Wednesday, May 26, 2010

TCM Awards Scholarships to Haugland, Charley

Twin Cities In Motion, the organizers of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, has awarded J. Oliver Haugland of Wayzata High School and Miranda Charley of North Branch Area High School its 2010 Twin Cities in Motion $5,000 College Scholarships.

TCM made the announcement yesterday.

Haugland and Charley were chosen from a field of more than 130 high school senior candidates, based on the strength of their running accomplishments, academic performance, and community service. In addition, candidates were asked to write a personal essay. This year marks the 10th year that Twin Cities In Motion, formerly Twin Cities Marathon, Inc., has awarded scholarships to the metro area’s most impressive distance running scholar-athletes.

"It's an honor for Twin Cities In Motion to present these scholarships to J. Oliver and Miranda," Twin Cities In Motion executive director Virginia Brophy Achman said. "The caliber of applicants for our scholarships always amazes me -- there are some incredible kids out there! We are proud to support high school students in our community and to share in their hopes and dreams.”

Haugland, who was a member of two State title-winning Wayzata cross country teams in his career, was named to the 2009 All-State cross country team for his 10th place finish at the Class AA State Meet. He was a captain of the Wayzata cross country team last fall and is a track captain this spring. A member of the National Honor Society, Haugland carries a weighted 4.07 GPA. Upon graduation, he plans to attend Marquette University to pursue an engineering degree.

Charley, who is a six-time cross country and track letter winner at North Branch, was twice voted her team’s most valuable cross country athlete. In addition to competitive running, Charley was also a member of the Viking girls’ basketball team. As a student, Charley sports a 3.995 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to attend Jamestown College in North Dakota next fall to pursue a nursing degree.

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