John Fraki, the son of Michael and Nadine Fraki of Baxter, plans to enroll at Concordia College, Moorhead, this fall. Fraki was involved in hockey, golf, Spanish Club and was a honor graduate at Brainerd High School.
John Schmalenberg was awarded the 2004 Bethany Good Samaritan Auxiliary Student Volunteer Scholarship. Schmalenberg will use the $250 scholarship to continue his studies at Central Lakes College.
The following area students graduated from Alexandria Technical College: Eric Buersken, Brainerd, graduated with a degree in truck driving; Sheri Hausfeld, Crosby-Ironton, Pillager, receptionist; and Brent Levig, Brainerd, carpentry.
The following area students were named to the 2004 spring semester president's roll of honor at the University of North Dakota: Kelly Boyer, Aitkin; Derek Dirlam and Totianna Schlegel, both of Baxter; and Ryan Beste, Brainerd.
The following area students were named to the 2004 spring semester dean's list at the University of North Dakota: Kelly Boyer, Aitkin; Derek Dirlam, Megan Lorenz and Totianna Schlegel, all of Baxter; Christine Miller, Cass Lake; and Mary Digiovanni, Motley.
The following area students graduated from the University of North Dakota: Adam Kuiken, Aitkin, graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering; Heather McNevin, Aitkin, Cum Laude in aeronautics; Derek Dirlam, Baxter, Summa Cum Laude in fine arts; Totianna Schlegel, Baxter, Summa Cum Laude in nursing; Christopher Dehen, Brainerd, Summa Cum Laude in chemistry; Lacy Roberts, Brainerd, art; Ryan Sofie, Brainerd, business administration; Luke Weiland, Brainerd, law; Nizhoni Smith, Cass Lake, law; Kimberly Leonhardt, Crosby, Cum Laude in human development; and Kristin Retka, Little Falls, business administration.
Brittany Hauck, Baxter, graduated from the Perpich Center For Arts Education Art High School.
Juliane Moran, Nisswa, and a 2000 Brainerd High School graduate, made a presentation at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. Her presentation was on stereotypes and role inconsistencies of men and women in prototypical gender occupations.
Scott Lykins, 2004 Brainerd High School graduate, won a $10,000 scholarship from U.S. Bank as part of the U.S. Bank 2 Schools program for his extensive accomplishments in the performing arts. Lykins was the principal cellist in the all-state orchestra and the Minnesota Youth Symphonies. He also was named Most Valuable Orchestra Member at BHS Chamber Orchestra, squad leader in the BHS marching band, lead trumpet player in BHS jazz band and principal trumpet in BHS wind ensemble. He also was the swim team captain, he teaches others how to play the cello and he volunteers at his church, where he is on the youth worship team and a youth group organizer. Lykins plans to attend DePaul University to major in cello performance or education. Lykins, along with Quinn Nystrom, another 2004 Brainerd High School graduate, earlier received a $250 scholarship and were named to the Five Star Student honor roll as part of the U.S. Bank 2 Schools program. Nystrom was honored for her community service work, where she is active in many initiatives addressing diabetes, preventing teen smoking, caring for nursing home patients and Special Olympics. Lykins was honored for his work in the arts. He is an accomplished musician on the cello and was active in numerous musical organizations including all-state orchestra.
Christian Marweg, a first-grader at Lowell Elementary School, read and reported on all 100 Red Tape books.
Matt Harris, the son of Robert and Linda Harris of Brainerd and a student at Brainerd High School, claimed top honors and a $100 prize as winner of the Rural America Challenge educational class competition at the school. The challenge for the 2003-04 school year was launched by a Fergus Falls rural organization, Communicating for Agricultural and the Self Employed. The Rural America Challenge provided 27 sponsored high school classes with a special curriculum and standardized test focusing on conservation and the environment. Jack and Mary Hickerson, Marshall, sponsored the fish and wildlife classes taught by vocational teacher Mark Haglin and contributed the funding to enable the class to participate in the challenge.
Thomas Zelinske, the son of Kyle and Sherry Zelinske of Brainerd, received the North Dakota State University Presidential Scholarship, which totals $8,000 for four years. Zelinske plans to study in a pre-professional program. In high school he was involved in football, wrestling, track and Senior Class Cabinet.
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