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Extra Credit-Dec. 3

Posted: December 2, 2012 - 10:14pm

Hailee Palony, Brainerd, recently received a $1,000 scholarship for a 30-second freedom of speech PSA she put together for her desktop video class last spring. Nearly 200 communications students from across the country competed in the 2012 Freedom of Speech PSA contest. Palony’s video placed third. Her scholarship will go toward her tuition at MSUM.

Palony’s PSA was made available to television stations across the nation for on-air distribution at the beginning of September. Stations were encouraged to run Palony’s PSA and the other winning PSAs during National Freedom of Speech week in October.

Palony is a junior at Minnesota State University Moorhead studying speech, language and hearing sciences.

Christopher Fogderud, Brainerd, recently graduated from Sam Houston State University.

AEC September students of the month were Donovan Abbott and Samantha (Sami) Olson. Students of the month for October were Madison Cleys and Jessica Hanson.

The women of the Sigma Psi Chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority at North Dakota State University welcomed Hazel Patel, Baxter, into the sisterhood. Kappa Delta strives to promote greatness and confidence in women and girls. Patel is the daughter of Jatin and Sujata Patel. As a freshman at NDSU, Patel is studying zoology (pre-med).

Zach Heidmann, son of Randy and Lorna Heidmann, Baxter, has been selected to serve on the North Dakota State University President’s Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs.

The purpose of the President’s Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs is to support the academic mission of NDSU by reducing the harmful effects that result from alcohol and other drug misuse for individuals, the campus and the community. Heidmann is a graduate student studying leadership in physical education and sports. He is the NDSU interim athletic academic coordinator.

Kayla Schossow, Backus, and a student at Pine River-Backus High School, was awarded the University and Lutheran Heritage scholarships for the fall 2013 semester at Concordia University.

Two local students are studying abroad during the fall semester 2012 through the Office for Education Abroad at the College of Saint Benedict (CSB), St. Joseph and Saint John’s University (SJU), Collegeville.

Colleen Kennedy, daughter of David and Christine Kennedy of Pequot Lakes, is studying in the Ireland-Galway program. Kennedy is a junior English major at CSB.

Joseph Miller, son of Bob and Patty Miller of Fifty Lakes, is studying in the Austria program. Miller is a junior computer science major at SJU.

Kyan Kitzman, Austin Meister, Lachlan Larson, Russell Pierzinski, Isabel Glover, Reid Pierzinski, Thomas Stattelman and Mariah Friberg were named Pequot Lakes Middle School first quarter students of excellence.

Anna Chapp, Lyssa Lawson, Gavin Norring, Emma Benson, Madi McMonigan, Alexia Miller, Kyra Blaukat and Kelly Hehir were named artists of first quarter at Pequot Lakes Middle School.

St. Cloud State University announces the recipients of the Mary Beth Wedum Single Mother Scholarship. In August, the J.A. Wedum Foundation presented St. Cloud State University with $187,283 to fund the scholarships, which are intended to make an undergraduate education more accessible to single mothers.

Jennifer Snaza of Brainerd has been awarded a Mary Beth Wedum Single Mother Scholarship, in the amount of $2,000, for fall semester 2012.