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Making the Grade - June 12, 2014

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Concordia University, St. Paul

Concordia University, St. Paul student Jordan Voges of Pequot Lakes gave the student farewell address to fellow graduates during the university's traditional undergraduate commencement ceremony May 9.

Voges graduated with a degree in theology and a Biblical languages minor. He will continue his education at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in the fall. He was a member of Concordia University's honors program and has been active in choir, theatre, organizing evening worship services and the Theology and Ministry Club, of which he was president.

Voges and Savannah Stone of Crosslake, a junior majoring in sport psychology, were named to the Concordia University, St. Paul, spring semester dean's list.

Harvard Law School

Christopher Liedl, son of Mark Liedl, Breezy Point, and Beatrice Comty-Charnock, Nisswa, graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. He is a 2004 graduate of Pequot Lakes High School and a 2008 graduate of the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business.

At Harvard, Liedl received the Dean's Scholar Prize for the highest grade in a course three times. He served as president of the Catholic Law Students Association, executive editor and events manager for the Journal of Law and Public Policy, and freshman proctor in Matthews Hall while also officiating NCAA Division III football.

This fall he will join the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray as an associate in the corporate department.

St. Olaf College, Northfield

Matthew Michaelson of Pequot Lakes graduated from St. Olaf College. Michaelson is a nursing major and the son of Robert and Ann Michaelson.

Hannah Lemberg of Nisswa was named to the St. Olaf College spring semester dean's list. Lemberg is a political science major. She is a graduate of Pine River-Backus High School and the daughter of Joel and Cheri Lemberg.

College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph

Kirstie Harmdierks, daughter of Kay Johnson of Breezy Point, and Colleen Kennedy, daughter of David and Christine Kennedy of Pequot Lakes, participated in the commencement ceremony at the College of St. Benedict on May 17.

Harmdierks received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. Kennedy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with the honor magna cum laude.

St. John's University, Collegeville

Aaron Padrnos, son of Dan and Sue Padrnos of Nisswa, participated in the commencement ceremony at St. John's University on May 18. Padrnos received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics.

University of Wisconsin-Superior

Jessica Waytashek of Nisswa was named to the spring semester dean's list at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Iowa State University, Ames

Nathan Lehman of Nisswa graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology.

St. Mary's University, Winona

Maria Glenski of Pequot Lakes, daughter of Susan Kathryn Blass, and Peter Kostecka, son of Chrysa Kostecka, both received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary's University of Minnesota on May 10 in Winona.

Bemidji State University

Karisa Miner of Pequot Lakes, a freshman elementary education major at Bemidji State University, received a $1,000 Student Success Scholarship from the college.

Rachel Harris of Breezy Point, a senior art and design major, received a $1,000 Johnson Controls Scholarship.

Concordia College, Moorhead

The following area students participated in commencement exercises Sunday, May 5, at Concordia College, Moorhead: Robert Nelson of Crosslake, son of Robert Nelson and Stephanie Thurlow and a Pequot Lakes High School graduate who majored in religion and minored in psychology; Melissa Boggs of Nisswa, daughter of Richard and Michelle Boggs and a Brainerd High School graduate who majored in elementary education; and Elsie McCormic of Pine River, daughter of Valerie McCormic and a Pine River-Backus High School graduate who majored in English education/communication arts literature.

North Dakota State University, Fargo

The following area students were named to the spring dean's list at North Dakota State University: Paige E. Sepin of Backus, majoring in marketing; Elizabeth A. Bajczyk of Breezy point, microbiology; Amber M. Peterson of Hackensack, political science; Austin A. Anderson of Nisswa, nursing; Joshua C. Rardin of Nisswa, business administration; Nicole D. Arends of Pequot Lakes, exercise science; Steven R. Duval of Pequot Lakes, mechanical engineering; and Taylor R. Ronnei of Pequot Lakes, electrical engineering.

University of Minnesota, Crookston

Tomas Parker of Pequot Lakes, a junior majoring in management and marketing at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, received the Justin Knebel Memorial Award at a Student Awards Program recognizing student service, leadership and academic and athletic achievement.

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks

The following area students graduated from the University of North Dakota on Saturday, May 17: Jerrod Braam of Breezy Point, Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design technology, College of Business and Public Administration; Nathan Rich of East Gull Lake, Bachelor of Accountancy degree, College of Business and Public Administration, summa cum laude); Olivia Faacks of Lake Shore, Bachelor of Arts degree, College of Arts and Sciences; Rylie Fussy of Nisswa, Bachelor of Arts degree, College of Arts and Sciences; and Kathryn Moser of Pequot Lakes, Master of Social Work, Graduate School.

Minnesota State University Moorhead

The following area students graduated May 16 from Minnesota State University Moorhead: Laura Arns of Nisswa, Bachelor of Nursing degree in nursing; Kyle Hart of Pequot Lakes, Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training; and Deborah Moengen of Crosslake, Bachelor of Nursing degree in nursing.