Faith Kowalke of Sartell is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council. Kowalke is currently studying agricultural education at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. The council awarded a total $25,000 to college students who plan to study agricultural education at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, the University of Minnesota-Crookston, and Southwest Minnesota State University.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota recognized Sartell mentors for their roles helping young people and advocating for the mentor program. Central Minnesota Big Brother of the Year for 2020 is Chris Wieland, who has been a mentor for five years. Central Minnesota Big Couple of the Year for 2020 is Tami and Randy Kruzel, mentors for three years. Local mentor candidates represent Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota in the statewide competition. The state selects one outstanding mentor in each category to represent Minnesota in a national competition. In addition to receiving the local title, Wieland was selected as the Minnesota State Big Brother of the Year.
St. Cloud State University sophomore Marena Kouba of Sartell and graduate of Sartell High School has been named to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America All-America team for the 2019-20 season. Because of the cancellation of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships after the first day of competition, the CSCAA Board adjusted the selection criteria for each division. In the 200 medley relay, Kouba, Alexis Burroughs, Kasey Milstroh and Chelsea Gehrke added an All-America award in the women’s 200 medley relay with a 14th place finish at the 2020 NCAA meet.
Spencer Meier of Sartell and graduate of Sartell High School, recently completed his sophomore season as a defenseman for the St. Cloud State University men’s hockey team. Meier played in 34 games for the Huskies this season, scoring four goals and tallying six assists for a 10-point season. A two-time Academic All-National Collegiate Hockey Conference selection, Meier had 54 blocked shots and 54 shots on goal during the 2019-20 season.