- Rachel Bursik, Victoria Greer and D’Andre Robinson were the recipients of the University of Wisconsin-Superior 2018 Chancellor’s Leadership Award. This award is given to members of the graduating class who are committed to personal growth and have made a positive contribution to their peers, campus and community.
A double major in math secondary education and English secondary education, Bursik, of Stillwater, Minn., has been an active member of the campus community. She has been involved with residence life as a resident assistant, tutor and supplemental instruction leader for the educational success center, a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the Yellowjacket Activities Crew, Residence Hall Association, and the Mascot Team, as well as a board member of Dean’s Student Advisory, and Future Teachers Association. Bursik is a bachelor of arts degree candidate with Magna Cum Laude honors. After graduation, Bursik will teach mathematics at Hidden Oaks Middle School in Prior Lake, Minn.
Greer, of Kansas City, Mo., has been successful in a wide variety of academic, professional and personal settings. Majoring in English education and an individually designed major in Spanish secondary education, she has been involved as resident assistant, assistant hall manager, and hall manager in residence life, an inducted member of Wisconsin-Superior’s chapter of the English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, and served as a student advisor in Residence Hall Association. Greer is a bachelor of arts degree candidate with Summa Cum Laude honors. Following graduation, Greer will teach Spanish to Luck (Wis.) School District students in grades 7-12 and exploratory classes to younger students.
Robinson is a double major in communications – digital cinema track, and sociology. He has served as president for the past two years of the Black Student Union and has acted as a leadership mentor through the Office of Multicultural Affairs. A McNair scholar, he is also a member of Wisconsin-Superior’s Sociology and Anthropology Club. Off campus, Robinson has been involved with the NAACP. He is a bachelor of science degree candidate with Magna Cum Laude honors. Robinson, of Minneapolis, will continue his education with graduate studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
- After completing with other sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, Chase Baumgarten and Colin McShane, sixth-graders at Stella Maris Academy in Duluth, were selected to represent Minnesota at the National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland, College Park, in June. Of 27,000 participants in Minnesota, they were among 64 students advancing to nationals where they will meet and compete with students from across the United States as well as Guam, American Samoa, Europe and Asia.
- John Nipp and Beth Payne recently participated in the Northeast Minnesota Regional Science Fair at the University of Minnesota Duluth. They received first place for their project “Blocking Radiation.” They also received best overall chemistry project at the event. They competed at the State Science Fair in the Twin Cities in April and received honorable mention. Nipp and Payne are both seniors at Lakeview Christian Academy.
- Katrina Ziells, a Cloquet Senior High School senior, was honored Jan. 27 at the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Native American Science Fusion Series events. This award is given to a Minnesota Native American high school student that has shown exceptional achievement and or passion for a STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) related field of study, in or outside of the classroom. Ziells was nominated by her research teacher/mentor Dr. Cynthia Welsh. Ziells was given special assistance on her project/paper - titled “The correlation between video game/screen time usage and academic performance, visual-spatial skills and attention span” - from Dr. Nicole Nowak-Saenz, behavioral science professor from the College of St. Scholastica, and William Bauer, Cloquet Schools Technology Specialist. Katrina’s research looks at the effects of video game playing and screen time, while also incorporating a measure of 3D mental rotation, combined with a novel online Stroop effect test. Ziells presented this project at the MN Academy of Science State Science Fair in April and her paper at the Junior Science & Humanities Symposium on March 24.
Cloquet Middle School teachers William Bauer, Lindsey Gallaher and Dr. Cynthia Welsh, along with 11 Cloquet Middle School students Zach Line, Joseph Peterson, Frankie Halverson, Jordyn Rahkola, Anna Berg, Macie Majerle, Aili Buytaert, Shaydon Thompson, Aaliyah Finch, Timber Latvala, and Tanner Byard presented their research at the Science Museum of Minnesota on Jan. 27.