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Gerszewski Named Student of the Year

News Release                                                  

For Immediate Release                                                                

June 2, 2020

Gerszewski Named Student of the Year

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Alianna Gerszewski, a 2020 graduate of Community High School, has been named the North Dakota Association for Lifelong Learning (NDALL) Alternative Education Student of the Year.

The Student of the Year award is given to a current or recent student/graduate who demonstrates determination and perseverance and sacrifices to achieve his/her education goals. The statewide award is given during the NDALL fall conference annually.

Gerszewski was nominated for the award by Community High School teachers Shari Jerde and Eileen Zygarlicke.

“Having a student who hangs around your class during their breaks is awesome, and Ali was a student who stayed,” said Zygarlicke. “And the more we talked, I learned what a hard worker she was. At one point, she was working two jobs, putting in 55+ a week, plus she was going to high school full-time. Ali has a lot of life she’s lived in 17 short years. She is focused. Nothing is going to stop her from achieving her goals, I am confident in that.”

Gerszewski was one of two graduation speakers at Community High School’s graduation on May 28.

“Her work in the classroom and outside the classroom certainly demonstrates her ability to persevere,” said Jerde. “Ali sacrificed a great deal to attend school each day. These sacrifices included getting up early and taking on extra responsibilities in her household, along with sacrificing an income that had to be reduced when she was in school.”

NDALL is a statewide association that supports adult education and alternative education, its providers, and clients. For more information, visit

Community High School graduate Austin Moen received the award in 2018.