Tara Ryan, the daughter of Jenney Ryan of Brainerd, graduated with summa cum laude honors from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Ryan majored in accounting and minored in finance. She was president of the Accounting Club and the Scholars Club. She was named the School of Business Club Member of the Year. She will begin employment in late June with Cargill, Inc., in Chicago.
Allyson Graham, Brainerd, graduated from Augustana College with a bachelor's of art degree in sociology.
Kindergartners from Pillager Elementary School learned about birds from Mike North, an ecologist with the Minnesota DNR. Students observed eight bird nests and watched a slide show about birds and eggs, nests and natural habitat. The students reported on what seeds the birds liked best.
The Brainerd American Legion Auxiliary presented scholarships to the following Brainerd High School students: Elsie Jo Rehberger received a $400 Registered Nurse Nursing Scholarship; Ashley Eschenbacher, a $350 Memorial Business Scholarship; Julie Williams, a $300 Music Scholarship; Matt DesMarais, a $200 American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship; Roberta Anderson, a $200 Americanism Citizen's Award; Kathleen M. Grapp, Central Lakes College student, a $400 Licensed Practical Nurse Nursing Scholarship; and Jeremy P. Pederson, CLC student, a $250 Past President's Scholarship.
Nate Wallin, the son of Pete and Paula Wallin of Nisswa; Heather Meyers, the daughter of Phil and Connie Meyers of Nisswa; and Travis Buckingham, Pillager, the son of Rod Buckingham and Lori Andrew, were accepted into the University of Minnesota-Crookston. Wallin is a 2001 Brainerd High School graduate. He will transfer from Central Lakes College to the university to study golf facilities and turf systems. Meyers is a 2003 Brainerd High School graduate and will study equine industries management. Buckingham is a 2003 Pillager High School graduate and will study applied health.
Roberta Anderson and Jennifer Lange, Brainerd High School students, were awarded scholarships from Distributive Education Clubs of America.
Trista Loftis and Tyrone "Pete" Spencer, seniors at Pillager High School, were named Outstanding Vocational Education students for the 2002-03 school year. The Freshwater Education
District sponsors the award to recognize students who have excelled in vocational education.
Loftis' vocational classes include family and consumer science, hospitality/business management, accounting one and two, business computer graphics, integrated business solutions, hospitality management, college computer, college accounting, student aide-yearbook and computer and she worked with the greenhouse project. She will receive her hospitality certificate from Central Lakes College. After graduation she plans to go into the Army.
Spencer's vocational classes include advanced foods, computer applications, word processing, accounting one through four, greenhouse productions, carpentry, introductions to computers, integrated business systems, hospitality/business management, welding/metals, construction trades and greenhouse aide. He plans to attend a two- or four-year constructions trades program.
Glen Schmidt, the son of Jeremy and Carol Schmidt of Little Falls, was awarded the 2003 $1,000 Kiwanis Scholarship of Little Falls.
Katherine Mitchell, the daughter of Wayne Mitchell of Brainerd and Loretta Norgon of Baxter, was chosen for the 2003 Conference, Orientation and Recruitment Team at North Dakota State University. Mitchell is a junior majoring in psychology and graphic communication. She is a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity.
Richard "Rick" Herold, the son of Dick and Katharine Herold of Brainerd, was honored at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brainerd. Herold is a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 43 in Brainerd. He is a senior at Brainerd High School and will attend Concordia College next year.
Emily Kleinschmidt, the daughter of Jim and Sherry Kleinschmidt of Brainerd, received a bachelor of science degree from St. Cloud State University in mass communications and an emphasis in public relations. Kleinschmidt is a 1998 Brainerd High School graduate.
Jenna Bergin and Julie Williams, both of Brainerd, and Justine Hall, Pequot Lakes, each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Nisswa Women's Club. Bergin and Hall both plan to attend the University of Minnesota-Duluth to major in biology. Williams plans to attend St. Thomas to major in music and minor in business.
Jessica Berg, the daughter of John and Jennifer Berg of Baxter, was named to Concordia College in Moorhead's 2003 Family Weekend Committee. Berg is a junior at the college.
The following students were named students of the month for April at Garfield Elementary School: Jenny Jedlicka, Carlie Plantenberg, Mariah Nieman, Nathan Smith, Jordan Brownell, Diana Fellman, Briana Thorkelson, Brent Bedausky, Emily Melin, Alayna Peterson, Matthew Bachel, Tyler Hendrickson, Matthew Rhoda, Brandon Bollig, Adam Nelson, Kalley Richard and Ashley Mudderman.
The Deerwood Lion's Club awarded three $1,000 traditional scholarships to the following nursing students: Samuel Esary, Aitkin High School, plans to attend Fergus Falls Community College; Jennifer Hanson, Brainerd High School, University of North Dakota; and Amy Cruser, Crosby-Ironton High School, North Dakota State University.
The Deerwood Lion's Club awarded two $500 vocational/technical scholarships to the following students: Elizabeth Backstrom, Aitkin High School, plans to attend St. Cloud Regency Beauty Academy; and Adam Host, Aitkin High School, Northwest Technical College.
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