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Student accomplishments, scholarships

Awards and honors

Career and technical students in Minnesota won one of the nation's highest awards at the 2018 SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville last month, where more than 6,300 students competed at the national showcase of career and technical education. The SkillsUSA Championships is the largest skill competition in the world and covers 1.4 million square feet, equivalent to 20 football fields or 25 acres.

Skill Point Certificates were awarded in 72 occupational and leadership areas to students who met a predetermined threshold score in their competition, as defined by industry. The Skill Point Certificate is a component of SkillsUSA's assessment program for career and technical education. The following local students received Skill Point Certificates:

Brett Takle from Alexandria and a student at Alexandria Technical & Community College was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in CNC Turning Specialist.

Clayton Lahr from Glenwood and a student at Alexandria Technical & Community College was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Power Equipment Technology.

Students were invited to the event to demonstrate their technical skills, workplace skills and personal skills in 102 hands-on occupational and leadership competitions, including robotics, automotive technology, drafting, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. Industry leaders from 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions planned and evaluated the contestants against their standards for entry-level workers.


Catholic United Financial congratulates the following area scholars who are headed to college or trade school with one of its scholarship awards: Alana Rodas, Amy Corneliusen, Ashlyn Jenc and Megan Schultz of Alexandria; and Jared Fridgen of Nelson.


Philip Mathews of Osakis, son of Jason and Melissa Mathews, received the North Dakota State University Provost Award in the amount of $6,000. The scholarship recognizes high academic achievement.

Mathews will enter NDSU in the fall and plans to major in business administration. In high school, he was active in track and field, basketball and choir.

President's lists

St. Cloud Technical and Community College congratulates the following area students for earning recognition on the president's list this past spring for a grade point average of 4.0: Quinn Gibson, Dallas Redmond and Cole Runge of Alexandria; Frank Helseth of Carlos; and Mikayla Asfeld of Osakis.


Molly Trumble of Alexandria has earned recognition on the president's list at Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona for spring semester 2018. To be eligible for the president's list, students must complete a minimum of 12 credits at MSC Southeast during an academic term and achieve a GPA of 3.5 or above.


The following local students earned president's list honors from Bemidji State University at the conclusion of the Spring 2018 semester. They are as follows: Breanna Shockman and Kerri Wilkins of Alexandria; Hailee Saxton of Garfield; and CeCealia Schultz and Brooke Wiener of Osakis.

To be eligible for the president's list, BSU students must be enrolled for at least 12 credits and earn a perfect 4.0 GPA during the semester.