CHADRON – Two hundred and seventeen Chadron State College candidates for undergraduate degrees and 58 candidates for graduate degrees will be honored in the Chicoine Center Saturday at 10 a.m. The commencement ceremony will be streamed online and on the video board in Beebe Stadium.

Winter 2022 graduates will also be participating in the ceremony since the December event was canceled due to a severe snow storm.

Moments of reflection will be offered by Jace Demeranville of Gering, Nebraska, who completed a cross-country bike ride for a CSC course with Dr. Kurt Kinbacher, and Jaqueline Buhr, a master’s degree recipient, who is a staff member with Project Strive TRiO. ROTC cadet Chase Mestas of Colorado Springs, Colorado, will be commissioned into the Army during the ceremony.

The Commencement Speaker is Chadron State College alum and Chadron High School History and Civics teacher Michael Sandstrom. Sandstrom, a Chadron native, has earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from CSC. He also has a master’s degree in American History from Pace University.

Sandstrom, who has taught American History, Advanced Placement U.S. History, World History, and Civic for 10 years, is part of a legacy at CSC. His wife, Sheyenne, his mother, JoAnn Sandstrom, and his mother-in-law, Lorie Hunn, are alumnae. Hunn is a member of the CSC Family and Consumer Sciences faculty. His sister, Madison, attends CSC, and his brother, Zach graduated in 2015.

Sandstrom has accumulated a number of honors in his career, beginning with earning the 2015 James Madison Fellow for Colorado when he was a teacher in that state. Through that fellowship, designed to improve the teaching of the Constitution in American schools, Sandstorm earned six graduate hours in constitutional study from Georgetown University.

“I was ecstatic. The fellowship presents valuable opportunities to learn about the constitution and our founding era that many teachers only dream about,” he said.

In 2019, Sandstrom received the Nebraska History Teacher of the Year Award sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

When receiving the award, Sandstrom said he believes civic competence and historical knowledge should have a prominent role in education.

“Students believe that they possess all the required information at their fingertips, but the power unleashed by the study of history does not come from the memorization of dates and random facts,” Sandstrom says. “My goal, every day, is to make history both relevant and challenging in the hope that they are better prepared for the 21st Century.”

Along with the state award, Sandstrom became a finalist for the National History Teacher of the Year Award, and participated in the Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, a week-long program of discussions between teachers and eminent historians, visits to historic sites, and hands-on work with primary sources.

Sandstrom was also named the 2022 Outstanding Teacher for the Third District by the Nebraska State Council for Social Studies.

Teachers have played a pivotal role in Sandstrom’s life.

“History and social studies have interested me from middle school through high school and into my collegiate years. I believe the strength of my instructors at every level drove my interest, along with my own inquisitive nature,” he said.

Commencement to include Winter 2022 graduates

CHADRON – Two hundred and seventy-five Chadron State College Spring 2023 candidates for undergraduate and graduate degrees will be honored Saturday.

Winter 2022 undergraduate and graduates will also participate in the commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Chicoine Center. The event will also be streamed online and on the video board in Beebe Stadium.

Hometowns indicated are provided by the student information system. Honor graduates are designated with asterisks. Some students are not listed, at their request.

***Summa cum laude, 3.9-4.0 GPA 

**Magna cum laude, 3.75-3.89 GPA 

*Cum laude, 3.6-3.74 

Bachelor of Applied Sciences | Bachelor of Arts | Bachelor of Science | Bachelor of Science in Education

Master of Arts in Education | Master of Business Administration | Master of Education | Master of Science in Organizational Management

Bachelor of Applied Sciences


Beaver City: Christal Whetstine

Bachelor of Arts


Ainsworth: Gage Delimont

Alliance: Madison Stark, Serenity Sterkel*

Anselmo: Olivia Bryant***

Arnold: Jarret Buchholz***

Bayard: Bailee Lake, Angela Patterson

Beatrice: Cody Harlan**

Beaver City: Anna Fisher

Chadron: Sydney Brown**, Madison Cogdill, Emelee Craig, Daniel Dunbar, Zachary Klemp, Katie Lewin, Jacob Stewart

Chappell: Jo Hummermeier, Mackenzie Thomas

Crawford: Blaine Flack

Dalton: Jeremy Carley**, Kelcie Van Anne

Dunning: Carlie Collier***

Fremont: Carle Stahl

Fullerton: Christian Pickrel**

Gordon: Callie Shultz, Jace Stumpff*

Indianola: Kayliegh Sughroue

Juniata: Haylee Sitzman

Lewellen: Cheyenne Bacon

Lincoln: Daniel Hormandl**

Minatare: Haily Robbins

Mitchell: Shani Bewley

Norfolk: Jistina Haselhorst***, Christopher Lidgett, Morgan Timmerman***

North Platte: Zachary Kring***, Jenny Lim***, Seth Simants

Ogallala: Makayla Denbo*

Omaha: Gavin Peitzmeier***

Oshkosh: Osiel Cano**, Osvaldo Cano*

Papillion: Sullivan Jones***

Pilger: Levi Otten*

Rushville: Micah Stouffer***, Zackary Wellnitz***

Scottsbluff: Jesse Jaramillo, Jovana Ramirez, Yesenia Ramirez, Donovan Reese, Mason Smith, Phillip Soto***

Sidney: Kathryn Brown, Izaak Glanz, Cole Westfall**

Utica: Peyton Johansen***


Akron: Cyrus Miller

Aurora: Alexia Hurtado, Brooke Kramer***

Berthoud: Addison Spears

Colorado Springs: Chase Mestas*, Samuel Reed

Fountain: Samiyah Worrell

Greeley: Abbygail Schaefer**

Idalia: Maddisen Hoyda

Kersey: Tyler Gutierrez

Limon: Sidney Hines, Braden Sandersfeld

Loveland: Isaiah Meyers

Parker: Devyn Volz**

Thornton: Colton Brienza*, Preston Renner

South Dakota

Buffalo Gap: Brand Baker

Hermosa: Gage Uhlir

Hill City: James Larson

Hot Springs: Alyssa Wingler***

Lemmon: Coe Nehl

Piedmont: Levi O'Dell***

Pine Ridge: Christi Sioux Bob

Rapid City: Carl Hinman, Andrew Kurtenbach, Olivia Newton, Aries Ottesen-Wills, Dillon Woods***

Ridgeview: Phannette Gray

Wall: Cooper McLaughlin

White River: Caleb Twite


Casper: Sierra Forsyth, Aletta Grauberger, Breshawna Kelly, Lindsay Martin

Gillette: Malinda Medor

Rawlins: Olyvia Pacheco*

Sheridan: Garett Avery, Doris (Mickey) Douglas

Other States and Countries

Taylor Bowen***, Barrow, Alaska

Ethan Zimmerman, Apache Junction, Ariz.

Shayne Bayles, Show Low, Ariz.

Mercedes Sloan, Tonopah, Ariz.

Jordan Grasis, Yuma, Ariz.

Porter Charles Anderson II, Russellville, Ark.

Ethan Leake, Clovis, Calif.

Sierra Mercer**, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Kaitlynn Mercer, Riverside, Calif.

Kobe Lepe, San Fernando, Calif.

Jahvonte Hair, Live Oak, Fla.

Marilu Siverio-Patow, Edmond, Okla.

Marcus Jefferson, Lewisville, Texas

Kenneth Lee Harris Jr., McKinney, Texas

Riley Aiono, Bountiful, Utah

Garrett Wilson, Mequon, Wis.

Emily Achter***, Melbourne, Australia

Maria Paladino, Montevideo, Uruguay

Bachelor of Science


Ainsworth: Mackenzie Kovar*

Arnold: Lydia Connell***

Brainard: Micaiah Vrbka**

Broken Bow: Tristian Van Houten

Burwell: Sage Konicek***

Carroll: Kylie Kempf

Chadron: Beau Jersild**

Columbus: Kelli Schoch***

Fort Calhoun: Jordan Wear

Gering: Bailee Underhill

Gurley: Joshua Kruse**

Hastings: Brooklyn Anderson, Brooke Becker

Hershey: Austin George

Imperial: Parker Dillan

McCook: Brolin Morgan***

North Bend: Shelby Dunn

North Platte: Jadelyn Beyer**

O'Neill: Brooke Benson

Papillion: Haylee Payton

Schuyler: Garrett Ragonese

Scottsbluff: Ashley Bair, Logan Moravec, Ian Papenfus***

Taylor: Jaron Meeks*

Tryon: Aubrey Schultis**

Walthill: McKenna Juhlin**

Wood Lake: Treyvin Schlueter*

South Dakota

Camp Crook: Robert Hansen

Edgemont: Abigail Tidball***

Kadoka: Marcus Herber***, Savannah Solon***

Vermillion: Joseph Talley**

Other States and Countries

Yazmin Piceno*, Antelope Valley, Calif.

Drake Holdren, Greeley, Colo.

Bailey Steinke**, Lakewood, Colo.

Michael DeCamillis, Westminster, Colo.

Sierra Lee, Rhame, N.D.

Clayton Eagle, Ashland, Ohio

Margaret Wilson*, Dyersburg, Tenn.

Randall Borden, Redmond, Wash.

Kamryn Kozisek**, Kaycee, Wyo.

Rowdy Pfeil, Moorcroft, Wyo.

Chioma Asielue, Abuja, Nigeria

Bachelor of Science in Education


Alliance: Hannah Weare

Arnold: Haley Reed

Bridgeport: Curtis Freeze*, Kylee Rahmig**

Bushnell: Erika Loy

Chadron: Josie Nelson**

Elsie: Cameron McClintock*

Gordon: Allison Miller, Jared Nelson, Delenn Rodriguez*, Anna Thompson**

Hastings: Eileen Burkhart

Hay Springs: Ciara Loker

Hershey: Joshua Connell

Holdrege: Spencer Knuth***

Lodgepole: Taya McMillen

Maywood: Hope Stone

McCook: Logan Loker

Minatare: Nancie Riesen, Maddison Schlosser*

Mitchell: Vanessa Vizcaino

Morrill: Megan Sinks

Mullen: Haley Jones**

North Platte: Jefferson Cox**, Tacie Lucas

Ord: Lakita Thomsen***

Oshkosh: Celestina Dean*, Staci Holthus, Morgan Smith***

Scottsbluff: Olivia Albright, Thomas Madden, Yazmin Marquez***

Trenton: Samantha Carfield

Ulysses: Cole Martinez***

Valentine: Trinity Shipley

West Point: Nicole Walno***


Craig: Ebawnee Smercina**

Fort Collins: Ashley Farris

Kersey: Peyton Johnson*

Otis: Makenna Metzler***


Casper: Stephanie Myers**

Cheyenne: Colton Bell**, Kelsey Crock***, Robyn Merz***

Douglas: Harley Rhoades***, Dallas Wik*

Powell: Heather Allred***

Ranchester: Mackenzie Aksamit***

Torrington: Brady Fullmer, Samantha Hill

Upton: Kathryn Lambert

Worland: Madison Barnard

Other States

Roxana Davila***, Riverside, Calif.

Janae Kuenzi**, Topeka, Kan.

Kaydrin Quest, Raymore, Mo.

Kaylie Mason**, Marysville, Ohio

Calyn Degnan**, Hot Springs, S.D.

Lisa Hilton, Piedmont, S.D.

Isabelle Johnson, Rapid City, S.D.

Master of Arts in Education


Chadron: Alexander Jensen, Catelynn Schroeder

Crawford: David Keim

Gering: Wade Brashear

Hershey: Arttie Parker

Morrill: Kerry Mehling

Nebraska City: Susan Quick

North Platte: Kelsey Cahill

Sargent: Ryan Mosier

Scottsbluff: Virginia Garrett, Brianne Mize

Sterling: Addie Heusman

Valentine: Joe Hesse


Casper: Ashley Roberts

Gillette: Zachary Meyer

Guernsey: Helena Swingholm

Lagrange: Robin Boyd

Powell: Lydia McCracken

Riverton: Brady Slack

Worland: Ian Feather

Other States

Cassandra Lenhart Hayes, Grover, Colo.

Melissa Koenen, Sedgwick, Colo.

Josie Divan, Martin, S.D.

Tori Nielsen, Rapid City, S.D.

Kaleb Walker, Rapid City, S.D.

Master of Business Administration


Ainsworth: Brady Delimont

Crete: Ami Nosal

Gering: Mark Bayne, Rebecca McAllister

Grand Island: Abigail Swanson

Lincoln: Morgan Kempf-Faust, Rachael Ruybalid

Morrill: Bailee Steiner

Omaha: Ian Alfieri

Scottsbluff: Nathan Loomis, Teresa Rice

Other States and Countries

Ray Tala Tulafono Jr., Pago Pago, American Samoa

Jenna Nelson, Victorville, Calif.

Jon Hansen, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Alijah Jeffery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Wilfried Leammon, Las Vegas, Nev.

Heidi Hausmann, Madison, S.D.

Arielle Clifford, Porcupine, S.D.

Megan Hultz, Rapid City, S.D.

Ashish Pandey, Lucknow, India

Tochukwu Mbanugo, Kubwa Abuja, Nigeria

Master of Education


Blair: Sara Olsen

Holdrege: Kirsten Deakin

Kimball: Mary Schutz

Norfolk: Braxton Dreher

Oxford: Morgan Huxoll

Stapleton: Janet Victory

Other States

Macey Curry, Helena, Mont.

Leigh McLaughlin, Sheridan, Wyo.

Master of Science in Organizational Management

Regina Dickson, Chadron, Neb.

Emily Hansen, Hemingford, Neb.

Tristan Walker, Raleigh, N.C.

Brandi Ferguson, Hill City, S.D.