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Campus and people notes for the week ending May18

Minnesota State University, Mankato announces graduates

Students from Hastings who graduated this spring from the University of Minnesota, Mankato are: Daniel Boston, BS, sociology, Magna Cum Laude; Melanie Cordell, BS, psychology, Magna Cum Laude; Amanda Frandrup, BS, dental hygiene, Summa Cum Laude; Jacob Goergen, BS, finance; David Green, BS, biochemistry, Cum Laude; Katelynn Johnson, BS, law enforcement; Brian Kranz, BS, marketing; Mickala Loesch, BS, mass communications; Christopher Rotty, MA, sport management; Ryan Sherry, BSME, mechanical engineering; Lacey Theodorson, BS, sociology, Magna Cum Laude; Andrew Trembath, BS, law enforcement; Stacey Allen, BS, geography.

Meckle awarded scholarship from Bemidji State University

Ashleigh Meckle of Hastings was awarded a $1,000 Academic Achievement Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year. Academic Achievement Scholarships are awarded to students who graduate in the top 30 percent of their class with an ACT score of at least 24. Meckle, a freshman, is majoring in Spanish.

Viall Graduates with Honors

Jacquelyn Viall graduated with "High Honors" as a RN from Minnesota State College SouthEast.

To graduate with "High Honors" you must maintain a GPA of 3.75-4.00. Jacque obtained her goal despite a terrible head- on car accident setback where her sister Amber was killed and Jacque endured seven major surgeries to repair her two broken femurs, knee cap, pelvis, arm, foot and ankle. Despite the pain she endured over months of recovery, she returned to school as soon as she was on crutches.

Her friends had organized a "Jacque Benefit Fund" event at Dugarel's in Hastings where funds were raised to help her continue school and pay bills while partially disabled. Jacque used those funds to continue on with her studies and work part time caring for seniors. She is looking forward to working as a registered nurse in the future as she plans her upcoming August wedding. Jacquelyn is the daughter of Ray and Denise Viall of Hastings.