May 29 Sartell-St. Stephen people

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Nineteen Sartell students graduated this spring from Sauk Rapids-Rice High School.

They are the following: Anna Borsvold, Andrew Brennhofer, Maren Buss, Nicole Christiansen, Jonathon Friedrich, Mackenzy Hassett, Brandon Hejhal, Brooke Kramer, Amber Kutzorik, Tyler Lee, Makenna Mohs, Josie Roering, Nicholas Schmitt, Sean Stidmon, Megan Stockinger, Conner Sura, Chloe Thomas, Trace Wagner and Jacob Weyer.

Fifteen Sartell students graduated this spring from Cathedral High School.

They are the following: Anthony Botz, Tricia Castro, Elizabeth Chandler, Shane Corbett, Maxwell Ehlen, Grace Falconer, Elizabeth Hamak, Alexandra Illies, Rebecca Loberg, Brienna Lunde, Jordann Swingle, Franklin Tomczik, Nathan Warner, Lauren Yelle and Jonathon Zabinski.

Four Sartell students were among the Top Ten 2020 graduates from Cathedral High School.

They are the following: Anthony Botz,  Tricia Castro, Shane Corbett and Elizabeth Hamak.

Botz, son of Chantel Braegelmann and Chris Botz, plans to pursue a degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana; Castro, daughter of Gemma Linn and Nathaniel Castro, plans to major in health promotion and disease prevention while pursuing a pre-med track at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles; Corbett, son of Kelly and Philip Corbett, plans to study business at North Dakota State University, Fargo; Hamak, daughter of Bridget and Scott Hamak, plans to pursue a degree in political science and communications at the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph.











Four Sartell students graduated this spring from St. John’s Preparatory School, Collegeville.

They are the following: Benjamin Martin, Ana Carolina “Carol” Vieira de Magalhães, Jeremiah Weber and Luc Westling.

Martin, son of Nadine Martin, will attend St. John’s University, Collegeville; Vieira de Magalhães, daughter of Elen and Jaceguai Magalhães, will attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois; Weber, son of Kari and Stephen Weber, will attend St. Olaf College in Northfield; Westling, son of Seung-Lim Westling and Craig Westling, will attend Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Four St. Stephen students graduated this spring from Holdingford High School. 

They are the following: JoAnna Gebel, Blake Niemeyer, Taylor Pogatchnik and Elizabeth Rudser.

Five Sartell students graduated this spring from Apollo High School.

They are the following: Moulid Ahmed, Autumn Bravo, Hunter Madison, Arien Pestana-Mata and Kate Shelstad.

Devon Tracy of St. Stephen graduated this spring from Apollo High School.

Two Sartell students graduated this spring from Albany High School. They are the following: Olivia Harren and Jadyn Peitz.

Five Sartell students graduated May 9 from Minnesota State University, Mankato. The students are Nathan Boenish, bachelor’s in finance; Kira Haglin, bachelor’s in communication disorders, summa cum laude; Mckenna Hupf, bachelor’s in sociology; Hannah Tilstra, master’s in industrial/organizational psychology; and Kelsi Zyvoloski, bachelor’s in accounting, magna cum laude.

Jack Verkuilen of Sartell graduated May 10 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.

Three Sartell-St. Stephen area students graduated from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. They are Brooke Traut, master’s in nursing, St. Stephen; Olivia Garner, bachelor’s in graphic design, a Sartell High School graduate from Moorhead; and Ryan Schwieters, bachelor’s in construction management, a Cathedral High School graduate from Sartell.

Senior Marena Kouba of Sartell and graduate of Sartell High School has been selected as one of the team captains for the St. Cloud State University women’s swim and dive team.

Marena Kouba

Three Sartell High School students have received Federated Challenge Scholarships from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota.

The students are Jaeger Johnson and Dana Justin, who will be attending St. Cloud Technical & Community College, and Kendrick Sindt, who will be attending Dunwoody Institute of Technology. 

Each student received an award between $1,000 to $5,000 per year and it is a renewable scholarship. The Federated Challenge Scholarship, made possible by Federated Insurance and the Federated Challenge, awards deserving Big Brothers Big Sisters’ program participants who plan to continue their education in a non-four year post-secondary program that is focused on apprenticeship, certificate, trade school, technical or community college.

Kendrick Sindt

Dana Justin

Jaeger Johnson

Jessica Lemke, a freshman from Sartell, was named to the dean’s list for fall and spring semesters at Creighton University. A grade-point average of 3.5 or higher is required for the dean’s list.

Sartell High School’s yearbook program has been named a Jostens 2020 National Yearbook Program of Excellence. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while helping students develop 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, and information and communication technologies literacy. 

The Sartell High School award-winning yearbook program is led by Editors Carter Potthoff, Kiley Rodarmel and James Smith under the direction of Angie Heckman, yearbook adviser.  Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence Awards are presented twice a year, in spring and in fall based on the yearbook’s arrival date at the school. The award was presented to the Sartell  yearbook for achieving the defined criteria in creating an inclusive yearbook, generating school engagement and successfully managing the yearbook creation process.

Staff members are: Hailey Anderson. McKenna  Anderson, Safaa Asif, Hannah Bjelland, Jacob Bjelland, Aniya Bye, Kendal  Coffin, Alex Daniel, Emily  Davis, Elizabeth Dille, Emerson Dyer, Aidan Forberg, Hannah Frank, Austin Frauenholtz, Emma Gent, Shaelyn Hagen, Riley Hauck, Andrew Heckman, Belle Heinen, Brianna Hollenkamp, Emilie Houge, Mathieu Jobin. Cody Lantis, Maliah Nemeth-Grabinski. Dalton  Notsch, Alexis Nygaard, Anya Overlien, Shauna Schmidt, Isabella Schmitt, Ivy  Senn, Claire Shaw, Michala Van Heel, Morgan Vosberg, Abdul Wadood and Faith Wettstein.



Author: Janelle Von Pinnon

Von Pinnon has been publishing the St. Joseph Newsleader since 1989, the Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader since 1995 and the Sauk Rapids-Rice Newsleader since 2015. She graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with degrees in mass communications (with an emphasis on print journalism) and biology. She lives in southeast St. Cloud with her husband and two children.

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