Horizon Middle School has announced its Students of the Second Quarter for the ninth-grade Team Integrity. They are Halli Ackerman, Rachel Bandy, Amy Bodvig, Matt Ely, Taryn Neameyer, Jake Tharpe, Harper Wavra, Taylor Weeks and Kylee Welch.
Bismarck Public School middle schools recently competed at the Regional Mathcounts competition. In the Burleigh County team competition, Horizon placed first, Wachter was second and Simle placed third.
The individual winners are as follows: first place, Leif Rue (Horizon); second place, Lauren Buchholtz (Horizon); third place, Sam Wolf (Wachter); fourth place, Ty Farnsworth (Wachter); fifth place, Zachary Franklin (Wachter); sixth place, Xi Lin (Horizon); seventh place, Robert Bender (Wachter); and eighth place, Mack Buchholtz (Horizon).
As part of the Search Institute model for building assets in young people, Highland Acres Elementary School has created a “Hallway Hawk.” Each month the school will focus on an asset.
February is “Reading for Pleasure” month. Each class has set a reading goal for students to achieve individually. Once they have read a certain amount of time or pages, they get to fill out a “feather” and start again for another feather.
In March, the school will focus on creating a Caring School Climate. In April, students will focus on Planning and Decision Making. In May, the theme is Youth as Resources. During these months, there will be two feathers, one color for students to fill out when they do a good deed; the other for an observer to fill out if they witness a good deed.
This project is being led by principal Linnett Schmidkunz, fifth-grade teacher Shannon Chaussee, and physical education instructor Kurt Weinberg.
In support of their efforts to promote community arts, Miller Elementary School applied for and was awarded a $2,500 Artist-in-Residence grant by the North Dakota Council on the Arts. This state-funded program is designed to give students an understanding of quality art and appreciation for cultural traditions by bringing artists into the schools. The artist then conducts workshops and classes that involve students and teachers in hands-on art experiences.
The grant will help to provide funds to Miller Elementary during 20 artist visits this 2012-13 school year. The artist will teach two workshops to each K-3 classroom, three workshops to each 4-5 classroom, and six workshops to each sixth-grade classroom. The lessons will consist of art lessons in the visual arts.
Speech team results
On Feb. 9, the St. Mary’s Central High School speech team traveled to Richardton.
Dramatic — Katie Mastel, first place, state qualified; Kylie Rusch, second place; and Katy Rasmussen, fourth place;
Entertain — Jake Voeller, seventh place;
Persuade — Zander Tibor, fourth place;
Poetry — Sommer Wild, second place; and Gabby Frohlich, third place;
EPR — Kylie Rusch, fourth place; and Hannah Emerson, sixth place;
Serious — Madelyn Reichert, second place, state qualified; Emelie Swonger, fifth place; and Morgan Heier, sixth place;
Inform — Reece Burckhard, second place, state qualified; and Becky Mastel, fifth place;
Impromptu — Kellen Tibor, first place, state qualified; Katie Mastel, third place; Zander Tibor, fifth place; and Keaton Rummel, sixth place;
Radio — Ally Appleby, first place, state qualified; Sarah Kraft, second place; and Ally Reichert, top novice;
Storytelling — Sommer Wild, second place, state qualified; and Maggie Splonskowski, fifth place;
Extemporaneous Speaking — Madelyn Reichert, first place, state qualified; Jake Voeller, third place; and Prajwal Bharadwaj, seventh place;
Serious Duo — Ally Appleby/Hannah Emerson, first place, state qualified; Kellen Tibor/Sommer Wild, second place; Ben Porter/Emelie Swonger, third place; and Morgan Heier/Katie Mastel, fifth place;
Humorous Duo — Kylie Rusch/Katy Rasmussen, first place, state qualified; Kellen Tibor/Ally Appleby, fourth place; Teresa Armstrong/Hailey Jones-Chausee, sixth place; and Sarah Kraft/Reece Burckhard, seventh place; and
Humorous — Katy Rasmussen, second place, state qualified; Emilie Voeller, third place; Teresa Armstrong, fifth place; and Adam Fritz, top novice.
Century High School teams took first and second place in the regional widget contest sponsored by the Gateway to Science Center and the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers.
The first place team members are juniors Tori Baumiller and Brooke Joritz and sophomore Sage Walz. The second place team members are juniors Mariah Rhoads, Jordan Blees, Brandee Bruce and Susan Barrier.
Two Horizon Middle School students have been recognized by Prudential Financial, Inc. Lyndsey Scheurer, an eighth grader at Horizon, is a 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Award State Honoree for North Dakota. As the state’s middle school winner, she will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in May for four days of national recognition events.
Only 102 students nationwide — one middle level and one high school student in each state and the District of Columbia — receive this honor. Scheurer was nominated by her school principal for her work with the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Her parents are Susan and Leland Scheurer.
Madison Halvorson, an eighth grader at Horizon, received the Certificate of Merit from Prudential. She is a volunteer tutor and mentor for the Bismarck Parks and Recreation district in the summer activity center at Centennial Elementary School. Her parents are John and Robin Halvorson.
The Pathfinders Team at Wachter Middle School has selected its January Students of the Month. Students are selected by their teachers for overall classroom performance. This not only includes grades, but also includes respect, cooperation and overall classroom engagement.
The following seventh graders were recognized: Rebekah Harrington, Rylee Kubischta, Jalen Sprecher, Derek Leingang, Zac Schmidt and Ariel Iglehart.
Lefor is candidate
Andi Lefor, a graduating senior at Dickinson Trinity High School, has been named one of more than 3,000 candidates in the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
Inclusion in this program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and other school activities.
Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony to participate in events and activities with their elected representatives, educators and other leading individuals in public life.
Lefor is the child of Micheal and Sherryl Lefor.
Simle Middle School students competed at the Washburn Junior High speech meet on Feb. 9. Their coach is Nora Salveson.
Humorous Interpretation — first place, MiKaela Reardon; second place, Broady Littau; third place, Baylee Gartner; and fourth place, Rachel De Maria;
Poetry — first place, Emily Hopfauf; second place, Ruby Wittmeyer; third place, Hannah Riehl; and fourth place, Lauren Wrede;
Serious Interpretation — first place, Madison Baumgartner; second place, Taylor Ekart; third place, Alex Rice; seventh place, LaRae Skachenko; and eighth place, Victoria Johnson.
Storytelling — first place, Alexis Hoffman; second place, Hannah Riehl; third place, Patty Brodie; fourth place, Nick Marotzke; and fifth place, Alex Rice;
EPR — second place, Victoria Johnson;
Impromptu — first place, Jacob Wilkinson; and third place, Taylor Ekart; and
Humorous Duo — second place, MiKaela Reardon/LaRae Skachenko; sixth place, Rachel De Maria/Baylee Gartner; seventh place, Samantha Brady/Ruby Wittmeyer; eighth place, Nick Marotzke/Lauren Wrede; ninth place, Jacob Wilkinson/Jonelle Solemsaas; and 10th place, Patty Brodie/Madison Baumgartner.
Leary at inauguration
Katie Leary, a Horizon Middle School eighth-grade student, attended the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C., as a delegate with the People to People Student Ambassador Leadership Program.
Leary, along with other students from around the U.S. and foreign countries also participated in leadership programs and seminars, engaged in a community service project, visited significant local venues and attended a youth inauguration ball.
As an ambassador of the week-long Leadership Program, Leary learned about effective leadership, how to develop leadership abilities and earned 10 service-learning hours.
Pennies for Patients
Students at Myhre Elementary School recently collected donations for the 22nd annual Pennies for Patients program benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Students teamed together, each contributing a little, and the total was $542.29. Their hard efforts will help local patients and their families, along with funding blood cancer research at the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic. The Myhre Student Council organized the staff and student fundraiser.
The Burleigh/Morton County Spelling Bee was held Feb 16. at the Mandan Middle School. The contest is coordinated by the Burleigh/Morton County Superintendent of Schools Office.
Morton champions advancing to the State Spelling Bee are Mary Hintz, eighth grade, Flasher Public School; and Katie Rebenitsch, sixth grade, Saint Joseph School, Mandan.
Burleigh champions going to the State Bee are Tanner Carlson and Lauren Foley, eighth-graders from Horizon Middle School.
Top Speller awards were presented to the above students and also to Jackson Data, sixth grade, Highland Acres School; Destiny Swagger, seventh grade, Horizon Middle School; Vivian Scull, seventh grade, Hebron Public School; and Dreyton Rud, seventh grade, New Salem-Almont Public School.
The state Spelling Bee will be March 22 at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. The state Bee champion will advance to the National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C., in June.
The following band and choir students from the St. Mary’s Central High School Music Department were selected by audition to perform at the 2013 All-State Music Festival Concerts March 21-23 at the Bismarck Civic Center.
All-State Band members selected from St. Mary’s are Alicia Beck, Erin Benz, Brittany Johnson, Ashley Kilzer, Noah Krebs, Kathryn Malaktaris, Abbie Morlock, Jackie Oja, Kaitlyn Omvig, Kaitlyn Rasmussen, Keaton Rummel, Kylie Rusch and Brianna Vetter. Chosen as alternates for the band are Kala Frank, Steven Jacob and Kayla Miller. All-State Orchestra member selected is James Schmidt.
All-State Mixed Chorus members include Sara Friedt, Dominick Goettle, Austin Lengenfelder, Ben Porter and Chris Uhler. Singing in the Women’s Chorus will be Juliana Keller and Sommer Wild. Rachel Goettle and Kendra Weigel were chosen for the High School All-State Vocal Jazz Choir.
Four students are honored as four-year members of the North Dakota All-State Ensembles: Juliana Keller, Dominic Goettle, Ben Porter and Kendra Weigel.