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Graduations, honors announced

 

Sarah Hoiland, daughter of Richard and Ellen Hoiland, Forest Lake, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation with high honors in December 2011. She took part in the 76th annual commencement program for The New School for Social Research at the Javits Center, New York City, on May 18.

Hoiland is a 1997 graduate of Forest Lake High School and now a professor at Polk State College Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School, Winter Haven, FL.

Krista Milne, a junior at Concordia College, Moorhead, took part in a Summer School Abroad program offered through the school’s Global Education Office. Milne was in the Introductory Astronomy in Greece program led by Dr. Heidi Manning, physics professor.  She is the daughter of William and Tracy Milne, Wyoming.

Vincent Shaw, a 2008 Forest Lake High School graduate, is a 2012 graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. Shaw, who majored in military history and civil engineering, earned the Golden Key honor for scholastic achievement. He has been assigned to the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Carson, CO.

Dustin Kendrick, Scandia, son of Paul and Janell Kendrick, received a graduate student fellowship from NASA’s Space Technology Program. The program emphasizes technology and innovation, and builds a foundation for future science and exploration missions. Kendrick, a Bioastronautic PhD candidate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will research the Gravity Loading Countermeasure Skinsuit, a device that uses elasticity to simulate gravity’s effects on the body of the wearer.

Wyoming resident Amanda A. Nelson, 22, has been accepted to the Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, Nashville, TN.  Amanda is a 2007 graduate of Forest Lake High School and a 2011 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in biology.

Kassandra Beck, Forest Lake, has been accepted for admission to the University of Minnesota Duluth for the 2012-2013 academic year. The 2012 Forest Lake High School graduate plans to study pre-law.

Central Lakes College, with campuses in Brainerd and Staples, has announced its list of students who have completed degree, diploma or certificate programs. The list includes Jacob Semo, Forest Lake, diploma of occupational proficiency, heavy equipment operation and maintenance; and Zachary Fairbanks, Lino Lakes, diploma of occupational proficiency, heavy equipment operation and maintenance.

Emily Spanjers, Forest Lake, and Ryan Matchey, Centerville, have earned degrees during commencement exercises for 1,452 students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Saturday, May 19 in Zorn Arena. Spanjers graduated with a bachelor of arts in arts, sciences and English while Matchey earned a BBA degree in business and marketing.

Abigail Sauer, Forest Lake, daughter of David and Lisa Sauer, was one of 621 students who participated in commencement exercises on Sunday, May 6 at Concordia College, Moorhead. She graduated with a degree in biology, chemistry and Spanish. She was also named to the dean’s honor list for the second semester of the 2011-2012 school term.

Josiah Hubin, Scandia, was one of 315 students to be named to the spring quarter president’s list at Union University, Jackson, TN. The academic honor is for full-time students who achieve a 4.0 grade point average on a four-point scale.

Jonathan Hubin, Scandia, was one of 450 students to be named to the spring quarter dean’s list at Union University, Jackson, TN. The dean’s list includes full-time students who achieve a 3.5 grade point average on a four-point scale.

Kyle Young, Scandia, has been named to the spring semester dean’s list at Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall.

Kaitlin M. Krengel, Wyoming, has been named to the dean’s list for the winter term 2012 at Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Katie Wick, Forest Lake, an incoming freshman at Bemidji State University, has been awarded a Recognition Scholarship for having shown leadership and academic success in her high school career. Each year Bemidji State provides academic, talent and leadership awards totaling over $2.3 million to help offset the rising cost of college education.

Incoming freshman Thomas Longfellow, Forest Lake, is a recipient of the North Dakota State University Presidential Honor Scholarship, which totals $10,000 over four years. The scholarship recognizes high academic achievement and requires the student to score a 29 or above on the ACT. Longfellow plans to major in computer science.

Several locals were among the 1,502 students to graduate this spring from North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND:

Danielle M. Boldenow, Forest Lake, earned a bachelor of science degree in Public Relations and Advertising

Aaron J. Brown, Forest Lake, earned a master’s degree in architecture

Kevin M. Gamelin, Forest Lake, graduated with honors and earned a bachelor of science degree in Environmental Design

Derek Vogel, Forest Lake, earned a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering

Samantha A. McDonald, Stacy, earned a bachelor of science degree in Psychology

Kyle Morgan (mathematics) and Colleen Peterson (political science, magna cum laude), both of Forest Lake, and Kelly Patterson (religion) of Scandia, were were among the 543 students to graduate with bachelor of arts degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, during the school’s commencement exercises on Sunday, May 27. Peterson, along with Forest Lake residents Robert Brown and Jordan Knoop, were all named to the spring semester dean’s list at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Six area students have been named to the Minnesota State University Moorhead dean’s list in recognition of academic achievement for the 2012 spring semester. They are: Kelly Anderson of Hugo; Anne Brown and Anna Mladnick, both of Forest Lake; Chelsey Koch and Logan Romines, both of Wyoming; and Ashley Swanson of Lino Lakes.

Rosalyn Nelson, Scandia, graduated with a degree in wilderness management on May 8 from Vermillion Community College in Ely.

A number of area residents were among nearly 900 St. Olaf College students who were recognized for academic achievement at the college’s annual Honors Day convocation on May 4 in Northfield. Honors Day recognizes students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.60 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

The honored students:

Sarah Mitchell, Scandia, is a biology major and a graduate of Forest Lake High School. Sarah is the daughter of Donald Mitchell and Barbara Staub.  Mitchell also won a second-place award for her research poster presentation on map turtles at the Minnesota Academy of Science’s Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Catharine Struss, Forest Lake, is a Spanish and Asian studies major and a graduate of Forest Lake High School. Catharine is the daughter of Suzanne Cecere.

Derek Waller, Wyoming, is an English and history major and a graduate of Forest Lake High School. Derek is the son of Donald and Barbara Waller.

Rachel Swedin, Scandia, a 2012 graduate of Forest Lake High School, is the recipient of the Presidential Distinction Award from Concordia College, Moorhead. She is the daughter of Scott and Kari Swedin.

Siri Urquhart, Forest Lake, and Kristina Becker and Noah Root, both of Lino Lakes, have been named the spring semester dean’s list at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND. Urquhart has also been initiated into the Phi Beta Kappa’s academic honor society at UND where she is a senior.

Two area students have been named to the spring semester 2012 dean’s list at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. They are Katelin Mary Plautz of Forest Lake and Kayla W. Erickson of Scandia.

Madeline Crew and Matthew Schmid, both of Forest Lake, have earned bachelor of fine arts degrees from the College of Visual Arts, St. Paul. They were among 45 students who participated in commencement exercises on Friday, May 4. Crew earned a degree in photography while Schmid’s degree was in illustration.

A number of students from the area were named to the spring  semester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Named to the list include:

Jacob C. Edelen, Jennifer A. Hitchcock, Michael Kruger, Thomas C. Laverty, McCall M. Lemmons, Amanda M. Paulson, Michael Person and Marshall J. Wedger, all of Forest Lake; Samantha Lauer and Breanna N. Schmitt, both of Hugo; Kyle J. Stutz of Centerville; Kayla M. Latterell, Miranda L. Miller and Elliot S. Troudt, all of Lino Lakes; and Jacob L. Warkel of Scandia.

Brett M. Nelson of Linwood was awarded a bachelor of science degree from the Swenson College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Nelson, a computer science major, took part in the school’s 112th undergraduate commencement on May 12.

Bradley G, Kuehn of Hugo has graduated with high honors from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. High honor citations go to students with grade point averages from 3.75 to 3.89 on a 4.0 scale.

Jennifer Moran of Hugo has been named to president’s list for the spring 2012 academic semester at the College of Visual Arts, St. Paul. To achieve this recognition a student must earn a minimum of 3.5 for the semester and carry at least 15 credit hours.

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