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Making the Grade - September 4

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

The following area students were named to the spring semester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities: Natasha Gallett of Breezy Point, senior, College of Biological Sciences; Katrina T. Ritter of East Gull Lake, junior, College of Liberal Arts; Ashley R. Peterson of Hackensack, senior, College of Education/Human Development; Ryan C. Bell of Nisswa, sophomore, College of Science and Engineering; Nicholas J. Greatens of Nisswa, senior, College of Science and Engineering; Abigail M. Iverson of Nisswa, sophomore, College of Biological Sciences; Taylor M. Ohotto of Nisswa, senior, College of Liberal Arts; and Rebecca Rettkowski of Pequot Lakes, senior, College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Science.

Bethel University

DuVaughn Schroeder of Nisswa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biokinetics and Alyssa Soukup of Backus earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the end of spring semester at Bethel University in St. Paul. 

Schroeder is the son of Amy Schroeder of Nisswa, and Soukup is the daughter of Robert and Lori Soukup of Backus.

The following area students were named to the dean’s list for spring semester at Bethel University in St. Paul: Jessica Gapinski, a junior, the daughter of Teri and Dave Gapinski of Hackensack; Amy Soukup, a senior, the daughter of Robert and Lori Soukup of Backus; Nicole Sorenson, a junior, the daughter of Dave Sorenson of Crosslake; and Elizabeth Ciesluk, a junior, the daughter of Gregory and Dianne Ciesluk of Pequot Lakes.

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Arianna Brown of Nisswa graduated May 17 from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a psychology degree from the College of Arts and Sciences.

University of Notre Dame

William Liedl, the son of Mark Liedl of Breezy Point and Beatrice Comty-Charnock of Nisswa, graduated with a Master’s of Education degree from the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education Teaching Fellowship. Liedl is a 2008 graduate of Pequot Lakes High School and a 2012 graduate of St. John’s University. He will return to All Saints Catholic School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, where he has taught fifth grade and coached volleyball and basketball for the past two years.

North Dakota State University

Cody Wiese, the son of Danny and Susan Wiese of Pequot Lakes, received the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Lorren K. and Thelma C. Levorsen Scholarship for $5,120 and the Freshman Academic Scholarship for $2,500. The scholarships recognize high academic achievement.

Wiese will enter NDSU in Fargo in the fall and plans to major in agricultural engineering. In high school, Wiese was active with a 4-H club, National Honor Society and robotics team.

University of Northwestern

Anna Kloster, the daughter of Deneen Kloster, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul on May 17 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Kloster is a 2011 home school graduate.

University of North Dakota

The following area students were named to the spring semester president’s roll of honor at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks: Nathan Rich of East Gull Lake and Magen Clement of Pequot Lakes.

Central Lakes College

The following area students were named to the Central Lakes College spring semester president’s and dean’s lists.

President’s List

Backus: Colton Dabrowski, Megan Felthous and Amy Reis.

Breezy Point: Nicole Barta, Emily Bickford, Amber Filkins, Kayla Miller, Kaitlyn Yutrzenka and Jette Ziesemer.

Crosslake: Sabrina Becker, Kirby Glad, Meghan Lynch, Rylee Prouty and Mariah Reed.

East Gull Lake: Callie Conklin, Ariana Huber, Maiah Maki, Haley Norton and Randy Ylinen.

Emily: Lauren Usherwood.

Fifty Lakes: Rachel Maschhoff.

Hackensack: Sarah Dodd and Araian Schendel.

Lake Shore: Ashley Eastman.

Merrifield: Jacqueline Brine-Doyle, Joshua Collins, Nicholas Gabrielson, Zebulon Hodel, Daniel Roach, Gary Robinson and Danielle Trimble.

Nisswa: Lindsey Erickson, Seth Golden, Kimberly Jensen, Erik Oseland, Elizabeth Thurlow, Cassandra Wiewel and Emily Withers.

Pequot Lakes: Danielle Albert, Eleanor Erholtz, Cole Funk, Joshua Gudahl, Hannah Kostecka, Patrick Loven, Lucas Mumm, Haylie Murphey, Mark Rieschl, Caitlin Ryan and Jeannette Watt.

Dean’s List

Backus: Rebekah Geschwill and Ryan Sweeney.

Breezy Point: Jennifer Bisson, Cassie Carey, McKenzie Dale, Adam Glenski, Patricia Harris, Jack Kreitz, Megan Malecha, Whitney Marchwick, Jessica Nies, Alexander Tangen and Zachary Trottier.

Crosslake: Rachel Allen, Angela Cole, Jackson Goerges, Marc Hummel, Lara Maxfield, Erika Monson, Cody Nash, Samantha Nelson and Alexander Windschitl.

East Gull Lake: Shannon Chalupsky.

Lake Shore: Brady Ingleman.

Merrifield: Katie Annand, Levi Espeseth, Daniel Heath and Nathan Jordan.

Nisswa: Justin Gangl, Samantha Gonnion, Samantha Hamlin, Benjamin Hanson, Rachel Karlson, Peter Lindman, Merissa Olson, Danielle Palmer, Daniel Petersen and Kelly Rasinski.

Pequot Lakes: Elizabeth Anderson, Patricia Brennan, Emilee Buell, Jason Conklin, Emma Endicott, Oliver Erholtz, Melissa Ford, Megan Glover, Kimberly Jess, Megan Johnson, Hunter Leslie, Jeanette Makowsky, Grant Moe, Nicklas Olson, Benjamin Ramsey, Erin Rudbeck, Karl Satterlund, Courtney Skluzacek and Cody Wiese.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jennifer Anne Mallon of Crosslake graduated this spring from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics-nutritional sciences. She graduated with highest distinction.

Bemidji State University

Patrick Rudlang of Pine River graduated magna cum laude from Bemidji State University at the end of summer sessions with a Bachelor of Science degree in art and design.

Olivet Nazarene University

Rebecca Walker of Pine River was named to the spring semester dean’s list at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

College of St. Scholastica

The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth has accepted Cole Funk for entry this fall. A 2014 graduate of Pequot Lakes High School, Funk is the son of James Funk and Heidi Chapman of Pequot Lakes. He intends to major in exercise physiology, and is a recipient of the Benedictine Scholarship. The Benedictine Scholarship is available to all new St. Scholastica applicants and is based on merit.