Brian Meyer, from Moorhead Area Public Schools, Horizon Middle School East, eighth-grade health teacher, is a semifinalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. He is one of 40 potential candidates



Adrianna Kallis, Fargo, a senior at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, ranked among the top 2 percent of students in the school’s engineering college.



Benjamin W. Vetter. Special to the Forum
Benjamin W. Vetter. Special to the Forum

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U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman Benjamin W. Vetter graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Vetter earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Abigail C. and Tyler J. Vetter and brother of Andrew J. Vetter of West Fargo. He is a 2018 graduate of West Fargo Sheyenne High School.



Katherine Anderson. Special to the Forum
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Katherine Anderson of Hawley, Minn., was recently named the 2019 North Dakota Miss Agriculture USA Queen. Miss Agriculture USA promotes, celebrates and educates about the diverse aspects of agriculture. Anderson is the 20-year-old daughter of Dan Anderson and Lynette Robertson of Hawley. She graduated from Hawley High School in 2016 and is attending North Dakota State University (NDSU) for her bachelor of science degree in agricultural systems management.

Her agricultural interests include caring for dairy cattle, showing dairy heifers, working on old tractors and volunteering at events like Living Ag in the Classroom and Moo’s, Ewe’s and More, which are both hosted by NDSU agriculture college clubs. She was also a member of the Hawley Future Farmers of America chapter and is the secretary of both the NDSU Bison Dairy Club and NDSU Grandma Needle-crafting Club, of which she is a founding member.

Anderson will be competing at the National Miss Agriculture USA Queen competition to be held in Ohio on June 29.



Pat Johnson. Special to the Forum
Pat Johnson. Special to the Forum

Pat Johnson, West Fargo High School softball coach, has been named a finalist for the 2019 National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s (NHSACA) National Softball Coach of the Year Award. Johnson is one of eight finalists for the award, and the only from North Dakota; the other seven finalists are from Connecticut, Mississippi, Nevada, Louisiana, Iowa, Oklahoma and New Mexico. All eight finalists will be honored at the 2019 NHSACA National Convention to be held on June 26 in Bismarck.

Award selection is based on a coach’s longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years and overall winning percentage.



The following students have been named to the 2018 fall semester dean's list at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. To qualify for the dean's list, a student must complete 12 or more letter-graded credits while attaining a 3.66 grade point average. Fargo: Grace Aas, freshman, College of Liberal Arts; Jasmine M Chao, senior, College of Liberal Arts; Gillian Dahl, junior, Col of Educ/Human Development; Haley L Diers, senior, College of Liberal Arts; Alex A. Fairfield Johnson, senior, Col of Educ/Human Development; Ellie K. Hammes, freshman, College of Liberal Arts; Lydia L. Hanna, senior, Carlson School of Management; Laurie E. Heggedal, junior, College of Liberal Arts; Jessica L. Hendrickson, junior, College of Liberal Arts; Trae T. Larson, junior, College of Design; Jeffery X. Liu, sophomore, College of Liberal Arts; Jacob A. Preisler, freshman, College of Liberal Arts; Carmen M. Ross, senior, College of Liberal Arts; Natalie Schalow, sophomore, College of Liberal Arts; Jennifer S. Shaw, senior, College of Liberal Arts; Natalie A. Shaw, junior, College of Liberal Arts; James E. Slagle, sophomore, Carlson School of Management; Carolyn J Solberg, sophomore, College of Liberal Arts; Magnolia M. Talbott, freshman, Carlson School of Management; Evan M. Wiemken, sophomore, College of Liberal Arts; Karly O. Wright, senior, Col of Food, Agr Nat Res Sci. Moorhead: Paige Dispirito, junior, College of Liberal Arts; Emma Estrella, sophomore, College of Liberal Arts; Alexandra S. Kooima, senior, Coll of Contin Prof Studies; Lance P, Morlock, freshman, Col of Educ/Human Development; Seamus P. Neill, senior, College of Liberal Arts; Cooper V, Tietz, junior, Col of Educ/Human Development. West Fargo: Abigail Harford, senior, Col of Educ/Human Development; Gurtaran K, Johal, freshman, College of Liberal Arts; Megan E, Kercher, sophomore, College of Liberal Arts; Akriti Saxena, junior, Carlson School of Management.



Alexander Kauffman, West Fargo, was named to the Fall 2018 president's list at Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing, Minn.



The North Dakota Association of Secondary School Principals has selected seven West Fargo High School and four Sheyenne High School seniors for the 2019 North Dakota Academic All-State Teams: 2019 Academic All-State Gold Team: Seth Benson and Brooke Prochaska. 2019 Academic All-State Silver Team: Preeti Chemiti, Isaac Brooks, Kamden Baer. 2019 Academic All-State Honorable Mention: Seth Ouellette, Eugenie Ishimwe, Ryan Schlepp, Sariyah Hossain, Jordan Milbrath, Logan Ryan, Dhruvika Patel, and Kelly Johnson.

High school seniors are nominated by their school principal and compete for the honor on a statewide basis in both Class A and Class B divisions. Student selection is based on overall GPA, ACT or SAT test scores, extracurricular activities, community involvement and leadership qualities.



Ben Bryant. Special to the Forum
Ben Bryant. Special to the Forum

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Boone Campus student Ben Bryant, Fargo, was recently inducted into the Tau Phi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. He was among the 38 DMACC Boone Campus students who attended the induction ceremony. To be eligible, a student must be enrolled in a two-year college, have completed at least 12 hours of coursework leading to an associate degree program and have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.



Heather Carkhuff, Fargo, graduated with a master of science degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Dubuque at the school’s December commencement ceremony.



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