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Honors Program Welcomes 37 Incoming Students

Included are 6 high school valedictorians, 6 major scholarship recipients.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 7-15-2013

Mankato, Minn. – The Honors Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato announced that it would be welcoming 37 new first-year students to its program in August.

The incoming honors students earned an average score of 28 on their composite ACT scores, and they completed their high school studies within the top 9% of their graduating classes. This honors class of 2017, which includes six high school valedictorians, also includes six students who were awarded one of three major scholarships – the Dean’s Scholarship Award, Presidential Scholar Award or Meredith Scholar Award – offered by Minnesota State Mankato.

The mission of the Honors Program at Minnesota State Mankato is to create future leaders, researchers and global citizens by providing high ability and motivated students with exceptional learning opportunities, mentoring relationships, and a community of scholars that foster their development as future leaders in a global society.

For more information about the Honors Program, visit the website at or contact the program office at 507-389-5191.

Here are the incoming students to the 2013 Minnesota State Mankato Honors Program:

Name                                Intended Major                                                           Hometown

Ellen Ahlness (V**)           International Relations and Scandinavian Studies     White Bear Lake, Minn.
Nina Bennett                    Information                                                                  New Prague, Minn.
Samantha Delzotto          Undeclared                                                                  Eagan, Minn.
Mikyla Denney (V)            Undeclared                                                                 New Ulm, Minn.
Omar El-Omar                  Electrical Engineering                                                 Maplewood, Minn.
Megan Ford                      Pre-Medicine                                                               Yankton, S.D.
Abbey Fordyce (*)            Pre-Nursing                                                                  Carroll, Iowa
Brianna Fitzgibbons         Psychology                                                                   Underwood, Minn.
Sydney Geisness             Undeclared                                                                   St. Croix Falls, Wis.
Taylor Glover                    Pre-Nursing                                                                  Spencer, Iowa
Hailey Gorman                 Undeclared                                                                   Lakeville, Minn.
Adam Guss (**)                Physics                                                                         Mankato, Minn.
Madison Gutzman            Biology                                                                          Bentonville, Ark.
David Hastings                 Aviation                                                                        Chanhassen, Minn.
Ryan Jensen                    Electrical Engineering                                                   Mankato, Minn.
Nicole Johnson (V*)         Undeclared                                                                    Lake Geneva, Wis.
Bethany Koshak               Dance                                                                           Tomahawk, Wis.
Heather Lee                     Accounting                                                                    Lake Crystal, Minn.
Samantha Morelli             Pre-Pharmacy                                                               Stillwater, Minn.
Natalie Moses                  Pre-Medicine                                                                 Somerset, Wis.
Margaret Neeck               Theatre Arts and Secondary Education                        Stacy, Minn.
Ali Oku                             Biochemistry                                                                  Lagos, Nigeria
Rebecca Osborn (V)        Biology major                                                                 Sumner, Iowa
Stephanie Peterson (***)  Biomedical Science                                                       Lino Lakes, Minn.
Andrew Pfeffer                 Civil Engineering                                                            Windom, Minn.
Laura Pivovar                   Undeclared                                                                    Omaha, Neb.
Amanda Roche                 Elementary Education                                                   Hastings, Minn.
Samuel Ruhland               Computer Engineering                                                  St. Paul, Minn.
Abigail Schmidt                 Undeclared                                                                    Redwood Falls, Minn.
Michala Schramm             Accounting                                                                    Whitewater, Wis.
Derek Schultz                    Mathematics and Pre-Engineering                               Marshall, Minn.
Marysa Storm                    Biology                                                                         Owatonna, Minn.
Samantha Swanson          Elementary Education                                                  Buffalo Lake, Minn.
Alexa Turgeon                   Undeclared                                                                   Lonsdale, Minn.
Morgan Vetch (V)               Family Consumer Science and Exercise Science       Freeman, S.D.
Trisha Walker                     History and Anthropology                                            Kenyon, Minn.
Mark Wickelgren (V**)        Economics and Biological Sciences                            Cary, N.C.  

(V)        Valedictorian of High School Class
(*)         Recipient of Dean’s Scholarship Award
(**)        Recipient of Presidential Scholar Award
(***)      Recipient of Meredith Scholar Award

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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