Northwest Technical College held its first annual Student Achievement Celebration on May 8 to recognize and honor outstanding students across campus. Sadie Fraley, a sophomore from Northome, Minn., opened the event by playing her guitar for the crowd of more than 60 students, family members, faculty and staff.
President Faith C. Hensrud welcomed all attendees to the first annual event and congratulated the students on their achievements.
“It’s exciting to see what we’re doing at NTC to help these students achieve their goals and move into a career they have been aspiring to for some time,” she said. “What we are doing here at NTC is changing people’s lives — and we’re proud to do that.”
Tyler Peterson, NTC student success coordinator, organized the event as one of his first initiatives after starting in January 2019. During the ceremony, he applauded the outstanding students he sees every day.
“We really do have wonderful, hard-working dedicated students here at NTC,” Peterson said. “It’s a blessing to come here today to celebrate you.”
Each of NTC’s programs selected an outstanding student and a most improved student. The Outstanding Student Award was given to someone who consistently gives an exceptional effort, always participates, and is enthusiastic and dedicated within their program. The Most Improved Student Award recognizes someone who has shown tremendous growth and development in their skills and knowledge within their program.
Outstanding Student: Morgan Groenhoff, a freshman from Salol, Minn.
Outstanding Student: Matthew Ollila, a sophomore from Bemidji, Minn.
Most Improved: Reese Renollet, a sophomore from International Falls, Minn.
Outstanding Student: Nathan Isaacson, a freshman from Monticello, Minn.
Outstanding Student: Candice Casavan, a sophomore from Menahga, Minn.
Most Improved: Kasey Wass, a sophomore from Walker, Minn.
Outstanding Student: Tony Moss, a freshman from International Falls, Minn.
Most Improved: Jacob Windt, a freshman from Deer River, Minn.
Outstanding Student: Thomas Person, a student in the residential plumbing and HVAC program from Bemidji, Minn.
Most Improved: Alexander Froelic, a freshman from Bemidji, Minn.
Outstanding Student: Brandon Loch, a freshman from Bemidji, Minn.
Most Improved: Alexander Mattson, a freshman from Bemidji, Minn.
Child Care & Education
Outstanding Student: Hannah Curb, a sophomore from Bemidji, Minn.
Outstanding Student: Kelly Rees, a freshman from Bemidji, Minn.
Most Improved: Na Zhao, a student in the health sciences program from Bemidji, Minn.
Emerging Computer Technology
Outstanding Student: John Weeks, a freshman from Cavalier, North Dakota.
Outstanding Student: Courtney Mayer, a freshman from Bemidji, Minn.
Outstanding Student: Christopher Smith, a sophomore from Bemidji, Minn.
Sales, Marketing & Management
Outstanding Student: Deena Crabb, a sophomore from Bemidji, Minn.
Outstanding Student: Amber Rahn, a student in the community health program from St. Paul, Minn.
Most Improved: Allison Heiman, a student in the community health program from Ely, Minn.
Outstanding Student: Amanda Hall, a freshman from Granite Falls, Minn.
Most Improved: Cari Rice, a freshman from Blackduck, Minn.
Nursing – LPN Step-In
Outstanding Student: Heather Wilhelm, a sophomore from Deer River, Minn.
Most Improved: Nicholas Erickson, a sophomore from Clearbook, Minn.
Sales & Marketing
Outstanding Student: Macy Romanowski, a sophomore from Bemidji, Minn.
Nursing – RN
Outstanding Student: Alison Leas, a sophomore from Bemidji, Minn.
Most Improved: Paula Gohman, a sophomore from Grey Eagle, Minn.
NTC students, faculty and staff also chose 10 students to receive campus-wide awards.
Ashley Doherty, a sophomore from Hugo, Minn. majoring in child care and education.
Extraordinary Kindness Award
Romi Stone, a sophomore from Bemidji, Minn studying nursing.
Student Leadership Award
Matthew Snyder, a sophomore from Bemidji, Minn. studying nursing and health sciences.
Community Engagement Award
Mackenzie Gatewood, a sophomore from Nevis, Minn. studying community health and health sciences.
Dedicated & Devoted Award
Cassie Wednchuk, a sophomore from Bemidji, Minn. studying child care and education.
Demonstrated Diversity Award
Ester Olson, a freshman from Shevlin, Minn. studying medical coding.
Non-traditional Student Achievement Award
Ole Risland, a sophomore from Bemidji, Minn. studying automotive services.
Outstanding Online Learner Award
Tanisha Beaulieu, a sophomore from Red Lake, Minn. studying emerging computer technology.
Student Worker of the Year Award
Hannah Hoven, a sophomore from Bemidji, Minn studying nursing.
NTC Spirit Award
Sadie Fraley, a sophomore from Northome, Minn. majoring in child care and education.
Northwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, has prepared students for fulfilling careers in high-demand fields for more than 50 years. The college’s accessible, affordable, hands-on programs also help the region’s employers meet their ever-growing need for a highly skilled workforce. NTC serves more than 1,000 students with an excellent education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. Students may pursue nearly 40 degree, diploma and certificate programs in six distinct career paths. Classes are offered on campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities. For more, visit ntcmn.edu