Grand Itasca scholarships
Grand Itasca Foundation and Grand Itasca Volunteer Services awarded $15,500 to area high school graduates and college and nontraditional students pursuing an education in a health science field.
$1,000 Dr. and Mrs. Robert Kelly scholarship awards: Tara Anttila and Willow Loney. This scholarship is awarded to non-traditional students who have returned to school and are pursuing a degree in a health science field.
The following high school graduates received $1,500 to put toward their education in a health science field: Daniel McGuire, Grand Rapids High School; Jordan Peratalo, Nashwauk-Keewatin High School; Karley Petersen, Grand Rapids High School; and Matt Soderberg, Grand Rapids High School.
Five scholarships for $1,500 from Grand Itasca Volunteer Services were presented to Arie DeGrio, Alana Jackson, Sarah Majerus, Katherine Mondry and Annika VandenEinde.
Volunteer Services at Grand Itasca has donated more than $140,000 in scholarships to area students since the inception of their scholarship program in 1983. Money for scholarships is raised from used-book sales at the Grand Itasca Gift Shop, tips at the Coffee Bar and an annual Christmas Bake Sale where all baked goods on sale are provided by the volunteers.
Enbridge Energy in Superior was named the second Lead Gift sponsor of the Red Cross Disaster Partners program in June after a $10,000 donation was made. The donation was presented to Judy Hanne Gonzalez, executive director of the Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross, by Richard L. Adams, vice president-U.S. Operations, Liquids Pipelines of Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. Grainger Industrial Supply in Duluth also is a Lead Gift Disaster Partner.
To become a partner, firms make an initial contribution at one of several suggested giving levels. To maintain Partner status, subsequent contributions will be made on the anniversary of the first gift. Contribution levels range from a Lead Gift of $10,000 to an Associate Partnership of $2,500.
Cook graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth this year with a master’s degree in social work. She was nominated by University of Minnesota Duluth faculty member Kathy Heltzer, UMD director of MSW field education.
June graduates: Sandra DeMars, degree in human services; and Daisy Maudal, medical assistant degree.
March graduates: Brad Uselton, degree in business administration; Lindee Kilen, medical assistant degree; and Dawn Paquette, degree in medical billing and coding.
Katharine Borg of Aitkin, bachelor’s degree in elementary teacher education; Trisha Nord of Blackduck, bachelor’s degree in early childhood education; Michele Olson of Blackduck, bachelor’s degree in chemistry; Miranda Jones of Bovey, bachelor’s degree in accounting; Katy Liapis of Cass Lake, bachelor’s degree in creative and professional writing; Sara Brodeur of Cass Lake, bachelor’s degree in psychology; Jessi-Beth McCannell of Cass Lake, bachelor’s degree in exercise science; Aurora Emmons of Chisholm, bachelor’s degree in psychology; Judith Rusch of Deer River, bachelor’s degree in elementary teacher education; Ashley Johnson of Duluth, bachelor’s degree in elementary teacher education; Andrew Olson of Ely, bachelor’s degree in business administration; Lisa Tweten of Eveleth, bachelor’s degree in applied psychology; Keriann Riehle of Grand Rapids, bachelor’s degree in psychology; Stephanie Grigsby of Grand Rapids, bachelor’s degree in elementary teacher education; Nicole Lee of Grand Rapids, bachelor’s degree in elementary teacher education; Rikki Christenson of Hibbing, bachelor’s degree in psychology; Jennifer Mitzen of Hibbing, bachelor’s degree in psychology; Calvin Growette of International Falls, bachelor’s degree in business administration; Joshua Hardy of International Falls, bachelor’s degree in physical education; Samantha Race of Mountain Iron, bachelor’s degree in elementary teacher education; Justin Mullet of Nashwauk, bachelor’s degree in elementary teacher education; Ruth Velo of Nashwauk, bachelor’s degree in nursing; and Ryan Indihar of Tower, bachelor’s degree in industrial technology.
Women in Engineering is a highly competitive scholarship program in which high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors investigate careers in engineering and science. Students have opportunities throughout the week to interact with industry role models and a diverse group of peers from around the nation and world.
The students also get to experience a mini-version of college life, living in a full-service residence hall, eating in the dining hall, and enjoying the college town atmosphere.
The annual Southwest Spring Games event kicked off with a track and field competition, where Sailors supported the participating athletes by guiding and cheering them to the finish line. Throughout the sporting events, Sailors were spread along the football and track field, filling in as time-keepers, award presenters, data entry personnel, announcers and judges.
Elder, the son of Debra Elder of Duluth, is a 2012 graduate of Denfeld High School.