Education briefs: June 2, 2021

News about local and regional students

Five from region earn Nebraska-Lincoln degrees

LINCOLN, Nebraska — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln conferred a record 3,594 degrees during commencement exercises May 7- 8.
The May exercises were the first time since December 2019 — before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic — that the university hosted full-fledged commencement ceremonies in person. To ensure the safety of graduates and their guests, face coverings were required at the commencement venues; seating was socially distanced; and all participating faculty, staff, volunteers and graduates had to test negative for COVID-19 in the days leading up to the ceremonies.
Among the graduates were:
Beaver Creek: Isaac Gillette, College of Engineering, bachelor of science in computer engineering.
Currie: Nadia Winge, College of Education and Human Sciences, bachelor of science in education and human sciences with distinction.
Edgerton: Chynna Berning, College of Business, bachelor of science in business administration.
Jackson: Sophie Johnson, College of Education and Human Sciences, bachelor of science in education and human sciences.

Worthington student receives Moorhead scholarship

MOORHEAD — Ariana Jeffers of Worthington has received a $500 Talent Art Scholarship from Minnesota State University Moorhead, where they are majoring in art education.

Jeffers is a graduate of Worthington High School; parents are Chad and Leann Jeffers.

Recipients of the Talent Art scholarship must be a declared major in the School of Arts, with the intention of pursuing a degree in fine arts.

WHS graduate on Belmont dean’s list

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Kalea Appel qualified for the Spring 2021 Dean's List at Belmont University.
Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.


Mountain Lake student earns Goshen College degree

GOSHEN, Indiana — Lily Kauffman of Mountain Lake graduated from Goshen College this spring with a bachelor's degree in sustainability studies and sustainable food systems.

Members of the Goshen College Class of 2021 were honored during the college's 123rd commencement ceremony, hosted virtually and in-person, on April 25.

Melvin, Iowa student earns President’s List honor

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Samantha Pausma of Melvin, Iowa has been named to Southern New Hampshire University's Winter 2021 President's List. The winter term runs from January to May.
Full-time students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 and above are named to the list.

Four qualify for Southeast Technical Institute honors

SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — Three regional students have been named to Southeast Technical College’s President’s List for the Spring 2021 semester. To attain this recognition, students must be full-time, degree-seeking students with a term GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Those students include Isaac Bierman of Adrian, Paige Hinrichs of Ellsworth and Dagmawi Gebremariam of Worthington. Academic Honors were also granted to Kathryn Phillips of Worthington.

Mountain Lake student on Wisconsin-Stout list

MENOMONIE, Wisconsin — Taylor Naas, a sophomore interior design major, has been named to the University of Wisconsin-Stout Dean's List for the spring 2021 semester.
The award is presented to students who have a grade point average of 3.5 or above.

Two from area on Hamline dean’s list

ST. PAUL — Kristin Bohn of Brewster and Emily Kathman of Slayton recently qualified for the dean’s list at Hamline University.

To qualify, students must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher and complete a minimum of 16 credit hours. In the spring 2021 term, students were required to have completed a minimum of 12 credits graded on the standard letter-grade scale for the term.


Worthington student awarded UA degree

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Emily Henry of Worthington has received an educational specialist degree from the University of Alabama.

UA awarded some 5,860 degrees during its spring commencement ceremonies between April 30 and May 2.

Local students graduate from USF

SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — The University of Sioux Falls celebrated more than 400 students for graduation in the spring commencement ceremony.

The following area students obtained recognition:
Adrian: Brooke Echter, bachelor of science in exercise science.
Edgerton: Mara Grootenboer, bachelor of science in nursing (magna cum laude); Jennifer Schelhaas, bachelor of arts in business administration and accounting (magna cum laude); Elise Ver Hey, bachelor of arts degree in psychology and criminal justice.

George, Iowa: Spencer Carstensen, bachelor of science in mathematics; Taylor Jumbeck, bachelor of arts in elementary education; Kristi Landis, master of business degree in management.

Hadley: Patrick Freeman, education specialist in educational administration/principal.

Jackson: Ashley Heinrichs, bachelor of arts in business administration and accounting.

Lakefield: Caitlin Lillquist, bachelor of science in exercise science (cum laude).


Little Rock, Iowa: Mariah Leemkuil, bachelor of arts degree in accounting.

Luverne: Caleb Ellingson, master of business administration in management.

Pipestone: Callie Black, bachelor of science in nursing.
Rock Rapids, Iowa: Bailey Herman, bachelor of arts in psychology and sociology (summa cum laude).

Sibley, Iowa: Troy Soat, bachelor of arts in art (magna cum laude).
Worthington: Martha Fonseca-Padilla, bachelor of arts in business (magna cum laude); Shawn Hurley, bachelor of science in exercise science.

Luverne student earns degree in Watertown

WATERTOWN, South Dakota — Michael Kinsinger of Luverne recently earned a degree in agriculture from Lake Area Technical College.

The 54th annual Lake Area Technical College Commencement ceremony took place May 14 with 842 graduates receiving degrees.

Several students on USF academic honors list

SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — Multiple students recently were recognized for academic achievement at the University of Sioux Falls.

Named to the dean’s list for the spring 2021 semester were:

Adrian: Avery Balster, Hannah Bullerman, Bailey Lonneman, Skylar Polzine. Alpha: Madyson Hamlett Edgerton: Ashley Bootsma, Madison Wieck. Ellsworth: Devin Dreesen, Morgan Dreesen. Fulda: Allison Kenney. George, Iowa: Emily Hansmann. Hadley: Kelly Dahlhoff. Heron Lake: Samantha Freking. Hills: Ashley Esselink, Megan Gehrke, Kailey Rozeboom. Jackson: Katelyn Riemersma. Lakefield: Annika Lilleberg. Luverne: Jack Baustian, Gracie Bosch, Mary-Frances Ladd, Mackenzie Petersen, Madison Reisdorfer, Jenna Zewiske. Pipestone: Grant Budden, Morghan Byrnes, Davia Kellen, Maciah Lorang, Carlee Popma. Rock Rapids, Iowa: Ryan Metzger. Round Lake: Tanner Nordseth. Sibley, Iowa: Afton Grady, Paige Hurlburt, Jacob Woelber. Slayton: Montana Beckmann, Morgan Clarke, Cole Davis, Nathan Everson, Alexandra Kleven, Katlyn Knakmuhs, Ciarra Schmidt, Mason Woldt. Spirit Lake, Iowa: Emily Parks, Kyler Vugteveen. Westbrook: Katherine Jorgenson. Windom: Ella Brockman, Reegan Elder, Kaden Elder, Isaac Entinger, Kendra Hunter, Trey LaCanne, Andrew Steen. Worthington: Hannah Auen, Alexander Cuate, Maritza Orozco, Lay Yu Paw, Sydney Ponto, Tori Wehrkamp.

Earning academic honors for the spring 2021 semester were:

Luverne: Amanda Sterling. Slayton: Mason Whitehead. Spirit Lake, Iowa: Zachary Renken

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