Faces for Feb. 9, 2020

Kobe Hansen presents Ray Kosey, (l) Athletic Director, and Rick Flaherty, (r) Principal, a check for the money he raised during a recent scholarship fundraiser.


  • Kobe Hansen, a senior at Superior High School and a member of the hockey team had a vision for his senior project. Kobe’s goal was to “think outside of the box.” In an effort to make a difference for a Superior student, Kobe decided to organize a fundraiser during a recent SHS hockey game with proceeds going to a post-secondary scholarship for Superior senior. The recipient of this one time “Sr. Project Academic Growth Scholarship” will have demonstrated strong academic growth throughout their four year high school education. Kobe’s message to students is, “What you do doesn’t go unnoticed.” The $777 scholarship may be used wherever the recipient chooses to pursue the next chapter of their schooling.


Laurena Bernabo

  • Laurena Bernabo, a 2003 graduate of Duluth East High School, recently accepted a tenure-track position as assistant professor at the University of Georgia, in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching students in the Entertainment and Media Studies program. Bernabo completed her B.A. degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2006, with a double major in economics and women's studies. She served for two years in the Peace Corps in Central American and completed her Ph.D. in communication studies at the University of Iowa in 2017. Bernabo is the daughter of Elizabeth Nelson and Lawrance Bernabo, both of Duluth.

  • Matthew Lenarz, of Grand Rapids, has earned a Master of Science in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.


  • The Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) at the University of Minnesota Duluth has been reaccredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. LSBE, which was first accredited in 2000, has the distinction of being the only school in Northeastern Minnesota to have attained AACSB accreditation. Only 5% of business schools globally have earned AACSB accreditation. LSBE has grown to include 15 majors spread over three bachelor degrees, four specialized programs, and an MBA. Approximately 530 students received degrees in the 2017-2018 academic year, and LSBE had a 98% placement rate for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Laurena Bernabo

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