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Student awards presented at graduation

By   Erin Wood
05 /31/2016

Lake Region State College presented awards before its graduation ceremony May 13th. Awards given included recognitions for drama, writing, who’s who awards, student leadership, and academic honors. Students were also recognized during the graduation ceremony.

The Glenn H. Larson Memorial Drama Award is presented to a student who made the greatest contribution to drama during the current school year. Glenn Larson, 1943-1965, from Leeds, displayed inspirational acting and singing abilities during his attendance at Lake Region Junior College prior to his graduation in 1963. The memorial was established by his parents in 1965. This year’s recipient of the Glenn H Larson Memorial Drama Award is Jasmine Swinland.

Jasmine is from Devils. While at LRSC Jasmine played key roles in all of the LRSC Playmakers performances. Casey Paradies, LRSC’s Director of Theater stated, “She has been invaluable to the theatre club this year. Taking the lead as president of the theatre club, she led the students through fundraisers and volunteering. She helped in all aspects of theatre set, publicity, and became one of the first two LRSC students to garner an Irene Ryan nomination for the Kennedy Center’s/American College Theatre Festival. She rose to challenges on stage and proved to be a fantastic performer.”

The Lloyd Jones Memorial Music Award is presented to the sophomore student who provides outstanding leadership in music. Lloyd Jones was a member of the original “Four Dads”, a quartet singing group which provided unusual and talented entertainment at innumerable functions in the Lake Region from 1946 until his death in 1966. The recipient of the Lloyd Jones Memorial Music Award is Michael Reeves:

Michael is from Lincoln, ND and graduated from Bismarck High School in 2014. He is planning an additional degree in the medical profession. He has been a valuable member of the college’s concert and pep bands and has also played with the Devils Lake Elks Community Band for the past two years. Michael is also active in Phi Theta Kappa.

The English Department Writing Excellence Award was established in 1997 and is presented to any full or part-time student at LRSC for excellence in writing. Students submit writings of any genre and of any length, which are juried by a three-person panel. The Writing Excellence Award was awarded to Madysen Kouba.   

Madysen is a senior at Dakota Prairie High School in Petersburg, ND, who has taken advantage of LRSC’s dual credit program and will graduate from high school with 12 LRSC credits.  She plans to pursue a degree in a medical related field.

Richard D. Knoke Award for Outstanding Leadership is provided through a memorial established in 1966 by the family of Richard Knoke who attend Lake Region in 1961 and 1962. The recipient of the Richard D. Knoke Award for Outstanding Leadership is: Alaina McKinnon.

Alaina McKinnon is from Kisbey, Saskatchewan. She plans to transfer to Minot State University in pursuit of a Social Work Degree. She was a member of the Lady Royals softball team, joined Student Senate, serving as the President this year; was a resident assistant; and a member of Phi Theta Kappa, where she spearheaded their food drive this fall.   Alaina was also named to the 2016 North Dakota Community College All-Academic Team as sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and is a recipient of the Who’s Who award at Lake Region State College. 

Two LRSC students were selected for the 2016 North Dakota Community College All Academic Team which recognizes Phi Theta Kappa members for their academic performance and service to the community.  Students named for this honor were Alaina McKinnon (Knoke award winner) and  Ulysses Jones II.

Ulysses Jones II is from Devils Lake. He plans on transferring to NDSU to pursue a degree in science. Ulysses was very active in CRU the student organization for Campus Crusade for Christ and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society while on campus. 

Who’s Who Award:  Each year, Lake Region State College recognizes the leadership and achievements of its graduates by recognizing them with the Who’s Who Award.  Students must be nominated by faculty and staff with the winners chosen by a committee.  The award recognizes students for achievements in the areas of scholarship, leadership, citizenship, participation in LRSC and community activities, and potential for future service. The names of these students are permanently inscribed on a plaque in LRSC’s hall of fame.

Named Who’s Who were Ryan Clark, Ryne Dolleslager, Kaitlyn Halvorson, Brandon Kartes, Alaina McKinnon, Jon Oien, Andrew Ross, Kelsey Schlenk, and Jasmine Swinland.

  • Ryan Clark is from Adelaide, Australia.  He is graduating today with an Associate in Arts. While at LRSC, Ryan was a member of the Royals Basketball team where he was named to the All-Conference Team, All Region Team, and the All-Academic Team.  He is currently LRSC’s all-time leading rebounder and served our campus as a Royal Ambassador. He will be transferring to Dickinson State to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business or coaching and continue playing basketball.  
  • Ryne Dolleslager is from Thompson, North Dakota and is a presidential scholar who he came to Lake Region State College in pursuit of his Liberal Arts degree. Ryne served as a Royal Ambassador, was the Intramural Director on Student Senate and a member of the Royals baseball team. He intends on transferring to University of Jamestown to pursue a degree in History Education and perhaps become a college baseball coach one day.
  • Kaitlyn Halvorson is from Devils Lake, North Dakota. Kaitlyn served LRSC as a student employee in our Library, as a Royal Ambassador, as president of the ASL-Hands on Campus Club, and as Vice President of the Drama Club.  She had leading roles in all three LRSC drama productions and was one of the first two LRSC students to garner an Irene Ryan nomination for the Kennedy Center’s/American College Theatre Festival. She plans on transferring to Valley City State University to major in English Education and Theater. 
  • Brandon Kartes is from Edinburg, North Dakota.  Brandon became a full-time student at LRSC in the fall of 2014 after completing several courses with LRSC online. Brandon became very involved on campus from the moment he arrived.  In addition to his stellar performance in the classroom, Brandon served as a student employee in the President’s Office, a student employee in Student Services, and was a member of the LRSC Choir.  He led by example, participating in and helping to organize many events and activities at LRSC.
  • Jon Oien, a native of Linton, North Dakota and a recent graduate of the LRSC Peace Officer Training Program.  Jon has been an active member of Student Senate, and served LRSC as a Royal Ambassador and a Resident Assistant. 
  • Andy Ross is a 2005 graduate from Freedom High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is the son of Bill and Toy Ross. Andy was very involved on campus. He was a Royal Ambassador where he completed many hours at campus events and gave numerous tours to prospective students. He served as Resident Assistant at Sweetwater Apartments; is a Phi Theta Kappa member, holding the position of President during 2015-16 year; a Sim Club member, again holding the title of President this past year.
  • Kelsey Schlenk is a 2014 graduate of East Grand Forks High School in East Grand Forks, Minnesota and is the daughter of Shane & Diane Schlenk. Kelsey will continue on to achieve her Associate Degree of Nursing here at Lake Region next year. While at Lake Region, Kelsey made LRSC history as the only 4 time National tournament participant – twice for golf and twice for basketball. In golf, she won six out of 11 meets in two years; she was a medalist for Regionals in 2015 and her excellence earned her a trip to Nationals in 2015 and 2016.  As a shooting guard in basketball, she was the captain this past season and was instrumental in getting her team to the National tournament. She also was named to the All Mon-Dak Academic team two years in a row. Kelsey is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and a Resident Assistant.