• Lester Park Elementary School staff and students collected and donated more than a ton of food and $225 for Duluth's Union Gospel Mission.
• Cloquet Area Fire District in Minnesota received a multi-threat vest donation for K9 officer Wish from Hero K9, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting K9s. Wish is the only accelerant detection dog in the state who works fire scenes.
• South Ridge School students raised $2,638 during their Empty Bowl event and donated the funds to Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank's food shelf program. Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign matched the students' donation.
• Junior League of Duluth donated a total of $105,000 to YMCA Little Treasures Childcare Center, Just Kids Dental and Boys & Girls Club of the Northland. The donation will be focused on solving food insecurity.
• Duluth Rotary Club 25 gifted $1,084 to CHUM to be used for purchasing educational toys for children living in the Steve O'Neil Apartments.
• Community Action Duluth's Jenny Van Sickle was named Advocate of the Year by BikeMN during the Minnesota Bicycling Awards in Bloomington, Minn., last month.
• Duluth Rotary Club 25 Junior Rotarians from Duluth East High School donated two Chromebooks to Duluth public schools Special Education Department as part of their honorarium project. Pictured are: (from left) students Andrea Brown and Spencer Fredrickson, Special Education Department head Heidi Lyle, and students Benjamin Bunten, Anton Anderson and Bjorn Larson.
• St. Louis County Public Health and the Board of Commissioners presented Public Health Achievement Awards to Verne Wagner and the National Diabetes Prevention Program Team.
Wagner was recognized for his commitment to ending the region's opioid crisis. He volunteers with Opioid Abuse Response Strategies work group and was a key player in initiating and planning this month's Opioid Summit. He also leads Nar-Anon in Duluth, which supports families who struggle with love ones addicted to substances.
National Diabetes Prevention Program team, which consists of Duluth YMCA, Mesabi YMCA, Essentia Health-Duluth and Essentia Health-Virginia, was honored for its work in preventing chronic diseases in St. Louis County.
• Superior Academic Hall of Fame Committee named Gary Bunker, Kent Bergum and Joan Parenteau to the Academic Hall of Fame 2017 induction class. The official induction ceremony will be in September.
Bunker was an English teacher in the Superior School District and is also a published author. His involvements in professional organizations and community groups is endless.
Bergum has been with Superior School District for 23 years. He started as an assistant principal and was promoted to principal 17 years ago.
Parenteau has worked for Superior School District for 40 years, serving as the administrative assistant for five superintendents. She has received awards from the school district and community.
• Duluth Cross-Country Ski Club appointed Kristin Lusian, Todd Holmstrom, Jonathan Rova and David Arvold to its board of directors.
• Superior Rotary Club 40 gifted $8,190 to Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. The money will allow Second Harvest to distribute about 30,700 pounds of food throughout the region to those in need.
• Six Duluth Girl Scouts received Catholic Girl Scout Awards from Bishop Serba of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth. Mary the First Disciple Awards went to St. James Catholic School students Abby Ferguson, Rachel Bergh, Samantha Emme and Annika Wennberg. Sara Kamp and Cordelia Kochmann, both of Duluth, were bestowed the I Live My Faith Award and the Family of God Award, respectively.
• Ordean East Middle School and Academic Excellence Online High School in Duluth received Star of Innovation Awards from Minneso ta Association of Secondary School Principals. Ordean earned the Silver Star for the "What I Need" program. AEO was given the Bronze Star for being a new school. Both schools were recognized for their development and support of exemplary and innovative education programs.
• Billin Tsai, interim associate vice chancellor for academic administration and chemistry professor at University of Minnesota Duluth, received the University of Minnesota President's Award for Outstanding Service. Tsai, helped establish the women's studies minor at UMD, was honored for the change she has made in the lives of women and individuals who are underrepresented at the university.
• Duluth Edison Charter School honored long-term staff during its Staff Appreciation Gala at Spirit Mountain earlier this month.
Twenty-year employees are: (front row, from left) Deb Welch, Jen Ondrus, Sherry Kuettel, Ann Schuldt, Deb Stricker and Mary Lynch; and (back row, from left) Cherie VanBuskirk, Steve Ondrus, Bonnie Jorgenson, Aundrea Kinziger, Steve Lindberg and Matt Petersen. Not pictured is Kathy Haldorsen.
Fifteen-year honorees are: (from left) Krista Sivertson, Heather Rappana, Barb Mueller, Tim Harold and Elissa Hoole. Not pictured are Ellen DeMoure and Kerrie Jenko.
Ten-year staffers are: (from left) Sasha Gohde, Shaleen Cameron, Melissa Goldsworthy and Brooke Pecharich. Not pictured is Renee Switzer.
Five-year honorees are: (from left) Brianna Borka, Malika Bushey, Carolyn Caufman, Maria Edington, Angela Graber, Char Jakubek, Jamie Halverson, Isabella Strugala and Robin Worzella. Not pictured are Kevin Coombes, Patty Edwards, Jessi Rolland, Shanna Thiede, Matt Wade and Barbara Weinstein.
• Lake Superior College announced radiologic technology student Jordan Woodhull won the Minnesota Association of Radiology Students' 2016 Knowledge Bowl. Woodhull competed against 200 students from radiologic technology programs throughout Minnesota. He is the son of Wanda and Joel Woodhull of Poplar and a 2005 graduate of Northwestern High School.
• Colin Willemsen, a student at Ordean East Middle School in Duluth, placed in the top 100 at the Minnesota Geographic Bee in Mankato (Minn.) State University. Willemsen competed against thousands of students statewide.
• Three destination imagination teams from Duluth Public Schools earned a spot at the Destination Imagination Global Competition in Knoxville, Tenn., from May 24-27. Representing teams include Duluth East High School's Mission Improvable, Ordean East Middle School's Ham United and Congdon Park Elementary School's Dominating Doritos.
• Denfeld High School welders took third place in a welding competition at Lake Superior College in Duluth. Individual accomplishments included Derek Lund's fourth place finish and Charleigh Frederick, Jack Hillman and Matt Johnston's seventh place prizes.
• During the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America State Competition in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Superior High School students Taylor Tuura and Emma Ferrando won a silver medal in the Focus on Children category. Taylor Collelo, Olivia Hunker and Alex McClelland also won silvers in the Chapter Service project.
• Ithaca (N.Y.) College announced Mina Hubert of Saginaw was initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Hubert, who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology, was selected based on her high academics.
• Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, honored Lauren Elwell of Duluth for her high academic achievement.
• Erin Genereau was named March Business Student of the Month by Cloquet Senior High School's Business Department. Genereau, a senior, is involved in yearbook, student council (treasurer), senior executive board, National Honor Society, link crew, junior rotarian, hockey, track and field, and tennis. She is the daughter of Dennis and Christine Genereau.
• Northwestern High School visual arts classic team are state champions after winning the overall State Visual Arts Classic competition in Madison. Northwestern finished second as a team in the critical thinking contest and fourth in the art history quiz bowl. The team also claimed 13 first place individual achievements in the long-term art projects category. Team members include: (not in order) Sami Keller, Grace Edwards, Lilli Kovaleski, Jay Gaare, Marie Tenney, Emily Gaare, Justine Moss, Abby Saarela, Jacob Evans, Molly Niven, Veronica Line and Devin Naumann. Not pictured are coaches Charlie Hessel and Jeremiah Haynes.
• Marshall School student Madeline Casey was selected to the 2017 National American Choral Director's Association Middle School Honor Choir last month in Minneapolis' Orchestra Hall. Whitlock was selected through a nationwide audition process earlier this year and joined 300 of the country's top singers. The choir was directed by Lynnel Joy Jenkins, who directs the Princeton Girlchoir and the Timberlane Middle School choir in Pennington, N.J.
• Lake Superior College's integrated manufacturing team won gold in the community service category at the SkillsUSA Minnesota Championships in Bloomington, Minn., for their sculpture, "A Soldier's Love." The team sold models of the sculpture to help veterans afford assistance dogs. LSC will advance to the SkillsUSA Nationals in Louisville in June. Team members are: (from left) Michael Decaprio, Nicole Okstad and Kathleen Crooks.
• Duluth Teachers Credit Union awarded $1,500 scholarships to veterans Zachary Peterson and Justin Agne; and students (not in order) Nicholas Anderson and Audrey Tusken of Duluth Denfeld High School, Abby Peddle of Cloquet High School and Sarah Birkeland of Lake Superior College/home school.
• Upper Iowa University in Fayatte announced Sara Benson of Minong and Samantha Ofstad of Hurley earned the John William Dickman Prize and Mike McCready Scholarship, respectively.
• Adam Pugh of Sandstone, Kary Sheppard of Grand Rapids and Joseph Wodarek of Duluth presented research projects during the 2017 National Conference on Undergraduate Research in April in Memphis, Tenn.
Pugh, a student at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., presented his project, "Portrayal of Millennials in The Public Sphere: A Data Comparison Across Generations."
Sheppard's project was titled, "Post-therapy Collaboration," and Wodarek's project, "Effects of Sodium Bicarbonate on Xanthomonas Translucens." Both are seniors at University of Minnesota Crookston. Sheppard is pursuing a bachelor's degree in science and wellness, and Wodarek is studying bachelor's degrees in agronomy and agricultural business.
Sheppard also received the Student Achievement Award along with Delaney Kohorst of Cohasset from University of Minnesota Crookston in recognition of their high academics. Kohorst is a senior pursuing a bachelor's degree in management.
• University of Wisconsin-Superior bestowed the Chancellor's Leadership Award upon Nicole Stodola of Superior, who graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in legal studies and received paralegal and ethical leadership certificates. During her time at UWS, Stodola was president of the Pre-Law Society, was involved in mock trial and served as a student government senator. She also worked as a student assistant and administrative office assistant for UWS' Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Stodola plans to pursue law or graduate school to study either environmental law or sustainability.
• David Knapp of Drummond was recognized for his academic achievement during Ripon (Wis.) College's 2017 Awards Convocation. Knapp is pursuing bachelor's degrees in chemistry-biology as well as politics and government. His parents are George and Kelly Knapp of Drummond.
• University of Minnesota Duluth honored multiple area students for their outstanding service and leadership during the Student Leadership Awards Celebration in April.
Master's degree students Jonathan Beaulieu and Manoj Naik Prakash of Duluth were recognized with the Bulldog Award for positively affecting UMD through their service. Bulldog Awards go to graduate students.
Undergraduate students who earned the Leadership Award for positively impacting UMD through service include sophomore Claire Barnes of Duluth, senior Jessica Mendez Jeffers of Moose Lake and senior Mallory Fugere of Virginia.
Senior Jireh Mabamba was given the Sieur du Luth Award for his more than three years of service to UMD and the community.
Arrowhead Awards went to sophomores Christine Hovet and Broderick Skala of Hibbing and Tower, respectively. Arrowhead Awards honor students for exemplary service to a student organization.
• Michigan Technological University in Houghton announced Jacob Erickson of Esko and Jeana Collins of Duluth graduated with master's degrees in civil engineering and chemical engineering, respectively.
• Big Water Coffee Roasters and Chapter EL P.E.O. Ashland selected Kelsie Shield for the 2017 Community Partnership Scholarship. The scholarship is available to outstanding female high school students from Ashland, Bayfield, Drummond, South Shore and Washburn.
• Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn., announced Benjamin Hodapp of Duluth and Ryan Johnson of Hermantown were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa's Theta of Minnesota Chapter, a national academic honor society. Hodapp and Johnson were selected for having maintained a 3.85-or-higher grade-point average. Hodapp's parents are Laura and William Hodapp of Duluth. Johnson is the son of Rick and Mary Johnson of Hermantown.
• Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Alpha Phi Upsilon Chapter inducted 24 new members for their involvement in campus activities and for maintaining a 3.5-or-higher grade point average. Inductees include: Nichol Anderson and Amanda Andrea of Duluth; Jessica Boike of Ham Lake; Jessica Christianson, Justine Golen, Lisa Granholm, Alicia Hallfrisch, Kenneth Henagin, Gabrielle Kenwood, Autumn Mikula-Goodrich, Terri Tidaback and Holli Dayton of Cloquet; Rachel DeBruyne and Daniel Kittelson of Superior; Jessica Erickson of Moose Lake; Cheryl James of Grand Portage; Stephanie Lee of Finlayson; and Misty Peterson of Sawyer.
• Moose Lake Community School students Madelynn Stadin and Camryn Zelanzy earned superior ratings and best of show at the 7A Visual Arts Festival. Stadin competed in the computer-based arts category and Zelanzy in film.
• Proctor High School's welding team won Lake Superior College's second annual high school welding competition in April. The welding Rails are: (from left) students Tevin Liimatainen and Brody Aubin, teacher Tyler Blom, and students Marty Chapinski and Matt Zupetz.
Hermantown High School's team took second place. Hawks are: (from left) John Hatman, Max Wasbotten, Connor Palusky and Ben Olson.
• Duluth East High School students in the plant sciences program showed their greenhouse to visiting students from Congdon Park Elementary School as part of the Tomato Man project. Congdon students learned about seeds and helped plant tomato seeds. The high schoolers will grow the tomato seedlings and then deliver the plants to Congdon Park children for them to take home.
• Lincoln Park Middle School students explored education and career opportunities for a day at Lake Superior College's campuses. One stop was at the Emergency Response Training Center where students donned firefighting gear and crawled through a tunnel, hopped into a truck and ambulance, and manned the fire hose.
• Damiano Center celebrated 35 years in March with an anniversary party. Since it began as a soup kitchen, Damiano has expanded its services to provide free apparel, household goods, children's programming, cognitive skill-building meetings, referrals and assistance with other basic needs.
• Junior League of Duluth volunteered with four Duluth organizations earlier this month: First Witness, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland and Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss. At First Witness, JLD applied blacktop sealant to the parking lot. A group of women also readied the summer garden at Boys & Girls in Superior and organized Lighthouse Center's new apartment building for vision loss clients.