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Preister named St. Mary’s College valedictorian

NOTRE DAME, Indiana -- Saint Mary's College has named Columbus native Elizabeth Preister, a communicative sciences and disorders major, as one of the College’s three valedictorians for the class of 2019. Preister and her co-valedictorians delivered a joint valedictory address at the college's commencement ceremony in May.

Preister has been a member of the varsity tennis team for all four years and was co-captain her senior year. She was also involved with a research group called DeciBelles on campus, in which she and her peers have conducted and facilitated a study on the effectiveness of language therapies on Down syndrome populations and studied how autism is portrayed in the media.

Preister has enjoyed participating in the Notre Dame Women’s Liturgical Choir, and she has also been a member of the Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra (NDSO) for four years.

Preister has received the highest Communicative Sciences and Disorders Departmental award: Ancora Imparo. The award congratulates her on being an outstanding researcher, compassionate clinician, community leader, and knowledgeable student. She was also honored with the Mary Ellen Smith Academic and Athletic Achievement Award.

Preister will be attending graduate school at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln to obtain her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology in the fall.

Jaixen, Stevenson attend Girls State

Allison Jaixen and Emily Stevenson were selected by the Platte Center American Legion Auxiliary Unit 283 to be representatives at the 2019 Cornhusker Girls State held in Lincoln in June.

Jaixen, daughter of Dale and Janet Jaixen of Platte Center, will be a senior at Lakeview High School this fall. She participates in volleyball, cross country, dance, track, student council and FFA. She is also involved with the St. Joseph’s Youth Group and dances at Lynette’s Dance Studio. Jaixen plans to study respiratory therapy following graduation from high school.

Emily Stevenson, daughter of Ken and Denise Stevenson of Richland, is a student at Lakeview High School. She has participated in FBLA, softball, One Act, band, mock trial, the Multicultural Club, competitive speech, yearbook and track. Stevenson was also selected to participate in The American Legion’s Junior Law Cadet Program held in Grand Island at the State Patrol Training Center, also sponsored by the Platte Center American Legion Auxiliary Unit 283. She plans to pursue a degree in business before enrolling at the Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy in Grand Island.

UNMC announces dean’s list

OMAHA -- The University of Nebraska Medical Center has announced its spring 2019 dean’s list for students enrolled in nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and the allied health professions. The following area students are among those honored:

Columbus - Lindsay Potthoff, College of Nursing Kearney Division; Abigail Beiermann, College of Nursing Northern Division (Norfolk); Genoa - Taylor Sutton, College of Allied Health Professions; Osceola - Lori Peterson, College of Nursing Lincoln Division; Polk - Chancy Hanquist, College of Nursing West Nebraska Division (Scottsbluff); Petersburg - Jenny Beckman, College of Dentistry.

Chohon graduates from Rockhurst

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rockhurst University awarded nearly 700 degrees at its 99th annual commencement ceremony held in May. Among the graduates was Payton Chohon of Columbus. Chohon earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Rugg earns degree

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Haydn Rugg, of Albion, graduated from Bismarck State College during the college's 79th commencement ceremony held in May at the Bismarck Event Center. Rugg earned a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Energy Management.

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