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Investment in Youth award recipients

District 279 Foundation's Investment in Youth celebration took place on Sunday, May 1. The event recognizes the many achievements and success stories of the students, staff, and volunteers in Osseo Area Schools. The program will be replayed on CCX Media Channel 20 or Channel 859 through Comcast Cable.

Channel 859
Saturday, May 7 at 6:30 PM
Sunday, May 8 at 10:30 AM
Wednesday, May 11 at 4:00 PM

Channel 20
Sunday, May 8 at 4:00 PM
Monday, May 9 at 8:00 AM
Wednesday, May 11 at 8:00 PM
Thursday,  May 12 at 12:00 PM

Significant Investment in Developing Their Own Talents: Exhibiting unique expressions of creativity or talent. 

Mason Wesley Student, Birch Grove Elementary Significant 

Investment in Overcoming Adversity: Displaying the will and courage to overcome major challenges. 

Jacob Brink Student, Cedar Island Elementary 
Keiry Cardoso Hernandez Student, 279Online – Senior High 
Ian Frey Student, Early Childhood Special Education 
Rory Hove Tausend Student, Graduated in January Osseo Area Learning Center 
Staci Jones; Marta Hertle Secretary; School Nurse Elm Creek Elementary 
Collin O’Brien Educator, Educational Service Center 
Dakeiris Sylla Student, Fair Oaks Elementary 
Lila Tjader Student, Oak View Elementary 

Significant Investment in the Betterment of Education: Showing commitment to education by giving of their time, talents, or resources. 

Kayla Badgie Educator, 279Online – Elementary School 
Unis Boye-Weah Educator, 279Online – Middle School 
Heather Bruun Educator, Fernbrook Elementary 
Gwen Dornfeld Educator, Park Brook Elementary 
Gale Dutton AESP, Osseo Middle School 
Celeste Enderle Educator, Brooklyn Middle STEAM School 
Linda Hoden Educator, Early Childhood Family Education 
Gail Huggins Education Support Professional, Woodland Elementary 
Pam Kelley AESP, Fair Oaks Elementary 
Taryn Kuebelbeck Volunteer, Cedar Island Elementary 
Kandi Larson ECSE Coordinator, Early Childhood Special Education 
Amy Luehman Educator, Birch Grove Elementary 
Laurie McNamara Enrollment Center Counselor, Enrollment Center 
Laurie Mikkola Education Support Professional, Maple Grove Senior High 
Tasha Moskowitz Educator, Osseo Area Learning Center 
Dawn Nelson Educator, Oak View Elementary 
Kris Nelson Educator, Basswood Elementary 
Joshua Neurer Educator, 279Online – Senior High 
Becky Rose ESP and Family Engagement Coordinator, Palmer Lake Elementary 
Laura Thompson Educator, Rush Creek Elementary 
JT Turner Student Management Specialist, Park Center Senior High 
Joanne Wallen Educator, Maple Grove Middle School 
Russ Wilkinson Educator, Osseo Education Center 
Elizabeth Xiong Educator, Educational Service Center 

Significant Investment in Helping the Community: Exhibiting involvement and dedication toward the community and its members. 

Heather Ayer Secretary, Rice Lake Elementary 
Gayle Chapman Volunteer; Retired Educator, Osseo Area Retired Educators 
Madeline Delcotto Student, Maple Grove Middle School 
Gail Dubester-Litt Educator; Substitute Teacher, North View Middle School 
Janet Kanneh Student, Zanewood Community School 
Cody Kryzer Student, Maple Grove Senior High 
Amy Peterson Nurse, Edinbrook Elementary 
Sue Risse Secretary, Crestview Elementary 
Grant Smith Maple Grove Police Officer-Sergeant, Osseo Senior High 
Dave Spatafore Volunteer, Weaver Lake Elementary 

Significant Investment in Their Own Learning: Demonstrating perseverance, love of learning, or pursuit of knowledge by study or experience. 

Ayodimeji Akinrujomu Student, North View Middle School 
Hadi Albatushi Student, Garden City Elementary 
Brynn Bomar Student, Elm Creek Elementary 
Boon Boualaphanh Student, Adult Basic Education 
Southalak (Kito) Chanthavong Student, Park Brook Elementary 
Nery Flores Student, Adult Basic Education 
Worlali Gadogbe Student, Palmer Lake Elementary 
Malia Geerdial Student, Edinbrook Elementary 
Destiny Holmes Student, Community-Based Vocational Assessment and Training 
DJ Johnson Student, 279Online – Elementary School 
Alvin Langama Student, Basswood Elementary 
Peace Macha Student, Park Center Senior High 
Olivia Moore Student, Fernbrook Elementary 
NaZyra Oku Student, Zanewood Community School 
Samuel Olabiyi Student, Osseo Education Center 
June Vu Student, Crest View Elementary 
Edwin Waara Student, Osseo Middle School 

Significant Investment in Modeling for Youth: Demonstrating through words and actions an example for young people. 

Naomi Cooper-Grear Student, Brooklyn Middle STEAM School 
Alexa Davis Student, Osseo Senior High 
Jonisse Graham Student, Rice Lake Elementary 
Gianna Kimaiga Student, Weaver Lake Elementary 
Percy Lee Student, 279Online – Middle School 
Kim Monbo Student, Woodland Elementary 
Felicia Phillips Education Support Professional, Garden City Elementary 
Madelyn Wagner Student, Rush Creek Elementary