Decorah High School has named Justin Berlage as the recipient of the Norman C. Bradish Scholarship for the 2022-2023 school year.
He is the son of Jodi Enos-Berlage and John Berlage.Berlage is currently deciding where he will attend college, but he plans to major in mechanical engineering, with special interests in computer science and robotics.
He has applied to Washington University in St. Louis, Northwestern, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin.
He has been active at Decorah High School and in the Decorah community. He has successfully completed a multitude of college credit and AP courses and was named a National Merit Semifinalist. He has been involved in Robotics (League Championship winner), Envirothon (2nd place in the state competition), High School Mathematical Competition in Modeling (HiMCM), soccer, National Honor Society, and chorus. He is also a member of the Madison 4-Hers 4-H club.
Berlage attended summer programs at NYU-Tandon School of Engineering and Carleton College Summer Program in Computer Science/Robotics. He shared that these were high impact programs and only possible through generous support from the Decorah Community School District Foundation.
Norman Bradish created a scholarship to be awarded to a male graduate of Decorah High School who possesses high academic ability and curiosity, is liked by peers and adults, and displays high standards of character. The recipient must agree to attend a non-religious college outside the state of Iowa. In addition, the student must remain unmarried until finishing his studies.