Area students named to dean's lists; awarded scholarships

Minnesota FFA Foundation awards two students a scholarship PLAINVIEW -- Two area high school seniors with plans to pursue a degree in agriculture are recipients of the James W. Tracy scholarship, the Minnesota FFA Foundation recently announced. J...

Minnesota FFA Foundation awards two students a scholarship PLAINVIEW - Two area high school seniors with plans to pursue a degree in agriculture are recipients of the James W. Tracy scholarship, the Minnesota FFA Foundation recently announced.

Jessica Christoffer of Round Lake and Dakota Scott of Windom were selected along with 16 other seniors across the state to receive the scholarship that considers leadership, involvement, agriculture interest and financial need.

The scholarship is made possible by Tracy, a farmer from Dennison, who lost his battle with an illness in 2014. Tracy had a deep love for the land, farming and the desire to support youth which lead him to donate his farm to the Minnesota FFA Foundation, a press release by the Minnesota FFA Foundation states.

ISU announces spring 2018 dean's list AMES, Iowa - Approximately 9,196 Iowa State University students were named to the spring semester 2018 dean's list.  Students must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded coursework to be included.

Among those on the list are: Arnolds Park, Iowa: Shaelyn Adams. Ashton, Iowa: Andrew Nilles. Edgerton: Cassandra Rice. Hills: Brianna Maleki. Holland: Rachel Minet. Jackson: Bailey Schneekloth, Samantha Swift. Lake Park, Iowa: Ashley Erne. Lakefield: Hailey Ehlers. Milford, Iowa: Dalton Adams, Olivia Albright, Brett Barthman, Caeona Krivolavy, Blake Lineweaver, Sara Mayer, Thomas Mayer, Kimberly Naatjes, Andrew Noel. Ocheyedan, Iowa: Robert Swenson. Okoboji, Iowa:  Jonathan Ahrens, Barron Gustafson. Pipestone: Tishawnna Carpenter. Rock Rapids, Iowa:  Lexi Ackerman, Madison Elbert, Seth Hoogendoorn, Carly Snyder. Round Lake: Leah Riley, 4. Sibley, Iowa: Jill Berkland, Kramer Grimes, Sarah Honken, Alec Hoppe, Burke Newman. Spirit Lake, Iowa: Kyle Anderson, Colten Bengs, Emma Dau, Erin Dau, Carter Hassel, Carly Ites, Trevor Jensen, Brittany Lende, Dylan Lende, Cory Meschede, Nathan Miklo, Jennifer Poncelet, Alex Pringnitz, Madeline Richter, Lauren Wickham. Worthington: Dominique Serrano.


Area students on MSU Moorhead list MOORHEAD - The following area students were named to the Minnesota State University Moorhead dean’s list for a GPA of 3.25 or higher with a minimum 12-credit load in spring semester 2018: Fulda: Leandra Cannon, general studies. Luverne: Bryan Staley, music industry/commercial music; Bryana Thorson, theatre arts. Mountain Lake: Brianna Jensen. Worthington: Braden DeSmith, film production; Skyla Rautenkranz, theatre arts; Yunen Velasquez Campos, art education, Spanish education, teaching English as a second language.

Morningside awards master's degrees SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Morningside College presented Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degrees and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees at a June 9 graduate commencement ceremony.

Among those earning degrees were Shelly Berning of Milford, Iowa and Joy Eldridge of Spirit Lake, Iowa, who both received MAT degrees.

Schlager gets Gustavus degreeST. PETER - Natalie Schlager, Jackson, was among the 520 students to graduate with bachelor of arts degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College during the school’s June 2 commencement exercise. Schlager earned a degree in communications studies.

Three from area among Northwestern graduates ORANGE CITY, Iowa - Three students from the region were among 258 graduates to receive bachelor’s degrees at Northwestern College’s commencement ceremonies May 12.

Brianna Mullaney, daughter of Brian and Kathy Mullaney of Worthington, graduated cum laude with a major in writing/rhetoric and literature, Marie Jeppesen, the daughter of Jay and Kimberly Jeppesen of Sibley, Iowa, graduated magna cum laude with a major in English teaching. Kia Veen, daughter of Carolee Anderson of Worthington, graduated with a major in psychology.

SMSU announces spring semester dean’s lists MARSHALL - Several regional Southwest Minnesota State University students were honored for achievement during the 2018 spring semester.

There are two honors categories for the Dean’s List. An undergraduate student who completes 12 or more A-F graded credits and achieves a grade-point-average of 3.5 or higher earns Honors. If a 4.0 grade-point-average is achieved, the student earns High Honors.


Area students earning high honors (4.0 GPA with 12 credits minimum) are: Fulda: Sariah Cheadle. Hills: Kelli Esselink. Luverne: Alizabeth Prekker. Pipestone: Rachelle Backer, Luke Landgren, Jacey Schiager.

Honors (3.5 or higher GPA with a minimum of 12 credits) recipients include: Adrian: Benjamin Henning, Brenna Kramer. Edgerton: Brevan Jasper. Ellsworth: Karli Schilling. Fulda: Bennett Appel. Heron Lake: Logan Knutson, Jessica Reyes. Holland: Boyer Bouman. Iona: Kasey Hermeling. Jackson: Brody Anderson, Austin Olson. Lake Wilson: Amber Kruse. Lakefield: Kaylee Burmeister. Lismore: Olivia Weidert. Luverne: Brooke Thompson. Mountain Lake: Derek Harder, Carter Kirk, Mountain Lake: Jordan Kirk. Pipestone: Heather Bartholomew, Amber Hakala, Josie Loll. Rushmore: Doria Drost. Slayton: Avery Cartelli-Veenhuis. Trosky: Breanna Klumper. Walnut Grove: Matthew Kleven. Westbrook: McKenzie Deprez. Windom: Kyle Antes, Hallie Will. Worthington: Alyssa Landwehr.

Regional students make USD dean’s list VERMILLION, S.D. - Several full-time, undergraduate students from the region were named to the spring semester dean’s list at the University of South Dakota for earning a 3.5 GPA.

Among the students are: Adrian: Aaron Marsh. Ashton, Iowa: Brittany Pomerenke. Avoca: Mariah Olson, Jocelyn Schreier. Beaver Creek: Madison Fick. Bigelow: Tori Svalland. Ellsworth: Emily Chapa. Fulda: Brett Cuperus, Courtney Heppler. Hartley, Iowa: Teiya Batien, Marissa Reis. Heron Lake: Brooke Freking, Gabrielle Stenzel. Hills: Ashley Esselink, Tim Hartman. Jackson: Dustin Heiden, Ashley Mohning. Lake Park, Iowa: Chandler Brons. Lakefield: Jessica Jandera, Nathan Jones, Annika Lilleberg. Lamberton: Taylor Price. Luverne: Crystal Davis, Morgan Haugen, Taylor Hoogeveen, Bailey Jacobsma, Katlynn Staeffler, Maddie Stegenga, Kelsey Theesfeld, Mike Van Wyhe. Mountain Lake: Allison Bristol. Pipestone: Morghan Byrnes, Brandie Hulstein, Cori Nath, Megan Popma. Rock Rapids, Iowa: Sydney Ebel, Cade Knobloch, Ryan Metzger. Round Lake: Tanner Nordseth. Sheldon, Iowa: Chris Jansen, Kaci Kruger. Sibley, Iowa: Kyler Kooi, Makenzie Wolter. Slayton: Mary Doom, Kristen Moline, Mason Whitehead, Brady Woldt. Spirit Lake, Iowa: Zach Renken, Nicole Steele, Mikayla Tuttle. Steen: Jordan Bosch. Westbrook: Gabriele Grams. Windom: Samantha Bernal. Worthington: Levi Blanchard, Nicholas Demuth, Maggie Malathip, Allison Vote

Two from region on Wartburg dean’s list WAVERLY, Iowa  - Wartburg College recognized 477 students who were named the Winter/May Term Dean's List for earning a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher in at least five course credits. Among those on the list are Logan Merley of Ashton, Iowa and Ethan VanderWoude of Pipestone.

Gustavus dean’s list includes four from area ST. PETER - Students named to the spring semester Dean's List at Gustavus Adolphus College for earning a 3.7 GPA or higher for the semester ending in May include: Fulda: Jada Nelsen. Luverne: Tatiana Gust, Kristen Ziegler. Mountain Lake: Chanah Brandt.

Area students excel at Nebraska LINCOLN, Neb. - More than 4,900 University of Nebraska-Lincoln students were named to the Deans' List/Explore Center List of Distinguished Students for the spring semester.

Area students named to the list include: Ashton, Iowa: Kayla Johnson, senior, Spanish. Jackson: Sophie Johnson, junior, nutrition and health sciences. Luverne: Ashton Krueger, sophomore, pre-social science. Worthington: William Dudley, senior, biological systems engineering; Allison Marie Kremer, junior, advertising and public relations.


Laverman earns doctor of physical therapyST. LOUIS, Mo. - Jacob Laverman, son of Steven and Mary Laverman of Ocheyedan, Iowa, graduated from Washington University’s School of Medicine with a doctor of physical therapy May 18, in St. Louis. He was among approximately 3,100 students who received degrees at the university's 157th commencement ceremony. Laverman graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor of science in athletic training in 2015. Luverne student earns honors at SCTCCST. CLOUD - Taylor Kern has earned recognition on the St. Cloud Technical & Community College President’s List for spring 2018 for a grade point average of 4.0. Rogers-Ferguson honored at Buena Vista University STORM LAKE, Iowa - Ida Rogers-Ferguson, Heron Lake, was recently honored at Buena Vista University's annual Student Recognition Dinner.

Rogers-Ferguson received the J. Leslie Rollins Fellowship, which provides an off-campus experience for students with recognized potential for leadership accomplishments. In addition, she earned an Academic Excellence Award as a third-year student with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or greater; and was the recipient of the Ed Bock & Henry Olsen Travel award as well as funds from the Norman Swanson International Travel/Study Endowed Fund, both of which offer opportunities to students to complete internships that help prepare them for their careers, do significant research in their discipline and travel nationally and internationally. This support is made available through the generous contributions of alumni and friends.

Rogers-Ferguson was also named to the Spring 2018 Dean’s List at Buena Vista University.

Grandchild of area residents wins essay contest BROOKINGS, S.D. - Kaylin Onken, a fifth-grader from Ipswich, S.D., recently won the 17th annual Why I Want to be a Nurse essay contest sponsored by the College of Nursing at South Dakota State University.

Kaylin is the granddaughter of Denny and Dona Onken, Brewster, and David and Denny Jurgensen, Worthington.

Kaylin wrote, in part, “Nurses are caring people, and that’s why I would love to be one. I am willing to take the risks and work hard, so I will be able to feel satisfaction after helping patients. Someday I will go to a school of nursing and fulfill my dream of becoming a nurse.”

The award presentation, which includes $100, was made by Linda Burdette, an assistant dean with the College of Nursing’s accelerated nursing program in Aberdeen.

“I like to help people. If someone is sad or if they’re sick or if someone needs help, I make them feel better,” Kaylin said after receiving her recognition at a May 18 ceremony.

S-O grad gets national FFA scholarship INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Jill Berkland, a graduate of Sibley-Ocheyedan High School, was awarded a $1,500 America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship by the National FFA Organization.

The scholarship is sponsored by America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Monsanto Fund. Berkland plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at Iowa State University.

Martin named to president's honor roll at BSC BISMARCK, N.D. - Adam Martin, Worthington, was named to the president's honor roll with a 4.0 GPA for the spring semester at Bismarck State College.

Worthington student on St. Cloud State listST. CLOUD - Elizabeth Mendez Ochoa, Worthington, a social work student in the School of Health and Human Services at St. Cloud State University, was named to that school’s spring semester dean’s list for having a grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Eastern Star scholarships awarded WORTHINGTON - Ransford Chapter No. 43, Order of The Eastern Star, and the Minnesota Masonic Charities have awarded four Worthington High School graduates $1,000 scholarships.

Recipients are Stewart Merrigan, son of Ellen Baker-Merrigan; Taylor Hastings, daughter of Tony and Tracy Hastings; Lindsay Bents, daughter of Steve and Barb Bents; and Fairy Apolo, daughter of Mardeca and Maylary Htoo-Apolo.

Kunerth graduates from NDSU FARGO, N.D. - Marissa Kunerth, Brewster, was among 1,810 students to graduate from North Dakota State University in spring commencement. She earned a bachelor of science degree in strategic communication.

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