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Bohn and Moberg Named DSU Outstanding Graduates
North Dakota Ag Connection - 05/29/2020

Karissa Bohn and Suzanna Moberg were named Dickinson State University's (DSU) 2020 Outstanding Graduates during the virtual Outstanding Graduate awards ceremony. The Outstanding Graduate Award is the highest honor bestowed on two graduating seniors by the University. Bohn and Moberg were nominated along with 16 other students by faculty in their academic departments for exceptional performance in their fields of study.

Karissa Bohn, daughter of Pat and Dana Bohn of Mandan, is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in environmental science and minors in biology and leadership. Bohn decided to follow the footsteps of her siblings, Meyer and Kayla, as well as her father by attending DSU.

Bohn served as a research assistant with the Department of Natural Sciences, in which she conducted photosynthetic-based research on crop and range land. She assisted professors in the labs as well as communicated and presented the data at the EPSCoR Annual Conference. Bohn was also a member of the Science Club at DSU for four years, including serving as the vice president during the 2018-19 academic year in which she helped coordinate events, such as the annual plant sale, seed sale and recycling drive. She served as an Event Leader with Science Olympiad for the last three years as well as the Discovery Dome her sophomore year. During the summers of 2018 and 2019, she worked with the USDA Forest Service. Since January, she has been working with Baranko Brothers Environmental as an environmental scientist.

Another area in which Bohn thrived was within the Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program (TRHLP) where she excelled quickly. She became a student assistant director during the second semester of her freshman year, a title she held until graduation. She mentored fellow honors students as well as coordinated events and meetings for the students involved in the TRHLP. Bohn was instrumental in planning fundraisers, such as the Hawk Walk, Escape Room, Brave the Shave, and the group's silent auctions during the Blue Hawk football season. Often the one handing out the awards to her fellow classmates, Bohn received the TRHLP Female Freshman of the Year Award.

Bohn sees herself staying in western North Dakota due to her love of conservation, reclamation and remediation. She has accepted a full-time position with Baranko Brothers Environmental. In time, she would like to pursue a master's degree in Environmental Policy or Reclamation.

Suzanna Moberg, daughter of Kevin and Susan Moberg, is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in English education. Raised in Dickinson where both of her parents work in education, it only seemed natural that Suzanna would attend her hometown college.

During her time at DSU, Suzanna was involved in many organizations on campus as well as in the community. She served all four years on Student Senate and was the Student Body President for two terms. During her time as Student Body President, Moberg helped lower technology fees for students, revitalize the Blue Hawk Hub, and served as a voice for the virtual commencement ceremony. This leadership role led to serving on various committees, such as President's Cabinet and the Academic Affairs Task Force.

She participated in chorale and chamber choir from 2016-2019 during which she traveled with the group to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2017 and 2019. In addition, she performed the national anthem either as a solo, duet, or trio with her sisters at many athletic events, community events, as well as for the American Legion.

Moberg's love and devotion to her faith is evident. Since 2016, she has spent her summer months working for Badlands Ministries. Teaching Bible studies, designing the curriculum, and supervising camp staff were some of the many duties she was given. In addition, Moberg served as a confirmation mentor with St. John Lutheran Church from 2017-19.

The many honors Moberg has received during her college career include being named the 2018 Homecoming Queen, the Outstanding Student in Education for the North Dakota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education in 2020, as well as being selected as a student speaker for the 2020 spring Commencement ceremony.

Perhaps Moberg will be most remembered for her time as a co-host of the weekly Hawk Talk show as well as the Blue Hawk game day during some of the home athletic events.

Moberg will be packing her bags this summer and embarking on a new journey, having accepted a position as an English teacher at Hunters Lane High School in Nashville, Tenn. In the future, Moberg would like to pursue a graduate degree so that she can one day become a college professor.

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