Jill Hammes, the daughter of Jerry Peterson of Baxter and Janet Peterson of Minneapolis, graduated from Northwestern Chiropractic College in Bloomington in November with a doctorate degree. Hammes plans to open a practice in the Twin Cities area. She is a 1993 Brainerd High School graduate and earned a degree in 1998 from St. Cloud State University.
Darin White, the son of Larry and Christine White of Ironton, was selected as November student of the month by the youth activities committee of the Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615. White is a senior at Crosby-Ironton High School and is involved in jazz, community and summer marching bands, drama club, speech and choir. White plans to enroll in the law enforcement program at Alexandria Technical College.
Brandon Thomas, the son of Brett and Vicki Thomas of Baxter, is studying in South Africa for fall semester through the Center of International Education at St. John's University. Thomas is a senior majoring in nursing.
The following Garfield Elementary School, Brainerd, students were named students of the month: Sam Schutt, Elizabeth Hummel, Lee Birchem, Lucas Zetah, Krissanne Krupke, Blake Kretzman, Kasie Rosinski, Jessica Hughes, Tyler Hendrickson, Briana Gangelhoff, Jesse Bosch, Courtney Barnett, Brett Tengwall, Kendra Spolarich, Allisa Rardin, Andrew Morreim and Cassandra Young.
The following Lowell Elementary School, Brainerd, students were named as students of the month for December: Colton Mogensen, Morgan Steffen, Paige Elyea, Briana Kruize, Krista Loven, Kimberly Davis, Jordain McAllister, Ariel Peterson, Emma Wheeler, Amanda Welch, Amanda Schubel, Sarah Schoutens, Chanae Morris, Curtis Marshik, Shane Johnson, Peter Jacobsen, Lonie Anderson and Brett Moser.
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