, Moorhead, a $1,000 Road to Success Scholarship. Rude was selected based on academic achievement and her safe driving record.

Local 1426 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has awarded $500 IBEW Memorial Scholarships to Melissa Halvorson, daughter of David and Diane Halvorson, Fargo, and Brooke Dyrdahl, daughter of Daniel and Roberta Dyrdahl, Gully, Minn.

RECENT GRADUATES: The following area students recently graduated from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley: Paula Sydow, Dent, Minn.; Jared Nelson, Moorhead; and Christopher Redfearn, Valley City, N.D.

The following area students graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato: Brock Bormann, Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Brian Reisenauer, Fargo; Michael Hanneman, Jana Thole, Fergus Falls, Minn.; Heidi Bjerketvedt, Henning, Minn.; Braeden Hogie, Lake Park, Minn.; Danielle Cook, Sean Richards, Amanda Sundby, Hope Thier, Cory Woodard, Moorhead; Joseph Schiller, Rochert; and Lucas Steckler, West Fargo.

Kelsi DeVos, Fargo, has graduated from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

The following area students have graduated from Creighton University, Omaha: Eric Stavenger, Moorhead; Kaia Knutson and Caitlin Wiste, Fargo.

Mollie Fullerton, Fargo, has graduated from Macalester College, St. Paul.

Kathryn Hauff, Fargo, Lauren Nephew and Sarah Odergaard, Moorhead, have graduated from the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn.

INTERNS AND CLERKS: Vogel Law Firm, Fargo, has hired Timothy Gorde, Kristin Heck and Jordan Weir as summer associates. Gorde, Newport News, Va., is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School; Heck, Bloomington, Minn., is currently attending University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; and Weir, Fargo, attends the University of Minnesota Law School.

Absolute Marketing has awarded business marketing majors Alex Hauger and Kristen Oldyn summer internships. Hauger is a junior at Concordia College and will assist with client relations. Oldyn is a senior at North Dakota State University and will work in media buying.

HIGH HONORS: Jay Turner, 14-year-old senior at Twin Oaks School in Ashby, Minn., and recent graduate of Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Fergus Falls, recently won the Dakotas Manitoba Minnesota Optimist essay contest. This year’s theme was “How my positive outlook benefits my community.” Turner was sponsored by the Optimist Club of Fargo Southwest and was awarded a $2,500 scholarship for the honor. Turner plans to study math, physics, biochemistry and chemistry at the University of Minnesota, Morris, in the fall.

COLLEGE BOUND: The following area students have been accepted to attend the University of Mary, Bismarck:

Casselton, N.D.: Sydney Radermacher, daughter of Jerry and Nola Radermacher; Jonathan Lubbers, son of Perry and Dawn Lubbers; and Elise Eberhardt, daughter of Joe and Joan Eberhardt.

West Fargo: Tyler Lenertz, son of Bruce and Janet Lenertz.

Fargo: Taylor Merrill, son of Allen Merrill and Tara Harris; Tyler Kilen, son of David and Sandra Kilen; Sierra Wood, daughter of Michael and Bertha Wood; and Christopher Finneman, son of Cherie Finneman.

PAGEANT NEWS: The Dream Girls USA North and South Dakota State Pageant was recently held in Fargo. The following young women will advance to the Dream Girls USA National Pageant in St. Louis June 27-July 1: LizAnne Schnieber Bruns, ND Supreme Sisters, daughter of Casey and Laura Schnieber Bruns, Minot, ND; Briley Carr, Tiny Miss ND, daughter of Travis and Hope Carr, Carrington, N.D.; Mazzy Green, Little Miss ND, daughter of Jacob and Dorothy Green, Fisher, Minn.; Elisabeth McDermott, ND Supreme Queen of Queens, daughter of Heather McDermott, Mapleton, N.D.; Brooklynn Bartels, ND Junior Hi Point Champion, daughter of Callie Either and Scott Bartels, Fargo; Kaitlyn Potter, ND Supreme Print Model, daughter of Justin and Nicky Potter, Souris, N.D.; Lindsey Galbreath, Junior Miss ND, daughter of Ryan and Shannon Galbreath, Enderlin, N.D.; Cadyn Schock, ND Supreme Runway Model, daughter of Tyler and Landi Schock, Lisbon, N.D.; Caitlyn Gordon, Preteen Miss ND, daughter of Dave and Denise Gordon, East Grand Forks, Minn.; Kiara Honken, Preteen Miss SD, daughter of Paul and Stephanie Honken, Brandon, S.D.; Elizabeth Boomsma, Junior Miss SD, daughter of Glenn and Jennifer Boomsma, Brandon, S.D.; DayLynn Schnieber Bruns, ND Supreme Sisters, daughter of Casey and Laura Schnieber Bruns, Minot, N.D.; April Edwards, ND Supreme Mother and Daughter, daughter of Randy and Jill Edwards, Kenmare, N.D.; Caitlin Bitz, Miss ND, daughter of Rick Bitz, Edgeley, N.D.; Codee Gilbertson, ND Supreme Beauty, daughter of Brad and Donna Gilbertson, Sherwood, N.D.; Cheyann Vareberg, ND Supreme Talent, daughter of Jerome and Lynn Hendricks, Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Tara Lynnes, Elegant Ms ND, Grand Forks; Kelly Burke, ND Supreme Spokesmodel, Fargo; Lacey Erickson, Supreme Sr Hi Point Champion, Grand Forks; Nicole McCullough, ND Supreme Beauty, daughter of Kerry Scott, Fargo; Brittney Heim, Teen Miss ND, daughter of Clint and Jodee Heim, Dickinson, N.D.; Meg Morley, Classic Ms ND, Grand Forks; Kerry Scott, ND Supreme Beauty, Fargo. (Not pictured: Jill Edwards, ND Supreme Mother/Daughter, Kenmare, N.D.)

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