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The Southwest Adult Education Project is honoring 45 students who have earned the North Dakota General Educational Development diploma (GED) during commencement ceremonies on Wednesday, May 2. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Dickinson High School Risser Auditorium. Dr. Paul Stremick, Dickinson Public Schools superintendent, is presenting the certificates of achievement.
The DSU Filmmakers organization is sponsoring its first film festival starting at noon today, April 28, in the Dickinson State University Student Center Ballroom. DSU students Chad Troftgruben and Josh Nichols are co-founders of the club and festival. The club's purpose is to showcase works of student filmmakers, said Troftgruben. The festival features over 4½-hours of films. It's free and open to the public. "Anybody can submit a film. A majority are student films," he said. "We do have one group from Fargo showing 'Call of Cthulu.' It's a black and white silent horror film. H.G.
Arlene Hondl's fourth graders at Dickinson's Trinity Elementary East are presenting "Blame It on the Wolf" on Thursday, April 26, at school. Parents and other school children are invited for the two performances at 10:40 a.m. and again at 12:40 p.m. "It's like a fractured fairy tale. It talks about how the wolf always is blamed for everything. He's defending himself in the courtroom with a lot of flash backs," said Hondl. "It's from our reading series. It's really cute," she said. "The play has lots of parts in it and lots of action.
The residents at Dickinson's St. Benedict's Health Center enjoyed watching a prom grand march on Saturday evening, courtesy of students from Belfield High School and South Heart High School. Activities Director Bonnie Goldsberry invited the students to make a grand entrance at the home before resuming prom activities at their respective schools. "Kids like to share their dresses and like to share their evening with other people. That's how it began," said Goldsberry. "I told something about them as each couple paraded through the living room," she said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.