The Edison Community & Sports Foundation is proud to announce its 2020 Edison Scholarship recipients. The Foundation thanks Edison High School teachers and counselors for their help in identifying these seventeen remarkable Edison seniors. Each student demonstrates excellence in scholarship, school and community service and accomplishments in sports, leadership and citizenship. We wish them sincere congratulations as they move on to college life, and, join the ranks of Edison alumni.
Oscar Bakken-Durschlag, Pete Guzy Scholarship $3000
Oscar has a passion for finance – it began when he was a child and became infatuated with the game, Monopoly! He plans to study finance at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. At Edison, he participated in soccer, track and Jr. Achievement, among many other activities. He was Vice-President of Production in his Jr. Achievement company and participated in community activities as a member of National Honor Society.
Paige Haggerty, Pete Guzy Scholarship $3000
Paige has a dream, and goal, to become a photographer for the National Geographic Society. She will begin her college studies at Lake Superior College in Duluth, to earn an AA degree and then transfer to a four-year college to study business. Photography is her life-long passion and she has used her talents at Edison as photographer for many school events. She joined the jazz and concert bands, band council and was co-captain of the soccer team.
Fletcher Dunham, Niles Schulz Scholarship $3000
Fletcher Dunham wants to study photojournalism at the University of Minnesota. He was involved in many activities during his Edison years, volunteering for sports teams, participating in food drives in the community and playing golf and soccer. He wants to become a freelance photographer, with interest in such wide-ranging subjects as street photography, social justice movements, political events, professional sport games, and landscapes.
Jennifer Guaman, Niles Schulz Scholarship $3000
Jenny is an excellent student and is passionate about soccer and helping others. She will attend the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing this fall. She sang in choir and was captain of the soccer team. Jenny has earned more than 20 college credits through PSEO classes at Minneapolis College. Jenny learned communication skills, teamwork and perseverance through her involvement on the soccer team. Her coach challenged her to achieve – and, she has!
Lucas Lock-Scamp, Guil Parsons Scholarship $2000
Lucas loves the outdoors and plans to study environmental science at Macalester College next year. He aspires to have a positive impact on the environment, perhaps work in sustainable energy or environment field research. Lucas is a leader – captain of two teams, robotics and tennis. He has been involved in many activities at Edison and in the community, including National Honor Society, Green Team, Outdoor Club, Voyager, theatre and was an election judge last year.
Alexis Lukanen, Guil Parsons Scholarship $2000
Gymnastics has been part of Alexis’ life for more than ten years. She loves it and learned from participating. She discovered that being an athlete is “not only just about the skills, it's about finding out who you are and how far you can go”. It led to other sports at Edison – volleyball and softball. She will begin her studies at Minneapolis College or Hennepin Technical College and is interested in studying nursing. During the challenges of this last year, Alexis learned to be more independent and patient – she’s ready!
Jasper Hatch-Surisook, ECSF Scholarship $2000
Jasper will study at Howard University in their five-year Master of Architecture program. He hopes to have his own practice in the future. “A need for a creative outlet and an interest in design have been consistent themes [in] my life to this point, and architecture seems like the perfect junction.” He played volleyball and tennis and is a member of National Honor Society. During COVID, he explored new interests, one is investing, and, he enjoys woodworking! He is working on a Little Free Library!
Eleanor Traxler-Menz, Lorraine Lindahl Scholarship $2000
Ellie is founder of the Green Team at Edison. She will study agricultural science and math at the University of Vermont. In the future, she wants to teach math, but she has an interest in urban farming, too. Musical theatre was a favorite activity for Ellie at Edison. She met new friends and enjoyed the challenges. National Honor Society, Rowing Club, Green Team and PSEO courses at the University of Minnesota also contributed to her active, well-rounded schedule and list of accomplishments.
Alexander Resig, Frank Rog Scholarship $2000
Sasha will attend the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to pursue a degree in education with an emphasis on mathematics and special education. He has been active in school as a member of Student Council, National Honor Society and class president. He is a hard worker and very motivated. Sasha played golf and took PSEO courses at North Hennepin Community College. He completed an internship with the Beacons program and had an opportunity to participate as a teacher's aide for a semester.
Oliver Fluegel-Murray, Art Solz Scholarship $2000
Oliver enjoyed a full experience at Edison and developed skills that will help him in years to come, “skills like confidence, perseverance and determination”. He will attend Concordia College in Moorhead next year where he plans to major in theatre and criminal justice with an eye on law school down the line. At Edison, he participated in baseball, theatre, Glee Club, band and National Honor Society, among others. He is active in the community in ways that address poverty, social justice and families in crisis.
Shruti Jayavardhanan, Art Solz Scholarship $2000
Shruti plans to study computer science, beginning two years of study at Normandale Community College and then transfer to the University of Minnesota. She played badminton and participated in theatre and Voyager. Shruti became part of the Edison High Theatre leadership team and values the confidence she developed as a member of the theatre company. She has an interest in and participates in other arts such as drawing, painting and music.
Jabari Langley, Bald Headed Bernie Kunza Scholarship $2000
Jabari excelled on the Edison basketball team. He was a leader on the team and in school. He wants to study math in college – his goal is to become an actuary. He plans to start his studies at either St. Paul College or North Hennepin before transfering to a four-year university. At Edison, he expanded his horizons while taking piano, ceramics and guitar. Jabari works, plays chess and is an excellent student. His interests have helped him become “determined and not give up even if something seems impossible”.
Ivan Brown, Wes Hendrickson Memorial Scholarship $2000
Ivan wants to establish himself in a career in music. He plays guitar, sings and writes music. He will study at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, majoring in business and entrepreneurship. He enjoyed rock band and choir at Edison, which helped him build his music skills. Ivan coached baseball for 8-14 year old kids and volunteered at a hunger-relief organization and was an election judge. During quarantine, his family held Front Lawn Fridays, where they gathered performers and listeners to enjoy live music on the block.
Lukas Nederloe, Mary Barbara Ferguson Spake Scholarship $2000
Musical theatre is important to Lukas. He loves it and wants to pursue his dream on Broadway! He will study music theatre at Viterbo University in LaCrosse, WI. He has participated at Hennepin Theatre Trust and Morris Park Players. In addition to his musical and theatrical interests, he is an avid cyclist. He credits his dad with his love of biking, and biking for driving him to “learn in full force and pour my entire soul into the learning process.” Track, wrestling, Outdoor Club, and tennis rounded out his experience in school.
Anton Osland, Gary and Jane Hagstrom Scholarship $2000
Anton has a wide variety of interests including music, hockey, soccer and track. He is interested in computer science and will study it at the University of Minnesota Duluth. At Edison, he enjoyed Green Team, Voyager and STEP-UP. Anton used quarantine time to make music on a digital workstation, which reduced his stress and fed his creative side. He has played piano since he was a child and music has always been an important outlet. “I feel that I have enriched my sense of self, and I will use that to lead a healthier, happier life.”
Layaned Sanisaca, Sharry Gozola Crepeau Scholarship $2000
“I’m passionate to become a veterinarian,” says Layaned, who will attend the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences to study Animal Science. At Edison, she was a top student while participating in theatre, Latinx Club and Upward Bound. Layaned says that her experience in theatre offered her many rewards and she developed skills that help her in areas far beyond the stage. She looks forward to being active in college so that she can continue to expand her horizons.
Amiya Delaney, Larson Family Scholarship $1500
Amiya wants to establish her own business. This fall, she will begin her studies in business management at the University of Saint Thomas. She enjoyed playing volleyball and running track at Edison. She is thankful for her teachers and friends at Edison for making her experience there a good one. She spends good time with her family and our COVID world has given her even more time with them. Music and volleyball are interests that she enjoys and continues to pursue.
Oliver Johnson, Larson Dental Scholarship $1000
Oliver grew up “surrounded by medical professionals and a message to help people.” He wants to continue this legacy! He will begin his college studies at the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences. His goal is to become a medical doctor. At Edison, he has been an active student, participating in track, soccer and basketball, as well as National Honor Society, Green Team, Voyager and Junior Achievement. He works and is active in the community as a healthcare volunteer, at blood drives and fighting hunger.
Congratulations to all! Many thanks to everyone who donated financially, those who attended our May Dinner, and those who Golf in our tournament. YOU help make this all possible.