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Ridgewater Ambassadors



Elijah Michaletz
Major: Liberal Arts
Hometown: Litchfield, MN


Shawn Montag

Hometown: Murdock, MN
Program/Major: Applied mathematics/chemistry double major
Activities: Phi Theta Kappa, cashier at Cash Wise Foods, tutor for math and sciences
Why I chose Ridgewater College:
I chose Ridgewater College to complete a liberal arts degree at an affordable price. I plan to transfer to the University of Minnesota – Morris after completing my AA degree.

Milka Gamino Descarenne
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Program/Major: Liberal Arts (AA degree)
Activities: Abstract paintings, singing, camping, church events, cooking, music and volleyball.
Why I chose Ridgewater College:
Amazing staff and instructors, great opportunities and amazing outcomes.

Frank Wilczek

Hometown: Fort Ripley, MN
Program: Liberal Arts/ Ag Transfer
Interests: I enjoy wrestling, hunting, fishing, bow fishing, working on the farm at home, and hanging out with friends.
Why I chose Ridgewater: I chose Ridgewater because it is more affordable than going to a 4-year college right out of high school. Also, I wanted to wrestle for the Ridgewater Warriors. I plan to go to North Dakota State University next fall, and I will have most of general classes completed.

Sarah Ardoff

Hometown: Spicer, MN
Program: Veterinary Technology
Interests/Hobbies: I love to care for and learn about animals, knit, create art, read, and spend time with friends and family.
Why I chose Ridgewater: I chose Ridgewater because I have a passion for animals and was very interested in the veterinary technology program. I had considered going for pre-veterinary medicine, but decided that wasn't for me. Ridgewater also has smaller class sizes and that was something I needed/wanted in a school. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else!

Melissa Panka

Hometown: Ivanhoe, MN
Program: Veterinary Technology
Interests/Hobbies: Farming, volunteering, fishing, Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization (PAS), Veterinary Technician Association (VTA), Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK), coaching, volleyball
Why I chose Ridgewater: Animals have always been a huge part of my life and this was a great career path for me. The campus is also great and it is very affordable. The exceptional staff ensured me I made the right decision. I can't imagine being anywhere else!

Casey Schlangen
Hometown: Watkins, MN
Program: Veterinary Technology
Why I chose Ridgewater: I chose Ridgewater College for its small class sizes and lots of hands-on experience with the animals.

Stephanie Blood
Hometown: Rosemount, MN
Program: Veterinary Technology
Why I chose Ridgewater: Great program, and the faculty and staff are amazing. Everyone is very nice, caring and helpful. You’re not just another student, you’re an actual person.         



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