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Student accomplishments, scholarships

Awards and honors

Emma Reilly of Alexandria was selected to be one of 70 young women to participate in Running Start's 12th annual Young Women's Political Leadership Program last month in Washington, D.C. She was chosen for her leadership in the community and ambition to succeed.

Running Start is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that encourages young women to run for office early, so that they can establish the tenure necessary to rise to political leadership positions. The program is designed to promote Running Start's mission by giving high school women encouragement, support, knowledge and inspiration.

Reilly graduated from Alexandria Area High School, and will be attending Randolph-Macon College near Richmond, Virginia, where she plans on majoring in political science and Spanish. This past year she was the chairperson of the Minnesota High School Democrats and worked with the national organization as well. She is currently working on Erin Murphy's campaign for governor.


Teams of students from Alexandria Area High School participating in The Stock Market Game were recognized in the high school division in Minnesota. Both teams were taught by Eric Hartmann.

The first-place team of students Ben Olson and Brendan Skarpness had a portfolio value of $121,954.22. The fourth-place team of students Jordan Petron and Ryker Treat had a portfolio value of $112,944.61.

The SMG is a national, interactive, experiential learning program for students in grades 4-12 in classes such as math, social studies and business education. Teams are given a virtual $100,000 to invest over a 14-week period, competing with other Minnesota students for the highest-valued portfolio.

The SMG is run nationally by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Foundation, with the Minnesota chapter of the program managed by BestPrep, a local non-profit. The program runs each school year with year-long, fall, spring, and late spring sessions. Each team of students receives online daily portfolio updates on their current holdings, brokerage fees, interest and team rankings. The online simulation expands students' financial literacy skills by teaching long-term planning and money management.

The spring session of The SMG concluded with an awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, where these Alexandria students and other top-ranking teams from each age division were recognized.


Whitney Olson of Alexandria recently completed the Farm Credit Fellows Program through North Dakota

State University in Fargo, North Dakota.

This special undergraduate program in agricultural finance was created by the NDSU College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources and AgCountry Farm Credit Services in Fargo.

The Fellows Program is open to Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics and College of Business undergraduates in their sophomore, junior and senior years at NDSU. Students complete a segment of educational training through AgCountry FCS followed by an advanced agricultural lending course during spring semester.


Marissa Otto, daughter of Steve and Sandi Otto of Alexandria, was named to the 2018 Family Weekend Committee and the subcommittee they chair at Concordia College in Moorhead.

Family Weekend events run from Sept. 14-16. The theme this year is "Ear-Replaceable Tradition." Family Weekend is an annual event that brings parents and siblings to campus to share their student's college experience.