Top Graduates 2022 (June 2022)

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Ella Shinn Family: Ella is the daughter of Jim and Jennifer Shinn of Willmar. She has one brother. College plans: Concordia College in Moorhead, and major in biology. Hobbies and interests: Sports, animals, outdoors, working out and hanging with friends.

Harris Duininck

Caroline Becker

Family: Harris is the son of James and Kristine Duininck of Spicer. He has one sister.

Family: Caroline is the daughter of Shannon and Dale Becker of Willmar. She has one brother and one sister.

College plans: Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and major in finance and economics.

College plans: Concordia College in Moorhead, and major in political science or pre-law.

Hobbies and interests: Basketball, hunting, cattle, lake days and hanging with friends.

Hobbies and interests: Band, orchestra, choir, tennis, spending time outdoors and being with family and friends.

Lily Thompson

Kessa Mara

Family: Lily is the daughter of Aaron and Heather Thompson of Spicer. She has one sister.

Family: Kessa is the daughter of Bryan and Traci Mara of Willmar. She has one sister.

College plans: Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and major in biology.

College plans: Winona State University on a golf scholarship, and major in biology and pre-medicine.

Hobbies and interests: Dance, swimming, FFA, spending time at the lake and being with friends.

Hobbies and interests: Tennis, hockey, and golf, band, choir, water sports, cooking and playing pickleball.

Congratulations on your graduation and best wishes for your next adventure!

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Parents: Eric and Melissa Grimsgard, Grove City

Parents: Jeff and Gretchen Kragenbring, Atwater

College: University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, majoring in business management

College: Concordia College in Moorhead, majoring in social work

Parents: Kristi LillebergBarber, Atwater, and the late Nick Lilleberg

Parents: Joe and Tina Werner, Atwater

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Emily Kern

Paige Prentice

Benjamin Vliem

College: St. Cloud State University, majoring in radiologic technology

College: Alexandria Technical and Community College, majoring in accounting

College: Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., majoring in computer science

Parents: Nathan and Andrea Prentice, Brooten

Parents: Shawn and Heidi Vliem, Brooten

Parents: Ron and Jean Kern, Belgrade

Dylan Ascheman College: North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., majoring in finance Parents: Tom and Staci Ascheman, Benson

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Madison Jacobs College: Minnesota State University in Mankato, majoring in exercise science Parents: Joe and Leta Jacobs, Bird Island

Grace McDonnell College: University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, majoring in geospatial analysis and technology Parents: Thomas and Jessica McDonnell, Olivia

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Case Mulder

Connor Ruschen

College: University of Northwestern in St. Paul, majoring in kinesiology

College: North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., majoring in agricultural system management

Parents: Josh and Susanne Mulder, Prinsburg

Parents: Joel and Jina Ruschen, Raymond

Profiled on these pages are students in the top 5% of each graduating class in high schools in the West Central Tribune coverage area. Some schools chose not to participate in 2022.

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College: Minnesota State University in Moorhead, majoring in actuarial science

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College: North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., majoring in ag and biosystems engineering

Jillien Lilleberg

Alissa Maurer

Isabella Wolter

College: South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D., majoring in human biology with a pre-medicine emphasis

College: Concordia University, Nebraska, in Seward, Nebraska, majoring in Lutheran elementary education

Parents: Mitch and Katie Maurer, Benson

Parents: Jason and Tracy Wolter, Benson

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Abbie Kragenbring

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Abigail Meyers

Emilie Hable

College: North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., majoring in physical therapy

College: University of Minnesota in Duluth, majoring in biology and pre-medicine

Parents: Henry and Carrie Meyers, Olivia

Parents: Scott and Sheree Hable, Hector

Mitchell Kleeberger College: South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D., majoring in agronomy

College: St. Olaf in Northfield, majoring in English Parents: Steven Eddy and Shannon Schoell, Dawson

Mitchell Nelson College: Ridgewater College, undecided on a major Parents: Matthew and Jodie Nelson, Atwater

Parents: Thomas and Amy Kleeberger, Buffalo Lake

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Miles Schoell-Eddy

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Parker Steinke

Ely Johnson

Caleb Peterson

College: Concordia College in Moorhead, majoring in mathematics

College: University of Minnesota in Morris, majoring in physics and mathematics

College: University of Northwestern in St. Paul, majoring in screenwriting/animation

Parents: Todd and Erica Johnson, Murdock

Parents: Eric and Rebecca Peterson, Pennock

Parents: Loral Webster, Dawson; Shawn Steinke, Dawson

“Education is a once in a lifetime opportunity to open children’s hearts and minds to the unbelievable wonder of the universe.”

- Sir Anthony Seldon

Congrats to the Class of 2022!

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Landen Kranz

Leila Pust

Dreyer Homan

Kayla Marcus

Emily Santjer

College: South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D., majoring in nursing

College: University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, majoring in astrophysics

College: North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., majoring in finance

College: University of Northwestern in St. Paul, majoring in biology/premedicine

College: Bethel University in St. Paul, majoring in business marketing

Parents: Clint and Chris Bonn, Madison

Parents: Todd and Tania Kranz, Milan

College: Ridgewater College to complete liberal arts and sciences degree before transferring to the University of Minnesota in Crookston, majoring in accounting.

College: University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D., majoring in political science

Emma Kovarik

Alec Larson

College: University of Northwestern in St. Paul, majoring in nursing

College: Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., majoring in business

Parents: Kip and Holly Kovarik, Glenwood

Parents: Cory and Megan Larson, Glenwood

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Parents: Scott and Stacy Kjorness, Lowry

Madalynn Meulebroeck College: Concordia College in Moorhead, majoring in nursing. Parents: Christine and Jason Meulebroeck, Glenwood

Gretta Names College: Concordia College in Moorhead, majoring in psychology and pre-medicine Parents: Mitchell Names, Glenwood and the late Nicole Names

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Marissa Kjorness

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Amery Arends

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College: Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, majoring in biology and pre-medicine

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Parents: Chad and Carol Arends, Montevideo

Tatum Christenson College: University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, majoring in biology and pre-medicine Parents: Martin and Carrie Christenson, Montevideo

Lauren Dehne

Lauren Hanna

College: Alexandria Technical and Community College, majoring in nursing

College: St. Olaf in Northfield, majoring in English

Parents: Jason and Danelle Dehne, Montevideo

Parents: Stephanie and Patrick Hanna, Montevideo

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Parents: Randy and Laura Marcus, Prinsburg

Parents: Bob and Jean Santjer, Sacred Heart

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Adeline Hayden

Nyla Johnson

Olivia Mages

College: University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, majoring in business analytics

College: North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., majoring in interior design

College: Minnesota State University in Moorhead, majoring in finance

Parents: Kareen Hayden, Spicer; Jim Hayden, Spicer

Parents: Jason and Ann Johnson, New London

Parents: Brent Mages, Belgrade; Tina Mages, New London

Kamryn Quenemoen

Eleanor Wehseler

College: University of Wisconsin in LaCrosse, majoring in exercise science

College: South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D., majoring in biosystems engineering and horticulture

Parents: Kyle and Tammy Quenemoen, New London

Parents: Richard and Nancy Wehseler, Spicer

Congratulations Class of 2022! to the

“Keep on growing and adding to the goodness and beauty in the world. Keep developing those dreams and talents that make you who you are!”

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Parents: Doug and Dana Homan, Clara City

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Parents: Tim and Natalie Pust, Milan

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Renville County West

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Paynesville

Kaitlyn Gilk

Alissa Gottwald

Aubrie Spanier

Holly Bratsch

College: University of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, S.D., majoring in English and writing

College: University of Wisconsin in River Falls, majoring in business administration and marketing professional sales

College: University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, majoring in political science and sociology

College: North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., majoring in radiological sciences

College: Minnesota State University in Moorhead, majoring in finance with a minor in Spanish

Parents: John and Sheila Gottwald, Paynesville

Parents: Todd and Jackie Spanier, Paynesville

Parents: Darin and Stacy Bratsch, Danube

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Macy Carlson

Parents: Philip and Amy Carlson, Paynesville

College: Concordia College in Moorhead, majoring in nutrition and dietetics Parents: Darin and Stacy Bratsch, Danube

Ellary Lange

College: St. Cloud Technical and Community College, majoring in business

College: Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D., majoring in business

Parents: Melanie Eckhart, Willmar; Todd Hansen, Willmar

College: College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, majoring in biology

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Parents: Jeff Knofczynski, Atwater; Michelle Kvamso, Willmar

Ethan Hurley

Malaya Yague

College: North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., majoring in manufacturing engineering

College: Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, majoring in psychology and music performance

Parents: Nathan and Stacy Hurley, Blomkest

Parents: Felicia Yague, Willmar; Richard Yague, Chicago

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Parents: Ryan and Amy Lange, Willmar

Mackenzie Knofczynski

Grace Vierhuf College: Winona State University, majoring in nursing

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Parents: Sarah and Nate Rud, Willmar; Josh and Samantha Vierhuf, Hendricks

Allison Mattson College: University of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, S.D., majoring in accounting and business administration Parents: Troy and Nancy Mattson, Willmar

Carter Bastin

Halle Egge

College: Ridgewater College in Willmar, majoring in the electrician program

College: Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, majoring in communication arts and literature education

Parents: Jason and Olivia Bastin, Willmar

Parents: Ben and Kristen Egge, Kandiyohi

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Ean Clarke

College: University of Northwestern in St. Paul, majoring in business

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Patrick Hoernemann College: North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., majoring in computer engineering Parents: Paul and Amy Hoernemann, Granite Falls

Derrick Lien College: North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., majoring in statistics Parents: Brian and Kelly Lien, Granite Falls

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Cayden Hansen

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Parents: Jamie and Wendy Gilk, Richmond

Jennifer Bratsch

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Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

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