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Namedroppers: Yalonda Nelson

• Yalonda Nelson recently received a scholarship award of $500 from the Minnesota chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce. Nelson is a senior at Wadena-Deer Creek High School and a member of the German III class and the German Club. The $500 award was for taking second place in an essay contest. She wrote a 400-word essay in German on the topic: "Germany: Facts vs. Stereotypes." In her essay, Nelson wrote mostly of her personal experience in getting to know the German exchange students at WDC and from the visit by students from WDC's partner school in Menden, Germany for two weeks in 2008. Nelson plans to use the money to travel to Germany with the German Club in June 2010.