Four students at Minnesota State Community and Technical College have been named to the All-Minnesota Academic Team in recognition of their leadership, campus involvement and community service.
The four are among 49 two-year college students in the state honored at a luncheon at College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph on Friday, April 6. The academic program is sponsored annually by Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges.
M State’s recognized students are:
Savannah Findlay graduated from the Fergus Falls campus in the fall of 2017 with an AA degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. She grew up near Herman and graduated at the age of 16 as her high school valedictorian. During her time at M State, she was involved in Phi Theta Kappa and Student Government Association, where she has served as parliamentarian and president. She was also a student representative on the Spartans Living Well Coalition and the Spartans Wellness Day Committee. She received three awards while attending M State: the “Outstanding Student Worker Award” for her work as a resident assistant, an “Academic Excellence” award and a “Most Motivated Award” for her involvement in Student Government. Her hobbies include playing saxophone and flute, playing board games, reading and cooking. She plans on transferring to a four-year university in the fall, most likely to major in a business-related field.
Joshua Hansen began his college career 10 years after he left high school, enrolling on the Moorhead campus after recovering from a life of addiction and non-involvement. He became a senator in the Student Government Association and during his first semester was elected SGA president. He made the President’s List every semester at M State, is a governing council alternate for LeadMN, received SGA Rookie of the Semester and Student Leader of the Semester awards, and is a former president of the campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Besides the many advocacy projects he has been involved in, such as lobbying at the state and federal levels, he is also an officer for the Anime Club and a member of the campus Engineering club. He plans to enter the McNair program at the University of North Dakota, where he can begin his graduate work in his junior year in the field of astrophysics.
Heidi King will graduate from the Moorhead campus in May with an AA degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences and in the fall will attend Mayville State University to pursue a Business Administration degree. She is married to Robert King, and they live in Moorhead with Jet, their English springer spaniel. King is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, a 2017 Alumni of the United Way 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program and was a community member participant of the Jeremiah Program in Fargo. She volunteers for several organizations including BIO (Beautiful Inside and Out) Girls and the United Way. She is passionate about empowering women and children. Heidi also sponsors a student in India on her educational journey. In her free time Heidi enjoys yoga, traveling and all things creative.
Shane Motschenbacher grew up in Wadena and is pursuing the first year of his bachelor’s degree while attending the Wadena campus. From a young age, he has had a passion for higher education and always understood the importance of schooling and extra-curricular activity participation. He currently serves as the Wadena campus Student Government Association president and represents all the students at Minnesota’s two-year community and technical colleges in his position as Northwest Region Governing Council for LeadMN. When he is not studying, he can be found weightlifting, attending concerts, or watching his favorite Netflix series. He plans to continue work on a business degree at a four-year university in the fall.