The seventh- and eighth-grade Team Infinity of Wachter Middle School has announced its Students of the Month for January. Each student was selected by teachers due to his or her responsibility in academics, positive attitude and exceptional behavior.
They are as follows: Tiana Riedinger, daughter of Corey and Gail Riedinger; Alyssa Newton, daughter of Jeffrey and Jodi Newton; Tanayah Cloud, daughter of Marlin Cloud and Opal Alden-Bearground; Isaac Youle, son of David and Michelle Youle; Kyle Keepseagle, son of Wade Keepseagle and Mary Nagel; and Chelsi Doll, daughter of Clarence and Cindy Doll.
Bismarck High School’s New Generation Jazz Choir was recently recognized at the University of Mary Jazz Festival. The New Gen Jazz Choir and the Men of New Generation were each awarded the Outstanding Ensemble Award. In addition, BHS student Stephen Gefroh received the Outstanding Vocalist Award. It is the highest distinction granted to a vocalist at the festival. It is New Gen’s seventh consecutive award as an ensemble and the fifth consecutive year a member of New Gen has been chosen as the outstanding vocalist.
Also receiving individual recognition for outstanding solos were Danni Askew, Jared Connell, Jeff Delfs, Stephen Gefroh (two awards), Matt Kessler (two awards), Becca Lebak, Holly Millican, Devin Roll (two awards) and Bobbi Jo Vandal.
The Bismarck High School “Screamin’ Demons” Jazz Ensemble No. 1 received an Outstanding Big Band Award at the University of Mary Jazz Festival. Jenna Wavrin was named the Outstanding Brass Performer for the festival.
Receiving awards for Outstanding Musicianship were Jeff Delfs, Alec Hellman, Jenna Wavrin, Oliver Boeckel, Kyle Hornbacher and Holly Millican. Receiving awards for Jazz Improvisation were Tyler Hill, Jenna Wavrin, Oliver Boeckel, Jackson Pieper, Stephen Fitterman, Eric Pelletier, Erica Page and Cole Kuester. Their instructor is Jon Baumann.
Fifth-graders at Highland Acres recently had a hands-on lesson while studying the respiratory system. Guest speaker Rajean Backman from St. Alexius Medical Center’s Respiratory Therapy Department showed the students how respiration “looks” using pig lungs. The students were able to feel the lungs, identify the various parts of the respiratory system as studied, and then “inflate” the lungs to see what they looked like. Their teacher is Shannon Chausse.