Education Briefs: March 17, 2021

Students from the region in the news

Four area students earn honors at Concordia

MOORHEAD — Dr. Susan Larson, dean of the college, has announced the names of students whose superior academic achievement during the first semester of the 2020-21 academic year placed them on the dean’s honor list at Concordia College.

To qualify for this designation, students must carry a minimum of 12 semester credits and have a grade point average of at least a 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.

Area students making the list include: Carli Vander Top, a senior from Edgerton; Josephine Nunez, a senior from Jackson; Madelynn Schumacher, a sophomore from Walnut Grove; and Sarah DeSmith, a freshman from Worthington.

Pair of area UND students earn honors

GRAND FORKS, North Dakota — The University of North Dakota’s Office of the Registrar has issued its fall semester 2020 dean’s list and president’s roll of honor.

The dean’s list comprises students whose grade point average are in the top 15 percent of the enrollment in each of the University's degree granting colleges and schools. A student must have completed no fewer than 12 semester hours of academic work for the semester, of which eight or more hours must be graded work rather than "satisfactory/unsatisfactory."


To qualify for the UND President's Roll of Honor, a student must have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or higher. The student must also have earned a minimum of 30 semester hours and have completed a minimum of 12 hours at the close of the semester, eight of which must be for traditional letter grades.

Anna Volk of Heron Lake qualified for both the dean’s list and president’s roll of honor. Max Langerud of Worthington qualified for the dean’s list.

Minnesota West to Host Tech Day at Granite Falls campus

GRANITE FALLS — Minnesota West Community & Technical College will host a Tech Day at the Granite Falls Campus for interested students to explore the careers of welding, powerline and precision machine.

There will be live, hands-on demonstrations including climbing demos, 3D printing, make and take machining, and robotics demos. There will be a light meal provided.

This event will be offered on two dates to accommodate small group sizes and varying schedules. Individuals may choose to attend one of the dates/times below: 4 to 6 p.m. March 25 and noon to 2 p.m. March 26.

RSVP for this event online at . For additional information, call 1-800-658-2330.

College Savings Iowa contribution awarded to Osceola County family

DES MOINES, Iowa — State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald recently awarded a $529 College Savings Iowa contribution to the Krogman family of Sibley, Iowa.

Ten year-old Samantha was randomly drawn as the Osceola County winner of the 2020 College Savings Iowa Year-End Giveaway.


College Savings Iowa celebrated the year-end and gift-giving season with a giveaway in each of Iowa's 99 counties. The 99 county winners each received a $529 College Savings Iowa contribution, and one grand prize winner received a $1,529 College Savings Iowa contribution. "College Savings Iowa is a great way to save for your grandchildren's education," said Sue Krogman, who registered for the giveaway on behalf of Samantha. "It is a wonderful opportunity to help your grandchildren with college expenses. You can choose to have it automatically deducted from your bank account every month, which is great It is very easy to do, and I hope you will consider this for children and grandchildren."

College Savings Iowa is a 529 program that lets parents, grandparents, friends and relatives invest for education expenses on behalf of a future scholar. If an Iowa taxpayer is a College Savings Iowa account owner, they can deduct up to $3,474 in contributions per beneficiary account from their state taxable income in 2021.

With funds and earnings from a College Savings Iowa account, families can pay for qualified expenses like tuition, room, board, books, supplies and more at any accredited program around the country. For more information about College Savings Iowa, call (888) 672-9116 or visit

S-O graduate earns honors at Simpson College

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Jada Duis of Ocheyedan, Iowa has been named to the fall 2020 Dean's List at Simpson College.

Duis qualified for the academic honor by earning a minimum 3.7 grade point average during the semester. Duis attended Sibley-Ocheyedan High School.

Hills student on RCC dean’s list

AUSTIN — Ana Hagen of Hills has been named to the 2020 fall dean’s list at Riverland Community College.

To be eligible, students must have completed 12 credits per semester with letter grades and have earned a grade-point average of 3.25 to 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.

George student in BVU pep band

STORM LAKE, Iowa — Folks around Buena Vista University felt as if life was inching its way back to normal in recent weeks, as Siebens Fieldhouse hosted winter sports activities that began with a women's basketball game on Jan. 23.


Along with the game came the familiar sounds of Blue Steel, the only pep band gracing the sidelines of the American Rivers Conference. Joining Blue Steel is Ashley Stueven of George, who plays clarinet. Stueven is a sophomore majoring in music education (instrumental teaching licensure K-12).

Stueven and fellow Blue Steel members don masks and keep physically distanced as they play. The masks come down only long enough for musicians to pump up the players and the crowd with music.

Rock Rapids student earns honors at WSU

WICHITA, Kansas — Wichita State University has announced the names of more than 3,500 students who were on the WSU dean's honor roll for fall 2020. To be included on the dean's honor roll, a student must be enrolled full time (at least 12 credit hours) and earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
Among the students on the dean’s honor roll is Alan Sweigart of Rock Rapids.

WHS student wins Fleet Farm scholarship

LETON, Wisconsin — Fleet Farm is proud to honor the 2020-2021 recipients of the National Future Farmers of America Organization/Fleet Farm scholarship awards.

Marking the 25th year of the scholarship program, Fleet Farm awarded seven $1,000 college scholarships to high school seniors headed to college. Applicants must be members of FFA and reside in Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota; they also must demonstrate notable academic achievement.

Among the scholarship winners is Emmett Bickett, a member of the Worthington FFA and a freshman at South Dakota State University. He is pursuing a degree in agricultural business.

“This scholarship is important to me because it will give me financial peace of mind while I attend South Dakota State University,” Bickett said. “I will continue to represent FFA to my full ability.” Fleet Farm has served hardworking Midwestern families since 1955, offering a mix of high-quality, value-priced merchandise and services for active, outdoor, suburban and farm communities.

Area students graduate from Bethel University

ST. PAUL — The following regional students graduated from Bethel University, St. Paul, following the fall 2020 semester:

  • Kalley Rempel of Mountain Lake, the daughter of Carolyn and Bryan Rempel, bachelor of arts in elementary education (grades K-6).

  • Sara Eggink of Sibley, Iowa, the daughter of Kolette and Leroy Eggink, bachelor of science in biology.

  • Rachel Derickson of Windom, the daughter of David and Jody Derickson, bachelor of arts in psychology.

Lakefield student earns honors list recognition

MEQUON, Wisconsin — Isaac Hedstrom, a philosophy major from Lakefield, has been named to the fall honors list for the 2020-2021 academic year at Concordia University Wisconsin.
To be eligible for the honor, students must achieve a minimum 3.6 GPA.

Area students rank among top 2 percent at ISU

AMES, Iowa — The following area students (listed by hometown) are ranked among the top 2 percent of students in their college at Iowa State University.
Jackson: Jordann Schneekloth, sophomore, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Milford, Iowa: Ashley Kleve, freshman, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Rock Rapids, Iowa: Farrah Lewis, sophomore, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Sibley, Iowa: Claire Hoppe, freshman, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Spirit Lake, Iowa: Cail Donkersloot, sophomore, College of Engineering; Madeline Richter, senior, Ivy College of Business
Worthington: Margaret Putnam, sophomore, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Three students earn Federated/Basin Scholarships

JACKSON — Federated Rural Electric has named three students as recipients of the 14th annual $1,000 Federated/Basin Scholarships.This is the 12th year that two students were selected. In addition, this year a third student was selected in place of Federated’s Youth Tour trip to Washington, which was cancelled due to the pandemic.
Mackenzie Henning, Jackson, will receive a $1,000 Basin/Federated scholarship. Henning is a senior at Jackson County Central High School. She intends to go to South Dakota State University and double major in biotechnology and ag science.She is the daughter of Brad and Ann.
Nathaniel Post, Lakefield, will receive the $1,000 Federated/L&O/Basin Scholarship. Post is a freshman at South Dakota State University majoring in agriculture engineering and minoring in precision ag. Post, the son of Eric and Barb, graduated from Jackson County Central High School last spring.
Bryn Anderson, Jackson, will receive the $1,000 Federated Youth Tour scholarship. Anderson is a senior at Jackson County Central High School and will major in animal science under the pre-veterinary route. Anderson is the daughter of Ron and Sara.
The Basin scholarships are available to Federated members with high school seniors and college students who will be enrolled full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school working on an undergraduate or master’s degree. Federated received 11 applications. Each applicant completed a two-page application, wrote an essay, submitted grades, a reference checklist, work history and involvement.
The scholarship applications were judged by retired school personnel: Larry Traetow, formerly from Jackson County Central; and LeeAnn Steen, formerly from Martin County West.

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