Central Lakes College awards day
Awards Day was held at Central Lakes College, Brainerd campus, Monday to recognize outstanding efforts among students, clubs, faculty, staff and administrators.
Julie Jo Larson of Crosby is the Brainerd campus Student of the Year, selected from a field of six nominees with at least a 3.5 grade-point average and evidence of community activism, volunteerism, and participation in school activities.
Other major winners: Janel Loven, Brainerd, Paul Findorff Business Scholarship, $2,754; Gregory Botts, Brainerd, Reese/Webb Business Award, $500; International Club - Club of the Year; Suresh Tiwari - Administrator of the Year; Sarah Kath (shown) - Outstanding Faculty; Deb Breneman - Outstanding Staff; Maintenance - Department of Year; Dr. Bill Faber - Adviser of Year; Jennifer Miles, Deerwood; Imran Samuel, India; Lindy Johnson, Crosby; Mark Englund, Brainerd - Citizenship-Leadership Awards; Irshad Hussain, Pakistan - Senator of Year; Molly Winters, Brainerd - Senate Executive Officer of Year; Georgi Ganev, - Student Employee of Year.
Matt Toenis of Randall, a second-year Natural Resources student, received the Highest GPA Award (4.0) in that program. Tom Strack of Randall (3.95) was the top first-year student in NR. Ron Tscheu, Emily, and Steve McKay, Brainerd, were second-year NR students earning the Above and Beyond Award, presented by veteran instructor Gary Carson, who is retiring this year.
The Findorff Scholarship winner, Janel Loven, is a single parent who had been employed 21 years by American Rug Laundry in the Twin Cities before the recession put her out of work. She enrolled at CLC and plans to obtain a bachelor’s degree in accounting more than 30 years after high school. Instructors said she is “a model student sure to succeed as a professional.”