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Mary Sweeney

Mark Giorgi

Mary Sweeney and Mark Giorgi, both of Little Canada, announce their engagement and plan to marry Aug. 4, 2018.

Mary, the daughter of Pat and Lisa Sweeney, of Little Canada and Woodbury, is a 2015 graduate of the University of Idaho where she earned a bachelor's degree in advertising. She is head coach of women's golf at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.

Mark is the son of Dr. Michael and Barb Giorgi of Red Wing and a 2014 graduate of the University of Idaho. He is a certified public accountant and works at United HealthCare, Minnetonka.

Fenton named 'Legislator of Distinction'

Minnesota Rep. Kelly Fenton, R-Woodbury, is one of 18 members of the Minnesota House of Representatives named "2017 Legislators of Distinction" by the League of Minnesota Cities.

Fenton, other representatives and 14 Senators were recognized "for their work on behalf of Minnesota cities."

"It's an honor to be named a Legislator of Distinction by the League of Minnesota Cities, and to champion legislation that positively impacts Woodbury and the hardworking taxpayers of our state," said Rep. Fenton. "It takes collaboration between state government and local leaders to craft meaningful policy that best serves Minnesotans, and as your state representative, I will continue to advocate for the people and priorities of our community at the State Capitol."

Girls State participants 'live the process'

The Women's Auxiliary of American Legion Post 98 in St. Paul Park sent six area high school juniors to Girls State at Bethel University in mid-June. In order to demonstrate how the state's legislative and political process operates, participants were divided into cities, campaigned for office, helped develop political platforms, created and passed legislative bills, presided at mock trials and met and worked with girls from across the state.

Mairin Barrett, Woodbury High School, was a delegate to her county and state party conventions and served on both resolutions committees. "That proved to be such an engaging experience that I could see myself pursuing it later in life," she said. "I enjoyed the learning process immensely, from all the speakers we were exposed to and also being able to live the process first hand."

Park High School junior Karla Nguyen lost her bid for state auditor but joined the House of Representatives and was appointed chief clerk. Highlights of the weeklong program for Nguyen included a presentation by Chris Ronning, Minnesota Legion Auxiliary National Executive Committeewoman, on Americanism, and an explanation of the Minnesota judicial system by a panel of judges.

Jessica Whitmore of Park High School visited the State Capitol for the first time during Girls State. "It was an incredible experience," she said. Her favorite activity was the mock trial. Whitmore was elected city clerk, treasurer and councilman.

New Life Academy junior Nadia Nelson ran for Supreme Court justice, made it through the primaries, but lost in the final vote. She said voting on bills, visiting the State Capitol and getting to know the people in her city were the best parts of Girls State.New Life Academy junior Nadia Nelson ran for Supreme Court justice, made it through the primaries, but lost in the final vote. She said voting on bills, visiting the state capital and getting to know the people in her city were the best parts of Girls State.

Student achievements

The following information was submitted by academic institutions, businesses, families and individuals.

• Mallory Bannink, a 2017 graduate of East Ridge High School, has received a $500 Traditional Scholarship from The SPIRE Credit Union Scholarship Program. Bannink plans to attend Brigham Young University-Idaho in the fall.

• Claire Vouk and David Vouk, both of Woodbury, were named to the 2017 spring semester president's list at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

• Woodbury resident Nicholas Visich received the North Dakota State University $10,000 Presidential Honor Scholarship for "high academic achievement." Visich, who plans to enter NDSU in the fall, will major in pharmacy. He is the son of Greg and Kristy Visich.

• Madison Belka, Woodbury, was awarded a bachelor's degree in computer science from Knox College, Galesburg, Ill., during June 4 commencement exercises.

• Kalina Hildebrandt of Woodbury earned a bachelor's degree in forensic investigation and history from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville at the conclusion of the 2017 spring semester.

• The following Woodbury residents were named to the 2017 spring semester dean's list at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph: Ammalyn Boeser, Elizabeth Nelson, Madeline Nelson, Natalie Phillips, Michaela Reardon and Allison Rudnickas.

• Andrew Berg and Conrad Sexe, both of Woodbury, were named to the 2017 spring semester dean's list at St. John's University in Collegeville.

• Joseph Trevis, Woodbury, was named to the 2017 spring quarter dean's list at Milwaukee School of Engineering.

• Kylie O'Connor, a 2015 graduate of Woodbury High School, was named to Arizona State University's spring 2017 dean's list.

• Woodbury resident Megan Larson was named to the 2017 spring semester dean's list at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y. She is majoring in psychology.

• Woodbury resident Kalina Hildebrandt, a forensic investigation major at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, was named to the 2017 spring semester chancellor's list.

• Megan McDonald, daughter of Matt and Cris McDonald of Woodbury, was awarded a

bachelor's degree with cum laude honors in criminal justice and sociology from

Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, during commencement exercises April 29. McDonald

was named to the 2017 spring semester dean's list.

• Elissa Fung of Woodbury graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., in May with a bachelor's and master's degree in physician assistant.

• The following Woodbury residents graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in May: Daniel Runge, bachelor's degree in packaging; Andrew Sapinski, master's degree in applied psychology; Elise Schuenke, bachelor's in entertainment design; Lauren Schumann, master's degree in vocational rehabilitation; Marcus Tolbert, bachelor's degree in game design and development; and Michel Tume, bachelor's degree in graphic design and interactive media.

• The following area residents graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison during commencement exercises held May 11-12: Afton—Hanna Gjermo, bachelor's degree in electrical engineering; Emma Wiessner, bachelor's degree in community and nonprofit leadership; Woodbury—Katherine Boden, bachelor's in biology; Logan Dirkx, bachelor's degree with distinction in industrial engineering; Elise Dittmann, bachelor's in biology; Alberto Guerra, doctor of pharmacy; Taylor Hegna, bachelor's in personal finance; Claire Hintz, bachelor's in biomedical engineering; Erik Jorgensen, bachelor's degree with distinction and honors in research in electrical engineering; Kyle Kazmierczak, bachelor's in soil science; Courtney Keefe, bachelor's in biology; Amanda Kue, bachelor's in biology; Kirsten Mayer, bachelor's degree with distinction and honors in major in atmospheric and oceanic sciences; Colton Mog, bachelor's in marketing; Kelly Moore, bachelor's investment and banking; Christopher Nguyen, bachelor's in biochemistry; Sara Norton, bachelor's in legal studies; John Pape, bachelor's in economics and history; Madalyn Pechmann, bachelor's in biomedical engineering; John Qiu, bachelor's degree with distinction in international business; Britney Schopf, bachelor's degree with distinction in environmental studies; Heather Shumaker, bachelor's in biomedical engineering; Wyatt Silha, bachelor's in mechanical engineering; Lauren Sklarow, bachelor's in food science; Katelyn Van Ort, bachelor's in journalism; Nissa Vang, bachelor's in mechanical engineering; and Cristina Wirth, doctor of law.

• The following Woodbury residents were awarded degrees during commencement ceremonies at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, May 26: Amanda Claphan, bachelor's degree with magna cum laude honors in psychology; Kaile Damm, bachelor's degree with magna cum laude honors in psychology; Jessica Griffin, bachelor's degree in civil engineering; Cassie Happel, bachelor's degree with cum laude honors in meteorology; Alyssa Henderson, bachelor's degree with magna cum laude honors and Honors Program member in economics; Tyler Jordahl, bachelor's degree with magna cum laude honors in marketing and financing; Alyssa Meyer, bachelor's degree in chemical engineering; Jack Niederhofer, bachelor's degree in supply chain management; and Samantha Rottman, bachelor's degree in marketing.

• Two Woodbury residents were awarded degrees during May 14 commencement exercises at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: Paige Pellersels, bachelor's degree with honors in exercise and sport science; Lydia Runge, bachelor's degree in stage management.

• The following area residents graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May: Afton—Alex Gergen, bachelor's degree in biotechnology; Cassidy Hall, bachelor's with summa cum laude honors in English; Peter Vermeland, bachelor's in elementary education; and Nicholas Winkler, bachelor's in marketing communications. Newport—Adam Clark, bachelor's in psychology; Cara Fisher, bachelor's in elementary education; and William Weller, bachelor's in computer science and information systems. Woodbury—Nicole Felipe, master's in counseling; Taylor Arnt, bachelor's with cum laude honors in communication sciences and disorders; Susan Bergquist, masters in school psychology; Alec Budge, bachelor's in psychology; Jacob Coquyt, bachelor's in business administration; Carlos De Danieli, master's in business administration; Negar Ghanean, bachelor's with summa cum laude honors in biology; Jade Hauge, bachelor's in psychology; Scott Heule, bachelor's in economics; Alexandra Hinze, bachelor's in psychology; Emily Johnson, bachelor's in psychology; Alex Marentic, bachelor's in psychology; Kelly Mohn, master's in elementary education; Annette Nelson, master's in counseling; Anna-claire Neu, bachelor's in social work; Caitlyn Parsons, master's in communication sciences and disorders; Emily Plautz, bachelor's with cum laude honors in biology; Amanda Retica, bachelor's in elementary education; Luke Schloesser, master's in elementary education; Reza Shahami, master's in business administration; Nicole Stiff, bachelor's in biology; Jack Thomas, bachelor's in economics; Amanda Wiggins, bachelor's in psychology; Jasmine Wilmes, bachelor's in business administration; Alec Wood, bachelor's in accounting; and Katie Ziniel, bachelor's in health and wellness management.

• Area residents named to the 2017 spring semester dean's list at the University of Iowa include: Afton — Jason Heegaard; Woodbury — Theresa Baranick, Britta Bjerke, Mitchell Carlson, Natalie Clements, Madeline Lawrence, Stephanie McKeen, Alexa Mouton, Lindsay Robinson, Megan Schlecht and Lauren Vasilakos.

• Woodbury residents were among those who received bachelor's degrees from Bethel University, St. Paul, following the 2017 spring semester. They include: Lauren Bergman, nursing; Joshua Brocker, business; Rachel Eisenrich, nursing; Kolin Kiekhoefer, accounting and finance; Allison Lamb, nursing; Benjamin Sibert, social work; Benjamin Visness, computer science.

• Woodbury resident Lauren Puglisi was awarded a bachelor's degree by the University of Wyoming following completion of the 2017 spring semester.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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