LEARNING NOTES

  • For many, burpees are just a workout. But for Nichols College students like Hogan Davidson of Duluth, they're a way to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer research. Students from Nichols College helped raise $1,000 to donate to childhood cancer research on behalf of Quinn Waters, a 3-year-old Weymouth boy battling a cancerous brain tumor. The students raised the money by challenging sports teams across the campus to a "1,000 Burpees for $1,000 Challenge." Student-athletes completed 2,192 total burpees in 5 minutes, more than doubling the original goal. Men's Ice Hockey Captain Hogan Davidson '20 of Duluth was the male athlete who completed the most burpees with 77.

  • Sarah Samone Butler of Hinckley, Minn., from Duluth East High School, has been named a 2020 National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) Finalist in Vocal Performance, the organization’s highest honor. Butler has been recognized for her artistic achievement and joins 686 of the nation’s most accomplished artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Butler was selected by an esteemed discipline-specific panel of artists through a rigorous blind adjudication process. YoungArts award winners gain access to one of the most prestigious programs for emerging artists in the United States in which they will have opportunities for creative and professional development throughout their entire careers. Butler will receive a cash prize of up to $10,000 and will participate in National YoungArts Week , the organization’s signature program providing artists with an intensive, weeklong and all-inclusive program featuring master classes, workshops and mentorship from leading artists in their fields.