Education notes

  • The University of Wisconsin-Superior has been designated a Military Friendly Bronze School by G.I. Jobs, recognizing the university’s efforts to assist military personnel, veterans, and their family members in completing a college education. As the highest-ranking school in the Twin Ports, G.I. Jobs found that, “UW-Superior is dedicated to assisting military members in their college success and provides services that meet their needs in transitioning to higher education. A dedicated staff is here to assist students with securing their GI Bill benefits and navigating the admissions process. Based on academic policies, veteran students may receive transfer credit (maximum 32 semester credits) for education and some certain specialized training programs completed while in military. With a veteran center located on campus, veterans will find a welcoming atmosphere, a comfortable place to study, and resources that can help answer questions about campus and community support.” UW-Superior received high marks for its academic policies and compliance, admissions and orientation, and culture and commitment. UW-Superior features a Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center that provides a wide range of support programming for veterans of all ages.

Dr. Patricia Rogers
Dr. Patricia Rogers

  • Lake Superior College president, Dr. Patricia Rogers, has been selected to receive a 2021 Paragon President Award from the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society. The award recognizes new college presidents for their outstanding support of student success.

    Phi Theta Kappa will recognize 22 college presidents with the Paragon Award during their annual convention, the PTK Catalyst 2021, broadcast live from Orlando, Florida, April 8-10. Per their release, these awards are given to new college presidents who have shown strong support of student success by recognizing academic achievement, leadership, and service among high-achieving students at their college. Recipients were nominated for the award by the students on their campus.

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Learning notes

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland hosted its annual Youth of the Year Competition virtually on Feb. 18. Raymond Davenport from the Lincoln Park Boys & Girls Clubs has won and will be representing the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland at the state competition in March. The other Youth of the Year candidate for this year’s competition was Marcell Hendricks. Both youth did an outstanding job representing themselves, their achievements and their community. Established in 1947, the event promotes service to the Club, community and family, academic success, strong moral character, life goals, and the public speaking abilities of the Boys & Girls Clubs members ages 14-18.

    During the event, a panel of judges interviewed the nominee and heard each youth’s story. They then selected one Youth of the Year winner, who will participate in a state competition and a chance to compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the President of the United States. This year's judges were John Magas, Superintendent for Duluth Schools; Timothy Bradshaw, CPA, Senior Internal Auditor for Essentia Health; and Laura Kircher, Senior Communications Officer for Enbridge.

  • Lily Cain, a student at Northwestern High School, was a runner-up in the The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education's (FIRE) Free Speech Essay contest. The contest, open to high school juniors and seniors, asked students to convince their peers that free speech is a better idea than censorship. Her prize is a $500 scholarship. FIRE's mission is to defend and sustain the individual rights of students and faculty members at America’s colleges and universities.

  • 2021 Herb Kohl Foundation awarded a student initiative scholarship to Hannah Koivisto of Solon Springs School. Koivisto was chosen by her school for having demonstrated exceptional initiative in the classroom and having shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond. A Teacher Fellows was awarded to John Wolfe of Superior High School. Wolfe was chosen for his superior ability to inspire a love of learning in his students and his ability to motivate others and leadership and service within and outside the classroom.