Joe Kalvoda, principal of South Central High School in Bismarck, received the Outstanding Leadership/Service Award during the Sept. 29 state conference of the North Dakota Association for Lifelong Learning.
The award is given to an individual, legislator, administrator or businessperson who demonstrates exceptional leadership in his/her area of responsibility, exemplifies and supports the NDALL purpose of supporting lifelong learning, and encourages others.
Student of the Year Awards are given to individuals who are current or recent students/graduates, demonstrate determination and perseverance, and sacrifice to achieve their educational goals. The Adult Education Student of the Year Award winner is Cory Anvik.
Michelle Schuh, of Dickinson Adult Learning Center, tied for the highest average GED score in North Dakota, achieving an overall score of 706 and an average score of 176.
Nursing study aided
Karli Laeger and Madison Cermak, who both work at Lakewood Landing in Mandan, have been awarded $1,000 Allan B. Engen Nurse Scholarships by the North Dakota Long Term Care Association.
Laeger is a CNA/med aide I and Cermak is a CNA/med aide III.
Employed with Lakewood Landing for over two years, Laeger is enrolled in the Dakota Nursing Program through Bismarck State College.
Cermak, also employed for over two years, is enrolled in the nursing program at the University of Mary.
The Allan B. Engen Nurse Scholarship was established in recognition of the work and accomplishments of the NDLTCA’s first executive director, the late Allan B. Engen. It is designed to help combat North Dakota’s nursing shortage.
Mary Senger, Burleigh County emergency manager, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the North Dakota Emergency Management Association.
It is the organization’s highest award and honors current members who, through long-term efforts, have influenced the field of emergency management and the work of the association in a positive manner.
The group’s newly elected board members include Amanda Schooling, Ward County, vice president, and Denise Brew, Dunn County, secretary-treasurer.
4-H'ers pitch in
Burleigh County 4-H kicked off observance of National 4-H Week Oct. 1-7 with a service project that provided local charities with 120 birthday parties in a bag.
The bags containing the basics needed to have a birthday party (cake, frosting, a few decorations) were donated to Carrie’s Kids and the Ronald McDonald House.
The items were donated by 4-H members and their families. The County Kids 4-H club also secured funds through the Thrivent Action Team program to purchase additional items.
“It was fun to see members from different clubs come together and work on a common project,” said Amelia Doll, Burleigh County 4-H youth development agent. “One of 4-H’s focus areas is community service.”
Many clubs also decorated rocks with the hashtag, #4Hrocks to hide around the Bismarck-Mandan area. Finders of the rocks are encouraged to post a picture of their find to social media with the hashtag and either keep or rehide the rock.
Grant aids zoo
Dakota Zoo in Bismarck recently received a $500 national Family Campers & RVers wildlife refuge grant.
Terry Lincoln, zoo director, said the money will provide mesh shade cloth to a new flight pen used to house injured or orphaned raptors during their rehabilitation at the zoo.
The grant resulted from a submission by JeAnne Selby, Bismarck, state FCRV director.
The FCRV Wildlife Refuge program offers financial grants to governmental and private organizations to assist in wildlife conservation projects.
Two Bismarck teachers are among state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Vicki Wolf is a mathematics teacher at Wachter Middle School.
Shawn Brink teaches science at the Bismarck Career Academy.
The PAEMST awards program for K-12 mathematics and science teachers is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House.