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Douglas County student news for Jan. 20, 2023

Academic honors

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Academic honors

  • The following Alexandria students were named to the fall Dean's list at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie for earning a GPA of 3.5 or above: Mercy Berglund, senior, BFA graphic design and interactive media; Lexi Cole, sophomore, BS health, wellness and fitness; and Kris Deising, junior, BFA game design and development-art.
  • Jacob Zastrow of Miltona was named to the fall Dean's list at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, for earning a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • Ellen Dauphinais of Parkers Prairie, who is studying veterinary medicine, was named to the fall 2022 Dean’s List Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, for earning a GPA of at least 3.5.
  • Justin Balcome was named to the fall President's Academic Honors list at Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota for earning a GPA of at least 3.5.
  • The following Alexandria students were named to the summer Dean's list at North Dakota State University in Fargo for earning a GPA of 3.5 or higher: Luke Anderson, finance; Brendan O. Skarpness, accounting; John H. Wimmer, management.

Scholarships

  • The Alexandria Area Community Foundation, in conjunction with CommunityGiving, awarded the following scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year. Dayton Downing of Alexandria received $1,000 from the Thomas J. Reif Memorial Scholarship Fund and Benjamin Borden of Alexandria received $4,000 from the Tommy and Alla Solberg Endowment Fund.
  • The Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust awarded three college scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year, including to two local students. Ella VanKempen, a 2019 graduate of West Central Area Secondary, received the $1,000 Vernon P. Ostrom scholarship. VanKempen is a senior at the University of Minnesota Morris campus majoring in environmental sciences. Wesley Siira, a 2022 graduate of Brandon-Evansville High School, was awarded the Harvey K. Nelson scholarship in the amount of $500. Siira attends South Dakota State University with a double major in agricultural education and animal science. Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust provides college scholarships of up to $1000 for qualifying students residing in the counties of Douglas, Grant, Ottertail, and Pope. To be eligible, students must pursue a degree in the environmental sciences or related fields. Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust will begin taking applications for the 2023-24 school year beginning in January. More information and scholarship applications are available at www.phctrust.org .
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