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ACS announces 2009 scholarship winners

Twenty-three high school students within the Arvig Communication Systems (ACS) service area have been selected to receive academic scholarships from the Royale B. and Eleanor M. Arvig Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Each student will receive $750 per year, over four years, for a total of $3,000. This scholarship fund, which is sponsored by ACS, is awarded to students who demonstrate achievements and interest in numerous fields. These include math, engineering, telecommunications, accounting, computer science, or any of the physical sciences.

In 1950, Royale Arvig began serving the Perham area with telephone service. His goal in purchasing the telephone company was not only to continue to provide the services available, but also to introduce the newest services to the rural community. This drive to provide technological opportunity to our region embodies the goals of ACS today.

Civic leadership and a belief in the value of higher education governed how Royale Arvig operated his business until his death in 1975. His philosophy was that our world is based on communities - not businesses. The Royale B. and Eleanor M. Arvig Memorial Scholarship Fund celebrates this philosophy. In order to thrive as individual businesses, we need to focus on building the whole community. ACS has identified the importance of focusing on youth and education.

On behalf of Royale and Eleanor Arvig and their children, Donna Ward, Allen Arvig, and Janice Theodorson, ACS is proud to present this year's Royale B. and Eleanor M. Arvig Memorial Scholarship Awards to:

Name (City) School Major

Anthony Lipinski (Hewitt) Bertha-Hewitt Engineering

Michael Kempnich (Nevis) Nevis Marine Biology

Olivia Hendrickx (NY Mills) New York Mills Accounting

Leah Miller (Perham) Perham Management Info Systems

Patryk Stene (Gary) Norman County E. Computers

Amanda Braseth (Ulen) Ulen-Hitterdal Nursing

Lexi Barber (Walker) Walker Math

Tyson Smith (Waubun) Waubun Computers

Derek Ebersviller (Vergas) Detroit Lakes Software Engineer

Heather Dorow (Ottertail) Henning Biology

Taylor Frank (Battle Lake) Battle Lake Pre-law/Business

Dean Harrison (Wadena) Wadena Engineering

Melissa Hoemberg (Staples) Staples Biology/Chemistry

Breann Petermann (Hawley) Hawley Business Acct

Logan Handyside (Lengby) Mahnomen Engineering

Lindsey Fineday (Detroit Lakes) White Earth Social Science

Nancy Iverson (Parkers Prairie) Parkers Prairie Science/Finance

Andrew Nack (Osakis) Osakis Public Industrial Engineering

Jessica Simon (Osakis) Osakis Charter Graphic Design

Ann Boessel (Wirt) Bigfork Engineering

Kirk Leadbetter (Park Rapids) Park Rapids Engineering

Courtney Zimmer (Clarissa) Eagle Bend TBD

Abbi Wittner (Cass Lake) Cass Lake Education

"It is great to see the accomplishments local students have made. ACS is proud to help these students, as they work hard to accomplish their educational goals," said Vice President/Chief Operating Officer David Arvig. "The quality of this year's scholarship recipients proves that the future of our communities will be in good hands."

Arvig Communication Systems is a full-service telecommunications provider. In addition to local telephone, digital cable television and high speed Internet access, ACS also provides long distance telephone service, business telephone systems, security systems, Verizon Wireless and more. Visit ACS online at