Student accomplishments, graduates and honors
Samantha Berglin of Alexandria, a junior majoring in criminal justice, was inducted into National Society of Leadership and Success at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The society offers lectures from the nation's leading presenters and a community where like-minded success oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed.
Alex Nelson of Alexandria earned a master's degree in social work from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. on May 17. He received two awards at the hooding ceremony, The Graduate Student Outstanding Achievement Award and the G. Arlene Gavin Award for the graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding professionalism and commitment to social justice. Nelson is the son of Gary Nelson and Sandy Erickson and a graduate of Jefferson High School in Alexandria.
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Ariel Carlson of Farwell graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield with a degree in biology. Carlson is the daughter of Allan Carlson.
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Area native Private Riley McCabe earned the title U.S. Marine upon graduating from Marine Corps recruit training in San Diego after 13 weeks of Marine Corps boot camp. Following 10 days of leave, McCabe will attend school to learn his occupational specialty. McCabe is a 2012 graduate of Jefferson High School in Alexandria.
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Katelyn Friederichs recently graduated from Central Lakes College, with campuses in Brainerd and Staples. She earned a Diploma of Occupational Proficiency in floral design and sustainable greenhouse production and an Associate of Applied Science in horticulture.
The following students were named to the spring 2013 dean's list at North Dakota State University in Fargo for earning a 3.5 grade point average or higher and being enrolled in at least 12 class credits.
Alexandria: Alexander Arel, management information systems; Jordan Arel, human development and family sciences; Alex Blaser, music; Kayli Buechler, pharmaceutical sciences; Steven Carlsen, crop and weed sciences; Kylie Diekman, finance; Aaron Frederick, mechanical engineering; Joseph Goeden, natural resources biology; Candace Kallevig, Spanish; Jessalyn Kokett, economics; Ellen Lanman, nursing; Sarah Lanman, history education; Benjamin LeVahn, biochemistry and molecular biology; Brandon Leverson, mechanical engineering; Cody Rieland, finance; Shiloh Susag, accounting; Brent Thoennes, agricultural and biosystems engineering; Lauren Trumm, pharmaceutical sciences; Samantha Trumm, pharmaceutical sciences; Benjamin Whalen, mechanical engineering; Danielle Whalen, business administration.
Brandon: Jordin Otto, veterinary technology; Chelsey Pizel, agribusiness; Kristi Schaffer, agribusiness.
Carlos: Tanner Gustafson, finance; Katie Iverson, dietetics; Micah Hansen, human development and family sciences; Leah Johnson, agricultural economics.
Garfield: James Ahlquist, mechanical engineering; Crystal Bosek, veterinary technology; Brianna Gunderson, pharmaceutical sciences; Kirsten Gunderson, psychology; Lisa Klinkner, human development and family sciences.
Miltona: Lacey Carlson, equine science.
Nelson: Jennifer DeCock, nursing; Cassandra Moen, pharmaceutical sciences.
Osakis: Kelsie Larson, nursing; Sydney Larson, nursing.
Parkers Prairie: Anthony Schwartz, agribusiness.
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The following students were named to the spring 2013 president's list at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton for achieving a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while taking at least 12 credit hours.
Alexandria: Rebecca Wood, computer information systems.
Garfield: O'Ryan Bosek, automotive technology.
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The following students were named to the spring 2013 dean's list at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion for achieving a grade point average of at least 3.5 while maintaining a course load of 12 or more credit hours. Part-time students are eligible for academic recognition by achieving a grade point average of at least 3.5 and earning a minimum of three and up to 11 credit hours.
Alexandria: Katelyn Steffel, Shane Wichtendahl (academic recognition).
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Dominic Wysoski was named to the spring 2013 dean's list at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, for achieving a 3.5 grade point average while carrying at least 14 credit hours during a semester.
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Benjamin Bruemmer was named to the spring 2013 president's list for Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical in Winona/Red Wing for achieving a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and completing a minimum of 12 credits during an academic term.