From the Desk

Last week was a great week in the district! We interviewed and hired many teachers for the next school year, Dollars for Scholars awarded $60,000 to 64 senior students, McKinley students reached their Jump Rope for Hearts fundraising goal, th grade held their Honors Breakfast, Special Olympics basketball tournament was a highlight in our KSS Gold Gym, FFA presented state awards, and the all state choir and band students were named!

Congratulations to…

Isabella Nehk, Madeline Godwin, and Elias Torkelson for being selected to the 2018-2019 All State Choir and Mary Grotberg, Caleb Danielson, Andrew Danielson and Chloe Schindler for being selected to All State Band. Also, congratulations to the Fergus Falls FFA Ag Sales team consisting of Layne Smith, Natalie Swanson, Syanne Jepson and Evan Norenberg for placing fifth at the state competition; with Natalie Swanson placing third and Layne Smith placing fifth overall — outstanding!

Dollars for Scholars donors and recipients

On Wednesday, April 25, the local chapter of Dollars for Scholars awarded $60,000 to 64 students from the Class of 2018! 

These scholarship recipients include: Anna Nelson Memorial Scholarship-Maxwell King; Bank of the West Scholarship-Jacob Rasmussen; Bechtel Memorial Scholarship (Legacy)-Samuel Ihrke and Zakary Zwiers; Beverly Gerhardson Paulson Memorial Scholarship (Legacy)-Karissa Ellingson and Emma Uhrich; Robert and Mildred Hansen Scholarship-Cole Mahler; Robert Block Scholarship-Clancy Oliphant; Sample Memorial Scholarship-Marinda Hauge; Service Food Market Scholarship-Sara King; StoneL Scholarship-Eric Konynenbelt; TJ Krivanek Memorial Scholarship-Ronald Becker; Tom Uvaas Boys Swimming Scholarship-William Prody; VFW Post 612 Good Citizen Scholarship-Jacob Halvorson and Katelyn Strand; Beverly Gerhardson Paulson Scholarship-Sarah Huffman; Gordon Gerhardson Memorial Scholarship-Jared Kuehl; Helmer Otto Gerhardson Scholarship-Hunter Eldien; Lloyd and Beverly Paulson Vocational Scholarship-Brooke Grewe, Abigail Lemke, Jackson Nelson, Noah Raitz and Jonathan Steinbach; Rudolph “Duffy” Gerhardson Scholarship-Sydney Albertson; Bremer Bank Scholarship-Bradley Moxness; Charles B. Hyslop Memorial Scholarship-Nicholas Hohrman; Mark Olson Noon Rotary Scholarship-Dustin Norgren; Mary Beth Wedum Scholarship-Emily Wollenweber; Mary Lee Anderson Nord Scholarship-Hannah Fietek; Paul and Mary Ann Anderson Scholarship-Alyssa Martin; Northern Lakes Dental Scholarship-Emilee Solberg; Otter Tail Corporation Scholarship-Jakob Brimhall; Otter Tail Power Company Scholarship-Maggie Salwei; Ottertail Telcom/Park Region Telephone Scholarship-Ryan Wilson; Ottertail Coaches Scholarship-Thomas Bowman;  Jim and Arlene Palmer Family Scholarship-Alexander Muchow and Nathan Zierden; John and Kim Erickson Scholarship-Jack Jacobs; Keith and Kim Olson Scholarship-Emily Haugmo; Lake Region Healthcare Corporation Scholarship-Shantanu Mallick; Lake Region Healthcare Foundation Scholarship-Hannah Murphy; Learn, Share, Repeat Scholarship-Hannah Eckhardt; Connie Knapp/Sue Lewis 25th Anniversary Celebration Scholarship-Kellie Sullivan; Conrad G. Blegstad Scholarship-Grace Kelly, Constance Rostad, Kate Kotschevar; Damien Jacklitch Memorial Scholarship-Thomas Mattson; Dorn & Co., Inc. Scholarship-Jacob Marvel; Dr. Frank Veden Scholarship-Deanna Hurley; Eagles Aerie #2339 Scholarships-Paul Dummer, Nathanael Frustol and Katie Minge; Eugene Eckhoff Memorial Scholarship-Brady Hunter; Excel Plastics Vocational Scholarship-Levi Danielson; Fergus Falls Business and Professional Women Scholarship-Paige Schultz; Fergus Falls Education Association Scholarship-Eve Murphy; Fred Evenson Jr. Memorial Scholarship-Nathan Longtin; Gene and Dorothy Porter Scholarship-Benjamin Nuss; Gordon Bakken Memorial Scholarship-Joseph Grecco; Joan and Gordon Bakken Scholarship-Kendra Quam; Gordon Johnson Scholarship-Camryn Appert; Guy and Pam Olson Scholarship-Rosemary Rundquist; Henry and Elizabeth Cowles Memorial Scholarship-Daniel Isaac; Isaiah Anderson Memorial Scholarship-Logan Wentworth; and Jerry and Karen Ness Family Scholarship-Harrison Christensen.

Above and beyond

Our custodians regularly go above and beyond their regular duties. Here is one example from our Cleveland teacher, Ms. Krause: “I know everyone at Cleveland does so much for the students, but I want to give a shout out to Al (Friedrich) for making one little girl’s day. Al dug through the lunch garbage in search of a ring that was accidentally dumped into the trash. The ring was special to her and she was very sad when she realized she had accidentally thrown it. Her face sure lit up when Al came into the room with the sanitized ring. Thank you for making her day!”

Jerry Ness is the superintendent of the Fergus Falls School District. His column appears Wednesday.

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