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An Evening of Celebration

Students honored, presented scholarships at event

One inspirational story after another was shared – along with some laughs and a few tears – at the 2023 Students of Character Celebration on April 19, 2023, at Madden’s on Gull Lake.

Forty-six juniors and seniors from high schools throughout the area – including Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties – were honored at a special event recognizing students for their quiet leadership, perseverance, and dedication to their community, school, and fellow students. Each honoree was selected by their respective school staff and presented with a $750 scholarship, made possible by business and community donations.

“This event continues to get better and better each year,” says Sourcewell Executive Director and CEO Dr. Chad Coauette. “These students and their stories absolutely blow my mind. You have a group of students defying the odds; some who never thought they’d see high school graduation. And they’re all up on stage being honored, recognized, and celebrated for their accomplishments.”

The Students of Character Celebration was by invitation only; however, the event was broadcast live on Facebook for the general public. A recording of the complete event can be viewed on the Sourcewell Facebook page.

Event recording

Event program

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Event photo gallery