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Angie Wieck, Published August 05 2012

Namedroppers (August 05, 2012)

MAKING THE GRADE: The following area students were named to the dean’s list at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa: Samuel Christianson, Nicholas Dodd, David Karaz, McKenzie Leier, William McCullough and Timothy Roach, Fargo; and Carly Kinzler, Monango, N.D.

Naveena Lall and William Restemayer, both Fargo, were named to the dean’s list at Washington University, St. Louis.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS: Western State Bank has awarded West Fargo students Delaney Faiman and Kayla Haaland $250 Western Pays for A’s savings scholarships. Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to bring their report cards into Western State Bank each quarter. In return for A’s, students are given a packet of coupons or gift certificates from area businesses. The bank also awards two $250 scholarships each semester for those students in grades 9-12 who brought in their report cards. Students receive an entry for each A they earn.

Penny Durio of West Fargo has been awarded a Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship to Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa. The scholarship, which honors the spouses and children of active-duty public safety personnel and military men and women, covers tuition for up to 24 months. Durio is the wife of Chief Petty Officer Phillip Durio of the United States Navy.

RECENT GRADUATES: Paul Fosaaen, Fargo, has graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

The following area students have graduated from Alexandria (Minn.) Technical and Community College: Michael Ringuette and Nicholas Soiseth, both Fargo; and Chad Watterud, Horace, N.D.

ATTABOYS (and girls, too!): Alex O’Connell, a student from West Fargo, was announced as one of 33 students nationwide selected to service as a state representative for Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program created in partnership with Midwest Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with USDA, that encourages students to eat healthy, be active and make positive, healthy changes in their schools and communities. The program engages youth directly as grassroots leaders who work to increase access to healthy foods and 60 minutes of physical activity at school.

HIGH HONORS: Ben Albrecht, Fargo, an engineering physics major at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D., has been selected for the college’s prestigious summer research program, an initiative that places undergraduates in the field at laboratories, hospitals and research institutions throughout the country. Albrecht is spending the summer working under the direction of Dr. Nathan Grau on the project “Fully reconstructed jets in proton-proton collisions,” which is funded through the South Dakota Space Grant.

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