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■ Katie Tomberlin

Grade: Senior.

Age: 17.

Art focus: Brainerd High School (BHS) creative writing.

Adviser nomination: “With each piece of work she submitted, I grew increasingly impressed with Katie’s writing talent. She writes in a style that is wholly visceral and tangible. Sometimes a beginning writer strays too heavily on the side of feeling rather than conventions, or vice versa. Katie manages quality in both areas in her writing. Her love for science and nature is evident, and she conveys to and shares that love with readers in her writing.”

Artist most admired: Stephen King.

Memorable fine arts achievement: Qualified for honor’s choir in fifth grade and was the Magnetic Poetry winner last year.

Other fine art activities: “I used to be in choir, band and orchestra but not anymore. I wanted to focus on my academics. I played the saxophone in band for four years and the violin in orchestra for two years.”

Why do you like to write: “I like creating something in my head and putting it down on paper for everyone to see. It is a way for me to express my feelings and thoughts. I write mostly about nature. Nature has always been a part of who I am.”

Proudest writing piece: “Is an ongoing project I started 3 1/2 years ago. I am writing a fantasy novel and have 215 pages so far. I hope to have it done before I graduate from college.”

Your biggest strength in writing: “Is my descriptions. My vocabulary is pretty big.”

Favorite movie: “Kung Fu Panda.”

Worst TV show: “‘King of Queens’. I hate it because my mom’s boyfriend always watches it. I’ve seen every episode like three times that I get sick of watching it.”

Favorite book: “Eragon.”

Favorite band: The Beatles.

Favorite outdoor activity: Biking.

Favorite class: Science.

Other activities/clubs: Spanish Club and Anime Club.

Parents: Lori Tomberlin of Brainerd and Wade Tomberlin of Brainerd.

Honorable mention: Megan Franzen, junior, mock trial: “This is Megan’s first year in mock trial. At our first competition against Cloquet on Jan. 18, Megan earned the highest scores of all six witnesses. She did an excellent job portraying Lee Lincoln, a reluctant but absolutely crucial witness for the prosecution.”

— Compiled by Jennifer Stockinger, Staff Writer. Follow me on Twitter at

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I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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