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11:34 AM, Jul. 26, 2013  |  Comments
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UW-Eau Claire names graduates

The following local students graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire during commencement exercises on May 18:

? Almond - Samuel Danforth, bachelor's degree, chemistry

? Iola - Alexandria Berg, bachelor's degree, kinesiology

? Plover - Andrew Peterson, bachelor's degree, political science and geography

? Stevens Point - Nathan Arey, bachelor's degree, information systems; Rylee Engum, bachelor's degree, psychology; Alysa Firkus, bachelor's degree, communication sciences and disorders; Daniel Herzog, bachelor's degree, social studies; Brittney Hinner, bachelor's degree, history; David Kuffel, master's degree, business administration; Chelsae Larson, bachelor's degree, special education

UW-La Crosse names graduates

The following local students graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse following spring commencement on May 19:

? Almond - Adam Bradley, bachelor's degree, biology: biomedical science concentration, honors

? Amherst - Kathryn Toftum, bachelor's degree, exercise and sport science: physical education, highest honors

? Custer - Kinden Kraeger, bachelor's degree, art, honors; Calvin Retzki, bachelor's degree, biology: biomedical science concentration

? Plover - Erin Lunt, bachelor's degree, community health education, highest honors

? Stevens Point - Hannah Mixdorf, bachelor's degree, public administration, highest honors; Kendra Moscinski, bachelor's degree, biology, honors; Justin Petersen, bachelor's degree, accountancy; Matthew Studinski, bachelor's degree, biology: biomedical science concentration; Brittany Viviani, bachelor's degree, archaeological studies, highest honors

Swigart earns master's degree

Gavin Swigart of Plover has earned a master's degree in operations research from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Swigart was among about 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees during Georgia Tech's 245th commencement exercises.

Students earn degrees from Upper Iowa

The following local students earned degrees from Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa, this spring: Heather Flores Aca of Plover, bachelor's degree, human resources management, cum laude; and Daniel Lau of Stevens Point, bachelor's degree, public administration, cum laude.

Cum laude honors are awarded to those who earn a GPA of 3.3 to 3.59.

Doll earns bachelor's degree

Michael Doll of Mosinee earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering technology from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich., during spring commencement on May 4.

West earns bachelor's degree

Colby West of Stevens Point earned a bachelor's degree in management of health and fitness in May from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich.

He graduated with cum laude honors.

Schulist graduates from medical school

Joshua Schulist has graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and will serve his residency in family medicine at UW Hospital in Madison. A 2003 graduate of Rosholt High School, Schulist is the son of Paul Schulist and Donna Roloff.

As a medical school student, Schulist participated in the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine program, in which students do their rotations in communities with a shortage of physicians and medical facilities. He also received a number of scholarships for academic excellence.

Junion-Sherman earns scholarship

Madelyn Jonette Junion-Sherman has been awarded an $8,000 four-year Fraternal College Scholarship in a national competition with other students who are members of Modern Woodmen of America.

Junion-Sherman, a daughter of John Sherman and Lisa Junion of Hancock, plans to use the scholarship to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Local students receive UWSP's highest honor

Two local students have been honored with the James H. Albertson Medallion, the highest recognition of student achievement at the university. Named in memory of the eighth University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point president, who died in a 1967 plane crash in South Vietnam while on an academic mission, the Albertson Medallion acknowledges excellence in graduating students' leadership, academics and extracurricular activities.

? Elizabeth Wescott of Stevens Point, the daughter of Mary and Gary Wescott, graduated in May with a degree in psychology and human services and a minor in religious studies. While at UWSP, she was co-president of Psi Chi psychology honor society, a tutor and a member of a student panel for prospective students, National Society of Leadership and Success, Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society and Phi Eta Sigma honor society. Wescott was the coordinator and a volunteer for The Cupboard food pantry and volunteered with Oakridge Senior Living, Trig's Stuff a Truck, Central Wisconsin Farmshed and Salvation Army. Wescott was a special events coordinator with the Student Involvement and Employment Office, organizing many service projects throughout the community and campus, and worked as an intern with Ministry Behavioral Health.

? Alexandria Mueller of Stevens Point, the daughter of Colleen Mueller and Dave Mueller, is a May graduate with a major in music and minor in business administration. While at UWSP, she was a teaching assistant with the Very Young Composers Project, founding member, treasurer and president of the United Guild of Violists and member and certified instructor with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She was also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and Phi Kappa Phi honor society. She worked as a lab assistant in the Computer Music Center, was a member and volunteer of American String Teachers Association and a violist in a string quartet, which played for local charities, organizations and nursing homes. Mueller also was a concert volunteer for the Stevens Point Area School District Summer Orchestra Camp and taught violin and viola. As a composer, she was won several competitions, including those for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Winners, who also are Chancellor's Leadership Award honorees, are chosen through a nomination process involving student organizations and faculty members. Less than one percent of each year's graduating class earns the honor.

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