In 2009, Anthony Palcich, Brian Arola and Allison were chosen to receive the scholarships.


Anthony Palcich’s great-grandfather, John Sartor, was born in Erto, Italy, in 1886. He arrived in New York in 1910 and moved to Chisholm where he opened the Sartor grocery store. Anthony’s father worked in the store when he was young. His father and uncle have visited Italy together and met relatives there. They now stay in touch with their Italian relatives through e-mail. Palcich received an AA/AAS degree in civil engineering technology from Lake Superior College in Duluth. He is attending St. Cloud State University where he is pursuing a degree in land  surveying. He is the son of Elanne Palcich and Tom Palcich of Chisholm.


Brian Arola also received the Ernest “Larry” Seppi Scholarship. He is the great-grandson of Candido Zanoni who emigrated in 1910 from his home in Cavizzana. He established a new home in Chisholm because he was promised work. His plan was to send for Brian’s greatgrandmother once he was settled. Because of the outbreak of World War I, Brian’s great-grandmother did not arrive until 1920, 10 long years later. Arola’s activities included basketball and tennis, both of which he was chosen captain his senior year, band, Knowledge Bowl and Close Up. His volunteer work included youth basketball assistant, mission trip, church usher and community service. Arola is attending the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and plans to study journalism. He is the son of Michael and Kay Arola of Chisholm.


Allison Maki is the greatgranddaughter of Eigio and Guistina Corradi. Her grandfather emigrated in 1903 from Daone, Italy, to New York where he joined his brother before moving to Minnesota. Allison says, “I am very proud of my Italian heritage. My Grandma made  the best spaghetti.” Maki’s activities included soccer, softball, band and curling. She volunteered as a student mentor at the high school and  has participated in highway cleanup.


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