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Central Lakes graduates

Central Lakes College, with campuses in Brainerd and Staples, has announced the spring 2020 graduates. High honors students earned a 3.75-4.0 GPA. Honors students earned 3.25-3.74 GPA.

Heavy equipment students are not included in this list because they are finishing their courses late after being delayed because of Covid-19 restrictions.


Rebecca Kumpula, diploma of occupational proficiency, practical nursing, High Honor;



Kurtis Carlson, diploma of occupational proficiency, automotive Technology;

Osage: Isaiah Guida, associate of applied science, natural resources technology, Honors;

Sebeka: Shyanna Cusey, associate of applied science, business management and Kendra Wattenhofer, associate of applied science, child development, care and guidance, Honors.

Miller named Student of the Month

Daniel Miller of Park Rapids was recently named one of Minnesota Connections Academy’s (MNCA) Students of the Month in recognition of his achievements and leadership in the virtual classroom.

Daniel, a fourth grader at the statewide online school, was nominated by his teacher in recognition of his positive attitude and hard work in the classroom. As a Student of the Month, Daniel will be profiled in the Minnesota Connections Academy newsletter and the school’s social media pages.

UMD Dean’s List

Several area students earned a place on the University of Minnesota Duluth Dean's List for spring semester by achieving a grade point average of 3.5 or higher:

Becida: Cara Mart;

Menahga: Maia Shepersky;


Nevis: Clayton Gallus and Donald Peet;

Osage: Isaac S Kosel;

Park Rapids:Matthew De La Hunt, Adam Herberg, Ellery Overmyer and Isaac Overmyer;

Sebeka: Rachal Cross.

Concordia Dean’s List

Several area students earned a place on the Dean’s Honor List at Concordia College in Moorhead by carrying a minimum of 12 semester credits with a grade point average of at least a 3.7: Liberty Halvorson, Jacob Clements, Andre Schaum, Kenneth David, Coral Johnson, Kinley Nordin, Noah Schulz, Samantha Sabin, Maria Isaacson, Jackson Booth, Rebecca Clyde and

Rebecca Twait.

Andres on Dean’s List

Anabelle Andres of Park Rapids was named to Hamline University's College of Liberal Arts Dean's List for the spring semester for earning a GPA of 3.5 or higher while maintaining a full course load.

MState Mankato Honors

Area students who earned a place on the Academic High Honor (4.0 GPA) and Honor lists (3.5 to 3.99 GPA) for spring semester at Minnesota State University, Mankato are Nathan Weber of Laporte (High Honor) and Natalie Kinkel (Honor) and Jack Simmons (High Honor) from Park Rapids.


Severtson on Dean’s List

Zach Severtson of Park Rapids earned a place on the Dean’s List at Central Lakes College Brainerd and Staples for a GPA of 3.25 to 3.74.

Area graduates from MState Community College

The following area students are among the spring semester graduates of Minnesota State Community and Technical College, with campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena.

Menahga: Kendra Dresow (radiologic technology),Megan Hendrickson (liberal arts and sciences), Brendan Hillstrom (heating ventilation air conditioning refrigeration), Joshua Hunter (electrical technology), Samantha Jewel (liberal arts and sciences), Mikko Johnson (engineering), Chad Karvonen (power sports technology), Cassy Makela (nursing),Abby Miska (liberal arts and sciences), Caleb Mostrom (electrical technology),Dannette Nevala (nursing),

Charles Peeters (nursing), Frank Peeters (nursing), Sean Petersen (electrical technology),

David Pietila (liberal arts and sciences), Jessica Pietila (liberal arts and sciences),Robert Pietila, (drafting and 3D technologies),Brett Pinoniemi (heating ventilation air conditioning refrigeration),

Jenna Pinoniemi (liberal arts and sciences), Connie Saari (massage therapy) and Tricia Skoog, (liberal arts and sciences);

Nevis: Arianna Omberg (dental hygiene) and Brenda Robbins (human resources);

Osage: Isaac Niemi (civil engineering technology) and AnnaRose Steger (accounting and payroll specialist);

Park Rapids: Austin Arvik (electrical line worker technology), Chantz Dewinter (electrical line worker technology), Hannah DeWinter (liberal arts and sciences and practical nursing), Clayton Eberhart (electrical line worker technology), Brayden Gwiazdon (electrical line worker technology), Carrie Hensel (health information technology/coding),Drew Hilmanowski (medical laboratory technology), Isaac Hoverson (electrical line worker technology), Karl Just (electrical line worker technology), Jeffrey Lageson (liberal arts and sciences), Matthew Lalli (electrical line worker technology), Ezekiel Parliman (electrical technology), Nolan Pederson (electrical line worker technology), Abygail Smith (early childhood and paraprofessional education), Daniel Walsh (liberal arts and sciences) and Cora Willenbring (liberal arts and sciences) and

Sebeka: Gator Bettin (heating ventilation air conditioning refrigeration) and Ethan Ingberg (liberal arts and sciences).

McGee graduates

Dillon McGee of Nevis graduated from Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC)

last spring with a degree in building utilities mechanics.

Erickson earns law enforcement certificate

Garrett Erickson of Menahga graduated from the Central Lakes College law enforcement program recently. Students who complete the eight-week law enforcement skills certificate program received an inside look into the career of law enforcement.

CLC students get in the driver’s seat of new, state-of-the-art squad cars that come with the same software that officers use on the streets today. Students are also trained in firearms, defense tactics, using a Taser, chemical aerosol, radar and more.

The certificate, along with a criminal justice degree or certificate or a natural resources law enforcement degree qualifies students to take the peace officer licensing exam.

Schultz initiated into Phi Kappa Phi

Myah Schultz of Park Rapidswas recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Schultz was initiated at St. Catherine University in Baton Rouge, La. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify.

Brand on Dean’s List

Chase Brand, Nevis, was named to the spring Dean’s List at St. Cloud State University for achieving a grade point average of 3.75 or higher.

St. Cloud State graduates

Two area students graduated from St. Cloud State University this spring. Jacob Engst of Park Rapids earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice studies and Loren Brownell of Sebeka earned a Bachelor of Elective Studies degree in land surveying and mapping science.

Johnson on Dean’s List

Julia Johnson of Park Rapids was named to the Dean's List for spring semester at Mayville State University for attaining a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Northwest Tech Dean’s List

Several area students earned a place on the Dean’s List for Northwest Technical College in Bemidji for earning a 3.5 GPA or higher during spring semester. They are:

Akeley: Dylen Spain-Brist;

Laporte: Elliott Davis, Lauren Foster, Brittney McClellan, Amanda Monroe, Marissa Olson,

Gabriel Peters, Logan Vikre and Aysa Westrum;

Park Rapids: Katherine Juntunen.

BSU Dean’s List

Several area students have earned Dean's List honors from Bemidji State University at the conclusion of the spring semester. To be eligible for the Dean's List, BSU students must be enrolled for at least 12 credits and earn a 3.5 GPA. They are:

Becida: Jay Holland;

Laporte: Sydney Bowles, Alicia Bowstring, Molly Erickson, Allison Howard, Kalei Kerby, KayLynne Lyons and Joseph Mitchell;

Menahga: Michael Johnson, Courtney Koebernick and Heidi Tormanen;

Nevis: Andrew Dudley, Faith Mullenbach, Heidi Schroeder and Thomas Wormley;

Park Rapids: Grace Stinar and Alexander Ziemann; and

Sebeka: Megan Heino and Morgan Palmer.

BSU President’s List

Several area students have earned President's List honors from Bemidji State University at the conclusion of the spring semester. To be eligible for the President's Honor Roll, BSU students must be enrolled for at least 12 credits and earn a perfect 4.0 GPA. The students on the President’s List are:

Akeley: Griffin Chase;

Lake George: Kristen Bjerke;

Laporte: Cherri Landt, Zachary Schueller and Alexandra Smith;

Osage: William Pihlaja;

Park Rapids: McKenzie Spartz and David Susterick; and

Sebeka: Jeffery Erickson.

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