Claire E. Buysse
$12,000 College Scholarship
College of Saint Benedict
Saint Joseph, Minn.
Parents: Charles and Sharon Buysse
Claire graduated from Marshall Senior High School in Marshall, Minn., where she was an AP Scholar, National Merit Scholar and valedictorian.
“I hope to study abroad for a semester in college, exposing myself to new people and new surroundings,” she says.
After college Claire plans to enter the field of chemical research.
Stephen W. Miedema
$11,000 College Scholarship
South Dakota State University
Parents: Jan and Nancy Miedema
Stephen graduated from Kimball High School in Kimball, S.D., where he was salutatorian.
During his sophomore year, Stephen suffered a serious concussion while playing football. He spent several months dealing with side effects that reduced his mental function.
“My goal is to become a medical doctor, possibly specializing in neurology, so that I can help people dealing with mental trauma,” says Stephen.
Lucas G. Curtis
$10,000 College Scholarship
Major: Political Science
Parents: Gregory and Nancy Curtis
Lucas graduated from Appleton West High School in Appleton, Wis., where he was a member of National Honor Society and the National Forensic League.
Lucas aspires to be an attorney, a career choice he decided upon after participating in his school’s mock trial program.
“The courtroom is a battlefield of willpower and mental endurance,” he explains. “After experiencing mock trial, I want to further absorb myself in the study of law and government.”
Preston R. Schlueter
$9,000 College Scholarship
Gustavus Adolphus College
St. Peter, Minn.
Major: Creative Writing, Illustration, History, Communications
Parents: Brent and Amy Schlueter
Preston graduated from Orono High School in Long Lake, Minn., where he was a National Merit Commended Scholar and captain of the speech team.
Although treatment for acute spastic diplegic cerebral palsy left him unable walk for several months, Preston’s determination is stronger than his condition. He serves as personal care attendant to a young boy with tuberous sclerosis.
“Though my disability shapes who I am,” says Preston, “so do my efforts to lessen the effects of such conditions in both myself and others.”
Madelyn J. Sherman
$8,000 College Scholarship
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Parents: John Sherman and Lisa Junion
Madelyn graduated from Tri-County Area High School in Plainfield, Wis., where she was student council president.
Madelyn plans to become a doctor of veterinary medicine. “I’ve always had a passion for animals,” she says. “I also enjoy talking to and working with people, so being a veterinarian will allow me to combine two of my favorite things in life.”
$7,000 College Scholarship
University of South Dakota
Parents: Troy and Rhonda Carda
Toby graduated from Groton Area High School in Groton, S.D., where he played varsity soccer, football and basketball.
Toby says his most memorable academic experience was placing fifth in a math competition at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D.
“I felt like I had represented my school in a positive way,” he says. “This experience furthered my interest in math and a future career in medicine.”