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Nisswa native to speak at NDSU graduation

Mackayla Headlee

A Nisswa native will be in the spotlight when she speaks to her fellow graduates at North Dakota State University's commencement at 10 a.m. May 14 in the Fargodome.

Mackayla Headlee will serve as commencement speaker and will also receive her bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering during the ceremony.

Headlee will be a third-generation electrical engineer graduate from NDSU. She'll join grandfather Wayne Headlee who earned his degree in 1969; father Todd, who graduated in 1990; and sister Taylor Ronnei, who earned her bachelor's degree two years ago. Her mother, Angela, graduated from NDSU in 1989, with degrees in business administration and economics.

"Continuing our family legacy really means a lot to me," Headlee said in a news release. "And I saw the success my grandpa and dad had in their careers, so I knew I'd be in the same position if I went to NDSU."

During her collegiate career, Headlee was involved with many organizations on campus. She was active in NDSU club tennis, NDSU Engineering Ambassadors and Student Government, where she was Executive Commissioner of Academic and Student Affairs. Headlee also was president of Society of Women Engineers and vice president of the Blue Key Honor Society.

Following graduation, Headlee will join the engineering team at Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City. Her long-term goal is to be in a management position in the engineering field.

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