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Dickinson's Trinity Elementary West has named Angela Miller as its new kindergarten teacher for the 2007-2008 year. Miller met the kindergarten students and incoming students, during a visit to the classroom on Thursday afternoon. She is replacing Tana LaFond, who chose not to renew her contract. Miller is a native of Baker, Mont., and graduated from Dickinson State University in 2005.
Dickinson's Trinity Elementary West is offering all-day, everyday kindergarten beginning with the 2007-2008 academic year. Trinity West currently offers three full days of kindergarten on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Trinity Elementary Schools Principal Sister Dorothy Zeller said the fall program is patterned after Trinity Elementary East's kindergarten program. "Trinity East has had all-day, every day kindergarten for the past four years," she said. "That program offers an academic session in the morning and enrichment in the afternoon.
Four Dickinson High School seniors won first-place awards during the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) state leadership conference in Minot on April 1-3. Brittney Ridl won in the economics category, which consisted of a test of 100 questions. The team of Paige Nash, Kiersten Sneddon and Kendra Hutchens won in entrepreneurship. For the entrepreneurship competition, the teams were given a scenario of a start-up company. They had 20 minutes to prepare a business plan for the company to succeed.
Wally Brandt rides his bike on Dickinson city streets and goes for power walks every day. He appreciates his renewed ability to exercise. Wally recently returned home from the University of Minneapolis where he underwent a lung transplant on Sept. 6, 2006. "I was on the transplant list for three years. I didn't think I'd ever live long enough to get a lung," he said. He came home on March 15, with short visits for Thanksgiving and Christmas. He continues to need home care, which is provided by his friend and caregiver, RayeAnn Brandt. Brandt, 57, is a native of Hebron.
Alison Ficek's science project on the cognitive effects of antioxidants has earned her a third trip to the International Science Fair. She is a senior at Dickinson's Trinity High School. For her science experiment, she wanted to determine whether or not antioxidants would have a cognitive effect on Mus musculus (or common laboratory mice.) The idea for the experiment came after reading about the benefits of antioxidants in blueberries. "Researchers have reported that there is an association between antioxidants in blueberries and cognitive function.
Bowman High School is preparing to defend its state champion title at the North Dakota Class B speech competition on April 28 in Mandan. Coach Amy Getz said the top contenders for the state team title include Richardton-Taylor, Washburn, Central Cass and Glenburn. Winning the state championship has become a tradition for the Bowman team. "People don't realize the work these kids put into speech. Our first big title was in 1979," she said.
St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Care Auxiliary is collecting vintage hats for a display in conjunction with its silver tea. The silver tea and old-fashioned hat display is from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, in the Dickinson Elks Lodge. The program starts at 3 p.m. with Rhonda Hecker providing the hats for the skit. The committee includes Leona Pachl, Cher Olson and Carol Luptak. All the auxiliary members are asked to bring their favorite old-fashioned hats. Many of the hats belonged to Luptak's mother-in-law, Veronica Luptak. "She was very stylish.
The students at Dickinson's Hagen Junior High School and Dickinson High School are celebrating their success at the North Dakota Technology Student Association state competition held March 26-27 at Mandan. The first-place winners are eligible to attend the national competition From June 24-28 at Nashville, Tenn. The Hagen students are advised by Erwin Vanveldhuizen and the DHS students are advised by Susan Haider. The Hagen results are as follows: Cyberspace: First, Darcie Lujan, Kali Schock, Justine Gab, Allison Roemmich and Holly Leftridge. Digital photography: Second, Holly Leftridge.
When the Easter bunny brings treats to the McCollum and Krebs homes, he's likely to encounter several of his distant cousins. Heather McCollum and Erin Krebs are keeping rabbits as 4-H projects this year. McCollum is a member of the Dakota Variety 4-H Club, and is the daughter of Verna and Brian McCollum.
Dickinson Trinity High School's speech team is preparing to compete in the regional speech competition at Richardton-Taylor High School today. Trinity's team includes 20 students with Janel Schiff as coach. She is assisted by Dickinson State University student Travis Norberg. "I have a lot of new kids. It's a nice mix from grades 7-12. Every class is represented," said Schiff. The team also includes a student from New England through the co-op program and another who is home schooled. The team meets weekly at the high school. "We listen to each other practice," she said.