- The University of Wisconsin-Superior Foundation received a $5,500 contribution from the Duluth-Superior Transportation Association (DSTA) to be added to an endowed scholarship fund previously established by the DSTA for students in UW-Superior’s transportation and logistics (T&L) management major. This latest contribution brings the DSTA’s total scholarship fund contributions to $20,000. The endowment fund provides an annual scholarship to a qualified candidate who is enrolled in the T&L major and is an active member of the T&L student club. Through continued funding, more students will benefit in the future.
Local semifinalists for 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year include Steve Ballard, Red Lake School District, Red Lake Schools, Developmental Disabilities, 6-12; Brian Jungman, Duluth Public Schools, Denfeld High School, English, 9-12; Nicole Jensen, Duluth Public Schools, Lincoln Park Middle School, U.S. Studies, 7. The panel will review all the semifinalists’ portfolios again and the semifinalist video submissions in late March and select about 10 finalists from the group. The current Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Jessica Davis, will announce her successor at a banquet May 3 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul.
The Willow River Early Childhood Program recently held their 6th Annual "Hugs and Hellos for Heroes" event where the program accepted items to be delivered to the service men and women who are deployed and serving our country. Items include prepackaged food and snacks, soaps, toothpastes, crossword puzzle books, coloring, books, etc. The goals of this event are: To share with children the importance of giving, sharing, and caring, to increase literacy skills by drawing, prewriting, and writing, to teach and reinforce the concepts of "Be kind" and "Be thankful," and to express gratitude to those who serve.
Following Lakeview Christian Academy's in-school Science Fair in December, 13 students qualified to participate in the Regional Science Fair, held Feb. 1 at UMD. Each student, placing first or second, qualified for the MN State Science Fair. Every student placed in his/her category and in addition, many of the students received multiple special awards. Students include Matteah Ojard, Phoebe Hunter, Kelly Brenna, Rebekah Ojard, Rose Schubert, Grace Matvey, Trenton Bonin, Abigail Addink, Cameron Bonin, Joseph Franzen, Faith Matvey, Daniel Payne and Elizabeth Hoven.
Makayla Pearson was named the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland Youth of the Year during a ceremony Feb. 11 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Duluth. Makayla, a senior at Denfeld High School, is active in Key Club, Executive Board, Native Leadership Circle, Shoreliners Dance Team and is the NHS Chair of Events. She is a Dave Goldberg Family Boys & Girls Club member and is involved in Duluth Rotary. Makayla also won the award in 2017. She has advanced to the Minnesota State Youth of the Year competition in March in St. Paul, where she will compete with other club members from around the state.
Pamela Tansill, of Superior, graduated with a master's degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta during the Fall 2019 semester.
Six LSBE students were accepted into the 3M Frontline Sales Initiative program for this upcoming summer. For the second year in a row, this number matches the largest incoming group of Frontline interns from any one school in the nation. 3M’s program provides immersive internship sales and business training. When completed, students may be hired full time. Tucker Burquest, Maddie Milbrath, Nick Miller, Heather Quarnstrom, Hayley Rinzel, and Grant Thompson will first attend the Frontline program conference in Houston, Texas, in April. There, the LSBE students will meet and build relationships with other interns and numerous 3M employees, listen to keynote speakers, and learn about the Fortune 500 company that has $32 billion in sales. Afterward, the students begin their summer-long internships within the company’s 20+ divisions in the United States.
Maddie Milbrath is a marketing major who graduates this spring. She will be interning at 3M in marketing.
Nick Miller is a marketing analytics major who graduates this spring. He will be interning at 3M in analytics.
Tucker Burquest is a marketing and professional sales double major who will be graduating in spring 2021. He will be interning at 3M in field sales.
Grant Thompson is a marketing and organizational management double major who will be graduating in May of 2020. He will be interning at 3M in field sales.
Haley Rinzel is an entrepreneurship major who will be graduating in the spring. She will be interning at 3M in field sales.
Heather Quarnstrom is a marketing analytics major who is graduating in May. She will be interning at 3M in analytics.
U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) nominated two local students for admission to U.S. Service Academies. The two are Alyssa Davis, nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and Charles Kleinschmidt, nominated to the U.S. Military Academy. If chosen for an appointment by the academy, Davis and Kleinschmidt would join their Service Academy class of 2024 and would enter this summer. Davis currently attends the New Mexico Military Institute. She graduated from Duluth Marshall High School in 2019 where she was a member of the basketball team, and captain of the volleyball and golf teams. She also participated in the Science Society and was recipient of the Centurion Award in 2019. Kleinschmidt, a Duluth resident, currently attends Duluth Marshall High School, is captain of the hockey and baseball teams in 2019-2020. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and Executive Board Member of the Honor Council.
Sunshine, fishing lines, and grubs made it a perfect day for ice fishing on Sturgeon Lake with about 35 Willow River sixth graders and a handful of high school students. Local fishing guide Tony Roach and his many helpers organized the trip, drilling fish holes and setting up some wheeled houses and portable ones for the students. Roach provided most of the equipment and taught the students how to bait the hooks and use a fish finder. Thanks to Roach, the Willow River students enjoyed a great Minnesota experience.
On Feb. 15-16, the Minnesota State-Mankato Speech & Debate team traveled to Moorhead to compete in the Minnesota Collegiate Forensic Association State Tournament, hosted by Concordia College-Moorhead. Hermantown graduate (class of 2016) Kaylee Matuszak, a senior on the Mankato team, won State Championships in After Dinner Speaking, Drama, and Improv Duo. She also was named to the prestigious MCFA All-State Team. As a team, the Mavericks finished third in the overall team sweepstakes. Next up, Kaylee and her teammates are preparing for the national forensics tournament in April in Whitewater, Wisconsin.
PolyMet has awarded its annual Mining for Excellence scholarships to three Minnesota high school seniors who demonstrate strong potential in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Abigail Smith of Cloquet High School was awarded a $5,000 Mining for Excellence scholarship. She plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Fascinated with the machinery used in mines near her home since she was young, Smith has participated on her school’s math team and in science fairs, and has presented at six international engineering fairs around the United States.
Amber Zierden of Hermantown High School was awarded a $3,000 Mining for Excellence scholarship. She aims to major in mechanical engineering and use her STEM education to tackle concerns from water scarcity to climate change, world hunger, deforestation and other challenges. Zierden has been a leader in Math League, Mathcounts and robotics, and has a passion for building things herself, such as wake board jumps.
Sophia Norha of Virginia High School was awarded a $2,000 Mining for Excellence scholarship. She plans to pursue a career in engineering, which will balance her passion for science and math. A leader in Science Bowl, Math League, Camp Invention and other STEM-related activities, Norha also works with Upward Bound and in her school’s information technology (IT) office. In fact, she’s the IT go-to for many teachers and staff members.
With this year’s awards PolyMet has now provided $50,000 in scholarships to 14 Minnesota high school students. The Mining for Excellence scholarship winners were recognized during intermission at the Minnesota State High School Boy’s Hockey Tournament on March 6 in St. Paul.
Maurices confirmed a $10,000 gift to STARBASE Minnesota-Duluth to support its classroom expansion campaign. For over 85 years Maurices has been a pillar of the Duluth community. The retailer is passionate about commitment to community and has a heart for supporting organizations that align with its philanthropic vision. STARBASE Minnesota is a nonprofit education organization that delivers STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum to area fifth graders. Due to the overwhelming demand for the program, STARBASE has started an expansion project to accommodate many more youth from around the region. The expansion will provide four dedicated classrooms equipped with a variety of technologies that will enable the program to serve more than 2,500 students annually. The program is currently operating at capacity, poised to serve over 1,500 students this 2019-2020 school year.
On Feb. 25, volunteers helped celebrate birthdays of area children at Project Party – an initiative of Fuse Duluth young professionals program. Sponsored by Maurices and the Duluth Balloon Company, the rainbow-themed February party engaged 40 children with imaginative play by the Duluth Children’s Museum, food by Valentini’s, rainbow cupcakes, and party favors. Launched September of 2015, Project Party is a bi-monthly program celebrating the lives of Duluth’s children in need. The Fuse Duluth Volunteer Focus Committee hosts each birthday party at the Steve O’Neil apartments for their tenants and the children of the Damiano Center Kid’s Kitchen who might otherwise not receive one. We believe that all children deserve a day to celebrate and be celebrated, surrounded by games, cake, decorations and people who care. Since the program began, Project Party has celebrated more than 200 birthdays with over 2,000 siblings, family members, and friends.
The Volunteer Focus Committee includes:
- Lindsey Dueland, Northwestern Mutual
- Lindsay Kern, Kern and Kompany
- Bri Waldoch, maurices
- Jessica Hehir, Flint Group
- Amanda Goodman, Northwestern Mutual
- Jake Erickson, Northwestern Mutual
- Martha Bremer, Director, Fuse and Leadership Duluth
- Bailey Olson, Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce
- Meghan Mahoney, Architecture Advantage, LLC
- Abby Saralampi, maurices
- Megan Stemper, DSGW Architects