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

Ashley Toninato, daughter of Mike and Connie Toninato of Woodbury, has enrolled at the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph for the 2009-10 academic year. She has been awarded a four-year, renewable $12,500 President's Scholarship. The scholarship is presented to students with excellent academic records and strong leadership and service credentials.

The following students from this area were named to the Augsburg College, Minneapolis day-college program Dean's List for spring semester 2009: Tyler Henrichs of Woodbury, a finance and business major; Andrew Seidel of Woodbury, a marketing major; Caroline Ryan of Newport, a social work major.

Storm Gram, and Maren Moen, both of Woodbury, have been named to the Dean's List at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse for the 2008 - 09 academic year spring semester, ending May 2009. Qualification for the dean's list is limited to students who have attained outstanding academic achievement. To be eligible, students must have earned not less than a 3.5 semester grade point average and have carried a minimum of 12 semester credits.

Megan Neibauer and Joshua Olson, both of Woodbury, are among 52 students in Minnesota and western Wisconsin who received a 2009 scholarship through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter scholarship program.

Neibauer graduated from Stillwater Area High School where she was active in pep band. She also volunteered at church camp and vacation bible school. Her mother lives with multiple sclerosis. Neibauer said she is inspired by her mother's positive attitude in spite of MS. "My mom is cheerful. My mom won't let MS defeat her," she said. Neibauer will attend Harding University, Searcy, Ark. this fall to become a nurse, specializing in either pediatrics or labor and delivery.

Olson, whose mother also lives with MS, graduated from Hill-Murray, Maplewood in spring 2009. His mother has been living with MS for more than five years. "My family understands the battle our mother goes through every day, and we admire her for the courage it takes to fight MS," Olson said. He plans to study pre-medicine at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass.

Jeremy Eberhardt of Woodbury completed his BS in political science as of the conclusion of the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire summer 2009 academic session.

Lauren Sevcik, daughter of Katie and Kevin Sevcik of Cottage Grove, has accepted admission to St. Olaf College, Northfield, as a first-year student for the fall semester. She will study math and biology to work toward a medical career. Lauren's parents and older sister Sarah also attended the college.

Sevcik is a Park High School graduate and participated in National Honor Society, Student Council and dance.

Kim Sajevic of Woodbury was among Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind., engineering and psychology students who were honored for their work during the annual conference of the American Society for Engineering Education's Illinois/Indiana section held March 27-28 on the university campus.

The Valparaiso team took first place in the student poster competition for their project "Point Vibration Therapy Device for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum."

Sajevic recently completed her degree in electrical engineering. She is the daughter of Robert and Terissa Sajevic of Woodbury.

Four students from Woodbury have been awarded scholarships by Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minn. for the 2009-10 academic year.

Ben Brummer has been awarded an $11,500 President's Scholarship.

Spencer Gurrola has been awarded an $11,500 President's Scholarship and a $5,000 Diversity Scholarship.

Kevin Hamm has been awarded a $10,500 President's Scholarship.

Daniel Owens has been awarded an $11,000 President's Scholarship and a $2,000 Diversity Scholarship.

The President's Scholarship, a four-year renewable scholarship, is presented to students with excellent academic records and strong leadership and service credentials.

The Diversity, Leadership and Service Scholarship, a four-year renewable scholarship, is awarded to students who have demonstrated leadership and service in the areas of cultural and ethnic diversity.