May 31 Sartell-St. Stephen people

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Home Instead Senior Care has named Barb Hoffman its 2019 North American CareGiver of the Year. The award is the highest accolade for the organization’s more than 65,000 CareGivers throughout North America. Hoffman, of Waite Park, has been a Home Instead CareGiver for eight years. Waite Park Home Instead Senior Care serves Sartell, St. Stephen and St. Joseph. Hoffman was recognized for the extraordinary energy, talent, spirit and hard work she brings to serving others.


Chloe Spoden, daughter of Gary and Brenda Spoden of Sartell, received the $10,000 Presidential Honor Award Scholarship at North Dakota State University. The scholarship recognizes students who scored a 29 to 31 on the ACT and high academic achievement. Spoden will enter North Dakota State in the fall and plans to major in animal science. 


Sartell High School graduate Rebecca Elliott, daughter of John and Annette Elliott of Rice, graduated magna cum laude on May 5 with a degree in music education from Concordia College, Moorhead.


Two Sartell students graduated spring semester from Winona State University. Reagan Buske graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in data science. Samantha Czeck graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in nursing.


Eighteen Sartell students recently graduated from Sauk Rapids High School.

They are the following: Braden Burggraff, Cassandra Cotten, Andrea Fields, Sebastian Habiger-Gertken, Tianna Hanson, Kieran Idzerda, Madison Jennings, Noah Kuehl, Grace Middendorf, Soleil Newland, Nikolas Oxley, Sean Stidmon, Logan Stockinger, Cole Tenvoorde, Samuel Towne, Ryver Victorian, Tyler Vo and Morgan Weisen.

Eleven Sartell students recently graduated from Cathedral High School.

They are the following: Jackson Baustian Jangula, Peter Berg, Riley Halstrom, Molly Herker, Hallie Hupf, Jackson Kent, Samuel Larson, Luke Schmidt, Brooke Schwieters, Maya Van Erp and Torrie Zimmerman.

Five St. Stephen students recently graduated from Holdingford High School.

They are the following: Meghan Hicks, Mackenzie Oberg, Tyson Patrick, Britany Paggen and Levi Wallenstein.

Nikolai Jenson, Sartell, recently graduated from ROCORI High School in Cold Spring.

Samantha Kotaska, Sartell, recently graduated from Holdingford High School.

Eleven Sartell students recently graduated from Apollo High School.

They are the following: Istahil Ahmed, Dustin Bilben, Tianna Czech, Sydney Doto, Amber Moon, Cheyanne Nyquist, Kallista Phommavongxay, Lauren Schofield, Ellie Shelstad, Tia Smith and Lariah Washington.

Maxwell Svensson, son of Meg and Michael Svensson of Sartell, recently graduated as a homeschooled student. He plans to start his own business and begin his life as an entrepreneur.

Five Sartell students, one posthumously, recently graduated from St. John’s Prep.

They are following: Samantha Beckers, daughter of Kristin and Shawn Beckers; Tina Chen, daughter of LiChun and Wanyi Chen; Anya Hulsebus, daughter of Wendy and Spencer Hulsebus; Cormac Smith, son of Penelope and Daniel Smith; and †Ian Lo, son of Rachel Schuneman and Yang Lo. Lo passed away unexpectedly in July of 2017. He is still very much a part of the Class of 2019. His sister, Sydney ‘16, accepted his diploma on behalf of his family. The Class of 2019 is planting a tree in his honor.

Chloe Spoden, daughter of Brenda and Gary Spoden of Sartell, received the $10,000 Presidential Honor Award Scholarship at North Dakota State University, Fargo. The scholarship recognizes students who scored a 29 to 31 on the ACT and high academic achievement. Spoden will enter NDSU in the fall and plans to major in animal science. 

Sartell High School graduate Rebecca Elliott, daughter of Annette and John Elliott of Rice, graduated magna cum laude on May 5 with a degree in music education from Concordia College, Moorhead.

Two Sartell students graduated spring semester from Winona State University. Reagan Buske graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in data science. Samantha Czeck graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Home Instead Senior Care has named Barb Hoffman its 2019 North American CareGiver of the Year. The award is the highest accolade for the organization’s more than 65,000 CareGivers throughout North America. Hoffman, of Waite Park, has been a Home Instead CareGiver for eight years. Waite Park Home Instead Senior Care serves Sartell, St. Stephen and St. Joseph. Hoffman was recognized for the extraordinary energy, talent, spirit and hard work she brings to serving others.

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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