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Northern Plains Potato Growers and Potato Bowl USA announce 2021 scholarship winners

The NPPGA and Potato Bowl USA have selected four young people from North Dakota and Minnesota to be their 2021 scholarship winners.

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All four scholarship recipients will be using the funds to help pay for their education. The photo taken April 17, 2018, at Associated Potato Growers Inc., in Grand Forks, N.D. Mikkel Pates / Agweek

Four individuals have been selected as the 2021 Northern Plains Potato Growers Association and Potato Bowl USA scholarship winners.

Peter Loyland received the NPPGA Research and Education Foundation $1,500 Scholarship. He attended Central High School in Thompson, North Dakota, where he carried a 4.6 GPA. Loyland was involved with band, choir, FHA, and Boys/Girls state. He is a three year varsity athlete in hockey and soccer, where he was a captain of the team. He has volunteered at the CVIC, Special Olympics, and the Walk For Autism at the University of North Dakota. He also participated in bell ringing for the Salvation Army. Peter will be attending St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. His interest is in engineering. His parents are Mark and Karna Loyland of Thompson, North Dakota.

Katlyn Balstad received the NPPGA Research and Education Foundation $1,500 Scholarship. She attended Fosston High School in Fosston, Minnesota, where she maintained a 4.0 GPA. She is currently attending North Dakota State University where she is double majoring in management communications and crop and weed sciences. Balstad has been on the Dean's List for the past five semesters and she received the NDSU Presidential Honor Scholarship. She is the current CEO of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. She has served as president of the Crossroads Lutheran Campus Ministry. She is also involved in NDFSU Student Government as the assistant justice on the Student Court of Justice where she won Justice of the Year. She is a member of the Order of Omega Honor Society and the Blue Key Honor Society. Her parents are Marlys and Scott Balstad of Fosston, Minnesota.

Linnea Grotte received the Potato Bowl $1,000 Scholarship and Ambassador. She is a 2020 graduate of Thompson (North Dakota) High School and is currently starting her sophomore year at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks . At UND, Grotte is studying plant and food science with a career goal of becoming a plant breeder. At Thompson High School, Grotte was an honor student and graduated with a 3.9 GPA. She participated in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Future Business Leaders of America, the National Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions, chess club, athletics, band, choir, FHA, theatre groups, student council and Girls State. Grotte has done volunteer work for numerous organizations. She is the daughter of Kelly and Joni Grotte from Thompson, North Dakota.

Elias Markesun received the Potato Bowl $1,000 Scholarship and Ambassador. He is a 2021 graduate of Park River (North Dakota) High Scholl where he was an honor student with at 3.95 GPA. Markesun plans to attend NDSU this fall to pursue a major in ag economics. He would like to return to the Park River community after graduation. In high school Elias was on the A Honor Roll all four years, a member of the National Honor society and president of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America his senior year. He also participated in volunteer work in numerous areas in the community. Markesun is the son of Jon and Shannon Markusen of Park River, ND.

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