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The following information has been received from university or family sources.

Heather Holiday, a 2007 Woodbury High School graduate, has been awarded half-tuition scholarships for spring/ summer 2009 and fall/winter 2009-10 from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah based on a university grade point average of 3.6 or higher.

Holiday was the recipient of a spring 2009 monetary dance talent award from the university's dance department and was recognized for her academic achievement at the department's spring banquet; has performed the past two years as part of the university's Ballet Showcase Company and received this year's company artistic award; and was recently awarded the honor of being selected to choreograph and perform a solo at an upcoming university symposium. She currently has a double major in dance (ballet) and pre-dietetics.

Marisha Johnson of Woodbury has been selected as a Tippie Outstanding Scholar by the University of Iowa, Iowa City Henry B. Tippie College of Business and is one of 25 entering first-year students who have been awarded $40,000 in scholarships for fall 2009.

Johnson is a member of the Tippie Scholars Program, a select group of first-year students admitted directly to the Tippie College of Business. The program grants awards to no more than three students on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Johnson is the daughter of Mark and Maryann Johnson and plans to major in marketing and dance.

Cadence Peterson of Afton, a graduate of Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa has been named to the spring 2008-09 spring semester Dean's list with Honors. A grade point average of 3.6 to 3.79 is required for this designation.

St. Cloud State University spring 2009 graduates included the following students from this area: Oluwatosin Akinsola Ayenim, master of business administration; Rohan Banerjee, bachelor of science; Craig Patrick Bilotta, bachelor of arts; Christopher John Meyer, associate in arts; Joseph Michael Neubauer, bachelor of arts (cum laude); Brian Mark Ponsolle, bachelor of arts; and Kayla Christine Vujovich, bachelor of science (magna cum laude).

Students from this area named to the Deans' List for spring semester at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire include, from Afton: Jennifer Blasko, Timothy Molitor, and Katherine Wolner; Woodbury: Stephanie Beedle, Kaycee Grant, Michaela Maslonka, Zachary Morrison, Katherine O'Hearn, Kristan Sershen, Dana Viau, and Kara Wallis.

Rachel Swensen of Woodbury, a third-year student at William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul was among the 80 legal professionals providing free legal assistance to people at St. Paul's Project Homeless Connect June 29.

Approximately 1,400 homeless and at-risk families, single adults, and youth came to the RiverCentre to receive housing referrals and placement, employment services, medical care, legal services, haircuts, food, clothing, and more. Swensen worked in the family law section.

The students listed below graduated from Bethel University, St. Paul following the spring 2009 semester: Steven Charpentier (Afton); and from Woodbury: Alicia Dieffenbach, Kristen Finell, Jennie Ford, Kristin Kirkwood, Stephanie LaBouliere, Stephanie Smith, Erik Sward, and Heather Sward.

Elizabeth Eccher, the daughter of David and Mary Eccher of Woodbury, was awarded membership to Eta Sigma Phi, a national honor society for students of Latin and Greek who have done a significant amount of work in Latin and/or Greek with a grade point average of 3.0.

Eccher, a graduate of Hill-Murray School, was a sophomore at Macalester last spring.

Kathleen Elizabeth Bauer, Leah Shanley, and Cassandra Truman, all of Woodbury, were named to the Dean's List for the 2009 spring semester at the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph.

To be included on the dean's list students must have a grade point average of at least 3.80.

Students receiving degrees from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls following spring term include the following area residents: Mary R. Klein; Katie M. Morris (Cum Laude); Landon D. Overby; Stephen J. Baisden (Senior Merit); Christian T. Grams; Kenneth J. Almsted; Paul O. Eck; Gregory J. Ehlenz; Johnathan E. Gavin; Kurtis A. Klawiter; Michael M. Pepin; Stephanie K. Picha (Magna Cum Laude); Rachelle E. Rodrique; Lindsey N. Ruecker; Laura I. Teale; Kimberly M. Woodward; Lauren S. Gray; Justin J. Magill.

Graduates are accorded honors for exceptional academic achievement. Those earning Senior Merit have a grade point average of at least 3.5 for the final 60 semester credits; Cum Laude means a minimum cumulative 3.7 grade point average has been earned for the entire college career; Magna Cum Laude means a minimum cumulative 3.8 grade point average has been earned for the entire college career.

Brenda Uwera, a resident of Woodbury, has been admitted to Concordia University, St. Paul for the fall 2009 semester. Uwera was awarded the Transfer Concordia Opportunity grant.

The spring semester Dean's List at Bemidji State University for students earning at least a 3.25 (B+) grade point average includes the following area students: Samuel Setnes, Andrea Bauerfeld, and Scott Steigauf.

St. Olaf College, Northfield named the following students from Woodbury to the Dean's List for the spring 2009 semester: Elizabeth Van Vleet, Robyn Turnblom, Kathryn Ann Southard, and Amy Johnson.

The Dean's list recognizes students earning a semester grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a four-point scale.

Lisa Clinton, daughter of Kate and Mark Clinton of Woodbury, was named to the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management spring semester 2009 Dean's List.

Students named to the list are recognized for outstanding academic achievement by earning a 3.66 grade point average or higher for the semester.

Clinton, a 2008 graduate of Woodbury High School, will be a sophomore in the school this fall. She is a marketing and international business major.

Lindsey Dommeyer of Woodbury was named to the Dean's List with Honors at Lee University, Cleveland, Tenn. for the spring 2009 semester.

Students with a semester grade point average of 3.9 or higher are named to the list.

She is the daughter of Jay Dommeyer and Tari Dommeyer.

Mollie Ellen Lyle of Woodbury graduated from Lafayette College, Easton, Pa. following spring term.

Lyle earned a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics, graduating summa cum laude for having earned a cumulative four-year grade point average of 3.85 or higher.