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Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College held its commencement ceremony on Friday, May 15 for the graduating class of 2015. More than 700 students were honored in commencement ceremonies across the four WITC campuses in Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake and Superior. Students earned completion certificates, technical diplomas and associate degrees across 52 different programs. Among the graduates were Sarah Burhans, Matthew Sims and Travis Sznaider of Brule; Nate Van Ert and Brandon Wright of Foxboro; Jason Miller, Jake Rudolph and Dennis St. Clair of Gordon; Abigail Talcott of Lake Nebagamon; Philip Gaare, Nickoli Hursh, Annie Little, Jacob Moniot and Maggie Strate of Maple; and Chelsey Khalar, Kate LaRose, Aryan Mattson, Andrew Perry, Jacquelyn Phillips and Kimberly Rampier of Poplar. Lorin Larson, Dana Picinich, Josiah Stano and Jennifer Swanson of Solon Springs; and Beau Evanson, Tiffany Hewitt, Dawn Lambert, Jeffrey McClellan, Michael Nelson, Maxine Petite, Nikole Stevens and Richard Tyler Jr. also graduated. Superior residents who graduated included Juston Adrihan, Shelby Ayde, Zachary Ayers, Thomas Backlin, Sara Belanger, Lindsey Benedict, Emerald Boterman, Fredrick Boterman, Lisa Bruzek, Deborah Brzezinski, Eric Calore, Shawnde Carlson, Tom Carroll, Kyle Christiansen, Elizabeth Cowling, Christina Derick, Karen Drake, Maria Drolson, Courtney Dugger, Folake Famule, Sara Fijalkiewicz, Jenny Foerst-Smith, James Gavin, Michael Gavin, Stephanie Gillespie, Marissa Glaus, Les Glazman, Andrew Glonek, Gregory Harrison Jr., Daniel Hayden, Kathryn Hill, Thomas Hinkle, Jessica Holderness, Kevin Holen, Jacob Hunter, Kelcee Janigo, Tyler Jauhola, Brianna Jensen, Tailor Johnson, Rebecca Kidder, Katy Konczak, Molly Konczak, Stanley Kossak, Christopher Krob, Rachael Lackner, Adam LeMahieu, Bradley Lind, Holly Madrinich, Lori Malley, James McCollum, Justin Meyer, Aaron Mikulich, Frank Miller, James Miller, Jason Moberg, Gage Moden, Carla Moe, Derek Nelson, Janet Nelson, Ashley Ozzello-Beitel, Genevieve Palmer, Valerie Pavlatos, Jordan Pederson, Tyler Petrey, Jeremy Pittman, Chasity Point, Sara Radzak, Malinda Rinnet, Jeffrey Rosburg, Derrick Rouse, Ryan Rowe, Susan Sanda, Emma Sargent, Timothy Schlichting, Nicole Schuman, Kenneth Sedlachek, Tim Sittarich, Nicholas Skaggs, Samantha Sundvick, Michelle Tunell, Valerie VanLandschoot, Lauren Vanovermeiren, Nathan Wagener, Joseph Wambach, Ashley Waterman, James White, Yoshiko Wood, and Brandon Zacher-Hunter.

Abigail McCall of Superior, daughter of Katherine McCall and Dean McCall, graduated from Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor of Science in biological services.

Laura Conley, a 2003 graduate of Superior High School, graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School. She was awarded a Thomas R. Mulroy Prize for excellence in appellate advocacy. Conley earned a bachelor degree in government in 2007 at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She worked for three years at the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank, in Washington D.C. She left to attend the University of Chicago and received her master’s degree in International Relations in 2012. Conley will be employed by Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP in Washington D.C. She is the daughter of Dave and Jan Conley of Lake Nebagamon.

Matt Archambault of Superior earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

Cody Pederson of Superior graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice studies.

Academic honors

Catherine Albrecht of Superior made the dean’s list at Marquette University.

Kaleena Eck of Superior made the dean’s list at North Dakota State University.

Marki Nelson and Taylor Nelson of Superior earned highest honors at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Jack Kline and Scott Smith of Superior earned honors there.

Kate C. Bergum of South Range made the honor roll at the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.

Grace Elonen of Superior made the dean’s list at Iowa State University in Ames.


Leanna Carey of Superior was awarded the Leo and Ivy Nevala Scholarship, a one-time $1,500 award given to high-achieving freshmen from the northern third of Wisconsin, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.