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Faces for June 29, 2014 - Page 1

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Donations

*St. Luke’s Foundation announced Karen Baresh donated $1,000 through the charity event “Tee It Up for a Great Cause” at Northland Country Club. Money raised during the event benefits area women seeking support at local breast centers.

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Community leaders

* Rotary Club of Duluth announced the following new members: Brett Kinney, vice president of commercial lending at Beacon Bank; and Kelsey Roseth, operations specialist with Compudyne.

Education notes

* Marshall School announced David Pollard and Kjell Knudsen were added to its Board of Trustees for the 2014-15 school year.

Pollard, a Duluth native and Marshall graduate, is chief financial officer of Johnson Insurance Consultants and has served on boards and committees at the Depot Foundation, Holy Rosary School, Courage Duluth and Kitchi Gammi Club.

Knudsen recently retired as dean of the Labovitz School of Business and Economics at the University of Minnesota Duluth. During his tenure, LSBE achieved the highest level of accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Learning notes

* Fort Lewis College announced Megan Vorhees of Brule displayed her artwork “Crazy love, digital media” at the school’s Graduating Seniors Art Majors Exhibition. Vorhees is pursuing a degree in graphic design.

* National Society for Leadership and Success at the University of Minnesota Crookston announced the following area residents were inducted to the society at a ceremony on April 12:

Jeanne Collings of Hibbing is a senior pursuing a degree in natural resources.

Johnnie Pauly of Wrenshall is a senior pursing a degree in equine science.

Ben Hallfrisch of Saginaw is a senior pursuing a degree in criminal justice.

Sean Rozell of Eveleth is a senior pursuing a degree in management.

* Bemidji State University announced the following area students received scholarships through its Merit Scholarship Program for fall semester:

Brady Youngberg of Barnum received a $2,000 University Scholarship and a $3,000 Academic Achievement Scholarship. Youngberg plans to pursue a degree in mathematics.

Sage Miletich of Barnum received a $1,000 Student Success Scholarship. She plans to pursue a degree in nursing.

Payton Ninneman of Cloquet received a $1,000 Student Success Scholarship and a $2,000 University Scholarship. She plans to pursue a degree in nursing.

Andrew Pitassi of Crosby received a $1,000 Student Success Scholarship. He plans to pursue a degree in art and design.

Angie Rajdl of Deer River received a $1,000 Student Success Scholarship. She plans to pursue a degree in nursing.

Noelle Berkelman of Duluth received a $1,000 Student Success Scholarship.

Lucas Kelley of Eveleth received a $10,000 Presidential Scholarship and a $3,000 Academic Achievement Scholarship. He plans to pursue a degree in accounting.

Patrick Rohde of Floodwood received a $1,000 Student Success Scholarship and a $2,000 University Scholarship. He plans to pursue a degree in pre-medicine.

Taylor Barkdoll of Gilbert received a $1,000 Student Success Scholarship and a $2,000 University Scholarship. He plans to pursue a degree in music education.

Marie Bozkovsky of Hibbing received a $3,000 Academic Achievement Scholarship and a $6,000 Campus Honor Scholarship. She plans to pursue a degree in elementary education.

Fallyn Morehouse of Hibbing received a $1,000 Student Success Scholarship and a $3,000 Academic Achievement Scholarship. She plans to pursue a degree in nursing.

Rochelle Kelash of Hinckley received a $2,000 University Scholarship and a $3,000 Academic Achievement Scholarship.

Jakob Ettestad of International Falls received a $1,000 Student Success Scholarship and a $2,000 University Scholarship. He plans to pursue a degree in pre-professional mechanical engineering.

Taylor Delack of Littlefork received a $1,000 Student Success Scholarship and a $2,000 University Scholarship. He plans to pursue a degree in business.

Grant Anderson of Two Harbors received a $1,000 Student Success Scholarship and a $2,000 University Scholarship. He plans to pursue a degree in biology.

Aaron Breitenfeld of Spooner received a $2,000 University Scholarship and a $3,000 Academic Achievement Scholarship.

* Lindsey J. Lindstrom of Superior was awarded a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the daughter of Mitchell and Wendy Lindstrom and a 2007 graduate of Superior High School.

* Creighton University announced the following area residents received graduate degrees this spring:

Valerie Aird of Duluth was awarded a doctoral degree in pharmacy.

David Opack of Duluth received a degree in dentistry.

Thomas Knowles of Hermantown graduated with a medical degree.

* National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced Brenton Decker and Peter Sand were awarded National Merit Scholarships to attend the University of Minnesota. Both students are graduates of Duluth East High School and plan to pursue degrees in engineering.

* St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Scholarship Committee announced Emma Orsak and Trygve Rennan, both graduates of Duluth East High School, were awarded $1,700 scholarships from the committee’s scholarship fund. The scholarship fund was established by a gift from the Robert Mars family and recipients are selected on the basis of character, high school achievement, community involvement and participation in St. Paul’s Church. The scholarships are renewable annually for undergraduate education.

* Lindsey J. Lindstrom of Superior was awarded a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a graduate of Superior High School and is the daughter Mitchell and Wendy Lindstrom. 

* Matthew Joseph Uttermark graduated with honors from the University of Iowa. Uttermark received a bachelor’s degree and was a recipient of a UI National Scholars Award and was a UI Homecoming Scholar in 2012. He is a 2011 graduate of Duluth East High School and is the son of Mark Uttermark and Faith Loven.

* St. Olaf College announced the following area residents recently graduated with honors:

Joel Bransky of Duluth graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He is the son of Aaron Bransky and Barbara Parks.

Benjamin Harvey of Duluth graduated magna cum laude with bachelor’s degree. He is the son of Mark Harvey and Ann Gumpper.

Kelsey Keegan of Duluth graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree. She is the daughter of David and Terri Keegan.

Sonja Smerud of Silver Bay graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science and biology. She was also awarded distinction in political science. Smerud is the daughter of Peter and Susan Smerud.

Andrew Switzer of Duluth graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and Asian studies. He was also awarded distinction in Asian studies. Switzer is the son of Barbara Switzer.

* Byron Johnson of Duluth was one of three Grinnell College graduates to be honored with a Schwab Grant. Presented at Grinnell’s reunion May 31, the award recognizes service to nonprofit organizations and public schools.

An elementary literacy tutor with the Minnesota Reading Corps, Johnson will use his $800 Schwab Grant to purchase books and establish a lending library for students in Duluth. This lending library will encourage reading at home, reinforce skills learned at school and help students become more confident in their reading ability.

* Jennifer Uhrich of Duluth and a student at the University of Southern California was recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

* Iowa State University announced Samantha Zehr of Duluth graduated cum laude with a doctoral degree in veterinary medicine.

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