Minot State's Hometown Heroes honor 45 students in four high schools
The first two days of December were busy ones for future Minot State University students in Garrison, Max, Stanley and Minot as the Hometown Heroes endeavor offers scholarships and awards to high school seniors in each town.
On Dec. 1, Minot State University President David Fuller, along with other MSU representatives visited Garrison for a tour of the high school and a meeting with civic leaders, including Dick Messerly, the president of the Garrison Chamber of Commerce. Kevin Harmon, the MSU dean of admissions, gave awards to seven students who have qualified for new scholarship programs.
As a part of Minot Stateís quest to support Vision 2013 and become one of the premiere public, regional universities in the "great" Great Plains, the university is introducing a bold and encompassing scholarship campaign to attract proven students who are engaged leaders of their communities. The MSU Development Foundationís "Distinctive and Engaged Scholars" program and "Service for the Common Good" awards recognize exemplary student performance in the classroom and in the community.
Ryan Essler, Brooke Haugen, Samantha Lind, Christina Meyers, Samantha Seidler, Stephanie Stumvoll and Eric Wilcox, all high school seniors at Garrison, fit into the parameters of this new scholarship program. They were honored with scholarship awards between $500 and $3,500, contingent upon their admission to Minot State.
Laurie Gienger, Garrison hometown hero and Minot State freshman majoring in art, also spoke with the juniors and senior in her hometown as part of the dayís events.
In the afternoon, Minot State personnel toured Max High School, a presentation given by Superintendent Jim Blomberg and students Connor Slattery and Mariah Balaban. Three seniors at Max, Kayla Anderson, Jackie Kohler and Ashley Fedorenko received their Distinctive and Engaged Scholars Award earlier this year.
Also on Dec. 1, Minot State University invited seniors from Bishop Ryan High School to tour the campus, enjoy a lunch and receive recognition for their efforts. Matt Charley, Mikayla Koble, Alex Bahl, Rachel Brown, Amanda Klein, Amanda Crockett, Katrina Niess, Amanda Paulson and Seth Zander received the Distinctive and Engaged Scholar Award, ranging from $500 to $3,500, contingent upon their admission to MSU. As well, 16 other seniors, Samantha Leintz, Randy Volk, Nathan Amick, Samantha Magnuson, Bethany Jundt, Ben Kramer, Cory Garber, Ashley Wittmayer, Rachael Ritzke, Carly Seibold, Stephanie Lynch, Breyette Schall, Shelby Schollmeyer, Nathan Kroger, NaTeal Bosch and Michael Gregory earned the Service for Common Good Award, for between $500 and $1,500.
Chase Lee, a Bishop Ryan graduate and Minot State senior majoring in history education, spoke to and accompanied the Bishop Ryan high school students during their time on campus.
Dec. 2 was a time for Stanley-native and MSU Head Football Coach Paul Rudolph to return home. Coach Rudolph visited with juniors and seniors in Stanley and presented Jori Fladeland, Kaloni Erickson and Megan Hollekim with awards between $500 and $3,500 for being Distinctive and Engaged Scholars.
Coach Rudolph also gave awards between $500 and $1,500 to Anna Lahtinen, Will Feldman, Kyli Locken, Caleb Uran, Zachary Jarmin, Lee Holland and Randal Reese for their Service to Common Good. The 10 students being honored at Stanley High School are all seniors.