June 26 St. Joseph people

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Zachery Heyne of St. Joseph received a bachelor’s degree in construction management during May 9 graduation from Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Amanda Beninga of St. Joseph earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing degree from Western Governors University, Salt Lake City.


Brady Birch of St. Joseph was recently named to the spring semester dean’s list for maintaining a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher at the University of Jamestown, North Dakota.


Cooper Gerads, son of Amy and Tom Gerads of St. Joseph, was named to the spring semester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts. To achieve the dean’s list, a grade-point average of at least 3.666 is needed. 


Marisa Gaetz, daughter of Rose and Rick Gaetz of St. Joseph, has been awarded a Hertz Fellowship. She is a senior at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and will graduate with a degree in mathematics and a minor in philosophy. She will attend MIT in the fall to pursue her PhD.

Marisa Gaetz


The St. John’s Boys’ Choir received a $7,000 grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board for Boys on Broadway 2020 annual musical theatrical performance that engages boys in exploring artistic elements such as choreography, staging and acting under the guidance of theater professionals and presented October 2020 in Collegeville.


MacKenzie Huesers of St. Joseph has been named to the spring semester dean’s list for achieving a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher at Winona State University.


Kandra Schmitz, Andrew Weisser and Kathryn Schmitz of St. Joseph received scholarships from Catholic United Financial.


Noel Teigen of St. Joseph was named to the spring semester dean’s list for earning a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher at the University of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


Seven St. Joseph students were named to the spring semester dean’s list at North Dakota State University, Fargo. A student must earn a 3.50 grade-point average to qualify. They are: Courtney Deters, Morgan Eisenschenk, Nicholas Gill, Alisha Ophoven, Nicole Preusser, Olivia Skudlarek and Jeremy Warzecka.  


Haley Schleper of St. Joseph was named to the spring semester president’s list at Central Lakes College, Brainerd. The president’s list includes students who have earned a grade-point average of 3.75 to 4.0 while enrolled for at least 12 credits.


Kennedy Community School was one of 67 public schools recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education for successful work using Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports, a data-driven program that provides training and support to promote positive student behavior, especially for students facing challenges inside and outside of the classroom.

One important area of focus for the program is on decreasing disparities in discipline, which have historically had negative impacts on educational outcomes for students of color, American Indian students and students with disabilities.


Madeline Haeg of St. Joseph was named to the spring semester dean’s list at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Dean’s list students achieve a grade-point average in the top 15 percent of students.


Caitlyn Alderink of St. Joseph was named to the spring semester dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Aldernik, an elementary education major, earned a grade-point average of at least 3.5. 


Erich Beckmann

Erich Beckmann of St. Joseph was recently recognized as the Academic Excellence award recipient from Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis.

Beckmann has been a model student during his time in the program and the award recognizes his own work and work as a team member in group projects. One of his major milestones was getting one of the instructors started in filming lectures and demos. Beckmann accepted a position as a product design drafter at Graco.

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