Schools & Students published July 13, 2021

News about educational achievements among students from west central Minnesota.

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Concordia College

The GPA for the honors designations are cum laude 3.5-3.69, magna cum laude 3.70-3.89 and summa cum laude 3.90-4.0. Graduating at the end of spring semester from the Moorhead school were:

Brooten: Nicholas Steinhofer

Dawson: Cody McKesson, cum laude

Glenwood: Christopher Claussen, summa cum laude

Lake Lillian: Gabriel Eisenbacher, summa cum laude; Sutton Junkermeier, summa cum laude


Litchfield: Mayson Huhner, magna cum laude; Luke Schultz

Lowry: Andrew Middendorf, summa cum laude

Montevideo: Ellie Opdahl, cum laude

Morris: Katherine Folkman, cum laude; Toby Sayles; Nicholas Smith, cum laude

New London: Anna Backes, magna cum laude

Olivia: Sarah Mehlhouse, magna cum laude

Paynesville: Emily Leusink, summa cum laude; Joshua Soine

Redwood Falls: Bailey Klause, magna cum laude


Sacred Heart: Tony Froland, magna cum laude; Ben Hendrickson

Starbuck: Jackson Johnsrud

Willmar: Avery Hovland, cum laude; Carson Selander, cum laude; Jessica Skindelien; Amanda Zuidema, summa cum laude

Baylor University

Graduating at the end of spring semester with a bachelor’s degree unless noted, from the Waco, Texas, school were:

Willmar: Christian Duininck; Tonya Larson, master's in executive business administration

Marquette University

Graduating at the end of spring semester with a bachelor's degree from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, school was:

Villard: Jon Oeltjen

University of Utah

Graduating at the end of spring semester with a bachelor's degree from the Salt Lake City school was:


Willmar: Tyler Pendill

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