Douglas County student news for December 23, 2022

Academic honors, scholarships and graduations

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Academic honors

  • The following students were named to the Fall Dean's list at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota for achieving a GPA of at least 3.5: Brianna Holm, Jaymeson Wolkow and Nate Hammerback, all of Alexandria, and Travis Yohnke of Carlos.


  • The following students graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato on Dec. 10. Alexandria: Carly Erickson, graduate certificates in culturally responsive teaching and llanning and students' learning; Jason Moorman, bachelor's, music industry, summa cum laude; Staci Nohl, bachelor's, recreation, parks and leisure services, summa cum laude; Addison Rodel, bachelor's, communication studies, magna cum laude; Megan Schultz, bachelor's, nursing. Brandon: Kailee Klimek, bachelor's, biology. Glenwood: Mallory Bents, bachelor's, elementary education, magna cum laude; Lauren Clayton, bachelor's, psychology, cum laude; John Helander, bachelor's, exercise science.
  • The following students were awarded degrees from Minnesota State University Moorhead on Dec. 15. Alexandria: Landon Fisher, bachelor's, project management; Andrew Martinson, bachelor's, computer information technology, customer relationship management; Shaelyn Melrose, bachelor's, magna cum laude, elementary inclusive education; Erin Ortloff, bachelor's, nursing. Brandon: Brianna Storey, bachelor's, cum laude, psychology. Garfield: Merissa Reed, bachelor's, multimedia journalism, photojournalism. Osakis: Carson Bergquist, bachelor's, cum laude, finance; Abby Breiter, bachelor's, cum laude, accounting; Morgan Herzog, bachelor's, summa cum laude, social studies.
  • The following students graduated from North Dakota State University in summer 2022. Students who graduated with honors earned a GPA of at least 3.5. Alexandria: Taylor Ann Rehovsky, bachelor's, veterinary technology; Lauren Ruby Scherr, bachelor's, radiologic sciences; John Wimmer, bachelor's, management, honors. Glenwood: Ashley Blom, bachelor's, radiologic sciences; Michael Westberg, bachelor's, exercise science. Osakis: Lena Fiskness, master's, horticulture

Special accomplishments

  • Alexandria resident Mya Santelman, a student at Gustavus Adolphus College, will join the Gustavus Adolphus Wind Orchestra on a 16-day tour of Europe, playing in Spain and France. The tour will last from Jan. 19-Feb. 1. The tour's final concert will be in St. Peter, Minnesota, on Feb. 18.
  • Myra Nelson and Mya Santelman, both of Alexandria, were selected to participate in the Christmas in Christ Chapel at Gustavus Adolphus College from Dec. 2-4. The production included more than 350 performers and it combined music, dance, and theatrical presentations.
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