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 Honoring Graduates

Published each year at the completion of the school year, this publication honors the graduating seniors from Cromwell and McGregor High Schools with special recognition for the classes' valedictorian(s), salutatorian(s), and academic all-stars. To advertise in this special publication, contact our advertising manager at (218) 768−3405 or


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MHS Class of 2009

McGregor Valedictorian Anna Carlson, McGregor Salutatorian Felicia Raushel, and Academic All-stars

McGregor Scholarship Recipients

CHS Class of 2009

Cromwell Valedictorian Naomi Johnson, Salutatorian Bryce Harp, and Academic All-star

Cromwell Scholarship Recipients

Students in the military

A Letter of Thanks

Riverwood Healthcare Center grants scholarships

Staff Writer

“To me, the scholarship shows how much Riverwood Healthcare Center cares about students as well as patients,” exclaimed Jeanie McGee, one of McGregor’s two recipients of the Riverwood Healthcare scholarship. Jeanie, the daughter of Mike and Karyl McGee, plans to attend Itasca Community College for her LPN degree and then continue at a four-year college to become an RN.

Chelsea Boyd, the other Riverwood scholarship recipient, will attend St. Cloud Technical College and plans to eventually pursue a career in either a dental or health field. Chelsea also expressed her gratitude: “I’m thankful for the Riverwood scholarship. It means a lot to me.” Chelsea is the daughter of Chuck and Holly Boyd.

Riverwood awarded Jeanie and Chelsea ongoing scholarships of $1,000 a year for up to four years, with a maximum cap of $4,000 per student. The girls qualified for the Riverwood scholarship due to their intention to seek full-time education in a health care related field. They also must maintain a 2.0 or better GPA.

In addition to the two McGregor students, Riverwood also granted two Aitkin students this scholarship.

The Riverwood Auxiliary also grants two $1,000 scholarships annually. Ashley Jacobs was this year’s recipient from McGregor High School.

“Riverwood has a long tradition of supporting local high school students who go on to pursue health care careers with scholarship dollars,” says Michael Hagen, Riverwood CEO. “With the cost of higher education rising substantially over the years, we increased our pledge to support these scholarship recipients through their four years of study. We appreciate all the work of those who administer the Dollars for Scholars program.”

Commitment to our Country

Staff Writer


Since Ryan Beck was a little boy, his dream was to be in the military. On September 8 his dreams will come true. He is leaving for Lackland Air Force Base in Texas to start basic training for the United States Air Force.

Ryan will be focusing on financial management as part of his air force career. He has personally witnessed the benefits that the military can offer. His grandpa, several uncles, and a brother have served in the military. Their success motivated him to join.

Through the air force Ryan wants to travel the world and get a master’s degree in financial management. He would also like to hold a degree in accounting.

Ryan’s family is very happy that he joined the military. They believe it will lead him to a successful career.


Thomas Allen Troup (T.J.) will be leaving on July 10 to go to Great Lakes, Illinois, for basic training for the United States Navy.

T.J. first decided to join the service when he was only four. He had a military family, and his dad was stationed in Guam. Being in Guam gave T.J. the aspiration to see the world. It was then T.J. set his heart on following in his dad’s footsteps.

Both of T.J.’s parents were very supportive of his decision. Like him, they are excited for the experiences he will have and skills he will learn.

T.J. hopes to someday make E-7 chief petty officer.


Matthew Carlstrom became an official part of the United States Navy in March 2009. He wanted to serve his country, and the navy offered the best financial security for him.

He will be leaving for boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois, on July 9. From there he will move on to Pensacola, Florida.

Through hard work and training, Matt hopes to become a search and rescue swimmer and an officer.

Matt had several relatives that served in the military before him including both his grandparents. Matt’s family was happy to see him pursue a career in the military, and they hope for his success.


Nick Ekelund joined the United States Navy looking for excitement and adventure. He will be in aviation and on the special forces and rescue aircrew (SAR).

It was not surprising that Nick decided to serve his country and join the navy – he has eight relatives that served overseas in the navy, and his family is happy to see him make this commitment.

Nick will leave for Great Lakes, Illinois, on July 8 for basic training. From there he will be sent to Pensacola, Florida, in September to attend Naval Aviation Cadet Candidacy School and rescue swimmer school.

When asked about his goals, Nick replied, “To get my helicopter pilot’s license and make it back here on leave for the hunting season.”