The Brainerd and Staples campuses of Central Lakes College each recently hosted an Awards Day with the following honored by a vote among students, faculty and staff:
Outstanding Student: Lisa Litke, Onamia.
Citizenship Awards: Matthew Touisgnant, Meghan Carnes and Nathan Altendahl, all of Brainerd, and Jen Kempenich, Maple Lake.
Student Employee: Heather Feldewerd, Melrose.
Outstanding Faculty: Thurman Knight, speech.
Outstanding Adviser: Collin Beachy, Student Senate.
Outstanding Club: Student Senate.
Outstanding Staff: Melody Weber, information desk.
Academic Achievement (4.0 grade-point average): Lori Anderson, Allen Brehmer, Ashley Hendricks, Justin Jansen, Brooks Kobiela, Ray Kuschel, Thomas Laska, Sarah Miller, Beverley Rempel, Arianne Tan, Stacy Wolhart, all of Brainerd; Alison LeBlanc and Casey Schmitz, Baxter; Karla Carlson, Bloomington; Catherine Allen, Breezy Point; Emily Flohr, Crosslake; Amy Peterschick, Cushing; Gina Stave, Deer Creek; Kristi Takasaki, East Gull Lake; Anthony Ruud, Elbow Lake; Rebecca Hawley, Emily; Corinna Haag, Ironton; Zebulin Dehler, Isle; William Aamodt, Jordan; Krystal Gabrielson, Lake Shore; Emily Crilly and Jeffrey Wheeler, Little Falls; Matthew Cool, Merrifield; Chelsey Collette and Aaron Lehman, Nisswa; Seth Naslund, Onamia; Eric Eng and Thomas Eng, Pequot Lakes; Heather Thesing, Pillager; Vida Bjorklund, Pine River; Melissa Marthaler, Sebeka; David Brenna, Staples.
Jean Mershon, leadership class instructor, recognized Cassie Hill for raising $550 toward a project assisting unmatched Kinship Kids and for becoming a Kinship Partner, as had been done last year by student Nick Otterson, also as a result of the leadership class.
The CLC Foundation announced the Outstanding Business Students from the Business Division, Tina Krieger of Backus. She received the Paul Findorff Scholarship of $1,750 as a result of her citation.
Brian Kohn, instructor, recognized two pre-engineering graduates who each will advance toward higher undergraduate degrees after fulfilling the first two years of requirements at CLC. They are Nathan Maier of Brainerd, who will continue his studies at Minnesota State University-Mankato, and Alicia Wright of Staples, who plans to pursue her engineering degree at the University of North Dakota.
Terry Fairbanks, a criminal justice program instructor, received the Above and Beyond Award from the Student Senate.
Outstanding Student: Andrew Henke, Hopkins.
Citizenship Awards: Matthew Barnes, Steve Taylor, Duluth; Sarah Brinker, Staples; Erich Heppner, Warroad; Ryan Smallen, Prior Lake; Tyler Fell, Waseca; Chelsea Cooper, Vergas.
Student Employee: Matt Piirainen, Cloquet; Matthew Barnes, Cohasset; Erich Heppner, Warroad; Jason Jordan, Swatara.
Outstanding Faculty: John Maleski, heavy equipment operations and maintenance.
Outstanding Adviser: Andy Anderson, Heavy Equipment Club.
Outstanding Club: Heavy Equipment Club.
Outstanding Staff: Butch Goltz, maintenance, and Nancy Schmidt, heavy equipment.
Academic Achievement (4.0 grade-point average): Jesse Smith, Baxter; Zachary Ciffra, Albert Lea; Adam Boelter, Frazee; Katie Ylitalo, Menahga; Andrew Hendershot, Parkers Prairie; David Anderson, Sebeka.
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