Society news and notes

Gunderson selected to prestigious academic society

Sean J. Gunderson, a senior at Magic City Campus, has been selected to become a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. The society “recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment, according to a press release.”

“On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognized the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Sean has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence,” said Claes Nobel, NSHSS founder and chairman, who is a senior member of the family that established the Nobel prizes, in the release.

“Our vision is to build a dynamic international organization that connects members with meaningful content, resources and opportunities,” said James W. Lewis, NSHSS president, also in the release. “We aim to help students like Sean build on their academic successes and enhance the skills and desires to have a positive impact on the global community.”

Membership entitles qualified students to enjoy a wide variety of benefits, including scholarship opportunities, academic competitions, free events, member-only resources, publications, participation in programs offered by educational partners, personalized recognition items and publicity honors.

There are currently more than 1 million society members in more than 160 countries.

North Dakota Heritage Center project receives gifts

BISMARCK – BNSF Railway has donated $500,000 to the North Dakota Heritage Center expansion project, with additional major gifts coming from ONEOK ($250,000) and Neset Consulting Service ($110,000).

Governor Jack Dalrymple announced the gifts July 31 in the Northern Lights Atrium of the North Dakota Heritage Center. He was joined by John Miller, BNSF vice president of Agricultural Commodities, Dick Vande Bossche, director of Project Development for ONEOK, and Kathy Neset, president of Neset Consulting Service in Tioga. Receiving the gifts were Merle Paaverud, State Historical Society director, and Marlo Sveen and Karl Lembke of the Society’s Foundation.

BNSF is sponsoring the Hub of History outside the Northern Lights Atrium at the North Dakota Heritage Center. The Hub of History is a one-stop venue for visitors seeking information about the N.D. Heritage Center and State Museum, state historic sites, and tourism destinations and events. ONEOK is providing $250,000 to sponsor the First Arrivals Exhibit in the Innovation: Early Peoples Gallery, and the $110,000 from Neset Consulting Services will sponsor the Extinction and Climate Change Exhibit in the Adaptation: Geologic Time Gallery.

YWCA to host annual golf scramble

The Minot YWCA will hold its fourth annual “Swing FORE Shelter” benefit golf tournament Aug. 11 at Wildwood Golf Course. Registration and contests begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

The tournament is a women’s 18-hole scramble. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, closest to the pin, longest drive and longest putt.

Interested sponsors and women looking to participate or needing more information should contact the YWCA at 838-1812. Registration costs of $150 for a two-person team and $300 for a four-person team include green fees, lunch and prizes. Prizes include a putter, golf bag and miscellaneous gifts from local businesses.

The event is one of the three major fundraisers each year. The event rotates to different courses each year.