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posted Jun 30, 2015, 3:58 PM by Communications ISD 709

ISD 709 DSACF 2015 Scholarship Recipients

   The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Board of Trustees recently announced the 2015 Scholarship recipients which include a large number of ISD 709 students.

   “These young adults are the future leaders of our community and we’re proud to be a partner in their success, ”  said Holly C. Sampson, President of the Community Foundation.

    Scholarship winners include, but are not limited to:

·         Paul Antonich Scholarship:  Caleb Achartz (Duluth East HS)

·         Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Scholarship:  Jasmine Fuller (Denfeld HS)

·         Duluth Central High School Alumni Scholarship:  Kyle Ozan (Denfeld HS)

·         Duluth Central Sports Association Legacy Scholarship: Jake DeCaro, Lucille Billings (Denfeld HS)  

·         Gernander Scholarship:  Jacob DeCaro (Denfeld HS)

·         Jeanne H. Hemmingway Scholarships:  Skylar Sarvela (Denfeld HS),  Steven Zakrajsek and Brittney Kaarbo (Duluth East HS)

·         Gus & Henrietta Hill Scholarship:  Nicholas Cortes (Duluth East HS)

·         Greg Irons Award Scholarships:  Meaghan O’Connor (Denfeld HS),  Danielle Sauve (Duluth East HS)

·         Cory Jam Memorial Award:  Kristine Bock (Duluth East HS)   

·         Minnesota Power Community Involvement Scholarship:  Meaghan O'Connor (Denfeld HS), Catherine Posch (Duluth East HS). Sydney Stock (Duluth East HS)

·         Emile H. Mathis II Scholarship:  Emily Todd (Duluth East HS)

·         Daniel H & Catherine L Mundt Scholarship:  Janelle Bushey (Denfeld HS)

·         Amelia and Emanuel Nessell Family Scholarship:  Ella Brown (Duluth East HS)

·         Steve Rolland Youth Peacemaker Award:  Nalani Harris (Denfeld HS)

·         Jack and Mary Rowe Memorial Scholarship:  Elizabeth Bergh (Denfeld HS)

·         Kenneth and Concetta Schoen Scholarship:  Devin Wagner (Duluth East HS)

·         Walter & Anna Soneson Scholarship:  Samuel Johnson, Bethani Gregg (Duluth East HS)

·         Robert B. & Sophia Whiteside Scholarships:  (Denfeld HS) Lucille Billings, Rebekah Lepak, Maria Puglisi, Kathryn Rudd; (Duluth East HS) Anna Ambrosi , Karl Badger, Sydney Stock, Yuqi Chen, Ji-Won Choi, Alyssa Everson,  Henry French, Lisa Hilliard, Devin Johnson, Sarah Baker, Derick Rossell, Sydney Nelson, Dylan Paulson,  Timothy Renier, Matthew Sandbulte, Justin Taylor, Kier Zimmerman  

   The Community Foundation is a permanent community endowment, built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations. Guided by a 16-member Board of volunteer civic leaders, the Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations and to individuals for scholarships and provides leadership on important community initiatives in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Since its inception in 1983, they have distributed over $47 million and currently hold over 360 different funds, each with its own charitable purpose.  

   Learn more at


Developers Withdraw From Central Property Purchase Agreement       

   ISD 709 officials announced today that they have received notification from Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors that terminates the purchase agreement for the Central High School property.

   According to ISD 709 officials, budget planning for the next school year did not include the sale of the Central property so the withdrawal will not require any budget adjustments. 

   “The property will go back on the market, “said Bill Hanson, Business Services Director for ISD 709.  “The real estate market is stronger now which may provide more opportunities for development.”

   In a letter to officials, (click here to access), Harbor Bay representatives stated that “the site provides a unique opportunity in Duluth to develop a truly “mixed-use” project that could include: for-sale housing, apartments, retail, office space, senior housing and hotel” and “we have received significant interest from each of these uses.”   

   The developer also stated that “the pre-development timeline is fairly extensive and costly” and “we estimate 18-24 months to complete necessary design, civil engineering, cost estimating and entitlements.” 

   Based on those and other findings, which are included in the letter, the developer indicated a need to re-evaluate the feasibility of the site and withdraw from the purchase agreement.


Lincoln Park Middle School administrators and students hosted a visit from Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy for Policy Jodi Greene and Senator Roger Reinert.  Ms. Greene is a native of Northfield, MN.  The visit included a tour of the school, discussion of the educational work being done at Lincoln Park, and an opportunity to meet representatives from Guys with Ties, a Lincoln Park student group emphasizing academics.  School Board Member Judy Seliga Punyko, Assistant Superintendent Ed Crawford, and Principal Brenda Vatthauer were among those accompanying Ms. Greene and Senator Reinert on the tour.


Volunteers Needed to Help Read Aloud To Kill a Mockingbird

   Barnes and Noble is looking for volunteers to help read aloud the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird at their Miller Hill Mall store on Monday July 13. Volunteers may sign up for shifts for the community read-a-thon, which begins at 9:00AM and ends at 9:00PM. Shifts are a half-hour each. The event is in preparation for July 14 release of Lee's novel Go Set a Watchman.

If you're interested in signing up for a shift to read aloud at the Barnes & Noble store, please email Shari at or call 218-786-0714.


Superintendent Joins “OVER THE EDGE” Event to Help Support Local YMCA Youth Programs

   People like Duluth Superintendent Bill Gronseth are going ‘over the edge’ for a great cause!  On July 8 & 9, OVER THE EDGE participants are rappelling 9 stories down the side of the Sellwood Building in downtown Duluth to help raise funds for local YMCA youth programs. 

   Through a donation to the OVER THE EDGE event, you can help area children receive memberships and go to camps; support quality after school programs; provide academic support and enrichment activities for youth and much more.  

   The donation process is fast, easy and secure.  Click here to help support YMCA Youth Programs.


Champions Building Champions Program

   Champions Building Champions is a program sponsored by Men as Peacemakers and the City of Duluth, Parks and Recreation. 

   Youth will participate in sports activities on the turf with collegiate athletes who will focus on building constructive relationships with the youth involved, while teaching the basics of sports and athletic games. This is a FREE opportunity for youth ages 7-17.

Wednesdays, 1pm - 3pm

June 24 - August 19, 2015

Duluth Heritage Sports Center, 120 S 30th Ave W

For details call Nathan at (218) 727-1939.