DWU announces South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair winners

Friday, March 18, 2016

Dakota Wesleyan University hosted the 24th annual South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair March 15 and has announced its winners.

 

There were 197 students in grades six through 12, and 126 projects from 21 schools in 19 South Dakota counties. Students participating in this regional event brought projects that won in science fairs at local schools.

Four students were named the Senior Grand Award-winners and received the top DWU scholarships – worth $10,000 – and will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May in Phoenix. They include: Thea Patrick, “What’s In the Water? Linking Algae to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s”; Madison Hetland and Hannah Hetland, “House Dust-Growth, Development, And Fat Content in the T. Molitor”; and Alex Rodriguez and Haley Rust, “Environmentally Safe Solution To Styrofoam Waste,” all from Mitchell High School.

Avon School district was also awarded with the Best Presenters Award.

Awards were given to participating students in cash, certificates, college scholarships, plaques, medals, trophies, major industry recognition and recognition by the U.S. Armed Forces. 

In addition to Dakota Wesleyan University, sponsors include: The Daily Republic, Dakota Wesleyan University, Touchtone Energy Cooperatives, Sixth District Medical Society, Twin City Fan and Blower, Lisa and Corey Thelen, Davison City Implement, Andrew Farke, and Logan Luxury Theater.

The following are a list of the winners:

Senior Grand Award – $10,000 DWU Scholarship

Thea Patrick, Mitchell High School, What’s In the Water? Linking Algae to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s”

Madison Hetland and Hannah Hetland, Mitchell High School, “House Dust-Growth, Development, and Fat Content in the T. Molitor”

Alex Rodriguez and Haley Rust, Mitchell High School, “Environmentally Safe Solution To Styrofoam Waste,” all from Mitchell High School.

 

Student Observers – $2,000 DWU Scholarships

Andrew Weller, Mitchell High School, “Blinded By Progress: An Investigation into Light Pollution”

Evan Blaha, Avon High School, “Analyzing the Effectiveness of Mulch on Tomatoes”

Max Mach, Avon High School, “Calculating the Efficiency of a Water Wheel”

 

Junior Grand Award (individual) – $100 award

Mary Kelly, of Mitchell, homeschool, “Hide & Seek: Do Horses Use Communicative, Behavioral, or Causal Clues?”

Kristen Namminga, Avon High School, “Weird Weather”

 

Junior Grand Award (group) – $100 (each) award

Keely Bares, Megan Soukup, Avon High School, “Light it Up!”

 

Life and Behavioral Sciences (junior division)

First place: Aidan Patrick, Mitchell Middle School, “Extracting DNA for PCR”

Second place: Brandon VanZee, Dakota Christian, “Glucose in Foods”

Third place: Trinity White Hat, Lakeview Middle School, “The Effect of Oil on Aquatic Plants”

Honorable Mention: Landon Pudwill, Avon Middle School, “Testing the Effectiveness of Nitrogen on Corn”

Certificate of Merit: Rachel Johnson, Mitchell Middle School, “How Do Plants React to Caffeine?”

Certificate of Merit: Aireanna Santos, Avon Middle School, “How Your Senses Affect Taste?”

Certificate of Merit: Cassie Voigt, Avon Middle School, “Estimating the Accuracy of the Capture-Recapture Method”

Certificate of Merit: Simon Freier, Wagner Middle School, “Plant Boot Camp”

 

Life and Behavioral Sciences (senior division)

First place: Carly Sparks, Armour High School, “Genetically Engineering DNA Plasmids,” $2,000 DWU scholarship

Second place: Rachel Blaha, Avon High School, “What Effect Do Chelated Minerals Have on Lamb Performance?” $750 DWU scholarship

Third place: Evan Blaha, Avon High School, “Analyzing the Effectiveness of Mulch on Tomatoes,” $500 DWU scholarship

Honorable mention: Hannah VanGerpen, Avon High School, “The Effect of Treflan Rates on Alfalfa Production”

Certificate of merit: Lori White, Mitchell High School, “Assessing the Effects of Dietary Salts with Brine Shrimp”

Certificate of merit:Olivia Jurrens, Avon High School, “Color My World”

Certificate of merit:Callie Berndt, Avon High School, “The Effectiveness of Corn Gluten on Seed Germination”

Certificate of merit: Winter Neal, Andes Central High School, “Does Culture Affect the Way We Learn?”

Certificate of merit: Courtney Stewart, Avon High School, “Factors that Affect the Spread of West Nile Virus”

Certificate of merit: Isaac Kolousek, Wessington Springs High School, “Can it Grow?”

Certificate of merit: Madison Price, Mitchell High School, “Giving OTC Medications to Plants”

Certificate of merit: Ashton Mednansky, Avon High School, “The Effect of Lawn Herbicides on Aquatic and Terrestrial Worms”

 

Physical Science and Engineering (junior division)

First place: Slayton Vander Wal, Corsica-Stickney Middle School, “Catapult Ammo”

Second place: Trent Raysby, Avon Middle School, “Testing the Efficiency of Hydraulics”

Third place: Gracie Czmowski, Mitchell Middle School, “The Day All Eggs Would Dye”

Honorable mention: Rose Eitemiller, Wagner High School, “H20 Bike”

Certificate of merit: Faith Podzimek, Wagner Middle School, “Comet’s New Home”

Certificate of merit: Aidan Black Bear, Littleburg Middle School, “Infinity Mirror”

Certificate of merit: Trevor Bartelt, Corssica-Stickney Middle School, “Thar She Blows”

Certificate of merit: Arvish Bhinder, Klein Middle School, “Thermal Energy Transfer”

 

Physical Science and Engineering (senior division)

First place: Alexandra Goldammer, Mitchell High School, “Bio-remediation Of Algal Blooms with Agricultural,” $2,000 DWU scholarship

Second place: Kylee Guindon, Plankinton High School, “The Natural Pool Heater and Filtering Pump System,” $750 DWU scholarship

Third place: Sammantha Schryvers, Avon High School, “Ambient Air Temperature and Efficiency of a Refrigerator,” $500 DWU scholarship

Honorable mention: Jason DeJong, Avon High School, “Get the Lead Out”

Certificate of merit: Jordan Hines, Wessington Springs High School, “Stalk Stoppers”

Certificate of merit: Jacob Studer, Mitchell High School, “Environmental Impacts Comparison: Gas vs. Diesel”

Certificate of merit: Andrew Weller, Mitchell High School, “Blinded by Progress: An Investigation into Light Pollution”

 

Group Projects (junior division)

First place: Ila Blaha, MacKenzie Jager, Avon Middle School, “Pollinator Patterns”

Second place: Gage Bares, Ashton Frank, Avon Middle School, “Do You Know How Much Sugar You Are Drinking?”

Third place: Kory DeJong, Carter Fillaus, Avon Middle School, “Are You Losing at The Pump?”

Honorable mention: Katlyn Briggs, Rebecca Gerlach, Plankinton Middle School, “Drought Buster”

Certificate of merit: Brandon Bosworth, Thomas Strange, Plankinton Middle School, “Bombs Away”

Certificate of merit: Tyler Fastnacht, Lane Olinger, Brock Stevens, Wessington Springs Middle School, “Faster than Flash”

Certificate of merit: Caitlyn Boyd, Sydni Burnette, Lakeview Middle School, “Soil Nutrients and Plant Growth”

Certificate of merit: Emily Harms, Katey Wormsbecher, Avon Middle School, “Germinating with Gases”

Certificate of merit: Callie Frei, Kayli Kocer, Wagner Middle School, “Hand Sanitizer Test”

Certificate of merit: Brady Andersen, Seth Bultsma, Plankinton Middle School, “Fear Factor”

 

Group Projects (senior division)

First place: Susan Grabenstein, Malachi Haddon, Mitchell High School, “Effects of Organic Teas on Zebra Fish Development,” $2,000 DWU scholarship

Second place: Courtney Buchholz, Karisa Markel, Avon High School, “Calculating the Minimum Setback Distance for Ice Shed from Wind Mills,” $750 DWU scholarship

Third place: Chloe Van Gerpen, Lea Wormsbecher, Avon High School, “Analyzing the Effectiveness of Shade Balls on Evaporation,” $500 DWU scholarship

Honorable mention: Heidi Cap, Brianna Voigt, Avon High School, “Face to Face”

Certificate of merit: Delilah Brinker, Leah DiPippo, Mitchell High School, “What Acne Medication Can Really Zap That Zit?”

Certificate of merit: John Kopp, Lexi Olson, Avon High School, “Lighten Up”

Certificate of merit: Clayton Dornbusch, Coy Fastnact, Logan Wolter, Wessington Springs High School, “Picnic Wheeler”

Certificate of merit: Hayden Haak, Tristan Niles, Plankinton High School, “Lawn Mower Skid Loader”

 

Special Awards

American Meteorological Society/Siouxland WeatherMINDS, SD Association: Kristen Namminga, Avon Middle School, “Weird Weather”; Karisa Markel and Courtney Buchholz, Avon High School, “Calculating the Minimum Setback Distance for Ice Shed from Wind Mills”

 

American Psychology Association: Tyler Kopp, Avon High School, “Think Fast”

 

Andromeda Award-American Association of Women: Amya Merrill, Klein Middle School, “Homemade Barometer”; Kristin Namminga, Avon Middle School, “Weird Weather”; Taylor Nelson, Wessington Springs Middle School, “Star Trails”; Chelsey Schafer, Wessington Springs Middle School, “Star Trails”

 

ASM Materials Education Foundation: Evan Blaha, Avon High School, “Analyzing the Effectiveness of Mulch on Tomatoes”

 

Arizona State University Walton Sustainability Solutions: Alex Rodriguez, Haley Rust, Mitchell High School, “Environmentally Safe Solution to Styrofoam Waste”

 

Avon School Science Award (senior division): Andrew Weller, Mitchell High School, “Blinded by Progress: An Investigation into Light Pollution”

 

Avon School Science Award (junior division): Kristen Namminga, Avon Middle School, “Weird Weather”

 

Best Presenters Award: Avon School

 

Broadcom MASTERS SSP:

Slayton Vander Wal, Corsica-Stickney Middle School, “Catapult Ammo”

Trent Raysby, Avon Middle School, “Testing the Efficiency of Hydraulics”

Gracie Czmowski, Mitchell Middle School, “The day All Eggs Would Dye”

Rose Eitemiller, Wagner Middle School, “H2O Bike”

Aidan Patrick, Mitchell Middle School, “Extracting DNA for PCR”

Brandon VanZee, Dakota Christian Middle School, “Glucose in Foods”

Trinity White Hat, Lakeview Middle School, “The Effect of Oil on Aquatic Plants”

Landon Pudwill, Avon Middle School, “Testing the Effectiveness of Nitrogen on Corn”

Ila Blaha, Avon Middle School, “Pollinator Patterns”

MacKenzie Jager, Avon Middle School, “Pollinator Patterns”

Gage Bares, Avon Middle School, “Do You Know How Much Sugar You Are Drinking?”

Ashton Frank, Avon Middle School, “Do You Know How Much Sugar You Are Drinking?”

Kory DeJong, Avon Middle School, “Are You Losing at the Pump?”

Carter Fillaus, Avon Middle School, “Are You Losing at the Pump?”

Katlyn Briggs, Plankinton Middle School, “Drought Buster”

Rebecca Gerlach, Plankinton Middle School, “Drought Buster”

 

Dakota Wesleyan University Chemistry, Health, and Other Sciences (CHAOS): Alexandra Goldammer, Mitchell High School, “Bio-remediation of Algal Blooms with Agricultural”

 

Dakota Wesleyan University Department of English: Mary Kelly, of Mitchell, homeschool, “Hide & Seek: Do Horses Use Communicative, Behavioral, or Causal Clues?”

 

Dakota Wesleyan University Department of Mathematics: Natalie Buckley, Mitchell High School, “Though the Science Glass”

 

Dakota Wesleyan University Department of Nursing: Thea Patrick, Mitchell Middle School, “What’s in the Water? Linking Algae to Alzheimers and Parkinson’s”

 

Excellence in Grammar Award: Mary Kelly, of Mitchell, homeschool, “Hide & Seek: Do Horses Use Communicative, Behavioral, or Causal Clues?”

Cassie Voigt, Avon Middle School, “Estimating the Accuracy of the Capture-Recapture Method”

Gracie Czmowski, Mitchell Middle School, “The Day All Eggs Dyed”

Trent Raysby, Avon Middle School, “Testing the Efficiency of Hydraulics”

Excellence in Prototype Development: Kylee Guindon, Plankinton High School, “The Natural Pool Heater and Filtering Pump System”

GENIUS Olympiad: Alexandra Goldammer, Mitchell High School, Bio-remediation of Algal Blooms with Agricultural”

I-SWEEP: Evan Blaha, Avon High School, “Analyzing the Effectiveness of Mulch on Tomatoes”

Intel Excellence in Computer Science: Mason Jensen, Corsica-Stickney High School, “Building A PC”

Mitchell High School Science Club, Best Board Design: Chelsey Schafer, Taylor Nelson, Wessington Springs Middle School, “Star Trails”

Mitchell High School Science Club, Best Original Idea: Rose Eite Miller, Wagner Middle School, “H2O Bike”

International Society for Optics and Photonics: Natalie Buckley, Mitchell High School, “Through the Science Glass”

Lakeview Veterinary Clinic: Aidan Patrick, Mitchell Middle School, “Extracting DNA for PCR”

Mu Alpha Theta: Cortney Buchholz, Karisa Markel, Avon High School, “Calculating the Minimum Setback Distance for Ice Shed from Wind Mills”

NABT (National Association for Biology Teachers): Susan Grabenstein and Malachi Haddon, Mitchell High School, “Effects of Organic Teas on Zebra Fish Development”

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration): Kristen Namminga, Avon Middle School, “Weird Weather”

S.D. Academy of Science:

Trent Raysby, Avon Middle School, “Testing the Efficiency of Hydraulics”

Isabel Pheifer, Dakota Christian Middle School, “Power of the Food”

Mary Kelly, of Mitchell, homeschool, “Hide and Seek: Do Horses Use Communicative, Behavioral, or Causal Clues?”

Landon Pudwill, Avon Middle School, “Testing the Effects of Nitrogen on Corn”

Cassie Stewart, Avon Middle School, “You Can’t Touch This”

Cassie Voigt, Avon Middle School, “Estimating the Accuracy of the Capture-Recapture Method”

Rachel Johnson, Mitchell Middle School, “How Do Plants React to Caffeine?”

Sanford PROMISE Award for Biomedical Research: Thea Patrick, Mitchell High School, “What’s In the Water? Linking Algae to Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons’s”

South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Hannah Van Gerpen, Avon High School, “The Effect of Treflan Rate on Alfalfa Production”

South Dakota Science Teachers Association: Brandon Van Zee, Dakota Christian Middle School, “Glucose in Foods”

South Dakota Society for Clinical Laboratory Science: Carly Sparks, Armour High School, “Genetically Engineering DNA Plasmids”

South Dakota Veterinary Medical Alliance: Rachel Blaha, Avon Middle School, “What Effect do Chelated Minerals Have on Lamb Performance?”

Thelen Laboratory Research (senior division): Carly Sparks, Armour High School, “Genetically Engineering DNA Plasmids”

Thelen Laboratory Research (junior division): Aidan Patrick, Mitchell Middle School, “Extracting DNA for PCR”

United States Air Force:

Andrew Weller, Mitchell High School, “Blinded by Progress: An Investigation into Light Pollution”

Jacob Studer, Mitchell High School, “Environmental Impacts Comparison-Gas vs. Diesel”

Courtney Buchholz, Avon High School, “Calculating the Minimum Setback Distance for Ice Shed From Wind Mills”

Karisa Markel, Avon High School, “Calculating the Minimum Setback Distance for Ice Shed From Wind Mills”

 

United States Army Recruiting Center:

First place: Jacob Studer, Mitchell High School, “Environmental Impacts Comparison-Gas vs. Diesel”

Second place: Kylee Guindon, Plankinton High School, “The Natural Pool Heater and Filtering Pump System”

Third place: Andrew Weller, Mitchell High School, “Blinded by Progress: An Investigation into Light Pollution”

Certificates of merit: Courtney Buchholz, Karisa Markel, Avon High School, “Calculating the Minimum Setback Distance for Ice Shed from Wind Mills”

Dylan Barrett, Oscar Tuil, Plankinton Middle School, “Search and Rescue Robots”

 

United States Department of The Navy/Marine Corps. – junior division

Aidan Patrick, Mitchell Middle School, “Extracting DNA for PCR”

Trent Raysby, Avon Middle School, “Testing the Efficiency of Hydraulics”

Mary Kelly, of Mitchell, homeschool, “Hide and Seek: Do Horses Use Communicative, Behavioral, or Causal Clues?”

 

United States Department of The Navy/Marine Corps. – senior division

Kylee Guindon, Plankinton High School, “The Natural Pool Heater and Filtering Pump System”

Carly Sparks, Armour High School, “Genetically Engineering DNA Plasmids”

Alexandra Goldammer, Mitchell High School, “Bio-remediation of Algal Blooms with Agricultural”

 

United States Metric Association: Alexandra Goldammer, Mitchell High School, “Bio-remediation of Algal Blooms with Agricultural”

 

Water Environment Federation and BY Water of Tabor:

Thea Patrick, Mitchell High School, “What’s In the Water? Linking Algae to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s”

Alexandra Goldammer, Mitchell High School, “Bio-remediation of Algal Blooms with Agricultural”

Jason DeJohn, Avon High School, “Get the Lead Out”

 

Yale Science and Engineering Association Inc.: Alex Rodriguez, Haley Rust, Mitchell High School, “Environmentally Safe Solution to Styrofoam Waste”

 

SD ESPCoR/Fischer Science Education:

First place, Thea Patrick, Mitchell High School, “What’s In the Water? Linking Algae to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s,” EPSCoR awards $1,000 and Fisher Science Education extends the award to an additional $500 certificate

Second place, Andrew Weller, Mitchell High School, “Blinded by Progress: An Investigation into Light Pollution” EPSCoR awards $750 and Fisher Science Education extends the award to an additional $250 certificate

Mary Kelly, of Mitchell, homeschool, “Hide and Seek: Do Horses Use Communicative, Behavioral, or Causal Clues?” EPSCoR awards $500 and Fisher Science Education extends the award to an additional $100 certificate

 

S.D. ESPCoR/Fischer Science Education High School Lab Makeover:

Wessington Springs, EPSCoR awards $5,000 and Fisher Science Education extends the award to an additional $1,000 certificate


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Around the World Cultural Festival invites community members to participate

Friday, March 18, 2016

Around the world in 60 minutes.

The annual Around the World Cultural Festival is set for April at Dakota Wesleyan University.

The festival will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, in the East Main Dining Room upstairs in the Rollins Campus Center on campus. Booths set up by DWU students, staff, faculty and even community members, represent countries and cultures from around the world. The event is free and open to the public.

This is the university’s 13th year and 14th festival and DWU’s Derric Ludens and Thomas Madut, advisers for the DWU Student Diversity Council, are inviting community members to participate.

“This event highlights our country’s diversity and allows Mitchell residents and students the opportunity to experience the cultural differences that are present not only within our state but also within the world,” Ludens said.

Visitors to the festival are issued a “passport” and take a “world tour” around the room stopping by each booth. Completed passports are turned in for a prize drawing. 

 

The Mitchell community is encouraged to take part in the event and register as a presenter. If interested in hosting a table, sign up by contacting Ludens at 995-2640, or by email at deludens@dwu.edu.

 

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DWU announces Presidential Leadership Scholarship winners

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

More than 60 high school students were awarded academic scholarships from Dakota Wesleyan University during Scholarship Days this spring.

Sixty-six students with outstanding academic records, leadership potential and a commitment to service were invited to campus Jan. 29 and Feb. 12 to meet with faculty, staff and students, learn about the Learn Strong initiative and further investigate the opportunities DWU has to offer them academically and cocurricularly. The students were all competing for one of four competitive scholarships.

To compete for a Presidential Leadership Scholarship, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and a 21/980 ACT/SAT score and must meet certain leadership/service qualifications. The award is for $17,000, and is renewable for up to 10 semesters if the student remains in good standing. Presidential Leadership Scholarships combined with other scholarships may equal more.

The following are this year’s recipients of the Presidential Leadership Scholarship:

Jessica Backes, Platte, received a Presidential Leadership Academic/Athletic Scholarship. She is a senior at Kimball High School and daughter of Sherri and Dave Backes.

 Alex Gerlach, Platte, received a Presidential Leadership Academic/Performing Arts Scholarship. He is a senior at Platte-Geddes High School and is the son of Patti and Jowell Gerlach.

 Hailey Johnson, Hartford, received a Presidential Leadership Scholarship. She is a senior at West Central High School and is the daughter of Laura and Richard Johnson.

 Kelsey Thompson, Mitchell, received a Presidential Leadership Scholarship. She is a senior at Mitchell Christian High School and is the daughter of Vicki and Larry Thompson.

 Alyssa Weidler, Sioux Falls, received a Presidential Leadership Academic/Athletic Scholarship. She is a senior at O’Gormann High School and is the daughter of Judy and Ron Weidler.

 Aaron Wenande, Alexandria, received a Presidential Leadership Academic/Athletic Scholarship. He is a senior at Hanson High School and is the son of Pat and Tim Wenande.

 

To view Randall Scholarship winners, click here.
To view Bishop Leadership Award winners, click here.
To view the McGovern Legacy Scholar, click here.
To view all other scholarship winners, click here.

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DWU announces spring break and Easter holiday hours

Monday, March 14, 2016

Dakota Wesleyan University announces its spring break and Easter holiday hours.

Classes will end at 10 p.m., Friday, March 18, and resume at 8 a.m., Monday, March 28. The campus offices will be closed Friday, March 25, for Good Friday and office hours will resume at 8 a.m., Monday, March 28.

The McGovern Library will be closed this Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20. The library will then be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 21-24, and closed March 25-27. The library returns to regular hours on March 28. Java City, within the library, will be closed March 19-March 27 and reopen at regular hours March 28.


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Bishop Leadership Awards given for Dakota Wesleyan University

Friday, March 11, 2016

Dakota Wesleyan University has announced two winners of the Bishop Leadership Award to the university.

Rex Schlicht, of Woonsocket, and Luke Wodahl, of Buffalo, Wyo., were awarded the Bishop Leadership Award, a prestigious scholarship at DWU for students affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The Bishop Leadership Award is a $14,000 per year award available to a United Methodist student who demonstrates strong commitment to youth leadership in his or her local church and pledges to be active in student ministry at DWU. The award is renewable for four years.

Schlicht is a senior of Woonsocket High School and the son of Shelley Schlicht, Woonsocket.

Wodahl is a senior at Buffalo High School and is the son of Mary and Scott Wodahl.

Both students also received athletic scholarships.

DWU is affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church and offers majors and minors in more than 40 liberal arts and professional fields.

For more information about DWU, contact the enrollment services office at (605) 995-2650, 1-800-333-8506 or email admissions@dwu.edu.

 

To view Randall Scholarship winners, click here.

To view the McGovern Scholar, click here.

To view the Presidential Leadership Scholarship winners, click here.

To view more scholarship winners, click here.


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McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service awards McGovern Legacy Scholarship

Friday, March 11, 2016

Dakota Wesleyan University’s McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service has named its third McGovern Legacy Scholar.

Nathan Bader, of Pierre, was named the 2016-17 McGovern Legacy Scholar during DWU’s Scholarship Day last month. The McGovern Legacy Scholarship is a relatively new scholarship offered at the university, awarding its first in 2014 in tribute to Sen. George McGovern who passed away in 2012. Bader is a senior at T.F. Riggs High School and the son of Monica and Dan Bader.

The McGovern Legacy Scholarship is currently the largest scholarship of this kind offered at DWU and covers tuition up to 16 credits for each semester in the 2016-17 academic year and is renewable for up to four years of continued enrollment at DWU with maintenance of academic requirements and involvement with the McGovern Center. This scholarship was created to honor McGovern and the 1972 campaign volunteers, while educating and inspiring future generations of student activities to volunteerism, public service and to work for a just society.

The Friends of the McGovern ’72 Campaign Scholarship fund was established in 2012 through the Leonard and Sophie Davis Foundation in remembrance of the 40th anniversary of the presidential campaign to honor McGovern and the 1972 McGovern Presidential Campaign volunteers. Thousands of 1972 campaign volunteers’ lives have been positively impacted by their volunteerism and by the life and legacy of Sen. McGovern, according to Vincent.

DWU is affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church and offers majors and minors in more than 40 liberal arts and professional fields. 

For more information about DWU, contact the enrollment services office at (605) 995-2650, 1-800-333-8506 or email admissions@dwu.edu

To view Randall Scholarship winners, click here.

To view Bishop Leadership Award winners, click here.

To view the Presidential Leadership Scholarship winners, click here.

 To view more scholarship winners, click here.


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DWU announces Randall Scholars for 2016-17

Friday, March 11, 2016

More than 60 high school students were awarded academic scholarships from Dakota Wesleyan University during Scholarship Days this spring.

Sixty-six students with outstanding academic records, leadership potential and a commitment to service were invited to campus Jan. 29 and Feb. 12 to meet with faculty, staff and students, learn about the Learn Strong initiative and further investigate the opportunities DWU has to offer them academically and cocurricularly. The students were all competing for one of four competitive scholarships, the McGovern Legacy, Bishop Leadership, Presidential Leadership, and the highest academic honor of them all – the Randall Scholarship, which amounts to a minimum of $21,000 a year. To be considered, each student had a minimum of a 3.5 GPA and 24 ACT or 1090 SAT.

The following six students were named Randall Scholars:

Johannah Jensen, of Badger, received a Randall Scholarship/Athletic Scholarship to Dakota Wesleyan. She is the daughter of Becky and Bryan Jensen and a senior at Arlington High School.

Luke Merrill, of Sioux Falls, received a Randall Scholarship to Dakota Wesleyan. He is the son of Tracey and Jeff Merrill and is home-schooled.

Bradley Schoch, of Marquette, Neb., received a Randall Scholarship to Dakota Wesleyan. He is the son of Diane and Roger Schoch and a senior at Central City High School.

Morgan Sechser, of Montrose, received a Randall Scholarship to Dakota Wesleyan. She is the daughter of Deann and Gerard Sechser and is a senior at Montrose High School.

Mikaela Stofferahn, of Dell Rapids, received a Randall Scholarship to Dakota Wesleyan. She is the daughter of Kerri Deats and Steve Stofferahn and is a senior at Dell Rapids High School.

McKenzie Stone, of Hartford, received a Randall Scholarship to Dakota Wesleyan. She is the daughter of Rebecca and Bernie Stone and is a senior at West Central High School.

 

To view the Presidential Leadership Scholarship winners, click here.

To view Bishop Leadership Award winners, click here.

To view the McGovern Scholar, click here.

To view more scholarship winners, click here.


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DWU announces John Wesley, Trustee and Presidential Scholarship winners

Friday, March 11, 2016

More than 60 high school students were awarded academic scholarships from Dakota Wesleyan University during Scholarship Days this spring.

Sixty-six students with outstanding academic records, leadership potential and a commitment to service were invited to campus Jan. 29 and Feb. 12 to meet with faculty, staff and students, learn about the Learn Strong initiative and further investigate the opportunities DWU has to offer them academically and cocurricularly.

The following is a list of scholarship winners:

John Wesley Scholarship winners

To qualify for a John Wesley scholarship, students must have at least a 3.7 GPA and a 27/1210 ACT/SAT score. The award is for $13,000 to $14,750, and is renewable for up to 10 semesters if the student remains in good standing. John Wesley Scholarships combined with other scholarships may equal more.

Lukas Chase, Fort Pierre, John Wesley Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Mitchell Johnson, Alcester, John Wesley Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Chase Palo, Hot Springs, John Wesley Academic/Athletic Scholarship

McKenna Rogers, Saint Michael, Minn., John Wesley Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Noah Vettrus, Hartford, John Wesley Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Melissa Wollman, Hartford, John Wesley Academic/Athletic Scholarship

 

Brittany Bamberg, Corsica, John Wesley Scholarship

Allison Bich, Cavour, John Wesley Scholarship

Kelsey Buchmann, Tripp, John Wesley Scholarship

Jayden Engels, Watertown, John Wesley Scholarship

Josh Feiner, Mitchell, John Wesley Scholarship

Dawson Kremlacek, Brandon, John Wesley Scholarship

Courtney Quam, Wolsey, John Wesley Scholarship

Lea Wormsbecher, Avon, John Wesley Scholarship

 

Trustee Scholarship winners
To qualify for a Trustee Scholarship, students must have at least a 3.5 GPA and a 24/1090 ACT/SAT score. The award is for $12,000 to $13,750, and is renewable for up to 10 semesters if the student remains in good standing. Trustee Scholarships combined with other scholarships may equal more.

Mallory Cooper, Ewing, Neb., Trustee Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Jacob Hinker, Lennox, Trustee Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Layne Hohn, Pierre, Trustee Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Grant Johnson, Alcester, Trustee Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Alexis Konda, Sioux Falls, Trustee Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Jared Rafferty, Yankton, Trustee Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Nathan Volk, Casselton, N.D., Trustee Academic/Athletic Scholarship

 

Joshua Benda, Dell Rapids, Trustee Scholarship

Myles Burkink, Norfolk, Neb., Trustee Scholarship

Tate Deinert, Mount Vernon, Trustee Scholarship

Zachariah Gors, Tea, Trustee Scholarship

Michelle Johnson, Huron, Trustee Scholarship

Constance Livingston, Gordon, Neb., Trustee Scholarship

Jared Rabenberg, Britton, Trustee Scholarship

Mikayla Street, Revillo, Trustee Scholarship

 

Presidential Scholarship winners
To qualify for a Presidential Scholarship, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and an 18/860 ACT/SAT score. The award is for $8,750 to $13,000, and is renewable for up to 10 semesters if the student remains in good standing. Presidential Scholarships combined with other scholarships may equal more.

Kyle Bailey, Brandon, Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Jocelyn Behm, Sioux Falls, Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Ryan Chase, Huron, Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Jackson Diede, Menno, Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Sydnee Hamann, Lead, Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Emily Hanson, Alexandria, Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Brandon Jahnel, Blaire, Neb., Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Caleb Larson, Mitchell, Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Conner McDermott, Atkinson, Neb., Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Austyn Ramm-Lech, Atkinson, Neb., Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Braydin Sik, Brookings, Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

Joseph Sullivan, Marshall, Minn., Presidential Academic/Athletic Scholarship

 

Emma Abbott, Huron, Presidential Scholarship

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Daniele Geis, Parker, Presidential Scholarship

Jammie Hoffman, Yankton, Presidential Scholarship

Morgan Renshaw, Mitchell, Presidential Scholarship

Macy Robertson, Canistota, Presidential Scholarship

Courtney Stewart, Avon, Presidential Scholarship

Taylor Stotz, Bowdle, Presidential Scholarship

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DWU to host regional science fair

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Dakota Wesleyan University will host the 24th annual South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Tuesday, March 15, in the Christen Athletic Center.

The competition includes students in grades sixth through 12th, from 20 schools in 18 South Dakota counties.  Projects will be on display for viewing by the public from 2 to 5 p.m.

Students participating in this regional event will bring projects that have already won in science fairs at local schools.  This year's fair includes 126 projects produced by 195 students.

“We were proud the projects we sent to last year’s International Science and Engineering Fair held in Pittsburgh, Pa. None won but Malignant Micro-Beads, a de-worming project, and an electrical generator all presented themselves well,” said Dr. Mike Farney, DWU math professor and science fair director. “Projects likely to appear at this year’s regional fair may have a more common touch than most. One will investigate household dust, another acne medicines, and a third researches common drinking water.”

“But common can sometimes equal profound,” Farney continued. “The ‘water’ project asks to find a link between the algae found in drinking water and Parkinson’s disease.  As an amateur astronomer, I have a special in an investigation of ‘light pollution’ – those nighttime lights that prevent us from seeing the stars. But we’re not neglecting science fair staples either, such as ‘Line Following Robots’ and ‘Rescue Robots.’”

More than 70 judges will select the grand award winners, including three projects that will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 8-13 in Phoenix, Ariz.; one project to advance to I-SWEEP held in Houston, Texas; and one project to compete in Oswego, N.Y.

Awards to be given to participating students include cash, certificates, plaques, medals, trophies, major industry recognition, $6,000 lab makeover, recognition by a variety of military branches, and DWU scholarships, including $10,000 to the senior grand award winners.

In addition to DWU, sponsors include The Daily Republic, Your Touchtone Energy Cooperatives, Sixth District Medical Society, Twin City Fan Companies, LTD., Davison County Implement, Lisa and Corey Thelen, Andrew Farke, and Logan Luxury Theatres Corporation.


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DWU music department to tour region

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Dakota Wesleyan University’s Highlanders, Wesleyan Bells, Women’s Chamber Choir, The Singing Scotchman and the Dakota Wesleyan Choir will take an eastern South Dakota tour, beginning this weekend.

The music ensembles will perform in five cities, kicking off in Mitchell on March 6 and finishing in Yankton on March 13.

“The Wesleyan Choir is doing music that considers peace and longing for home,” said Clinton Desmond, DWU choral director.

The choir will sing a Hebrew folk song, “Hiney Mah Tov,” with text from Psalm 133, followed with the “Prayer of the Children,” inspired by the civil war and ethnic cleansing in Yugoslavia. In all, there are six pieces by the Wesleyan Choir, four by the Women’s Chamber, five by the Singing Scotchmen, four by the Wesleyan Bells, and seven pieces by the Highlanders.

“The Highlanders are singing music about the evening,” Desmond said. “They open with a madrigal, ‘Fa Una Canzona,’ about singing a lullaby to your beloved. They follow that with Brahms’s ‘O Schone Nacht,’ a part song about sneaking off in the night to meet your lover. They will also sing ‘Sure on this Shining Night,’ by Morten Lauridsen, and ‘Bogoroditse Devo,’ a setting of the ‘Ave Maria’ from Rachmaninov’s ‘All Night Vespers.’ They close with the spiritual, ‘All Night, All Day,’ the classic doo-wop song, ‘Silhouettes,’ and ‘We are Young,’ by fun.”

The Wesleyan Bells have four pieces prepared, including “Aladdin,” and the Women’s Chamber Choir and Singing Scotchmen will also perform several pieces each, including popular songs like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Ring of Fire,” “Jesse’s Girl,” and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.”

The concert dates are as follows:

March 6        Mitchell First United Methodist Church, Mitchell, 4 p.m.

March 10      Madison United Methodist Church, Madison, 7 p.m.

March 11      Canton United Methodist Church, Canton, 7 p.m.

March 12      First United Methodist Church, Brookings, 7 p.m.

March 13      First United Methodist Church, Yankton, 4 p.m.


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