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Dahl and Howard honored as Rising Stars

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CASS LAKE -- Cass Lake-Bena High School’s Dillon Dahl and Kristi Howard were among the 46 Region 5 students honored by National Joint Powers Alliance at its 26th annual Student Recognition Banquet on Wednesday, April 12, at Madden’s Resort in Brainerd.

The event celebrated area students as Rising Stars. Each was selected by his or her respective school staff, with the criteria that they are “unsung heroes” of their district, the behind-the-scenes students with little, if any, recognition.

Director of Indian Education Luann Frazer nominated Dahl and Howard. In her nominations, Frazer called out qualities like commitment, diligence, and respectfulness.

Of Dahl, Frazer wrote, “Dillon has been a delightful young man throughout his high school years. He is an honor student, participates in student council, baseball and football. He is an amazing leader, as demonstrated through his commitment to these activities. Dillon has the diligence to get things done; he is a self-starter and sees things through until they are done. These are the traits that will help him to be successful in college and the workforce.”

Frazer nominated Howard for similar reasons, “Kristi is a kind, respectful, young woman who has been raised to live her life in relation to the values of the Anishinabe. Kristi's dad comes from a traditional home and community, and her mom from a similar home. Kristi is a diligent student, having been an honor student throughout high school. She plans to attend college next fall, but is still exploring her options as to where she will attend.”

Each student received at least $375 in scholarship money, plus had a chance to win door prizes.