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2013 Winners

Chevy Scholar check presentation Cale Pagan
Cale Pagan

Hometown: Bismarck

Senior, Century High School

College Choice: University of North Dakota, Grand Forks

Cale is a site leader at Bismarck's Life After School Time (BLAST), mentoring and supervising children from kindergarten to sixth grade. As a Young Life member, Cale volunteers as a leader and assists younger members, helps raise funds for the God's Child Project, helped to sandbag during the Missouri River flood, and volunteers for the Run and Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness. He recently became a state licensed emergency medical technician, working toward his goal of volunteering at the fire department and with the ski patrol. He has been admitted to UND as a science major and plans to study medicine.

About how did he get the word out
: He works at BLAST and made flyers and gave them to parents. He also use social media.

About winning this scholarship: The recognition I have gotten for just being a finalist. This is the biggest award that I have ever received. The support I have gotten from people I don't even know is overwhelming. The Colleges I am applying for will certainly recognize this scholarship.

Madison Huber Chevy Scholar Check presentation
Madison Huber

Hometown: Mandan

Senior, Mandan High School

College choice: Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD

Madison is an honor roll student, has worked on the Mandan High School Courier and served as sports editor in 2011. She was awarded the Northern Interscholastic Press Association Sports Column of the year. She participates in varsity hockey, served as team captain for three years, won the Miss Hustle Award, the Most Points Award, and was twice chosen MAR Club Athlete of the Month.

Madison served as Miss Rodeo Mandan Princess in 2007 and is active in helping to put on rodeos and promote the sport throughout the community. She competes in barrel racing, breakaway roping and team roping, was a Top 10 State Finalist for the last three years, and a National Jr. High rodeo qualifier 2008-2009. She serves on the student council and as class secretary, and has assisted with keeping the school grounds clean, collecting canned goods and organizing the community homecoming festival. Through the BUSY campaign for a new junior high, she assisted with school tours and distribution of flyers. Madison has been in FFA for three years and has won awards for her speaking, communications and interview skills. She also served as a deacon in the First Presbyterian Church, 2011-2012. She plans to major in English with the goal of attending law school.

About how she got the word out:
Both my parents and I used our Facebook and Twitter accounts to gain votes, I went around to every classroom and wrote on the white boards to encourage everyone to vote for me and my superintendent sent out emails encouraging people to vote.

About winning the scholarship: I could not be more excited about winning the Chevy Scholarship. College is extremely expensive, and this will help immensely. Best thing about winning is I have $5,000! But I am most proud about how much my community backed me. I had such a great community backing and that is what is most exciting.

Check out the eight $500 finalists!

Abigail Dschaak

Hometown: Beulah

Senior, Beulah High School

College choice: University of Mary, Bismarck

Abigail's academic achievements include receiving the Presidential Academic Excellence Award, the Highest Distinction Level of Academic Leadership, and two Principal's Leadership Awards for promoting positive student leadership. She's a member of the National Honor Society and currently serves as the president of Beulah's NHS chapter. Her extracurricular activities include band, drama, basketball cheerleading, and serving as a football statistician.

Through the Mercer County Lucky Valley 4-H club, Abigail has participated in numerous community activities including the Relay for Life, Take and Bake for those who can't bake for themselves, raising funds for the hospice, building raised garden beds for the elderly, holding food drives and helping out at the county fair. She works as a bank teller at the First Security Bank-West in Beulah.

Aubrey Hovland

Hometown: Rugby

Senior, Rugby High School

Aubrey has been named Student of the Month five times, Student of the Year in Freshman English and Physical Science, and Student of the Year in Junior English Anatomy and Algebra 2. She's active in band, choir, volleyball, basketball and track.

Aubrey is active in the National Honor Society, the Lutheran Youth Organization and Student Council. Through these organizations she plans activities, works at events and encourages participation among her peers.

Cataldo DiDonna

Hometown: Bismarck

Senior, Century High School

College choice: University of North Dakota, Grand Forks

Cataldo is a member of the National Honor Society and will graduate as valedictorian from Century High. He's active in sports and has served as captain of teams in cross-country, swimming and track.
He's a registered first responder, certified in CPR, AED use and first aid, and has worked as a lifeguard at the Missouri Valley YMCA. He plans to earn a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at UND.

Jessi Johnson

Hometown: Carpio

Junior, Berthold School

College choice: North Dakota State University, Fargo

Jessie is active in 4-H, and enjoys showing cattle, horses and displaying her artwork, as well as helping with fundraisers and assisting the elderly. In her volunteer work for the hippology program at Dakota Ranch, she assists handicapped students by leading them on a horse or riding with them. She also started her own business cleaning houses and the local Lutheran Church.

Jessi is president of the junior class and coordinates class activities and fundraisers. She is a highest honors student and participates in Academic Olympics, math competitions and spelling bees. She is currently co-captain of the basketball team and has participated in track, volleyball, rodeo, drama and choir. Jessi has been chosen several times as Student of the Month due to her ability to balance school work and extracurricular activities. She plans to study mechanical engineering at NDSU.

Jonathan Olson

Hometown: Ray

Senior, Ray Public School

College choice: University of North Dakota, Grand Forks

Jonathan is active in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). He was the 2011-2012 local chapter president, currently serves as state president, and has received the Future Award and the Business Award. He's been a student council member for five years, is currently local vice president, and received the Recycling Award. He's been the class representative for Students Against Destructive Decisions for three years and serves as the local president. Other extracurricular activities include football team co-captain, band, choir, LYO, FFA, Lifesmarts, and competitive speech and drama.

Jonathan volunteers and assists with fundraising for the March of Dimes, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, the Relay for Life and the Salvation Army. He helps keep his community clean through the Adopt a Highway Program and clean-ups organized through the Ray High School. He plans to pursue a business degree at UND.

Sydney St. Germaine

Hometown: Belcourt

Senior, St. John Public School

College choice: University of North Dakota, Grand Forks

Sydney's extracurricular activities include varsity cheerleading, varsity track, basketball and volleyball. She's been active in student council since the seventh grade, serving as secretary/treasurer. She's been in FCCLA since the eighth grade and currently serves as chapter secretary. Sydney helps her community through fundraisers, food drives, organizing and assisting with the spring blood drive, assisting with daycare at school events, helping the elderly with daily and special tasks, and keeping the community clean. She has been an honor student all through high school and will graduate at the top of her class. Sydney has 13 college credits and plans to study dietetics and nutrition at UND.

Todd Selzler

Hometown: Harvey

Senior, Harvey High School

College choice: North Dakota State University, Fargo

Todd has been named valedictorian of his class and has been Student of the Quarter for all four years in high school. He volunteers through FCCLA, FFA and the student council on projects including food drives, shoveling driveways, family fun night, Santa Day and labor auctions. He has been team captain in football, basketball and baseball. In basketball he was voted most improved and hardest worker. In baseball he was voted MVP pitcher and MVP defensive player. He's also active in Students Against Destructive Decisions and the National Honor Society. He plans to enter the pharmacy program at NDSU.

Tomas Cartmill

Hometown: Dickinson

Senior, Dickinson High School

Tomas has consistently been on the honor roll, and in 2011 was named to the WDA all-academic team for varsity football. He's active in Boy Scouts, served as patrol leader, worked to recharter an inactive troop, and served as troop guide and mentor. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2011. He participates in his church's youth group, has served in leadership positions, and volunteers at the soup kitchen. He assisted homeowners in Minot after the flood, and traveled to Guatemala with the God's Child Project to build homes, volunteer at schools and nursing homes, and distribute food.

Tomas' extracurricular activities include wind band, marching band, concert band and pep band. He has participated in track and field, the science club, and through the National Honor Society he tutors students in math and helps with blood drives and toy drives. He attends a religion course before school and earned the "Stake President's Award" his sophomore and junior years. He plans to study biomedical engineering to prepare for a career in prosthetic design.