• Tom Werner of Duluth was awarded the Manley and Erwin Goldfine Volunteer of the Year award by Visit Duluth. Werner is the executive director of the Duluth Airport Authority and has served on the Visit Duluth Board of Directors for two terms, or six years. He served 20 years in the Army, completing two tours of duty and retiring as a Master Sergeant.
• Lynette Sims, a laundry attendant at the Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth-Downtown for the past 41 years, was awarded the first Zenith Spirit Award at Visit Duluth's annual meeting. The award was created to acknowledge those who go above and beyond in the hospitality sector. Honorable mentions include Linda Roe, an employee of Budget Rent-a-Car for 25 years, and Lori Dowd, a serve at Grandma's Saloon and Grill in Canal Park for 13 years.
• Charis Blacklock, a senior at Moose Lake High School, took first place in the 2019 Congressional Art competition. The winning entry was titled "Birds Nest." The first-place winner receives a free trip to Washington, D.C. for the Congressional Institutes' Awards Reception. The artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, along with other winning pieces from other Congressional Districts. Second place went to Luke Puffer, a senior at Lakeview Christian Academy, for his pencil drawing titled "Whiskers." Third place was awarded to Amanda Lawless, a sophomore at Hermantown High School for her oil on canvas painting titled "A Day on the Lakewalk."
• College of Saint Benedict students Magdalen Myers and Abigail Bentley studied abroad during the spring semester. Myers, daughter of Ann and John Myers of Duluth, is studying in the Guatemala program. She is a senior biology major. Abigail Bentley, daughter of Nathan and Tricia Bentley of Cloquet, is studying in the Australia program. She is a junior peace studies major.
• Cami Neubauer received the 2019 CKI Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 at a recent Port of Duluth Kiwanis Club meeting. Neubauer will use the funds while attending the College of St. Scholastica in the 2019-20 school year.
• Angelica Remache, a University of Wisconsin-Superior junior who is double majoring in economics and political science from El Tambo, Canar, Ecuador, was selected from hundreds of applicants for an internship in the Office of the President of the United Nations General Assembly. Remache has been serving as Ecuador's Youth Ambassador at the Youth Assembly to the U.N. and as Ecuador's Youth Ambassador for the World Youth Summit for Peace in Dubai. She wrote and published a book in Spanish called, "Te voy a contar un secreto" (I will tell you a secret).
• UMD Team won Air Force challenge on System for Responding to Active Threats and Emergencies. The group earned first place in a nationwide Air Force Research Lab University Design Challenge that involved researching, designing and building a mobile active threat emergency system (MATES). Some of the scenarios where this system would be ideal including searching the rubble or collapsed buildings for survivors, responding to an active shooter or searching a car for an individual, as the motion detector can pick up even the slightest movement, such as breathing. The winning student team includes engineers from UMD's Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and Electrical Engineering Departments. They started this project at the start of the school year as a multi-disciplinary senior design capstone project and finished it this semester.
• Elysia Morris and Jordyn Newberg, both of Deer River and students at the University of Minnesota Crookston, attended the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture annual judging conference. The conference consisted of judging contests, educational tours, networking opportunities, and an awards ceremony. Morris was a member the second place horse judging team and the first place agricultural communication team and was the second place individual. Newberg was a member of the second place horse judging team.
• Noah Griser of Hinckley was the 2019 Celebration of Scholars winner at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis.
• Allison Kucera, a graduate of Denfeld High School, earned a master's degree in business administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
• Paige Wallis, a graduate of Hibbing High School, earned a master of science degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
• Chase Urie of Proctor and Ellie Michaletz of Aitkin were named College Fellows at the University of Jamestown in North Dakota.
• Cody Salo of Cloquet graduated with a master's degree in health, physical education and recreation from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan
• Noah Mercil of Detroit Lakes, Minn. was honored as the McNair Scholar of the Year at the University of Wisconsin-Superior's TRiO Day celebrations. Mercil, a Ronald S. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program Scholar, was recognized for the quality of his research and ambitious steps toward a graduate education. Under the supervision of Eugene Koshinski at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Mercil conducted original research on the potential of integrating Afro-Peruvian Jazz into American musical education, which was published in UW-Superior's McNair Scholars Journal.
In February, Mercil attended auditions for admission to music programs at University of Colorado-Greeley and University of Washington-Seattle.
• Ian Bechtel, an Upper Iowa University master of sport administration major from Cherry, was named the 2019-2020 National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NRSA): Leaders in Collegiate Recreation Iowa State Student Leader. He began his duties on May 1.
• The Bluebird Foundation announced the winners of their spring scholarships. Winners include:
Samuel Sadlowsky of Aitkin High School was awarded the Big Daddy-Jim Stellmaker award of $750.
Austin Engelhardt, homeschooled in Two Harbors, won the Big Daddy-Jim Stellmaker award of $750.
Kelly Killorin of Denfeld High School won the John D. Munsell award of $500.
Karlyn Nessa of Hermantown High School won the Bob Schroeder award of $500.
Quinn Muhich of Eveleth-Gilbert High School won the JCC Services award of $500.
Alexander Goodlet of Northwestern High School won the C.M. "Bud" Schultz award of $500.
Ben Janicki of Superior High School won the C.M. "Bud" Schultz award of $500.
Savannah Ernst of Hermantown High School won the Hoene Dance award of $500.
Sophia Brenner of Cloquet High School won the Bluebird Vocal award of $500.
Tristan Erspamer of Harbor City International won the Ray Wolfe award of $500.
Gabriel Ehlers-Nelson of Marshall High School won the Michael Baker award of $500.
• Superior High School Music Department reports these State Solo/Ensemble results. The scores are a non-competitive rubric based system with students earning a rating from 1 (highest) to 5. Students aren't competing against each other, but are rated against a standard of performance for the class entered which for this competition was Class A, the most challenging:
Shanna Smith, soprano solo, 2
Abby Olsen, soprano solo, 2
Madeline Casey, soprano solo, 1
Natalie Sandor/Owen Schilling, violin/cello duet, 2
Natalie Sandor, violin solo, 1
Nguyen Nam/Sawyer Dunbar, violin duet, 2
Chamber Orchestra, 1
Presley Beron, violin solo, 1
Thomas Chicka, viola solo, 2
Ivan Zambori, alto solo, 1
Tiff Willie, soprano solo, 1
Keely Nelson/Madeline Casey, soprano duet, 1
Tiff Willie, musical theater, 1
Lance Mosier, baritone/bass solo, 1
Natalie Sandor/Ben Hintzmann, piano duet, 1
Mary Lind, flute solo, 3
Malita Villamayor, flute solo, 1
Ailee Miller, flute solo, 1
Rae Dunbar, alto sax solo, 2
Logan Lien, bass clarinet solo, 1
Saxophone quartet, 1
Flute choir, 1
Saxophone choir, 2
Ben Hintzmann, piano solo, 1
Natalie Sandor, piano solo, 1
Jazz ensemble, 1
Jazz combo, 1
Nathan Young, tuba solo, 1
Wesley Engebretson, tuba solo, 1
Ashley Sucher/Dakota Dansereau, trumpet duet, 1
Also, Madeline Casey, soprano solo; Ivan Zambori, alto solo; Natalie Sandor, piano solo; and Wesley Engebretson, tuba solo, were nominated for consideration for an exemplary performance award. After deliberations by the adjudicators, Engebretson and Sandor were chosen to receive exemplary performance awards.