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New Salem - June 14, 2006

Counselor’s Corner

Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
New Salem & Hebron High Schools

Scholarship Recipients!

Dollars For Scholars & Other Local Scholarship Recipients!
This years recipients of the New Salem/Almont Dollars for Scholars Scholarships are: Joyell Backler, Courtney Doll, Alexandra Hagen, Lacey Maier, Marnie Sundeen, Kendra Thompson, and Jessica Toepke.

This years recipients of the Class of ’51 Scholarships are: Amanda Bibb, and Cody Wetzel.

Thanks to everyone from New Salem, Almont, and the surrounding area who contributed to these scholarships. Also, thanks to the Class of ’51. In addition, thanks to those on the New Salem/Almont Dollars For Scholars Scholarship Committee for all of their efforts. I hope this effort continues by everyone involved in providing opportunities for our students to continue their education. Congratulations scholarship recipients!

Additional Class of 2006 Scholarship Recipients!
One of the many things I like about my job is assisting students in obtaining funding to pursue post-secondary education. This includes federal loans, grants, and college work-study as well as scholarships. Class of 2006 college scholarship recipients are:

Joyell Backler is the recipient of the Dickinson State University Roughrider Scholarship, and the Mandan Masons Masonic Lodge Scholarship.

Justin Bahm received the Bismarck State College CSEMS National Science foundation Scholarship.

Christopher Bauer has received both the Dickinson State University Foundation Scholarship for Football and Track and the Dickinson State University Roughrider Award for Football and Track.

Amanda Bibb received the Bismarck State College Harvey Thorson Scholarship.

Joseph Boehm is the recipient of the Lake Region State College Presidential Scholarship.

Sheldon Brandt received a North Dakota State college of Science Academic Scholarship.

Jillian Crooks is the recipient of the Jamestown College Presidential Scholarship.

Courtney Doll received the Jamestown College Presidential Scholarship.

Erin Freadhoff received the Florence Henderson Memorial Scholarship and will attend Dickinson State University.

Alexandra Hagen received the Outstanding High School Leadership Award from the University of North Dakota. In addition Alexandra also received the Cal Lanberg Scholarship, the National Horseshoe Pitchers Scholarship, and the North Dakota Horseshoe Pitchers Scholarship.

Lacey Maier received the Berger Family Memorial Scholarship.

Krystyl McManus was awarded the Jamestown College Presidential Scholarship.

Jessica Toepke is the recipient of a North Dakota State College of Science Academic Scholarship, the Mor-Gran-Sou Scholarship, and the Robert Case Scholarship.

Cody Wetzel received the Henry F. Bonde Jr. Scholarship from Valley City State University.

The above scholarships are the ones of which I am aware. Some students will receive some additional scholarships. As of graduation New Salem students are receiving a total of $ 46,950.00 for the first year of college. When I calculate in the renewable scholarships that are renewable scholarships for the next 2 to 4 years, the total amount of scholarships these students are eligible to receive totals $ 147,000.00. Way to go seniors!

Congratulations for your hard work and extra effort in high school. Often hard work does pay off in the long run. Receiving these scholarships is like getting paid for doing well in high school. I hope current high school students who read this will be motivated to continue to do their best in school and in life.

Berger Family Scholarship
Thanks to the family of the late Kaspar and Paulene Berger for the Berger Family Scholarship. Kaspar worked at the Farmers Union Lumber Yard for many years and Paulene worked at the Schmid Café for decades here in New Salem. The family’s scholarship contribution is greatly appreciated.

Thanks To Scholarship Donors
I hope that scholarship recipients write thank you letters or cards to those who have contributed scholarships. If scholarship recipients are short on words, just a simple “Thanks for the scholarship” would be nice. One could also briefly state how the money will help in pursuing post-secondary education and realizing one’s dreams. This helps to convey gratitude to the donors as well as to help the scholarship donors to want to continue donating and awarding the scholarship.

If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, you can see my Career Planning website at or e-mail me at You can also contact me at New Salem High School at 843-7610, at Hebron High School at 878-4442, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent summer!