Video game challenge winner
North High School student Carter Gerritson was a winner of the National STEM Video Game Challenge, which encourages middle and high schools students to use science, technology, engineering, and math by tapping into their natural love of video games. Gerritson won the Gamestar Mechanic category for his game Earth 2112. An original game, Earth 2112 investigates the disappearance of the human race in a post-apocalyptic future. His game was one of the 17 games selected from a group of over 3,700 entries. Gerritson was recognized at an awards ceremony on May 21 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
SHELDON, Iowa | Students from Northwest Iowa Community College competed in the 2012 Iowa State Skills USA Championships held in Des Moines, Iowa on April 26-27. The following students who received first place have earned the right to advance to the National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference to be held in Kansas City June 23–27.
Automotive Refinishing Technology: 1st place, Jonathan Hibbing of Hartley
Collision Repair Technology: 1st place, Cody Mayer of Sheldon
Job Skill Demonstration A: 1st Place, Adam Bousema of Sanborn
Technical Drafting: 1st Place, Kelly Konz of Hull
Welding Fabrication: 1st Place, Jeremy DeBoom of Hawarden; Tanner Doeden of Sibley; Jesse Rayevich of Castana;
Welding Sculpture: 1st Place, Brooke Nelson of Hartley
Woodbury County 4-H Foundation
Five outstanding senior 4-H members were chosen to receive the Woodbury County 4-H Foundation educational incentive. This year’s outstanding seniors are:
Mark Rippke, a 2012 graduate of Woodbury Central High School will attend Iowa State University in the fall and major in civil engineering.
Brooke Baird, a 2012 graduate of Woodbury Central High School will attend the University of South Dakota in the fall and major in health sciences.
Jared McCoy, a 2012 homeschool graduate will attend Morningside College in the fall and major in agronomy.
Kaitlyn Brady, a 2012 graduate of Bishop Heelan High School will attend the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in the fall and major in computer engineering.
Amy Widman, a 2012 homeschool graduate will attend Morningside College in the fall and major in business and mass communication.
Dr. Sarah Barchinger received her doctorate of philosophy in biochemistry, microbiology and molecular biology from Penn State University on May 6.
NORFOLK, Neb. | The following Siouxland students received a 4.0 grade point average from Northeast Community College for the fall 2011 semester.
Sioux City: Travis Hancock, Andrew Skuodas; Sloan: Lisa Livingston
Fordyce: Travis Arens; Norfolk: Alicia Beaty, Nancy Drevo, Bobby Nelson, Matthew Schneider, Emily Tomjack, Gary Wecker, Trisha Wolfe; Pierce: Joey Koehn, Amy Unseld; Ponca: Timothy Crawford; South Sioux City: Kaelee Anderson; Wakefield: Evan Bartels
Yankton: Jourdan Rabbass
PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. | Jennifer VanderVeen, Alton, Iowa, and Alisha Riepma, Boyden, Iowa, graduated from Trinity Christian College on May 12.
CHICAGO, Ill. | Rebecca J. Noble of Sioux City, graduated from Shimer College on May 4 with a bachelor of arts in liberal studies with distinction.
BROOKINGS, S.D. | The following Siouxland students received a 4.0 grade point average from South Dakota State University for the spring semester.
Willer, Laura Marie, Akron; Pottebaum, April Ann, Alton; Metzger, Amanda Jane, Alvord; Fischer, Becca Jo, Ashton; Huls, Kary Lee, Boyden; Lahrs, Nelson Forrest, Bronson; Boyle, Bryan Paul, Correctionville; Yaremko, Bradley William, Correctionville; Shever, Stephanie Mae, Cushing; Amponsah, Jennifer, Hartley; Gregg, Lisa Renee, Hawarden; Lorenzen, John Arthur, Holstein; Vanden Top, Dale Jay, Hull; Marra, Bryce Evan, Hull; Ahrenstorff, Brittney Deann, Lake Park; Auen, Cody, Lake View; Moser, Tyler John, Larchwood; Boom, Courtney Jo, Larchwood; Schreurs, Jacqueline, Larchwood; Roberts, Jonathan William, Lawton; Loutsch, Samantha Marina, Le Mars; Schwaller, Emily Rae, Milford; Vander Meulen, Rebeca Lee, Ocheyedan; Cockburn, Nathaniel James, Quimby; Wiederholt, Amy A., Remsen; Stillson, Ashley Renae, Rock Rapids; DeBoer, Jamie LaRae, Rock Rapids; Treinen, Chris Neal, Rock Valley; Muilenburg, Grant David, Sanborn; Elder, Katherine Mary, Sergeant Bluff; Rodger, Anthony W., Sheldon; Gradert, Mandy Kaye, Sibley; Van Veen, Summer Suzanne, Sibley; Hielkema, Karissa Annamarie, Sibley; Hulstein, Jazmine Jade, Sioux Center; Hittle, Anna Marie, Sioux City; Morin, Katharine Ann, Sioux City; Merchant, Kirsten Nicole, Spencer; Steinkamp, Tyler Michael, Spencer; Erlandson, Kayla Renae, Spirit Lake; Hill, Kaitlyn Janine, Spirit Lake; Kummerfeld, Walter Que, Sutherland; Neldeberg, Christian Aage, Whiting
Kauth, Morgan Joseph, Bloomfield; Poppe, Travis Alan, Crofton; Merkel, Dana M., Crofton
Osterloh, Dominic Joseph, Alcester; Mochel, Jonathan Taylor, Beresford; Mohr, Christopher Michael, Beresford; Hanson, Stephanie Karen, Beresford; Aadahl, Alison Jeane, Centerville; Neff, Matthew Todd, Dakota Dunes; Fredrikson, Meagan Colette, Dakota Dunes; Klinkhammer, Mackenzie Marie, Elk Point; Chicoine, Amanda Lynn, Elk Point; Donnelly, Jenna Nicole, Elk Point; Jepsen, Shannon Marie, Meckling; Flynn, Eric A., North Sioux City; Frank, Zachary Lawrence, Springfield; Kokes, Janelle Kay, Tabor; Stoebner, Dylan Mark, Tyndall; Rolfs, Ryan Page, Utica; Wagner, Tyler Jordan, Vermillion; Carlson, Casey Dean, Vermillion; Larsen, Troy Richard, Viborg; Schmidt, Alan Michael, Yankton; Young, Elizabeth Marie, Yankton; Garrity, Samuel Robert, Yankton; Kathol, Maria Lynn, Yankton; Stenstrom, Hannah Christine, Yankton; Olson, Heidi Autumn, Yankton.
The following Siouxland students received master's degrees from Doane College in Nebraska on May 20: Sally Marie Deal-Kneifl, Hartington, Neb., master of education in curriculum & instruction; and Leah Jane Murphy, Sheldon, Iowa, master of education in educational leadership.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa | The following Siouxland students graduated from Coe College on May 6.
Alyssa Brockhaus, Lawton, Iowa, bachelor of arts, psychology; Kayla Karpuk, Sioux City, bachelor of arts, business administration and general science; Sally Stark, Storm Lake, Iowa, bachelor of arts, English and creative writing, with distinction.
PERU, Neb. | Jackie Thelen, Randolph, Neb., received a 4.0 grade point average from Peru State College for the spring semester.
DES MOINES, Iowa | The following Siouxland students graduated from Des Moines University on May 26:
Alexandra Tritz, Sioux City, D.P.T. degree; Carly Utesch, Correctionville, Iowa, D.O. degree; Crystal Gorden, Elk Point, S.D., D.O. degree.
FREMONT, Neb. | The following Siouxland students from Nebraska graduated from Midland University on May 26:
Tricia Hoffman of Homer, BA, Education, Elementary Education, Coaching; Bridget Tighe of Homer, BA, Education, Secondary Education, Vocal Music K-8, 7-12, Summa Cum Laude; Lucas Borst of Randolph, BSBA, Business Administration, Marketing, Management; Martin Guerrero of South Sioux City, BA, Criminal Justice; Daniel Muren of Wayne, BA, Human Performance, Fitness and Sports Management; Marcus Messersmith of Winside, BA, Human Performance, Fitness and Sports Management.