Faces: Successful people and team

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Jun. 11—Learning notes

Kevin C. Harris of Hermantown, successfully completed four years of challenging academic, physical and professional military training, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor's degree in history and a commission as a U. S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Harris graduated with a cumulative grade point average of 3.91, placing him in the top fifteen percent of his class of approximately 1,100 midshipmen. He is a 2017 graduate of Hermantown High School.

At the academy Harris was an Assistant Captain of one of the academy's club hockey teams, setting team records for most goals and points in a season, and most career goals and points despite the 2020-21 season being cancelled due to COVID-19. In 2020, he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Hockey League Scholar-Athlete of the year. Harris was also selected for Team USA Military, which included club hockey players from the Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and The Citadel. That team made two trips to Europe and played a series of exhibitions against professional teams in England, Scotland, Germany, and Austria.

Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) FIRST Robotics Team 4009 competed in the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) State Robotics Championship. This marks DNA robotics' fifth time competing at the state championship in their ten year team history. Each year, out of over 200 Minnesota robotics teams, the top 36 teams are invited to challenge for the state title. This year the tournament looked quite a bit different than usual, with teams competing virtually instead of in-person. Teams designed, built, and drove their robots to complete specially designed challenges on video over the course of a month. DNA put in countless hours tweaking their robot to optimize their runs to score as high as possible.

Through hard work, dedication, and fun times, DNA overcame many obstacles throughout this atypical season. It was a fifth place finish in the division challenges that secured enough ranking points to earn DNA an entry to state. DNA's captain, Madeline Bjonskaas, also earned the prestigious Dean's List Award recognizing her for her strong leadership and accomplishment. At the virtual state robotics award ceremony on May 29, after the scores from all the challenges had been tabulated, DNA placed ninth at the State Robotics Championship.