In creative expression category, Swenson took second; Tyler Huss, Staples, took third; and Scott took sixth. In discussion, Tyler Westfield, Walker, took fourth place; Al Wepsala, Walker, took fifth; In extemporaneous reading, Chase took eighth place; In humorous interpretation, Abi Tarutis, Walker, took fifth. In informative speaking, Katie Knight, Walker, took seventh; In original oratory, Mueller took third; In serious interpretation of drama, Holk took second. In serious interpretation of poetry, Kaitlyn Berry, Walker, took fourth; In storytelling, Josh Plattner, Walker, took second; and Jantzen took third.
Jason Borgstrom, the son of Paul Borgstrom of Pillager, and Gretchen Martin, the daughter of Dan and Terri Martin of Pillager, each received a $500 scholarship from the Christian Labor Association, Highway Construction Workers, Local No. 78, a labor union operating in Willmar. The union is an affiliated contractor with Anderson Brothers Construction, where Paul Borgstrom and Dan Martin are employees. Jason Borgstrom will be attending Concordia College and Gretchen Martin will be attending Wadena Technical College.
John Agre, Nisswa, and Patrick Gillen, Baxter, were honored for his academic achievements in the business program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Agre, who is majoring in accounting and economics, was presented the Outstanding Senior Award through the business and economics department and he also received the McGladrey and Pullen Scholarship. Gillen, who is majoring in transportation and logistics management, received the Senior High Achievement Scholarship through the business and economics department.
The following students at Franklin Junior High School were selected by their teachers as April students of the month: Eighth-graders Shauna Tonn, Dan McFarland, Chad VanVickle, Ryan Fellman, Caitlyn Meyer, Erin Olejnicak, Brandon Matthies, Josie Kowalzek and Emily Brink. Ninth-graders Jacqui Cavalier, Joshua Switala, Rick Krueger, Luke Olson, Bridget Badger, Andrew MacDonald, Vance Walsh, Brian Mehr, Emma Pylka, Justin Ebertowski, Robert Cunningham, Rachel Lindman and Tawnee Maldonado.
First-graders from Lowell Elementary School and pre-schoolers from Brainerd Head Start played the role of a paleontologist in the new interactive exhibits at the Children's Discovery Museum in Grand Rapids. They were involved in three activities of unearthing bones in the "dino dig," listening to Treesa the Talking Tree and making their own fossil.
Benjamin Bedard, Katherine Erickson, Marie Leblanc and Kyle O'Grady, all of Brainerd; and Katy Hockmayr of East Gull Lake were recognized for academic achievement at the St. Olaf College honor day convocation.
Emily Lorenz and Brenda McColgan, students at Brainerd High School, attended the Northern Stars Leadership conference at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The conference enhanced the students leadership skills through interactive workshops and focused on the concepts of personal leadership.
Carrie Lang, Brainerd, was named to the winter quarter dean's list at The Art Institute International Minnesota for work in the associate of applied science degree for the culinary arts.
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