ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

'Leave Your Mark' scholarship set at Central

The "Leave your Mark Award," a scholarship endowment in memory of Mark Solberg, has been established by Solberg's family at Grand Forks Central High School where Solberg was an honored graduate in 2007.

Mark Solberg

The "Leave your Mark Award," a scholarship endowment in memory of Mark Solberg, has been established by Solberg's family at Grand Forks Central High School where Solberg was an honored graduate in 2007.

Solberg's parents, David and Bonnie, and his siblings want the endowment to be presented annually to a Central High School student who will pursue a degree at UND and will be active in music during his or her university studies, a news release said.

Solberg, who was widely known in the community for loving music and especially loving to sing, was 22 and a student at UND when he died May 2 from complications of muscular dystrophy. He had attended West Elementary and Valley Middle schools before attending Central. In 2004, he had been recognized for his courage and positive attitude with Central's Markus Bryant Spirit Award, named for another remarkable young student at Central who died too soon.

Solberg began performing with the Valley Middle School choir under director Melanie Popejoy, and kept singing through high school and UND with school, church and community groups. He had a part in the 10th anniversary revival of "Keep The Faith," the musical written and performed about the devastating spring 1997 flood. In recent years, he loved karaoke night at Rhombus Guys Pizza.

Popejoy said Solberg had a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor as well as courage and determination.

ADVERTISEMENT

"Mark taught me that life is short, so do what you are passionate about every day," said Popejoy, who also is founder and artistic director of the Grand Cities Children's Choir, another group for which Solberg sang.

For more information about the Mark Solberg Endowment at Central High School or to make a donation in his memory, contact Jenny Arel, executive director of the Grand Forks Public Schools Foundation for Education, (701) 787-4867 or jenny.arel@gfschools.org .

There also is a Mark Solberg Memorial Endowment at UND. When he died, Solberg was in his fourth year at UND with a major in rehabilitation and human services and a minor in music.

What To Read Next
Presented by Spirit Lake Casino and Resort
Check out what's going on in arts/entertainment in Grand Forks this week
The Minneapolis show is the 20th stop of the 41-show tour of her "Renaissance World Tour," bringing a live taste of her latest album to 40 cities in North America and Europe.