Messiah Happenings

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Meet Messiah's College Summer Interns 2017

Hannah Norem and Zachary Croonquist will serve 10-12 week internships at Messiah this summer. Lloyd and Dorothy Summers will serve as their host family.

Hannah Norem
Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD

Hello Messiah! My name is Hannah Norem and I am honored to serve as one of your friendly interns this summer. I am originally from Houston, Texas, and I have been told that I have a debatably marginal southern accent. I am the seventh person in my family to attend Augustana University (formerly Augustana College) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and I am triple majoring in Government, Religion, and French with pre-law and pre-seminary emphases and a minor in American Studies. Outside of classes, I keep busy by chairing a committee in Augustana's student government, running the homecoming parade two years in a row, and having tough conversations with Augustana students as a part of Augustana's campus ministry.

My academic interests lie at the intersection of religion and government and specifically the intersections of religion and law enforcement and religion and the Constitution. This summer, I hope to gain a better sense of my vocational call, as currently I feel called to either pursue ordained ministry or law school. Outside of school and extracurricular activities, I like watching home improvement shows (like my favorite, Fixer Upper), playing French horn in the Augustana concert band, and completing the "easy" sudoku puzzles in less than three minutes. I am so excited for this awesome opportunity, and I cannot wait to meet y'all this summer!

Zachary Croonquist
Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN

Greetings from Minnesota! My name is Zach Croonquist and I will be one of the interns at Messiah this summer! I am ecstatic about the opportunity to discern what God is calling me to do with my life and in doing so, to serve your congregation. A little bit about me: I am currently a sophomore at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN with a double major in psychology and religion. As of right now, I have post-graduation interests in either physical therapy, counseling or pastoral work. I enjoy the idea of entering any of those fields because they each strive to improve the quality of others' lives, interact with people of all ages and walks of life as well as have a strong focus on relationships.

At school, I am a Collegiate Fellow (which is comparable to a RA), I sing in the Gustavus Choir, compete on the swim team, am a member of Alpha Chi Delta (a local, Christian fraternity), and am a leader of the United Christian Ministries on campus. As you can see, I keep a busy schedule but I wouldn't trade it for the world because I get to be involved in several organizations all which pique my varied interests. Whenever I can find it, I spend my free time reading, singing, spending time with friends, and enjoying time outdoors. I am thrilled to spend my summer getting to know all of you and discerning what God is calling me to do with my life!

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