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Student awarded for volunteer services BEMIDJI – Shelbi Watts, 18, has been honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The award was presented by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Shelbi participated in the Spirit of Community program this year as a representative of Bemidji High School. Shelbi joined the BHS Interact Club her freshman year as a way to become involved with the community and the school. She is now the president of the club. Over the past few years, she has helped raise enough money to give over 100 wheelchairs to people in third world countries through the Free Wheelchair Mission. She has also been involved in giving Christmas gifts to Bemidji children every year. This year she helped the Sunrise Rotary raise money to eradicate polio. More than 370,000 young people throughout the U.S. have been considered for these awards since the program began in 1995.

Registration begins for summer classes BEMIDJI – Registration is now open for summer school classes at Bemidji State University. Classes are available on-campus, online, and combined classroom and online learning experiences. Classes are held in three sessions, with a May 15-31 term and two month-long course tracks. The first summer session is from June 3 to July 5; the second session is from July 8 to Aug. 2. Some courses may run on a different schedule tailored to the unique needs of that course. Students can registers for courses through the first day of classes for each term. For information on offered classes, visit

Bemidji student awarded scholarship BEMIDJI – Austin Korczak of Bemidji has been awarded with a $1,000 George W. Neilson scholarship from Bemidji State University for the 2012-2013 academic year. Korczak is a junior in the biology program. Bemidji State will present more than $2.3 million in academic, talent, and leadership scholarships this year. The awards are made possible through donations to the BSU Foundation, the Alumni Association, and other organizations that specify funds for such causes. For details, contact the Office of Administration and Scholarships at 755-2040.