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Kutsev recipient of RiverView Health Auxiliary Scholarship
Efrosinia "Rosie'' Kutsev, Erskine, was awarded the 2012 RiverView Health Auxiliary Scholarship at the organization's Fall Luncheon on Oct. 18. Kutsev started at RiverView three-and-a-half years ago as a wheelchair washer. From there she went on to work in Environmental Services for more than two years, and is now a certified nurse's aide.

"I'm proud of how far I've come at RiverView,'' Kutsev shared. And she has no intention of stopping anytime soon. Kutsev, the mother of nine, started school this fall at Northland Technical College in the practical nursing program.

"Ever since I started working at RiverView Health, I see the difference the nurses make in patients' lives on a daily basis,'' she said. "I already started working towards that goal, as I'm working as a certified nurse's aide on the hospital floor. Having that experience and the encouragement from the nurses got me motivated to apply for the nursing program."

Kutsev plans to continue working at RiverView after graduation. "I live in Erskine, so I feel that Crookston and RiverView Health is a part of our community. This will enable me to stay close to home and help members of our community.''

RiverView Health Auxiliary is committed to helping the RiverView Healthcare Association, its affiliated health facilities and its patients, residents and clients. RiverView Health Auxiliary gives a $500 scholarship annually to a qualified applicant who is interested in furthering his or her education and commitment to healthcare.

Solheim awarded UND scholarship
Paige Solheim of Climax received the Outstanding High School Leadership Scholarship from the University of North Dakota for the 2012-13 academic year. Solheim, daughter of Tracy and Jeff Solheim, graduated from Climax-Shelly High School and began attending UND in the fall.

The Outstanding High School Leadership Award is awarded to high school seniors demonstrating outstanding leadership in high school and prospective leadership potential at UND. Other criteria for the award include strong academic performance and recommendations by high school staff members. This scholarship is funded by the Univeristy of North Dakota Foundation.

UND graduates
UND summer graduates include:

Crookston – Brittany Coauette, Bachelor of General Studies; Andrew Cymbaluk, Bachelor of Arts; Vicki Huck, Master of Science; and Heather Pedersen, Ph.D.

Fisher – Nicole Knutson, Master of Occupational Therapy

Cymbaluk begins Doctor of Medicine studies
Anna Cymbaluk of Crookston was one of 70 first-year medical students, members of the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Class of 2016, to start her journey this fall toward becoming a physician at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. During the White Coat Ceremony held Aug. 10, students received their first white coats, physicians' traditional garment, which were donated by the North Dakota Medical Association, and recited the Oath of Hippocrates, an ancient vow to uphold basic professional principles. Each student also received a lapel pin engraved with "Humanism in Medicine," which was donated by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Nicholas graduates from NDSU
Benjamin Nicholas, son of Nick and Denise Nicholas of Crookston, was placed on the North Dakota State University summer 2012 dean's list, earning a minimum 3.50 grade point average while enrolled in at least 9 class credits. Nicholas also earned his bachelor of science degree in social science at the end of summer semester.

Stegman is copy editor of NDSU newspaper
Erin Stegman, daughter of Gary and Kris Stegman, Crookston, Minn., is the 2012-13 copy editor for the North Dakota State University student-run newspaper, The Spectrum. Stegman is majoring in English and minoring in management communication. She is a writing tutor at the NDSU Center for Writers and published work in the 2011 NDSU journal, Northern Eclecta.

The Spectrum provides NDSU students, faculty and staff with information about the campus community with designated news, features, arts and entertainment, opinion and sports sections. The Spectrum has been a twice-weekly paper since the 1970s and is funded by NDSU Student Government for its operations budget.

For more information about The Spectrum, visit www.ndsuspectrum.com.

Ostgaard awarded UMD scholarship
Cyrina Ostgaard, daughter of Kent and Natalie Ostgaard of Crookston, was awarded the Best of Class Scholarship from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, for the 2013-14 academic year. She is a senior at Crookston High School and plans to major in biochemistry and minor in theatre at UMD beginning next fall.

UMD Best of Class Scholarships are awarded to Minnesota residents who rank either first or second in their high school class through applications for admission submitted by Dec. 15. The scholarship awards 50 percent of resident tuition per year for four years. Selected students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to remain eligible.