She knows her late parents, Kent and Natalie, would be proud, but possibly not surprised by her accomplishments
"I've always been a good student,” says Cyrina Ostgaard, graduate of Crookston High School in 2013.
But Ostgaard has far exceeded just being a good student with her recent academic accomplishments. This spring, she graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a bachelor of science degree with a double major in Biochemistry and Chemistry in addition to a Theatre minor.
Ostgaard’s extensive honors included graduating cum laude, with departmental honors, university honors, and with the Mortar Board National Honor Society. However, her education is far from finished, as she was accepted into multiple top PhD programs including John Hopkins University, University of Michigan, and University of Pittsburg.
Starting this summer, Ostgaard will be attending the University of Michigan for a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology.
Ever since she was little, Cyrina said she’s loved science, and she has "always wanted to discover something and make an impact on the world."
Her recent research project was a capstone scholarship project on Muscular Dystrophy for the UMD University Honors program. After she finishes her PhD, Ostgaard wants to continue to do research, whether it be as a professor or at a government facility or under some other setting.
Cyrina has an older sister, Aryanna, and a younger sister, Gabriella. Tragically, the sibling trio lost her parents, Kent and Natalie, to carbon monoxide poisoning in their rural Crookston home 2014, but all three continue to persevere, despite hardships.
An admitted overachiever for as far back as she can remember, Cyrina says her parents wouldn't be surprised at her fantastic accomplishments, but they would be proud if they could see her today.