Mills students awarded $77,000 in scholarships

As is customary this time of year at New York Mills High School scholarships to graduating seniors were announced Tuesday during a ceremony at the school. Each year, the school and various community organizations and individuals gather to recogni...

As is customary this time of year at New York Mills High School scholarships to graduating seniors were announced Tuesday during a ceremony at the school. Each year, the school and various community organizations and individuals gather to recognize the hard work and dedication of local students. NY Mills students received over $77,000 in scholarships.

NY Mills Lions - $500; Jenna Kupfer, Ted Rud, Maria Theisen and Cory Vorderbruggen

Perham Masonic Lodge - $300; Kaila Matti, Adam Minten

Royale B. and Eleanor M. Arvig Memorial Scholarship; $750 each year for 4 years

Tri-County Hospital Foundation Scholarship - $1,000; Maggi Mursu


The Charles D. Center Post 3289 VFW Scholarship Fund - $500; Jonathan Bach, Kaila Matti

The Harold N. Wood Memorial Scholarship is dedicated to Mr. Wood, who served 15 years as the superintendent of New York Mills Public Schools. The award is given annually to a student who has the potential for future success as an educator. This years award of $100 goes to Josh Hendrickx.

The Perham Memorial Hospital Scholarship is for a student pursuing a degree in the medical field. This has been awarded to Danielle Hendrickx in the amount of $500

Steve Porkkonen, was the construction manager for the New York Mills High School addition, Elementary School remodel, and the construction of this very Auditorium. This scholarship go towards a person who will use his/her knowledge in the construction field to facilitate such a project. The $250 award winner is Jon Bach.

The Gary Maki Memorial Scholarship is given each year to a worthy NYM Senior based on accomplishments, character and potential. This years $500 scholarship is awarded to Ted Rud.

The Katelyn Bauck Memorial Scholarship was established by her parents in January 2006. The intent of the scholarship is for the recipient to be pursuing a degree in elementary education, early childhood education, or a field working with young children. The scholarship of $250 goes to Chris Baune.

Julia Krekula-Gray scholarship - $200; Ryan Peeters.

The Everett Hanson Track and Field Scholarship was established in 1986 by Dr. Hanson himself. This scholarship is intended for the promotion of track and field. The recipient of this $180 scholarship is Ted Rud.


The Marjorie Weir Hanson RN Nursing Scholarship is given annually to a student pursuing a career as a registered nurse. The $450 scholarship is renewable for 4 years. This years award belongs to Amanda Peterman.

The Rod Imsande Memorial Scholarship was established in March 2006 by the family of Rod Imsande. The scholarship recipient shall be a well-rounded student involved in the arts, sports and community activities. This $500 scholarship goes to Hilary Tumberg.

Established in memory of Janis Mae Isaacson, the next scholarship is awarded to a student who intends to study English, Speech, or American History. This $200 scholarship goes to Cassiann Procenko.

New York Mills School Board and Lakes Country Service Cooperative Scholarship. This is a cooperative scholarship in which business, industry, communities and schools give recognition to deserving students representing the forty-one school districts in The Lakes Country Service Cooperative. Lakes Country awards one $200 winner and the NY Mills School Board provides the funds for four additional $200 scholarships. Selection is based on academic achievement, leadership skills and participation in school and community activities. The five students receiving this scholarship are: Virginia Carrlson, Josh Guck, Katie Welter, Jon Bach and Maria Theisen.

Family and friends of Shaunalea Huwe established the Shaunalea Huwe Memorial Agricultural Scholarship in the spring of 2000 for students entering an agricultural post secondary program. This years $500 recipient is Adam Minten.

The Paatola Memorial Agriculture Scholarship is a $500 scholarship given annually to a student pursuing a career in an agriculture-related field. This year the award winner is Virginia Carrlson.

The Ottertail Rod and Gun Club provides an annual scholarship of $500 to a worthy student, preferably one who is entering a field related to conservation or wildlife. This years award winner is Adam Minten

The Jaakola Family Health Career Scholarship was established to help students pursue a degree in a health-related field. This years award of $500 goes to Danielle Hendrickx.


The New York Mills Education Minnesota Union provides two $500 scholarships annually called the Teachers for Education Scholarships. This year, Hilary Tumberg and Katie Hendrickx were selected as the winners.

The J. Eric Anderson Excellence in Education Scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a career in education. This years recipient of $500 is Josh Hendrickx.

There are several other awards that are given in memory of J. Eric Anderson. Each year, there are two $250 awards through The Anderson Memorial, and five $300 scholarships from the Anderson Scholarship Fund all to assist with the costs of higher education. This year the $250 award winners of the Anderson Memorial Scholarship are Luke Tervola and Joey Hofland.

And the five Anderson Scholarship Fund awards of $300 each go to:

Rebecca Ellingworth, Maggie Mursu, Cassiann Procenko, Katie Welter, and Libby Keskitalo.

The Dr. Donn Oelschlager Memorial Scholarship is a $500 scholarship given to a student who has demonstrated outstanding citizenship and a strong interest in the field they will study at college. The award winner is Ryan Peeters.

The Dr. Harold O. Rud Memorial Scholarship was established in 1975 in memory of Dr. Harold O. Rud and is intended for a student entering a health care field. The $200 winner is Ted Rud.

The Ruby Olsen-Sifritson Scholarship was created in 1991 to assist worthy students attending post secondary training. Ruby taught for 44 years from 1928-1972, spending the last 18 years of her career at New York Mills High School. The four $500 winners are: Rebecca Ellingworth, Chris Baune, Kaila Matti and Cory Vorderbruggen.


The Ottertail Lions Club sets aside a significant amount of money for local scholarships each year. This year, the Lions awarded $2,500 in scholarships to 10 students in $250 increments. They are: Cory Keskitalo, Maggi Mursu, Matthew Holtberg, Libby Keskitalo, Loren Haman, Brandon Marsh, Gina Delaney, Cory Vorderbruggen, Virginia Carrlson and Maria Theisen.

The NY Mills Cenex station has awarded two $500 scholarships. The deserving recipients are: Virginia Carrlson and Bryce Bernu

New York Mills Civic Excellence Award - The intent of this award is to promote a strong sense of citizenship with a focus on service to others. The NYM Civic Excellence Award is a two-part program that is based on the selection of a recipient in the spring of their junior year in high school. Part one recognizes the recipients civic excellence through a $200 donation in the name of the recipient to an eligible, non-profit charitable entity of the recipients choice. Part two awards the recipient with a $400 scholarship to be used for post-secondary education.

This years Civic Excellence Award winner is Amanda Patron.

NHS inductees

Sixteen New York Mills students were inducted into the National Honor Society for 2006-07 during an annual ceremony Tuesday morning at the school. The new members were rated by staff and current NHS students on four areas of criteria academic achievement, leadership, character and service. Being a member of NHS is considered both and honor and a responsibility.

The new members are Aaron Wegschied, Ashley Hagen, Brea Welter, Sada Thompson, Cavin Berube, Amanda Patron, Macailia Warner, Margaret Nelson, Tessa Wegscheid, Jordan Guck, Thomas Uselman, Chelsea Lausten, Alisha Hagen, Kenny Szymonowicz, Alyssa Lemon and Drew Schultz.

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