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Outdoor learning

Students from Horizon Middle School and the Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy will build shelters, create signs with QR codes to lessons, plant trees, design planter boxes and plant native grasses on the west side of Horizon to help create the Andeavor Outdoor Community Learning Center.

The center, modeled on the Eco Ed Program of the North Dakota Department of Health, will focus learning for students and the community on the five principles of forestry, watershed, wetlands, soils and grasslands. The project is fully funded by Andeavor.

The only other project in the state is in Fessenden in Wells County. The one at Horizon will be the first located at a school.

LifeSmarts champ

Jamestown High School Team No. 1 won the state LifeSmarts championship and will represent North Dakota in the national competition in April in California. Tioga High School took second place.

Ten teams competed in the state event. LifeSmarts focuses on five key topic areas: consumer rights and responsibilities, the environment, health and safety, personal finance, and technology.

The state champion team members are Julia Shirley (captain), Cris Dupre, Jessica Schmitz, Courtnay Kieker and Kalen Christensen. All but Christensen were part of the Jamestown team that won the state competition last year and took fourth at the national event.

Marchel Krieger is their coach.

Real DEAL winner

Alexis Kuhn, Bismarck, has been named a Real DEAL Scholarship winner by Bank of North Dakota’s DEAL Student Loan Program. She will receive a $500 scholarship to attend a North Dakota college and qualifies to be one of 48 applicants to compete for a $3,000 scholarship to be awarded this spring.

Recipients must demonstrate community or school involvement and have a 2.5 grade-point average or greater. Kuhn is involved in National Honor Society, dance, and Advancement Via Individual Determination.

Jazz winners

Legacy High School vocalists were recognized for “Outstanding Musicianship” at the 2018 University of Mary Jazz Festival.

They are synergy vocal ensemble, Alex Brady, Ketina Francois, Haiden Pederson, Aydreyel Schuh and Hannah Schumacher; evolution vocal ensemble, Garret Fettig, Maddie Hurt and Aleisha Schock; and gold standard vocal ensemble, Karissa Geer, Scott Hensley, McKenzie Huson, Justin Learn, Drew Pengilly, Julian Schock and Madelyn Schweitzer.

In addition, Garret Fettig was recognized as one of the three “Outstanding Vocalists” of the festival, receiving a $200 International Music Camp scholarship.

German exam awards

Five students taking German classes at Legacy and Bismarck high schools have received medals and awards for their performance on the 2018 National German Exam.

Sean Joyce and Matthew Reile, sophomores at Legacy, obtained national bronze medals on the level 2 exam. Samuel Neibauer, a senior at Bismarck High, won a national achievement award and placed first in North Dakota on the level 3 exam. Nicholas Nicholson and Dalton Bruce, Legacy, earned a national achievement award for the level 2 exam.

Their instructor is Mary Ann Crow.