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Academic Excellence Award – David Jensen

For many, architecture is an art form. For artist David Jensen, architecture has become his new medium. Jensen, who will graduate this May with a Bachelor Architecture from Dunwoody College of Technology, discovered his love of architecture through his art. He was working on a series of collaborative projects with filmmaker and musician Isaac Gale, […]

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Academic Excellence Award — Yengkong Thao

Graphic Design & Production Yengkong Thao’s interest in graphic design was sparked by chance. After a meeting with his guidance counselor at Wausau East High School in Wisconsin, Thao found out he had a gap in his class schedule that needed to be filled. An artist at heart, Thao’s counselor encouraged him to consider taking […]

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Academic Excellence Award – Josh Mattson

Honda Professional Automotive Career Training (PACT) Josh Mattson knew that he wanted to do something hands-on for a living.   “I’m not a huge fan of sitting at a desk and filling out papers all day,” he said. “I like to get my hands dirty and turn wrenches.”  As a student at Osseo High School in […]

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Academic Excellence Award – Lilianna Cooper

Interior Design Lilianna Cooper never thought that the time she spent rearranging and updating her room as a child might one day lead her to recognize a true passion— let alone a pathway to a career. But fast forward to the spring of 2022, and Cooper is being honored as an Academic Excellence Award recipient, […]

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Academic Excellence Award – Will Stone

Electrical Construction & Maintenance For Will Stone, the decision to pursue a career in the electrical field was a natural choice. After all, both of his grandfathers, two of his uncles, and even his wrestling coach all walked the same hallways before him –each a doer from their own time. His choice was cemented during […]

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Academic Excellence Winner – David Bergen, Business

“I want to be the decision maker. This new skill set is about making myself more marketable.” After 16 years of working in the Information Technology field, David Bergen decided it was time to take the next step in his career. Bergen graduated from NEI’s IT program with an associate’s degree shortly before it merged […]

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Academic Excellence Winner – Michele Stenzel, Design & Graphics Technology

“It’s pretty simple. I just want to do something I love. And so far, I have surprised myself at what I can do.” Michele Stenzel looks at the world through a creative lens, often finding an outlet through crafting, painting, photography, or house projects. If she can put an artistic spin on it, she will. […]

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Academic Excellence Winner – Devyn Smoter, Construction Sciences & Building Technology

“I’d love to know that the spaces and buildings I have a part in designing serve the community they’re a part of for a very long time.” Devyn Smoter has always had the benefit of being both logical and creative. It’s a combination that has not only been useful, but allowed her to excel in […]