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Adrienne Polich, daughter of Greg and Linda Polich, Ironwood, Mich., and granddaughter of Denny and Laurie Polich, Deerwood, recently earned an MBA degree in marketing and entrepreneurship from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. Polich graduated from Harvard University in 2003 with a degree in economics. Prior to entering Kellogg, she worked as a senior financial analyst at Google in New York. She has accepted a position as a measurement research analyst in the Measurement and Monetization Analytics division of Facebook in Palo Alto, Calif.

Forty students were recently recognized as fall graduates of the Central Lakes College Heavy Equipment Operations and Maintenance program at Staples.

Graduating this fall with diplomas from the two-year program: Ricky Richards, Backus; Zachariah Helton (outstanding student), Baxter; Charlie Leibold and Cody Rehberger, Brainerd; Jordan Chaika and Joshua Hoheisel, Little Falls; Skyler Robinson, Merrifield; Kendall Swenson, Pine River; Tyler Leavell, Randall; Corey Woodwick (student speaker), Staples; and Nate Braith, Wadena.

Jamestown College student Courtney Jindra of Brainerd recently performed in the orchestra for the Jamestown College Theatre production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Titanic.” Jindra played the bass clarinet.

Garen Motschenbacher, son of Don and Kim Motschenbacher, Brainerd, has been admitted to North Dakota State University “With Distinction.” He will enter NDSU in fall 2012 and plans to major in chemistry. Distinction means that NDSU is acknowledging Motschenbacher as an honor student.

Minnesota State University Moorhead recently recognized the following as graduates: Shane Bruns, Walker; John Enger, Aitkin; Todd Luebke, Verndale; Krista Olson, Michael Ramsdell, Hilary Smith and Rebekah Wicklund, Brainerd; and Dominic Squires, Motley.

The following students at Forestview Middle School were named Team 7D Stars of the Trimester for first trimester: Ashley Maust, Braydon Borg, Roderick Berg, Damion Lilleskov, Elizabeth Gillette, Anna Nichols, Seth Desrocher, Madison Gohman, William Schneider, Richelle Bjork, Emily Christensen, Riley Jordan, Ava Figliuzzi, Jakob Ebinger and Hanna Degen.

Amber Vandenberghe, daughter of Allan and Sheryl Vandenberghe, Brainerd, was awarded Communication Sciences and Disorders Faculty Endowed Scholarship for academic and clinical experience. Vandenbergh is a second year graduate student majoring in Speech-Language Pathology at St. Cloud State University.

Forestview Middle School Students of the Trimester for grade 5 include Wyatt Andres, Carolyn Lundgren, Ella Norlin, Claire Horn, Josiah Klang, Isabelle Weber, Elissa Rhuby, Haley Helmin, Hannah Grunewald, Gavin Metz, Amanda Unger, Matthew Denio, Nicole Hartman, Joshua Glenn, Grace Erholtz, Jaden Howard, Erika Christiansen, Kyan Kitzman, Joseph Sauer, Tristin Schermer, Lydia Halbach, Eric Martin, Caleb Wood, Mason Malone, Chase Christian and Courtney Russell.

Students of the Trimester for grade 6 include Alexus Roby, Shaina Wind, Cara Helgeson, Samuel Alcock, Charles Geraets, Camille Harmer, Karsyn Jacobs, Matthew Fischer, Teala Pierce, Jaclyn Johnson, Emma Peterson, Cassidy Zontelli, Joshua Gabrio, Seth Ryan, Shelby Augustine, Abbigayl Olson, Paige Bremer, Devin Dustin, Emily Chock, Stephanie Robertson, Signe Devine, Zachary Strong, Patrick Kennedy, Luke Anderson, Broderick Rude, Molly Selisker, Amanda Sabir and Gus Robinson.

Students of the Trimester for grade 7 include Taylor Budnick, Jordan Erickson, Lauren Forsythe, Elizabeth Gillette, Travis Goeden, Claire Gunsbury, Kirsten Hirst, Mason Kroll, Damion Lilleskov, Kaitlyn Luksik, Hannah Markeson, Tylor Nelson, Sam Nordenson, Grace Pegel, Darby Richmond, Christine Sanganoo, Evan Schreifels, Victoria Searle, Cody Shepherd, Megan Tschida, Jordan VanRisseghem, Hannah Veith, Julia Wallace and Faith Watson.

Students of the Trimester for grade 8 include McKenzie Crawford, Hanson Devine, Joe Haivala, Taiya Holmberg, Logan Lockwood, Matthew Majerle, Nicholas McCullough, Hannah McKeag, Kyro Mielke, Carly Miller, Alex Mulroy, Hannah Nameniuk, Coltan Peterson, Walker Peterson, Cody Reem, Timothy Roehrich, Amanda Saligumba, Shane Sigafoos, Donovan Simpson, Madalyn Simpson, Zachary Sjodin, Hannah Spitzley, Hannah Staehling, Sierra Stangel, Zach Stangl, Grace Sundberg, Jenna Swenson and Margriet VanDerwerker.

November students of the month at Riverside Elementary include Landon Carey, Dalton DeShaw, Elijah Lakin, Connor Powers, Camden Langerman, Kaylee Oppelt, Nevaeh Fratzke, Mason Mankowski, Hunter Wheeler, Lainey Searles, Jenna Lee, Lily Haglin, Sam Norr, Rachel Trusty, Midas Kostek, Elsa Overland, Kaleb Brown, Sophia Robin, Lucas Kruchten, Ethan Aanes, Grace Whipple and Isaiah Windorski.

Donette Lair, Motley, was named to the dean’s list at Oak Hills Christian College in Bemidji.

Katey Hegstrom, daughter of Russell Hegstrom, Nisswa, and Tracey Hegstrom, Brainerd, has been accepted for admission to Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato.

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