Carthage College has named Alysha Newsom of Stanchfield to its dean’s list for academic excellence during the spring 2015 semester.

Gerrian Buisman, of North Branch, recently graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in Psychology. Buisman is the daughter of Dale and Luz Buisman.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has named 2156 undergraduate students to its Deans’ Lists for the 2015 spring semester. Local students include: Taylor Bowker of Cambridge, Amanda Houle of Chisago City, Matthew Kramer of Chisago City,  Danielle Gall of Lindstrom, Maria Olson of Lindstrom,  Keith Sampica of Lindstrom, Victoria Beckmann of North Branch.

Michigan Technological University has released the Dean’s List for the 2015 spring semester including students achieving a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. 

Matthew Andres, of Cambridge, majoring in Computer Engineering, also finished in the top 2 percent of his school.

The following area residents graduated from University of Minnesota, Morris:

Amelia Birkholz of Shafer, received a bachelor of arts degree in english with a minor in communication, media, and rhetoric with distinction.

Jacob Borash of Harris, received a bachelor of arts degree in sport management with a minor in managment with distinction.

Ken Broden of North Branch, received a bachelor of arts degree in management: financial and organizational management.

Donyal Eret of Chisago City, received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and psychology and a minor in studio art with distinction.

Nicholas Solberg of Cambridge, received a bachelor of arts degree in statistics with a minor in mathematics.

Robert Egan of North Branch, Minn., has been named to the President’s Honor Roll with a 4.00 grade point average for the Spring 2015 semester at Bismarck State College.

The College of St. Scholastica held its spring 2015 commencement ceremony May 9 at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. The ceremony included the following local students:

Emily Fitzsimmons of North Branch. Fitzsimmons graduated Webster Scholar with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology.

Zachary Mattson of North Branch. Mattson graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology.

Emily Brown of Cambridge. Brown graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies.

Alisha Peterson of Chisago City. Peterson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences.

Dana Nordenstrom of Isanti. Nordenstrom graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry.

Sarah Behrendt of Rush City. Behrendt graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology.

Kayla Horbacz of Isanti. Horbacz graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management.

Megan Enebak of Lindstrom. Enebak graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Marsha Shoquist of Chisago City. Shoquist graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Mackenzie Snaza of North Branch. Snaza graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Lauren Weber of Rush City. Weber graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Amy Carlson of Rush City. Carlson graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy in Physical Therapy.

Kassaundra Davidson, of Center City, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., May 9.

 David A Arnold of Lindstrom, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Arnold earned a BS - Bachelor of Science in Soil And Waste Resources.

Hanna Lee, of Chisago City, received a Bachelor of Science degree, Therapeutic Recreation Major, with Honors, at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s 105th annual Spring Commencement May 10.

Scott Johnson, a Cambridge-Isanti High School graduate and science teacher at Century High School, has been chosen to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). 

The Presidential Award represents the highest honor a math or science teacher can receive for their contributions to the teaching and learning of science and mathematics. Awardees will receive a citation signed by President Obama and a $10,000 award from NSF at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC, at a later date.

Johnson has a B.A. in science education from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and a M.S. in education from the University of North Dakota. 

He has been an educator for 19 years with 16 of them at CHS teaching chemistry, anatomy and physiology. Scott is the department chair at Century and is involved in many levels of curriculum development on committees at the district level. He is also the president-elect for the North Dakota Science Teachers Association.

The PAEMST program, administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy states, “Scott’s passion for teaching is exhibited in his interactive and investigative approaches. Students are constantly challenged to explore the depths of their understanding through hands-on investigations and to use their knowledge to explain the latest scientific developments in a wide variety of applications. For his students, the science classroom is an environment of scientific inquiry and a never-waning desire to learn how new information can be used to solve real-world problems. The possibilities for future implementations are limitless. Students are encouraged to never stop dreaming and to continue honing the skills to make those dreams a reality.”

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