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Ginger Polich

Extra Credit-Jan. 13

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Ginger Rebecca Polich, daughter of Greg and Linda Polich, Ironwood, Mich., and granddaughter of Denny and Laurie Polich, Deerwood, recently graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Polich has accepted a residency at Harvard University, Boston, Mass., in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is currently completing her 2013-2014 preliminary year of residency in Internal Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Hospital, San Francisco. Polich was a 2002 graduate of Luther L Wright High School. She then went on to earn her undergraduate degree in Anthropology at Amherst College, Amherst, Mass., in 2006. While in medical school she completed a masters of science degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2011.

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Laura Brutscher, a 2008 graduate of Little Falls High School, has received the first ever Costco Apis Fellowship of $50,000 per year for three years to conduct new research on honey bee health. She is featured on page 101 of the November issue of the Costco Connection magazine.

Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall recently announced Shelby Horner, daughter of Rodney and Myra Horner, Cushing, has been selected to receive a Leadership Award Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Benedictine College recently announced Coltan Severson, Deerwood, son of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson Severson, has demonstrated the academic excellence necessary to earn a place on the dean’s list for the fall semester of 2013.

Megan Oldakowski, Pierz High School, is the October Brainerd Elks Lodge Student of the Month. Parents are Don and Dee Oldakowski, Royalton. She received the Minnesota State High School League Visual Arts award in 2012-2013; painting with her twist of a Van Gogh theme. Her book “Irises,” the MSHSL award winner was also grand champion at the Benton County Fair. Megan has been treasurer of her 4-H club, volunteers at several area venues and for various church functions.

St. Cloud State University junior Joseph Frink of Brainerd was awarded a CBIZ MHM, LLC Scholarship in the amount of $100 for fall semester 2013. The Herberger Business School’s Department of Accounting awarded the scholarship. The program prepares students pursuing CPA certification and professional careers in accounting.

Kyle Becker and Arre Langer are Pierz Healy High School’s MSHSL ExCEL representatives for 2013-2014 school year.

ExCEL, Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership, is a unique recognition program designed exclusively for Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, who show leadership qualities, and who volunteer in their communities.

Every member school of the League is invited to nominate one girl and one boy for the ExCEL Award. Nominees must:

a. be a junior in high school.

b. make satisfactory progress toward graduation requirements.

c. participate in a MSHSL fine arts and/or athletic activity.

d. hold a leadership position(s) in their school.

e. work voluntarily in their community.

Langer is involved in cross country, track, choir, speech, School Musical, Spring Play, Knowledge Bowl, Spanish Club, Student Council, BPA, Peer Helping, WEB, Leadership Council, PAC, and Students Today Leaders Forever.

Becker is involved in cross country, basketball, track, band, choir, BPA, Peer Helping, Leadership Council, NHS, Robotics, Spanish Club, Bible School, Fall Musical, and the Spring Play.

Jeremiah Vrudny, currently a senior at Starr’s Mill High School in Fayetteville, Ga., son of Rachel Vrudny, grandson of Paul and Myra Vrudny, all of Brainerd, has been awarded a full ride four-year basketball scholarship to Georgia College State University of Millageville, Georgia. Jeremiah will pursue a career in physical therapy, with possible medical school to follow.

Students of the Month for October at the Area Education Center were Michael Boeder and Skylar Gilbertson. Students of the Month for November were Savannah Gosse and Michelle Johnson. Students of the Month for December were Chelsie Gould and Alyssa Miles.

Kade Platta, son of Mark and Julie Platta, Brainerd, has been admitted to North Dakota State University with distinction. He will enter NDSU in fall 2014 and plans to major in mechanical engineering. Distinction means that NDSU is acknowledging Platta as an honor student. In high school, Platta is active in National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, Key club, music, mission trips and a variety of philanthropic activities. He also is a middle school tutor, Interact Club president and Youth as Resources treasurer and co-president.

Katelyn Campbell, Aitkin, graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris. Campbell earned a degree in biology.

Hannah Barrett, Staples, and Serena Flagg, Wadena, were recently initiated at North Dakota State University into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Summer/fall graduates of Minnesota State University, Mankato, include the following: Clint Dwire and Kathryn Klopfleisch, both of Baxter; Ronia Gramer and Chelsie Skorich, both of Brainerd; Matthew Arneson, Crosby; Jennifer Goslin, Garrison; Stacy Sundstrom, Lake Shore; Brett Nelson, Nisswa; and Joshua Wuollet and Cheryl Wyatt, both of Staples.

Minnesota State University, Moorhead fall graduates include Joyce Olson, Adison Runberg and Michael Sullivan, all of Pequot Lakes; Ryan Piprude, Walker; and Troy Viau, Baxter.

Katey Hegstrom, daughter of Russell Hegstrom, Nisswa, and Tracey Hegstrom, Brainerd, was recently named to the fall 2013-14 academic year dean’s list at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato.

The following students were named to the fall dean’s list at North Dakota State University: Natalie K. Brown, Alison N. Hanslip and Zoe M. Houle, Baxter; Erik S. Aakhus, Hannah D. Fritz, Elyssa B. Grimsby, Sean A. Luthjohn, Michael S. Montgomery, Gaven P. Motschenbacher, Emma L. Palm, Allyson R. Patton, Alex J. Stovall and Zachary C. Voels, Brainerd; Katelyn M. Schmidt, Breezy Point; Tyler J. Dickie, Crosby; Johanna L. Christenson, Deerwood; William J. Sweet, East Gull Lake; Tyler Gapinski, Fort Ripley; Kallie N. Baumgartner, Kyle J. Gapinski, Collin D. Gradin, Gerard J. Kokett, Cory R. Lundgren, Trista R. Saulter, Ian P. Warner and Lexi J. Zawatzke, Little Falls; Kassandra L. Myers, Dylan T. Neururer and Kaytlin M. Roth, Motley; Austin A. Anderson, Jocelyn N. Converse, Anna J. Greatens, Adam Meyer, Joshua C. Rardin and Jacob R. Weizenegger, Nisswa; Steven R. Duval and Andrew D. Moe, Pequot Lakes; Sara Schlegel and Christa A. Stangl, Pierz; Nathan R. Marcy and Bradden R. Parks, Pillager; Molly E. Porta, Pine River; Hailey A. Aagard, Erica L. Miron, Serena K. Peluso, Bryan J. Silvers, Connor M. Smith, Scott W. Syverson and Devon R. Tucker, Wadena; and Ciera M. Clyde, Walker.

Three Elks National Foundation grants and an Elks National Veterans Service Commission Grant were recently awarded to the Brainerd Elks Lodge. The Elks have committed to community service to make the Lakes area community stronger. These grants focus on youth, young adults and veterans.

Renewal of the ongoing and expandable Beacon of Hope grant is to provide a weekly free dinner to Central Lakes College enrolled veterans and their families. This program has been increased to $2,000 for this school year. CLC enrolled veterans are encouraged to stop and have dinner at the Brainerd Elks Lodge at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through April 2014.

Brainerd and Baxter Youth Center receives $2,000 in benefits from the Promise Grant. The aim of this project is for Elks to prepare and deliver to The SHOP hamburgers, cheese and condiments each second and fourth Thursday of the month during the school year.

Brainerd Elks and Healthy Brains for Children have partnered once again to sponsor with a local restaurant/bar a “Pregnant Ladies Night Out.” This final ENF grant, the Gratitude Grant of $2,000 provides continued efforts to present the message of the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

ENVSC has awarded one of 125 Freedom Grants to the Brainerd Lodge. The $2,000 grant will make available to veterans a bus trip to a Minnesota Twins game next season. Details are still in the planning stage.

Emily House, Baxter, was recently named to the fall 2013 dean’s list at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C.

Emily Bukowski, Brainerd, qualified for the fall 2013 dean’s list at Belmont University in Nashville.

Saint John’s Prep School announced Maxwell Seymour, son of Matthew and Casey, Brainerd, has achieved the Headmaster’s Honor Roll for fall semester.

The following students were named to the St. Cloud State University fall dean’s list: April Denny, Christopher Denny, Whitney Joyce, Kathleen Sullivan and Tommy Vice, Baxter; Charles Arnzen, Joshua Davis, Brandon Erickson, Brittany Fyock, Georgi Georgiev, Justin Grater, Alissa Mayavski, Michael Ouellette, Slade Simpson and Jennifer Snaza, Brainerd; Elizabeth King, Fort Ripley; Taylor Dombrovski, Garrison; Eric Bergman, Ashley Cappuccino, Alexandria Chock, Kaitlyn Durham, Lindsay Hoffman, Aaron Johnson, Hannah Jorgensen, Rachel LeBlanc, Logan Magnan, Marissa Murphy, Shad Romans, Nicole Roy, Shawna Sachs, Alex Scott, Mazie Tillman and Casey Walquist, Little Falls; Rebecca George and Britny Wilshusen, Merrifield; Jordan Hageman, Motley; Kelly Stranne and Bradley Waidelich, Nisswa; Katelyn Fuhrman, Maria Janson, Scott Janson, Kayla Kieffer, Michael Poser and Dwight Przybilla, Pierz; Amber Jensen, Pillager; Travis Nelson, Pine River; Channa Suess, Staples; and Jordana Pearson, Wadena.

St. Mary’s University of Minnesota has named the following students to its dean’s list: Luke Ringhand, Ironton; Joshua Korver, Little Falls; and Maria Glenski and Peter Kostecka, Pequot Lakes.

UW-Superior has the following student to its dean’s list: Jessica Waytashek, Nisswa.

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