Four St. Joseph St. John’s Prep students were recently named as new members of the National Honor Society, Virgil Michel Chapter.
They are the following: Leela Cofell, junior, daughter of Monica Cofell, St. Joseph, and David Cofell, St. Cloud; Gabrielle Martone, junior, daughter of Lisa and Mark Martone; Clare Pfannenstein, sophomore, daughter of Joan and Patrick Pfannenstein; and Sarah Schrup, sophomore, daughter of Myra and Thomas Schrup.
Two St. Joseph students recently received scholarships from Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa.
They are the following: Amanda Walz, the Thorwald and Josephine Thorson scholarship and Amelia Walz, the Bill Smith scholarship.
Benjamin Carlson, son of Tom and Michelle Carlson of St. Joseph, is one of 18 students from the College of Saint Benedict and St. John’s University who recently presented their undergraduate research at the 27th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Carlson, a senior environmental studies major at SJU, presented “Lending a Farm Hand: Assessing the Challenges Facing Beginning Farmers in Minnesota.” His adviser is Jean Lavigne, associate professor of environmental studies at CSB and SJU. In addition to the students, two CSB and SJU faculty members also made the trip to the conference – Michael Borka, associate professor of education, and Beth Pettitt, adjunct professor of biology. Approximately 3,500 students representing 45 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, attended the conference, which included three plenary speakers: polar explorer Will Steger; Hazel Barton, associate professor of biology and geology and environmental science at the University of Akron; and Native American singer and songwriter Bill Miller. NCUR, which began in 1987 at the University of North Carolina Asheville, is held annually to promote undergraduate research and creative activity in all fields of study. Students present their research via posters, oral presentations, and performing and visual arts sessions.
St. John’s Prep was named first runner-up in the “A” Division at the Minnesota Service Cooperatives’ State Knowledge Bowl Meet held April 11-12 at Cragun’s near Brainerd. They were in the top 44 teams out of more than 800 across the state.
Kennedy Students compete at state Future Problem Solving
Kennedy school had four teams compete in the state Future Problem Solving meet held April 6 at Forest Lake High School. The topic for this meet was Ocean Soup. Students researched and brainstormed challenges and solutions to solve the problem of pollution in our oceans. Students competed in both the written and oral presentation competition. The eighth-grade team took first place for the middle division in the oral presentation of their action plan. Team members included Riley Zimmer, Maddie Haeg, Tyler Kelley and Mitchell Grelson. Other team members included sixth-graders: Caity Popp, Jack Taufen, Colby Louwagie, Taylor Nordine, Logan Bakken, Olivia Hoeschen, Lucy Pelzel, Cooper Gerads, Jacob Walgren and Tyler Gaetz. Seventh-grade team members included: Will Clark, Hope Hartwig, Shaelyn Hilbrands and Angie Stolt. The teams are coached by Michaelene Lucia.