Ridgewater Ambassadors ​ 

Hutchinson Campus

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Name: Carlos Lopez, Jr.
Hometown: Litchfield, MN
Program/Major: Liberal Arts & Science with plans to transfer for double major in psychology and computer science
Activities: Football, wrestling, baseball, weight lifting, video gaming, movies, and exploring psychology

Why I chose Ridgewater College: It's an affordable option compared to other schools, plus it's a great stepping stone from a high school to a big university.


​Willmar Campus

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Name: Bashir Abdi
Hometown: Willmar, MN (originally from Somalia)
Program/Major: Liberal Arts/ International Relations
Activities: Ambassador, Member of Willmar Human Rights Commission

Why I chose Ridgewater College: It is local and will allow me to complete the first steps toward my goal of working for the United Nations.



Name: Hallie Baker
Hometown: Steen, MN
Program/major: Veterinary Technology
Activities: VTA

Why I chose Ridgewater College: For the great Vet Tech program!


Name: Kendra Clyne
Hometown: New Ulm, MN
Program/major: Veterinary Technology
Activities: VTA, and the Ambassador Program

Why I chose Ridgewater College: Heard about it from a friend that attended the Photography program here and it seemed like a great fit for me after looking at all it had to offer!


Name: Jonathan Garcia
Hometown: Olivia, MN    
Program/major: Liberal Arts/Intercultural Studies
Activities: Young Adults Ministires @ AG Church

Why I chose Ridgewater College: It was an affordable option for me. 



Name: Libby Groen
Hometown: Blomkest, MN
Program/major: Liberal Arts/Biotechnology
Activities: Riding horse, playing volleyball, frolfing at Ridgewater

Why I chose Ridgewater College: It’s close to home, has many learning opportunities, and it is affordable. 



Name: Mariah Kallevig
Hometown: Kandiyohi, MN
Program/major: Liberal Arts/Social Work
Why I chose Ridgewater: I am a PSEO student and a former homeschooler from around here. I chose Ridgewater because I could do both on-campus and online classes, and it was close to my family. 





Name: Karie Lone
Hometown: Bristol, SD
Program/major: Veterinary Technology
Activities: VTA, Phi Theta Kappa

Why I chose Ridgewater College: I chose Ridgewater because I knew it would be a great place to get my degree and start my dream job of working with and helping animals.



Name: Zoe Nonweiler
Hometown: Willmar, MN
Program/major: PSEO/Liberal Arts
Activites: Reading, Sleeping, Eating, and Watching Local Sporting Events

Why I chose Ridgewater College: I chose Ridgewater because I had the opportunity to get my college education paid for while still in high school. Everyone here is very friendly and I am glad I get to experience this!




Name: Fatuma Omar
Hometown: Willmar, MN
Program/major: Liberal Arts/Social Work
Activities: Traveling and Reading

Why I chose Ridgewater College: I chose Ridgewater because of its strong academic reputation and it is in my hometown. 



Name: Kelsey Voges
Hometown: Morris, MN
Program/major: Veterinary Technology
Activities: YFC, Bible Studies, VTA, and the Ambassador Program

Why I chose Ridgewater College: Close to home, affordable, has my program. 


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