The following students were named Students of the Month for March at Riverside Elementary School: Chase Christian, Megan Riley, Joey Sauer, Alex Voss, Griffin Blegen, Evan Storbakken, Lauren Dockendorf, Hannah Koupal, Emma Peterson, Nicole Grabowski, Max Boran, Kaven Blazek, Randy Hahn, Sammy Moser, Alli Kiehlbauch, Ben Wickman, Jediah Billman, Allen Jevning, Maren Hadrits, Cole Kalenberg, Abby Hines, and Brady Mick.
Lauren Eno, Jacob Jensvold, Kenneth Math, Aitkin High School and Nickolas Lingwall, Brainerd High School have all received $1,000 scholarships in the Garrison Lions Dollars for Scholars program. Students living within a 10-mile radius of Garrison from Crosby-Ironton, Aitkin, Brainerd and Onamia schools are eligible. Award decisions are made by a committee and are based on merit, financial need or a combination of both.
Senior Ephrem Shaffer, co-captain of the Staples-Motley speech team, tied the Class A State Speech Tournament record by winning the championship in Humor, his third State Championship and fourth State Medal April 18. Senior Ann Motl earned the fourth-place medal with her speech, "All Esteemed Up."
Senior Luke Youngvorst placed eighth in Original Oratory with "Silence the Violence," about the way TV programs, movies, and video games influence children, and sophomore Shelby Wilds earned the eighth-place medal in Great Speeches. Shelby analyzed presidential candidate Robert Kennedy's speech, "What Do We Stand For? The Liberation of the Human Spirit." Other Cardinal competitors were Emma Motl, Kelsie Trosen, Jenna Nypan, Gemma Shaffer, and Melody Fellman.
Jake Denning in Creative Expression, Nick Trout in Drama, Jake Johnson in Humor, and Nicole Heldman in Extemporaneous Reading were alternates.
Ashley Tenney, Little Falls, participated in Beaver Service Make-a-Difference Day at Bemidji State University. The Beaver Service Day is a program coordinated by the Hobson Memorial Union to promote civic engagement within the campus community and to offer necessary help to local agencies, organizations and non-profit. Tenney, a freshman majoring in early childhood education, volunteered in the event.
Mary Bill and Ted Abear, Crosby-Ironton High School, have each been awarded a $1,000 Sam Walton Community Scholarship. Winners were chosen based on financial need, academic records, ACT/SAT test scores, extracurricular activities and community involvement. Bill will attend the University of Minnesota Duluth this fall and Abear will attend St. Cloud State University.
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