Faces for Aug. 15, 2020
The Lake Superior Reserve is pleased to announce that Molly Wick, a Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota Duluth, has been selected as the first Margaret A. Davidson Fellow. Her funded two-year project will focus on the benefits and well-being people receive following changes in the health of the St. Louis River ecosystem.
The Margaret A. Davidson Fellowship is a competitive federal fellowship program that aims to help scientists and communities understand the coastal challenges that influence policy and management. The program places one graduate student at each of 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves. Led by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the inaugural class launches in fall 2020.
Wick has been an ORISE research fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Toxicology and Ecology Division in Duluth, Minnesota, for the last four years. Her research focused on the ecological assessment of shallow near shore areas of the Great Lakes. Prior to that, Wick managed habitat restoration projects in the St. Louis River Estuary for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Wick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. In 2010, she earned a master’s degree in earth and planetary science from University of New Mexico and went on to earn a second master’s degree in water resource science from University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2013.
Wick will conduct research to assess how changing conditions due to habitat restoration and climate change in the St. Louis River estuary affect human well-being in neighboring communities. The research will inform how local managers plan and assess success of restoration work and adaptation to climate change.
This past March marked the 16th anniversary of the death of Rev. Arthur Foy III in a tragic car accident. In an effort to continue the important work he did here in the city of Duluth when he served as pastor of St. Mark AME church, a scholarship fund was established in his name. Each year at least one student of color from our community is awarded a $1,000 scholarship to continue their education at a post-high school institution. Rev. Foy saw education as a crucial step out of poverty and worked hard to make it more accessible for all kids.
Three scholarships were awarded this year on Aug. 8. Recipients were Lencie Westrick, Daniel Guite, and Jadan Jones.
Lencie Westrick graduated from Duluth East High School where, in addition to a full class load and a part time job at a local restaurant, she worked in the school Achievement Center and participated in numerous activities including Student Forum, Social Justice Club, and the Sterling Strings Chamber Orchestra. Lencie’s academic goal was to maintain a GPA of 3.7 or higher throughout high school. She worked hard and achieved this goal; in her senior year she maintained a GPA of 4.0. In her scholarship application she wrote, “I learned that reaching a goal isn’t always easy but it’s very satisfying to know I did it. I learned that I am capable of achieving my goals.” She plans to attend the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities where she looks forward to being part of an educational community made up of a mix of ethnicities and cultures.
Daniel Guite graduated from Denfeld High School. While in high school he demonstrated a commitment to serve, learn, and apply his knowledge to benefit others. He participated in Key Club, Sources of Strength, and many sports activities. He is especially interested in the environment and plans to attend Mankato State University, majoring in Marketing and minoring in Environmental Studies. Daniel wrote in his scholarship application “I seek a future where I could be helping others by improving the world environment…to make a change in our communities and the world as a whole.”
Jadan Jones graduated from Duluth East High School. While in school, Jadan lived on her own, working near full-time hours in addition to carrying a full-time class load. She wrote, “My high school experience wasn’t entirely like any other students. Instead of support at home I had to learn to support myself and instead of joining clubs I worked jobs to make sure I had what I needed.” She plans to pursue a degree in education at either the University of Wisconsin-Superior or Anoka-Ramsey Community College. She wrote that “I know I will have more struggles and more challenges, but I’m ready for them, because this time I have hope in myself and I know where I’m going and how hard I’ll work to get there.”
The agents and staff at Real Living Messina & Associates wanted to help support their community during this pandemic so they selected 5 organizations that they've all had some type of connection with and split up $5,500 between them. Recipients included: CHUM Food Shelf, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, GND Development Alliance, Damiano Center and Two Harbors Food Shelf.