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6 to be inducted into Fargo South Hall of Fame

Laurie Schlenker graduated from Fargo South High School in 1979, and has been a guidance counselor at South since 1989.1 / 6
Susan Gigstad, retired Fargo South High School English teacher.2 / 6
David Brynteson, Fargo South High School Class of 1990.3 / 6
Richard Rohla, Fargo South High School Class of 1971.4 / 6
Lance Josal, Fargo South High School Class of 1973.5 / 6
Paul Lundstrom, Fargo South High School Class of 1986.6 / 6

FARGO — South High School will induct five graduates — including one who is a longtime guidance counselor at South — and a former faculty member into its Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 15.

The 2017 class of inductees includes: David Brynteson (class of 1990), Paul Lundstrom (1986), Laurie Schlenker (1979), Lance Josal (1973), Richard Rohla (1971) and former teacher Susan Gigstad.

The dinner and induction ceremony starts at 5 p.m. in the South High Commons, followed at 7 p.m. by the Bruins' homecoming football game in the school stadium against the Fargo North Spartans.

The new Hall of Fame members will be introduced at halftime of the football game.

Tickets for the dinner and induction are $10 and can be purchased through the end of the workday Tuesday, Sept. 12, by calling (701) 446-2011 or by stopping in the South High main office at 1840 15th Ave. S.

• Schlenker, called a "true Bruin" by former South Principal Richard Warner, is a South graduate who returned to the school in 1989 to work as a guidance counselor. She holds bachelor's degrees in psychology from Minnesota State University Moorhead and English from North Dakota State University, and a master's in secondary counseling and guidance from NDSU. She also was a teacher and guidance counselor at Fargo Shanley High School.

• Josal is president and CEO of Dallas-based Callison RTKL Inc., an architectural firm known worldwide. He helped expand the firm, particularly in Asia and the Middle East. He holds bachelor's degrees in art and architecture from NDSU.

• Lundstrom runs a dermatology practice in northwestern Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in 1995.

• Rohla has been a family practice doctor for more than 35 years. He was named doctor of the year at Essentia Health in 2012. He worked in migrant clinics in the 1970s and 1980s. He has also been a member of the Master Chorale of Fargo-Moorhead for nearly 30 years.

• Brynteson is an Air Force colonel and a decorated command pilot, spending most of his more than 2,500 flight hours piloting the F-15E Strike Eagle fighter plane. He has flown combat sorties in every major conflict in the Middle East during his career. He has a bachelor's degree from the Air Force Academy and master's degrees in aerospace technology, and national security and strategic studies.

• Gigstad is a former English teacher who was one of the first literacy coaches in the Fargo School District and helped develop classes at NDSU. "She inspired students, pushed students, and made them believe they could succeed," said Deb Dillon, a former South dean of students.

Helmut Schmidt

Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including education, Fargo city government, business and military affairs. He is currently The Forum's K-12 education reporter.

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