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Amy Jurvis of Woodbury was awarded a $1,500 renewable Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship for the 2009-10 academic year. She is attending the University of Notre Dame. According to information provided by the Minnesota Department of Education, the scholarship is awarded based on a candidate's "excellent academic test scores and writing abilities."

Emily Schwingler of Woodbury was named a recipient of the Kopp Student Services Leadership Scholarship and the Anna M. Kuhl Scholaship. She graduated with highest honors from Woodbury High School in 2009.

Melissa Hurley, a 2007 graduate of the Math & Science Academy, Woodbury has been named to the Florida Gulf Coast University spring 2009 President's List. To qualify for this distinction, students must attain a perfect 4.0 GPA. Melissa is a junior majoring in nursing. She has been accepted into the university's School of Nursing and will continue her studies this fall. Melissa and her parents, William and Sheryl Hurley, are former Woodbury residents and currently reside in Fort Myers, Fla.

Brandon Stecher of Woodbury has been named to the spring semester 2008 - 09 Dean's List at Augsburg College, Minneapolis. Students named to the list are recognized for outstanding academic performance for having achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher.

Daniel Ogren of Woodbury was named to the Dean's List at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga. for spring quarter 2009. Full time undergraduate students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above are eligible for the honor.

The spring semester Dean's List at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter has been released and includes local residents Jacob Danner; Andrea Gullixson, Laura Harelstad, Ryan Lee, Katherine Mason, Claire Melendez, Amanda Schreiner, Erin Simon, and Emma Strand. The list comprises students who have earned a 3.7 grade point average or higher for the semester.

The following students, all of Woodbury, have been named to the Minnesota State University, Moorhead Dean's List in recognition of academic achievement during spring semester 2009: Wesley Bergherr, Emily Erlandson, James Sieben, and Justin Taylor. Students must maintain a 3.25 or higher grade point average and carry 12 graded credits to qualify for the honor.

Brenon Smith of Woodbury has been named to the Dean's List for the 2008-09 spring quarter of his senior year as a computer science major at Rose-Hulman Institute, Terre Haute, Ind. To be named to the list a student must earn at least a 3.3 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Smith is the son of Steven and Jody Smith.

Stephen Englund of Woodbury was named to the Dean's List at the University of Nebraska, Omaha for the spring 2009 semester. To qualify for the list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or better for courses taken during the semester, provided 12 or more semester hours were completed.

Recent Woodbury graduates of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. include: Joseph Blanchard, with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering; Katelyn Jorgensen, with a bachelor of science degree in marketing; Alexis Stoxen, with a bachelor of arts degree in public relations.

Courtney Roosevelt of Woodbury was named to the Dean's List at Loyola University, New Orleans, La., for the spring 2009 semester by having completed the semester with a 3.5 grade point average or higher.

Melissa Ludwig of Woodbury graduated with a degree in studio arts from Augsburg College, Minneapolis.

Following spring term 2009 the following students from Woodbury were graduated from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. The information provided includes degree and major: Janna Mariah Neher, bachelor of science, psychology; Abraham Hafiz Rodriguez, bachelor of science, biology; Amberly Marion Williams, bachelor of arts, health and sport studies.

The following students graduated at the University of Minnesota Duluth undergraduate commencement held in May. From Afton: Jacob James Thomason, departmental honors, cum laude, bachelor of arts degree, criminology, political science; from Woodbury: Bradley John Beran, bachelor of applied sciences degree, exercise science; Timothy Charles Bystrzycki, bachelor of arts degree, history, political science; Derrick Joseph Denison, bachelor of applied sciences degree, recreation - outdoor education; David Andrew Engesser, bachelor of fine arts degree, studio art; Christopher M. Hoss, bachelor of science in electrical and computer engineering degree, electrical and computer engineering; Jordan R. Parrott, bachelor of science degree, computer science; Zach A. Parrott, bachelor of science in electrical and computer engineering degree, electrical and computer engineering; Allison Louise Schweizer, bachelor of business administration degree, marketing; Michael Patrick Strand, bachelor of business administration degree, finance; Anthony Ryan Trinka, bachelor of business administration degree, organizational management.

Students from Afton and Woodbury awarded the University of Wisconsin - Stout, Menomonie, Wis. Chancellor's Award for the spring 2009 semester include Kaylie Bryant, art; Phillip Cahall, art; Stephanie Chitek, dietetics; Daniel Churchill, undecided; Crystal Cordie, art; Jessica Emslander, packaging; Leif Erickson, art; Sarah Fischer, human development and family studies; Meridy Hager, art; Sally Halverson, hotel, restaurant and tourism management; Lindsey Hegg, special education; Adam Johnson, psychology; Adam Kopp, business administration; Alexa Levie, applied science; Nicholas Mackie, engineering technology; Eric Melzer, construction; Alison Nordstrom, packaging; Andrew Nordstrom, psychology; Dana Ostertag, apparel design and development; Danielle Ostertag, art; Jaclyn Ostertag, art; Cassandra Plante, special education; Rachel Policano, undecided; Jessica Rouleau, hotel, restaurant and tourism management; Chandra Westberg, hotel, restaurant and tourism management. The award is presented to students who have a grade point average of 3.5 or above.

The University of Wisconsin, River Falls spring semester 2009 Dean's List honoring full-time undergraduate students who have earned a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a scale of 4.0, or midway between an "A" and "B" average, include the following students from Afton and Woodbury: Allison Marie Brimmell, Cara Anne Brown, Nicole Marie Brown, Cherish Elizabeth Calkins, Michelle Lynn Carlson, Jennifer Helen DeGree, Ashley Marie Engh, Lauren Suzanne Gray, Preston Koh Helms, Samantha Josephine Jara, Daniel Joseph Kobylinski, Jennifer Melissa Lambert, Katherine Elizabeth Lambert, Jennica Rae Linn, Matthew P. Mc Millan, Megan Elizabeth Menke, Katie Marie Morris, Stephanie Kay Picha, Sarah Nicole Plank, Brendan Patrick Reed, Brian Anthony Reiling, Megan Shea Richards, Victoria Lilley Ruckle, Alyssa Anne Syrstad, Samantha Jean Thielen, Patrina Marie VanDusartz, and Kimberly Marie Woodward.

Andrea Dosser, Jennie Ford, Haddi Kallman, Kristin Kirkwood, Elise Olsen, Rebecca Petrich, Amy Riggins, Alison Smith, Stephanie Smith, Naomi Sperry, Erik Sward, Heather Sward, and Aubrey Whitman, all from the cities of Afton and Woodbury, were named to the Dean's List for academic excellence at Bethel University, St. Paul for the 2009 spring semester. The dean's list honors students who achieve an outstanding scholastic record during a semester with a grade point average of 3.6 or greater.

Afton residents Courtland Olson and Cadence Peterson graduated from Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa as part of the class of 2009.

The Arts Institute International Minnesota, Minneapolis spring Honors List includes the following area residents: Jaime L. Edgell, President's List; Garrett D. Pedde, Honor's List; Amanda M. Ichikawa, Dean's List; Katherine M. Leier, Dean's List; Jonathan S. Rapheal, President's List; Nancy J. Slagerman, Dean's List. Students must be enrolled and complete 12 credits or more, and achieve a 4.0 GPA to be named to the President's List; 3.7 - 3.9 GPA to be named to the Dean's List; 3.5 - 3.6 GPA to be named to the Honor's List.