Learning Notes

Brianna Crockett
Brianna Crockett(Photo courtesy of Lake Superior College)

  • Brianna Crockett, an accounting student at Lake Superior College, is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named a 2021 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and she received a $1,000 scholarship. The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. More than 900 applications were received.

Brianna Crockett also received the Maurices Women in Business $1,000 Scholarship from the Lake Superior College Foundation. She was one of over 100 current or incoming students to receive a scholarship from the LSC Foundation for the 2021-22 academic year.

  • Amelia Allen, of Duluth, attended Aviation Challenge Mach I at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, home of Space Camp, Space Camp Robotics, Aviation Challenge and U.S. Cyber Camp. The Rocket Center is a Smithsonian Affiliate and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center. The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math, while training students and with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.
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This program is designed for students who have an interest in military aviation and the mechanics of flight. Students learn principles of aviation and put their knowledge to the test in a variety of flight simulators. Taking the role of fighter pilots, Amelia and team ran control systems and scenario-based missions as well as trained in water and land survival. At the end of the week, Amelia and crew returned in time to graduate with honors.

Amara Lampton
Amara Lampton(Photo courtesy of Shirley Lantz)

  • Amara Lampton, of Babbitt, is one of 27 outstanding youth who were selected to serve as a Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador. State Ambassadors are the youth leaders and spokespeople for Minnesota 4-H. Being selected as a state ambassador is one of the highest honors that a 4-H member can achieve. Lampton will be starting her senior year at Northeast Range.

“I have been in 4-H for nine years, and my favorite 4-H project is the horse project. I am excited to represent 4-H, my country, my club. I am also excited for the experiences that come with this opportunity. My goal for this year is to be a good role model to youth at different events and making sure people feel welcome to 4-H.“ Amara said.

As part of the 4-H State Ambassador team, Lampton will dedicate many hours to organizing, planning, and facilitating 4-H activities and events throughout the state, impacting thousands of other youth involved in Minnesota 4-H’s programs. This includes supporting the 2021 Minnesota 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair, coordinating and facilitating statewide leadership events, and sharing their 4-H story with the general public at businesses, industry associations, schools and community groups.

Good People

Dick Anderson
Dick Anderson(Photo courtesy of Allison Iacone)

  • Honoring nearly 21 years of service and more than 2,600 volunteer hours, Great Lakes Aquarium awarded this year’s Volunteer of the Year Award to Duluth resident Dick Anderson. Anderson is an exhibit interpreter who specializes in the shipping and commerce of the Twin Ports. Though shipping is his main topic, he has vast knowledge of the local wildlife and resident animals at the Aquarium. Anderson has been volunteering at Great Lakes Aquarium since the facility’s opening in 2000.

“He is known to be a mentor to other volunteers and staff. I will typically have new volunteers shadow him to see how it’s done,” said volunteer coordinator Danielle Tikalsky. “Aside from that, Dick and his family have been very supportive of Great Lakes Aquarium in so many ways – fundraisers, attending events and being a friend.”

The Harold Frederick Volunteer of the Year award was established in 2020 to recognize the outstanding achievements and dedication of volunteers who make the aquarium a more welcoming place for visitors. The award was announced at the aquarium’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Event on June 29.

Community Leaders

  • The Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging is promoting the Age Friendly movement: a statewide, national, and global effort to help communities become more inclusive and respectful for people of all ages, while acknowledging that older adults are key contributors to the social, economic and civic fabric of our communities. Because age-friendly businesses benefit us all, AAAA is celebrating the businesses and organizations that are setting the bar for age inclusivity. The new Aging Impact Awards highlights businesses who have gone above and beyond to meet the needs of older adults in their community.

In July, Aging Impact Awards were awarded to:

  • Miners Super One in Two Harbors, Grand Rapids, Deer River, and International Falls (Super One and County Market), for partnering with local aging service organizations to expand groceries-to-go programs and making additional accommodations to ensure older adults had access to food and essential supplies throughout the pandemic.
  • The Parks and Recreation Departments of Hibbing, Virginia and Chisolm for maintaining their walking trails in the winter and adding benches and portable toilets to make outdoor spaces more accessible and friendly during winter pandemic months.
  • Reliable Insurance Agency and Northwoods Credit Union of Cloquet for coordination of Senior Days and raising awareness around Elder Abuse.
  • Streetcar Kitchen and Pub in Carlton for their Refire-to-Go partnership to deliver hot meals and donating free shrimp dinners to older adults.

Aging Impact Honorable mentions were given to ElderCircle in Grand Rapids, Volunteer Services of Carlton County and the Carlton Wellness Center, Evolve U Fitness in International Falls, Jackpine Savage Bar and Grill in Littlefork, and Shining Light Café in Northome.

Awards will be presented twice annually. Nominations are now open and will be accepted on an on-going basis. Free consultations and Age-Friendly assessment checklists are available to any business or organization in the Arrowhead region who wants to make positive changes and become more Age Friendly. The Aging Impact Awards are a project of the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging and part of the Age Friendly Arrowhead Initiative.