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WDC students honored at academic recognition breakfast

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Wadena-Deer Creek High School held its annual Academic Recognition Program on Wednesday, May 21 in the commons, where 70 students in grades 10 through 12 were recognized for academics and for their extra efforts in school and in the community.

The program started with students enjoying an egg bake, caramel rolls and juice served by the WDC Middle/High School cafeteria. WDC grades 5 through 12 Principal Tyler Church, School Counselor Toni Kraska and Activities Director Norm Gallant introduced the honorees throughout the program.

The academic portion of the breakfast kicked off the program. This is for students in the sophomore, junior and senior classes, which have specific grade-point averages as criteria to receive this high honor. All of the students recognized received a certificate of scholastic achievement.  Students who were honored for the first time received an academic badge and students who have previously received a badge received a star.  The criteria for receiving this award are a cumulative GPA as a sophomore of 3.85 or higher, juniors require a 3.7 or higher, and seniors need 3.6 GPA or higher.  

Sophomores receiving academic honors included: Ethan Benson, Kendra Evans, Wyatt Fitzsimmons, Derek Garcia, Jessica Langer, Jarrett Pettit, Beth Schmitz and Brianna Taggart.

Juniors: Jodana Albers, Jennifer Craig, Alyssa Gilster, Marissa Jahnke, Elise Kallevig, Carrie Nelson, Ian Olson, Ashley Peters, Emma Schmitz and Michael Small.

Seniors: Whitney Ament, Brittany Andrews, Brandee Bly, Ashley Carlson, Lindsay Carpenter, Sarah DeCock, Jordan Geiser, Jacob Goeden, Sydney Greenwaldt, Ella Harrison, Paige Hartman, Austin Hendershot, Wesley Janson, Isaac Laughlin, Michaela Lehmkuhl, Jason Pedersen, Ricky Price, Thane Swisse, Amanda Tarrell, Heather Theisen, Hope Theisen, Alexandra Tollefson and Abigail Wegscheid.

Also honored at the program were WDC’s 12 foreign exchange students who were presented with certificates of attendance and a tassel. AAA Award recipients Isaac Laughlin and Hope Theisen were honored as the one senior boy and one senior girl who’ve excelled in and out of the classroom. The Society of Women Engineers recognized junior and senior girls who are tops in science and math. Those recipients were seniors Paige Hartman and Ashley Carlson and junior Elise Kallevig.

Hailey Formo and Emery Dumpprope were recognized for the National Joint Power Alliance (NJPA) Student Recognition Award they received in April.  NJPA gives this award  to students who have worked hard and excelled behind the scenes to accomplish the necessary tasks and have helped their school and classmates be better.

In addition, other students recognized for their extra efforts at school or in their community, who were nominated by a staff member included: David Wegscheid, Harlan Reece, Brenden McLeod, Jordan Geiser, Shelbie Nelson, Kelsey Schwartz, Wyatt Weber, Ryan Tervo, Jennifer Cullifer, Justin Uselman, Aaron Beck, Alyssa Gilster, Adam Leverson, AJ Tollefson, Katelyn Windels, Sarah DeCock, Marie Hunt, Sandra Kucharczyk and Samantha Kirkland.