Tim Utecht Tim Utecht from Stillwater, MN will attend Northwestern College in St. Paul to study biology. Although still in high school, Tim has earned 10 college credits and is working on 11 more. He intends to pursue his studies to the doctorate level and engage in “medical research that will benefit society.” Tim receives a scholarship award of $300
Jessie Chavez Jessie Chavez of Blanca, Colorado will also enter the science field. She will attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins to pursue a degree in biomedical science. Jessie wrote: “Most little girls want to be a waitress, a flight attendant, or a nurse. I wanted to be the head chef, the pilot, and the doctor.” She has a 4.0 G.P.A. in high school. Jessie receives a scholarship award of $300.
Edward Durand Edward E. Durand, III, is currently studying in St. Louis, Missouri where he is enrolled as a 1st-year seminarian at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, working to complete his Master’s degree and ordination as a Lutheran minister. He is married to Patricia (Jansma) and they have two young children, Lucas and Maleah. Edward wrote, “My heritage was proudly instilled by my father...and I am also teaching my children of the love, pride, and strength of this family.” Edward receives a scholarship award of $300.
Dani Decker

Danielle (Dani) Decker of Delavan, Wisconsin has been accepted for admission by Marquette University in Milwaukee, where she plans to major in political science and later pursue a degree in law. Dani wrote: “I have discovered a deep passion for government and politics and intend to pursue that into my college education...I am hoping to find a...career in law that will allow me to combine my love of writing, history, and politics.” Dani receives a scholarship award of $300.
Laura Valdmanis Laura Valdmanis of Prior Lake, Minnesota has been accepted for admission to several colleges but has yet to make a final choice. She hopes to become a medical doctor. A solid “A” student and active in school and community affairs, Laura has worked with Habitat for Humanity, Youth Teaching Youth, as a counselor at summer youth camps, and has participated in many other school, community, and church activities. Recently she earned money to pay her own way for a study trip to Germany. Laura wrote: “One of the highlights of my year was being the only student brave enough [at a convention] to go up and shake past Vice-President Mondale’s hand and ask him some questions.” The media gave that incident “a lot of coverage.” Laura receives a scholarship award of $300.