DONATIONS

• Harbortown Rotary Club and its members donated over 170 pounds of food and $1,000 cash ($600 from the club and $400 from their members) in March to CHUM.

COMMUNITY LEADERS

• The Daughters of the American Revolution, the Greysolon Daughters of Liberty Chapter installed new officers: regent is Vickie Chupurdia of Duluth; vice regent is Cora Knutson of Hermantown; recording secretary is Nancy Smith of Lake Nebagamon; corresponding secretary is Jeanne Behling of Hermantown; treasurer is Kim Elmer of Duluth; chaplain is Barbara Tourville of Duluth; registrar is Patricia Trout of Virginia; historian is Maureen "Mo" Mahle of Duluth; librarian is Libby Prest of Duluth; parliamentarian is Julie Demgen of Superior. Members volunteer to help veterans, youth programs, women's issues, historic preservation, conservation and new citizens.

LEARNING NOTES

• David Chen, an eighth-grader at Duluth Marshall, has been accepted to Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H., for fall 2019. Phillips Exeter Academy is ranked in the top three national private high schools and top two boarding school in the nation per Niche ranking. Parents are Jeff Chen and Xiuhua Song of Duluth.

• Jasmin Budreau, a student at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, was awarded the 2019 Spirit of Sovereignty Scholarship which is given to well-qualified students attending tribal colleges across the country. Budreau, a 2017 graduate of Cloquet High School, will graduate in May 2019 with an associate of arts degree. She plans to continue her education by transferring to a four-year college to major in sociology and psychology with a minor in American Indian Studies. Budreau's career goal is to work in youth advocacy.

• Jubran Jindeel, a recent Lake Superior College graduate and current University of Minnesota Duluth student, represented the college at the annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. Jindeel is a trainee in the "Bridges to Baccalaureate Degree Program," a two-year science research training program he started while at Lake Superior College. The program is coordinated in partnership with the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus. Jindeel presented research on Lyme disease.

• Mayson Whitlock, a Duluth East High School sophomore, was selected to the 2019 ninth- and tenth-grade MN ACDA Honor Choir. The choir is made up of 120 singers from across the state. They performed on Feb. 14 at the Minnesota Music Educators Association Convention in Minneapolis.

• Denfeld National Automation (DNA) FIRST Robotics Team 4009 competed at the Great Northern Regional in Grand Forks, N.D. It was the team's second regional competition this season. During qualification matches, DNA's robot went 6-3-1 through 10 matches and was ranked fifth out of 52 teams. DNA was the 4th alliance captain and chose The Fighting Calculators Team 2175 from St. Paul, and Laser Robotics Team 2077 from Wales, Wis., as their alliance partners. During the playoffs DNA made their way through the quarterfinals and into the semifinals where they were defeated by another high power alliance. In addition to their presence on the field, DNA also supplied volunteers for helping with robot inspection, safety advisor, field reset, and team queuing volunteers. During the award ceremony DNA was awarded the Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors. This award "Celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addressed the game challenge."

I did it!

• Nelson Wennberg of Troop 16 has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Nelson joined Troop 16 in November 2013, transferring from his former unit. As a member of Troop 16 he participated in many adventures including a 50-mile canoe trip, 11-day trip to the Grand Canyon, 11-day trip to Washington, D.C. and a Boundary Waters Canoe Area adventure. Nelson is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. Some of his scouting accomplishments include earning 34 merit badges and two Zero Hero awards for sub zero camping. As a volunteer, Nelson served the Special Olympics for two years, numerous area clean ups and several community events. Nelson completed the Introduction Leadership Specific Training course and has served as a Troop Senior Patrol Leader for three terms and Troop Guide for three terms. His Eagle service project consisted of clearing and leveling over 70 grave markers for U.S. veterans. Nelson is a senior at Denfeld High School and the son of Chad and Brenda Wennberg. Nelson is the third Eagle Scout from the newly restarted Troop 16.