Schools and Students published Feb. 16, 2021
News about educational achievements among students from west central Minnesota.
Norby to participate in state DYW program
WILLMAR — Xanarei Norby, Distinguished Young Woman of Kandiyohi County, will participate in the state finals conducted digitally and to be shown streaming on Feb. 26.
Norby attends Willmar Senior High School and is a lieutenant with the Willmar Police Explorers. She will perform a violin selection, from “Swan Lake” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky for her talent.
As the Kandiyohi County Distinguished Young Woman, she received a $1,000 cash scholarship.
Participants in the state competition will compete for cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Minnesota at the national finals in June.
ALC Students of the Month
WILLMAR — Named Student of the Month for January at the Area Learning Center in Willmar were sophomores Steffani Vazquez Hernandez and Edgar Lopez.
Vazquez Hernandez’s favorite subject is science and Lopez’s favorite subject is math.
Emery places in VFW Voice of Democracy
DAWSON — Chantal Emery, of Dawson, was the winner of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy 2020-2021 in Dawson and received $500. The theme for the audio essay competition was “Is this the country the founders envisioned.” Her essay took first in the VFW 5th District competition and placed second in the Minnesota VFW state competition and won $1,000. The competition is open to all students in grades 9-12. Emery is homeschooled and the daughter of Steve and Sheila Emery of rural Montevideo.
University of North Dakota
The GPA for the honors designations are summa cum laude 3.90-4.0. Graduating at the end of fall semester with a bachelor's degree, unless otherwise noted, from the Grand Forks school were:
Cosmos: Nissa Peterson
Glenwood: Ashlyn Guggisberg, summa cum laude
Lake Lillian: Morgan Flann
Litchfield: Jaden Rudie, master's in forensic psychology
Paynesville: Amber Johnson
St. Cloud State University
The GPA for the honors designations are magna cum laude 3.50-3.74. Graduating at the end of fall semester with a bachelor's degree, unless otherwise noted, were:
Belgrade: Cassie Akerson, graduate certificate in educational administration
Paynesville: Brittany Mandelko, magna cum laude
Spicer: Sheniah Kallevig, magna cum laude; Samantha Mickelson
Willmar: Meckenzie Tinaglia, master’s in teaching English as a second language; Mark Wasson
Bismarck State College
Graduating at the end of fall semester from the Bismarck, North Dakota, school were:
Litchfield: Jarin Sprecher
Georgia Institute of Technology
Named to the fall semester honors list with a GPA of 4.0 at the Atlanta school was:
Willmar: Maite Marin-Mera
University of Mary
Named to the fall semester dean’s list with a GPA of 3.5 or higher at the Bismarck, N.D. school were:
Glenwood: Abigail Luetmer
Redwood Falls: Gabrielle Houle
University of Nebraska
Named to the fall semester dean’s list with a GPA of 3.6 or higher at the Lincoln, Nebraska, school were:
Willmar: Abigail Mathiasen, Tristen Reed
University of North Dakota
Named to the fall semester dean’s list with a GPA in the top 15 percent of the enrollment in each of the University’s degree-granting colleges and schools at the Grand Forks school were:
Benson: Riley Grube
Glenwood: Ashlyn Guggisberg, Eva Kimball
Granite Falls: Alison Ator
Grove City: Alyssa Vangstad
Kerkhoven: Joshua Peterson
Litchfield: Jadalyn Wagner
Madison: Brett Baldwin
Morris: Kylie Swanson
Olivia: John Remer
Redwood Falls: Alexa Steffl
Starbuck: Sydney Metz
Willmar: Ben Hisken, Ethan Rekedal, Nash Van Klompenburg