• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

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    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

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    Accounting and Finance

    Brooke Elvehjem

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    Biology

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    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

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    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

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    Accounting Major; Finance minor

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    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

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    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

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    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

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    Elementary Education

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    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

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    Sophomore
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

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    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

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    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

Memorial Day: A Little History

Happy Memorial Day everyone! Today is a day to celebrate our fallen brothers and recognize all of the brave individuals who have fought and died for our country. While most of us know the purpose of this holiday, not as many of us know the origins or history of it. Memorial Day was thought to have originated in Waterloo, New York in May of 1966 during President Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency. However, the history of the holiday’s origin is highly debated. We know that the holiday as we know it today was first celebrated in May of 1868. Soldiers and family members placed flowers on the graves of Confederate and Union soldiers who had died during the war in the Arlington Cemetary, beginning the custom we know today. This official event inspired the appearance of the ballad “In Flanders Fields,” which commemorates the loss of soldiers in battle. Moina Michael, who wrote the ballad, began the tradition of wearing red poppies on this day.

Today serves as a day to relax, pay homage to those who have guarded us and protected us in battle, and to be with family and friends. Let yourself take a day off from homework stress and trouble and just be grateful for the life of freedom and safety that those who have died have established for you. Also, acknowledge those who continue to fight for your right for freedom, and risk their lives each and everyday for you and the nation.
God Bless.

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