The Deerwood Lakes Lions Club awarded three $1,000 scholarships. The recipients are Amber Buttler of Aitkin High School, will attend the University of Minnesota, Duluth, to major in education to teach German; Michael Zauhar of Brainerd High School, will attend St. Johns University to major in dentistry and physics; and Matthew Dooyema of Crosby-Ironton High School will attend St. Cloud State University to major in education to teach a foreign language.
Nicolette Perreault, the daughter of Tim and Candy Geisler of Brainerd, toured Poland for two weeks with 16 other students from St. Cloud State University. Perreault is majoring in history. During the study tour, the students focused on the subjects of mass media and the Holocaust.
Brady Berg, the son of Larry Berg and Debra Bahma of East Gull Lake, received the Presidential Academic Excellence Award at Franklin Junior High. He also was selected by the People-to-People Student Ambassador Program to represent the country on a 21 day tour to Australia and New Zealand in June.
Ted Feyder, from the Area Learning Center, joined kindergarten classes in the Brainerd School District to teach them about the violin and mandolin. He also taught the students songs they sang at Kinderfriend Day in May. The songs the students rehearsed were "The Littlest Worm", "The Ratlin Bog" and "Bathtub Blues". The students also visited with Paul Wilson and Mary Abendroth, performing artists, to prepare for Kinderfriend Day. The students caught a glimpse of the Scandinavian culture. They performed two Scandinavian folk dance pieces with the students entitled "Klappdans" and "Sma Grodorna".
Johanna Schwarze, the daughter of Roger and Kathy Schwarze of Pillager, graduated from the University of North Dakota with magna cum laude honors. Schwarze earned a degree in registered dietetics.
The following area students from the College of St. Scholastica were named finalists or were given awards: Meghan Sebasky, Pillager, and Inga Storbakken, Staples, were finalists for a leadership award and Storbakken was presented the award and the student organizational award; Linda Tougas, Fort Ripley, earned an academic departmental award in social work; and Melissa Chitwood, Backus, and Anita Heying, Fort Ripley, each earned a Sister Olivia Gowan memorial award.
Jeffrey Albertson, the son of Allan and Nancy Albertson of Merrifield, has been named Concordia College in Moorhead's entertainment commissioner for the student association.
Darren Klabo, the son of Dan Klabo of Brainerd and Don and Marie Ryan of Brainerd, has been admitted into North Dakota State University with distinction. Klabo plans to major in civil engineering. In high school, he participated in football, basketball, track, the swim team's captain, National Honor Society, speech, jazz, symphonic and marching band, Acapella choir and orchestra.
Joby Goerges, the son of Joseph and Sheree Goerges of Pequot Lakes, has been admitted into North Dakota State University with distinction. Goerges plans to major in computer engineering. In high school, he participated in National Honor Society, student council and was the football captain.
Stephanie Reinke, a 2001 Brainerd High School graduate, received a $1,000 Dr. Sundberg Aviation Scholarship to be used for aviation training at the Brainerd-Crow Wing County Regional Airport.
The following area students were named to the high honors list at Southwest State University: Rachel Gregersen, Daniel Jones and Julia Workman, all of Aitkin; Emily Beckmann and Patricia Kvale, both of Baxter; Stacy Anderson, Sara Bisson, Jennifer Emerson, Haley Gottsch, Christine Klause, Lisa Maas, Charles Smith and Casey Trandem, all of Brainerd; Shelly Pribyl, Fifty Lakes; Patricia Durham, Jenkins; Bethany Abramson and Shelly Herron, both of Merrifield; April Kinney, Pequot Lakes; Jessica Rocheleau and Daniel Talberg, both of Pierz; Christine Alt, Pillager; Katrina Neubrandt, Pine River.
Jordan Gaffey, Pine River, was named to the honors list at Southwest State University.
Mary Krol, the daughter of Walter Krol of Brainerd and the late Elizabeth Krol, has been awarded a $5,000 transfer presidential scholar award from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Krol is a transfer student from Central Lakes College in Brainerd.
Joshua and Anna Pfohl, the children of Ted and Mary Pfohl of Little Falls, have been named students of the month for April at St. Francis Music Center in Little Falls. Both were nominated for the award for their performance during the Keyboard Festival. Anna Pfohl is a fifth-grader at Lincoln Elementary School and is involved in knowledge bowl, Math Masters and floor hockey. Joshua Pfohl is a seventh-grader at Little Falls Community Middle School and is involved in the Academic Triathalon and knowledge bowl.
Britian Conley, the daughter of Tammy and Avon Dalen of Little Falls and Craig and Darlene Conley of Little Falls, has been named the May student of the month at St. Francis Music Center in Little Falls. Conley will be in third grade at Mary of Lourdes Elementary School. She earned the award for her work in the Keyboard Festival. Conley is involved in several community theater productions and Girl Scouts.
Craig Bourassa, a 2002 graduate from Brainerd High School, received the Father Paul Schwietz Memorial Scholarship sponsored by St. Christopher's Catholic Church in Nisswa. Bourassa, a member of the church, graduated with honors, received the Presidential Academic Achievement Award and Student Athlete Award. He plans to attend the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He has been involved in several volunteer projects through school and the three area Rotary clubs.
M'Erin Leitch, the daughter of Michael and Dawn Leitch of Brainerd, will be interning this summer with the Crossing Arts Alliance, a non-profit art advocacy organization. Leitch will be working as an assistant to the executive director. Leitch is majoring in art history and German at Hamline University.
Theresa Battin, the daughter of Randy Battin and Debbie Battin of Brainerd and Amanda Gourhan, the daughter of Nancy Gourhan of Deerwood and the late Dennis Gourhan, were recently named students of the month for May at the Area Education Center.
The following students from Washington Middle School placed in the top 10 of the junior division of the Manningham Poetry Competition sponsored by the League of Minnesota Poets: Nathan Bowers, Blake Kargel, Kayla Lauer, Heather Mix, Troy Viau and James Voelker.
Heather Wilder, the daughter of Robert and Stephanie Wilder of Baxter, will attend North Dakota State University this fall to pursue a degree in interior design. Wildler is a 2002 graduate from Brainerd High School and was involved in track.
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