Bryan Groff, son of Sandy and Tim Groff of St. Joseph, graduated from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth. Groff graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, cum laude, which requires a cumulative 3.5-3.75 grade-point average.
Jessica Warzecka, daughter of Sandy and Keith Warzecka of St. Joseph, is the recipient of the Presidential Distinction Scholarship from Concordia College, Moorhead. Warzecka is a 2015 graduate of Sartell High School.
Amber Sunder of St. Joseph, was recently named to the spring dean’s list at Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn. Eligibility is based on a minimum 3.5 grade-point average.
Three local students have been recognized as Top Ten Seniors at St. John’s Preparatory School in Collegeville.
Hannah Moen is the daughter of Kathleen and Michael Moen of Avon. Moen was a member of the following: the Knowledge Bowl team for six years; track for five years; the game club for six years; the jazz band for four years; the chamber choir for two years; and, she has participated in two fall plays and six spring musicals. Moen will receive an International Baccalaureate Diploma, an optional two-year program of rigorous study during a student’s junior and senior years. Moen will attend the School of Mines and Technology majoring in metallurgical engineering.
Emily Powers, daughter of Bridget and James Powers of Collegeville, was a member of the cross country team her senior year. She was a contributor to the school literary magazine, The Triangle, for three years as well as an artist and editor her senior year. She was also a contributor to the school newspaper, The Prep Post, for four years and was copy editor her junior year and co-editor-in-chief her senior year. She was also a peer mentor her senior year. Powers has not yet decided on where to attend college but plans to major in classical studies.
Sarah Schrup, daughter of Myra and Thomas Schrup of St. Joseph, has been a member of the following: the National Honor Society for two years, serving one year as vice president; the cross country team for six years, serving as a captain her senior year; and, a member of the track and field team for four years. Schrup was in two SJP spring musicals and was active in the after-school tutoring program for one year, in which she was also the president. She has participated in ‘She’s the First’ for two years. Schrup will receive an International Baccalaureate Diploma, an optional two-year program of rigorous study during a student’s junior and senior years. Schrup will be attending George Washington University in D.C. where she plans to major in biomedical engineering.
Student Council President Thomas Skahen of St. Joseph will gave the senior address during graduation ceremonies May 23.
Two area students recently received $1,000 video scholarships from Central Minnesota Credit Union. They are the following: Michelle Lahr of St. Joseph and Emily Tschida of Avon. A total of $17,000 in scholarships was awarded; $14,000 in video scholarships, and $3,000 for essay scholarships. Every year, CMCU offers scholarships to CMCU members to further their education at a two- or four-year college.
This year, more than 160 students applied for the scholarships throughout CMCU’s field of membership. Video scholarships were based on a creative and unique 30- to 60-second video based on the guideline: “Demonstrate how CMCU has been centered on you and why people should go to CMCU for their financial needs.” Essay scholarships were required to answer the same question.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to present these students with scholarships,” said Rick Odenthal, CMCU President/CEO. “They are our future leaders and we encourage them to continue to work hard and make a difference.”
Four St. Joseph students of Cathedral High School were recently inducted into the Crusader Chapter of the National Honor Society.
They are the following: Tom Hawkins, sophomore, son of Erinn and Andrew Hawkins; Lexi Weisser, sophomore, daughter of Ann and Erik Weisser; Amber Klein, junior, daughter of Denise and Brian Klein; and Elizabeth Thell, junior, daughter of Janelle and Michael Thell.
The NHS ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. Selection for membership is based upon excellence in four areas of a student’s life: scholarship, leadership, service and character.
Adam Giroux, St. Joseph, recently earned his bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering technology from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Madisen Kramer, St. Joseph, was recently named to the spring dean’s list at Champlain College, Burlington, Vt. Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher to qualify. Kramer is majoring in marketing.