Alyssa Ritter, the daughter of Mark and Jacqueline Ritter, Aitkin, and Kristi Kapsner, the daughter of Linda and Don Kapsner, Brainerd, were selected Students of the Month for January by the Youth Activities Committee of Brainerd Elks Lodge No. 615.
Ritter is a senior at Aitkin High School with a 3.9 grade-point average. She is in concert choir and on the tennis and competitive dance teams. She is president of the Student Council, a member of the National Honor Society and is a mentor in the Peer Helpers program. She has won the tennis team's "hardest worker" award, the Rotary Essay Contest and outstanding Student Council Award in 2002, 2003 and 2004. She plans to attend college in Duluth and major in business, education or medicine.
Kapsner is a senior at the Brainerd Area Education Center. She was a Student of the Month at AEC and volunteers in early childhood development. She works at the Ramada Inn and plans to become a pre-school teacher.
Brady Fox, Brainerd, and Lance Herbst, Baxter, were named to the dean's list at Alexandria Technical College for fall semester.
Forty-eight students at Franklin Junior High School were selected by their teachers to receive the Personal Success Award for first semester. They will receive certificates from the school, as well as a movie pass from Baxter Lions Club. They are Alyssa Adams, Nate Albertson, Bruce Anderson, Amanda Barthel, Tyler Bush, Saralynn Christenson, Tiffany Dickerson, Andrea Fercho, Shanna Fitch, Eme Fleischacker, Jerry Fox, Andrew Goll, Erica Guderjohn, Mike Herbote, Kristen Hibbard, Natika Klauck, Macy Koering, Josiah Kondos, Jericho Kretzmann, Stephanie Lambrecht, Tony Larson, Hollie LeDoux, Natasha Loving, Amanda McFarland, Tony Mackedanz, Felicia Maddux, Andrew Matich, Andrew Nelson, Justin Norgard, Allyson Olshanski, Brandon Osvold, Sadie Panzer, Patricia Rathey, Ethan Riess, Zach Roquet, Liz Shanks, Katelynn Sobieck, Kate Stevenson, Maggie Thurlow, Ruben Trigo, Mike Valesano, Tony Vian, Amelia Watson, Kyle Williamson, Courtney Winkelman, Ty Winkelman, Sara Wolhart and Jarrod Zoller.
The following were chosen Students of the Month by their teachers at Franklin Junior High School. Eighth grade Andrea LeMieux, Shana Lingwall, Skyler Murray, Bailey Geraets, Mariah Warwas, Tiffany Dickerson, Todd Treichler, Peder Holte and Carlie Kramer. Ninth grade Jessica Bye, Tyler Bock, Jon Long, Brittany Olson, Tony Vian, Lucy Sweeney, Katie Walker, Justin Hahn, Kaitlyn Hines, Kirstin Helmberger, Ryan Wroolie, Lisa Anderson and Catherine Lepel.
The following area students were named to the dean's list at Ridgewater College-Willmar and Hutchinson: Roxanne Houske, Baxter; Patrick Gretchen, Brainerd; Brandy Schrenk, Cass Lake; Ed Doucette, Fort Ripley; Seth Lien, Stacia Scott, Nathan Senn and Nicholas Senn, Little Falls; Mary Larson, Kayla Rinde and Jacqueline Wettstein, Long Prairie; and Jennifer Mancuso, Staples.
The following students were named to the honor's list at Ridgewater College-Willmar and Hutchinson: Serena Shatka and Nathan Weber, Brainerd; Gregory Adamek, Randall; and Michael Breid, Wadena.
Katharine Mitchell, the daughter of Rob and Loretta Norgon and Wayne and Jerilyn Mitchell, Baxter, was named Rising Star Undergraduate for North Dakota, 2004. The award was presented by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. She is a senior at North Dakota State University-Fargo, and recently completed a semester-long internship, traveling as an admission representative for the university.
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