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Ceremony honors alumni [UPDATED]

Published 9:46am Thursday, May 17, 2012 Updated 11:48am Thursday, May 17, 2012

On May 7, the Fergus Falls High School held its annual award ceremony for seniors, Distinguished Alumni and the Hall of Fame.

I would like to thank the Activities Department — Gary Schuler and Sue Thorsen — for the evening’s success. I would also like to congratulate all of the award winners and inductees:

• Fine Arts Awards: Sarah Langbehn, Valerie Hart, Sarah Bowman, Samantha Green, Sam Banerji, Jesse Johnson, Genevieve Junkert, Danae Rodriguez and Crystal Martin

• Outstanding Visual Artist: Blayze Buseth for his high achievements in presentation and completion of artwork. Blayze was the winner of the Fargo Street Fair Contest in his pottery work and also received Best of Show and Honorable Mention awards at the M State Art Show.

• Theatre Department — Outstanding Achievement Award: Genevieve Junkert, Lucie Krivanek and Bradley Muckey

• Outstanding Senior Choir Members: Sam Wasberg and Lexi Wedll

• All-State Choir Award: Sarah Bowman, Delaney Schara, Lexi Wedll and Sam Wasberg

• All-State Orchestra Awards: Andrew and William Eerdmans


Distinguished alumni

Anthony Preus, Class of 1954, was the first Rhodes Scholar from Fergus Falls. He graduated from Luther College and attended Trinity College, Oxford, on a Rhodes Scholarship, earning a second B.A. and an M.A. Since 1964, he has taught at Binghamton University in Binghamton, N.Y., where his areas of specialty and research include ancient Greek philosophy, classical languages and medical ethics.

Gary Clambey, a 1963 graduate of Fergus Falls High School, attended Fergus Falls State Junior College, North Dakota State University (B.S. and M.S.) and Iowa State University (Ph.D.) Clambey has earned multiple awards for teaching and service contributions, including NDSU’s Distinguished Educator Award.


Geneva Eschweiler — Arts Hall of Fame

Geneva had an indelible impact on vocal music during her career in Fergus Falls. Her career began in the public schools in 1948, and she expanded her involvement to community and church vocal groups. From 1962-68, she was director of choral activities at the Fergus Falls Community College.


Wally Pearson — Distinguished Service

Wally Pearson graduated in 1961 from Concordia College, earning degrees in chemistry and math. He began a 29-year career as a math teacher in Fergus Falls in 1966, and in 1975 was named Teacher of the Year. Pearson was a founder of the Backcourt Club in 1978 and the Otter Basketball Camp in 1968, directing the camp until 1986.


Jon Pontius — Athletic Hall of Fame

As a senior, Jon Pontius was the state champion in the high, long and triple jumps. His high jump mark of seven feet, one-half inch remains one of the state’s all-time bests. At West Point, Pontius broke records in the high jump, decathlon and pentathlon, and in 1997 he became an NCAA Division I All-American in the decathlon. Pontius was a two-event All-Armed Forces selection in track and field in 1998 and in 2000, and he was a five-event champion in the 2004 International Police and Fire Games.


Robotics Team Selected for State Competition

Congratulations to the Fergus Falls High School Robotics team for being selected for the state meet. The event will be held at Williams Arena and the entire competition is slated to take place on Saturday, May 19.

The morning event schedule will include four straight hours of qualifying rounds. It is intended that each of the 24 teams play in about 10 qualifying matches. That is about 2.5 matches per hour for each team — a very aggressive schedule.

Bill Swanson, robotics advisor, hopes the motors have time to cool off.

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