Community Line: Columbia Heights, Fridley

Tyler McCracken and Derek Shaheen of Columbia Heights were named to the fall 2012 dean’s list at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn.


Alida Trocke-Fowler of Fridley made the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.


Billisaa Chella of Columbia Heights made the fall semester 2012 chancellors list at the University of Minnesota in Crookston.


The following students made the fall semester dean’s list at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis: Charles Anderson, Amber Rasmusson and Kevin Roller of Columbia Heights; Nicolas Ash and Pete Sajadi of Fridley.


Hanna Abikar of Columbia Heights, a senior at Columbia Heights High School, was named a runner-up in Advance IT Minnesota, run by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, in the first annual Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing award for high school students. Winners from across the state were selected based on their interests, accomplishments and community involvement in computing and technology.


Columbia Academy winners of the statewide Future City competitions were announced. Three teams, 13 students in all, from Columbia Academy participated in the Minnesota State Future City Competition.

– Team Aura Bay: William Cooke, Lobsang Choten, Ella Zhang, Rezkath Awal and Nathaniel Twobears won in the category of Engineering Excellence.

– Team Cloud Nine: Justin Larkin, AJ Thomson, Whitney Meyer and Duncan VanDemark won in the category of Most Environmentally Friendly Power Source.

– Team Center Hill: Bobby Hosch, Kevin Riera, Marcos Ferrera and Jeff Orellana participated and impressed judges with their professionalism and knowledge.


U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) nominated Maxwell Fite of Fridley for admission to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Fite, currently a senior at Fridley High School, has acted as secretary and president of the Student Council, is a member of the National Honor Society, and has served his community through numerous volunteer projects. He has also captained the cross country and tennis teams. If chosen for an appointment by the academy, Fite would be part of the U.S. Military Academy class of 2017 and would enter this fall.

Each year, Franken nominates qualified young Minnesotans to the four U.S. Service academies, including the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The individual service academies make the final admission decisions and begin notifying nominees of their status in February.