Three students from South Dakota State University were recently among only 10 college students selected nationwide to receive 2020 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarships.
Sibley East graduate Logan Tesch, a sophomore animal science and agricultural business double major, was one of these three students.
The students were chosen as a result of their involvement and dedication to the pork industry as well as their intention to pursue careers in the industry.
He is the son of Jeremy and Lisa Tesch, rural Henderson.
Maggie Newsom was part of a special Wartburg College Festival Choir that traveled to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall during early March.
She is the daughter of Mark and Amy Newsom. She is also the granddaughter of Glen and Linda Plieseis.
Lee Nelson, the Patricia R. Zahn Endowed Chair in Choral Conducting, conducted the National Festival Chorus, which included more than 60 Wartburg students from Kantorei, St. Elizabeth Chorale and Ritterchor.
Nelson, who also conducted more than 40 Wartburg students as part of a similar concert in February 2017, was invited to bring Wartburg musicians along again to serve as the core of the National Festival Chorus, which included 216 singers from six states.
“I wanted to provide an opportunity for the exceptional Wartburg students in our non-auditioned ensembles in part because the students in the auditioned ensembles already have many opportunities to travel,” Nelson said. “This was a great way to allow more really talented students to perform on a national stage.”
The mixed choir, made up of musicians from across the country, performed six pieces, including “Since I Laid My Burden Down,” a piece composed by Kyle Pederson; “O Love,” by Elaine Hagenberg, an Iowa composer; “Nyon, Nyon,” by Jake Runestad; and “Prayer,” by Morten Lauridsen.
Festival Choir members joined together on Sundays to practice outside of their usual ensemble practices.
“It is always a tremendous honor to conduct at a prestigious hall such as Carnegie Hall. It is a thrill that I never take for granted,” Nelson said. “To share this experience with the Wartburg students really excited me. This was a great opportunity for them to represent the college and show their talents on a national level.”