The North Dakota Stockmen's Foundation named 2017 scholarship winners during the North Dakota Stockmen's Association's 88th annual convention and trade show.
Among the foundation’s awards were $500 Legacy scholarships to Sarah Freitag, Bowman, Stacia Hopfauf, Mandan, Cierra Dockter, Medina, and Kaitlyn Peterson, Bismarck; a $500 Endowment Scholarship to Codi Schaper, Grassy Butte; and a $500 Tokach Angus Ranch Memorial Scholarship to Sydni Schmidt, Solen.
Freitag is the daughter of Blaine and Jackie Freitag. She is a college junior at North Dakota State University, where she is studying animal science and therapeutic horsemanship. She intends to get a master's degree in cattle nutrition and join her family operation. She also would like to work for a research center and become more active in the NDSA and North Dakota CattleWomen. She is involved in the Collegiate CattleWomen chapter and the Saddle and Sirloin Club.
Hopfauf, the daughter of Blaine and Tammy Hopfauf, is a junior at NDSU, where she is studying pre-vet and hopes to follow in the footsteps of her father as a mixed-animal veterinarian. She also dreams of having a ranch of her own. Her extracurricular activities over the years include the Saddle and Sirloin Club, Pre-Vet Club and Judging Club. She is a Riding on Angels' Wings therapeutic riding volunteer and a student member of the American Meat Science Association.
Dockter is a freshman at NDSU and the daughter of Dwight and Christina Dockter. She is studying agricultural communications and animal science, with dreams of providing farmers and ranchers with reliable news and growing her herd of Gelbvieh cattle. A state FFA officer this year, Dockter has been actively involved in that organization, winning the state dairy judging contest and the Diversified Livestock Entrepreneurship Supervised Agricultural Experience Award. She was a champion 4-H livestock judge and a protégé in the NDSA Mentoring Program.
Peterson, daughter of Jim and Peggy Peterson, is an NDSU freshman majoring in animal science. Her plans include competing on the collegiate livestock judging team and, ultimately, becoming a large-animal veterinarian. She was active in 4-H and FFA, winning state livestock judging championship titles multiple times. She also was involved in volleyball, basketball and Spanish Club, and was the valedictorian.
Schaper is a 4.0 college sophomore pursuing a major in biomedical animal science with a pre-vet emphasis at NDSU. The daughter of Tim and Julie Schaper, she hopes to work as a large-animal veterinarian and to own a cattle ranch. Schaper is a part of the Collegiate CattleWomen and Pre-Vet Club and volunteers at a therapeutic riding center.
Schmidt has been accepted into veterinary school at Kansas State University, where she is working toward her DVM degree and her goal to run a large-animal practice in North Dakota. The daughter of John and Lynette Schmidt has carried a 4.0 grade-point average in high school and college. She has prepared for her career through a variety of activities, ranging from the FFA's small-animal care competition to the Pre-Vet Club. She did an internship as a biological technician at the Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory and is a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and its Bovine Necropsy Team, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the Society of Theriogenology and the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
North Dakota State University seniors Janell Burkart, Braden Weight and Alexis Hoopman, all Bismarck, competed at the NDSU EXPLORE Showcase of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity on Nov. 1.
The event brings together students from all disciplines to present their research and creative work through posters, oral presentations or other formats.
Burkart and a fellow student tied for third place in the morning poster presentations with their presentation titled “Biomechanical Analysis of Hip Angles during a Back Squat with and without Kinesio Tape.” They are majoring in exercise science.
Weight received honorable mention in the morning poster presentations with his poster titled “Mixing of Covalent and Non-Covalent Functionalization of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes.” He is majoring in chemistry and biochemistry.
Hoopman tied for second place in the afternoon poster presentations with her poster titled “Toxicity Assessment of Glyphosate on Honey Bee (Apis meliffera) Spermatozoa.” Hoopman is majoring in biological sciences.
Sarah Bolton has been named a North Dakota State University School of Nursing Student Nurse of the Year for the 2017-18 academic year.
Originally from Hazen, Bolton is a senior at the NDSU School of Nursing at Sanford Health in Bismarck. She also works as a certified nursing assistant at a retirement health care facility in Bismarck.
Bolton is interested in the nursing specialties of obstetrics and geriatrics.