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Helmut Schmidt, Published January 16 2011

K-12 Education Notebook: Two students will represent North Dakota at D.C. Senate program

Two North Dakota students were chosen as delegates to the 49th Annual United States Senate Youth Program, Sens. Kent Conrad and John Hoeven announced.

Robert Lauf of Mayville and Cory Pletan of Dickinson were chosen to be among 104 student delegates who will attend the program March 5-12 in Washington, D.C.

“Robert and Cory have made North Dakota proud,” the senators said in a joint statement.

The students will attend meetings and briefings with Senate leadership, the president, a justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an ambassador to the United States and members of the national media. The students will also tour national monuments and museums.

Lauf attends May-Port CG High School and Middle School. Pletan attends Dickinson High School.

Alternates are McKaila Matteson, who attends Garrison High School, and Carson Ouellette, who attends Devils Lake High School.

Shanley advances

Fargo Shanley High School’s debate team has advanced to the “Sweet 16” round of the Bickel & Brewer/New York University International Public Policy Forum.

More than 340 high schools – representing 42 states and 36 foreign countries – registered for the debate competition. Teams wrote a 2,800-word essay on the topic “Resolved: NATO military operations in Afghanistan are not justified.” The essays were evaluated by a panel to determine the top 32 teams.

Those teams advanced to a written debate contest conducted by e-mail and reviewed by judges in mid-December.

Shanley advanced on a 2-1 vote over Brookfield (Wis.) East High School.

Shanley is now competing against Trinity Preparatory School of Winter Park, Fla.

On Feb. 8, the “Elite 8” teams will be announced, and they will travel to New York City for IPPF Finals Weekend on April 8.

Give so others live

Cheney Middle School in West Fargo is hosting a blood drive 2:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 27 in the commons.

People interested in donating can go online to www.bloodhero.com, click on the donate blood tab, and enter the sponsor code: cheney.

Pay It Forward

Cheney Middle School students are invited to take part in a Pay It Forward Tour Feb. 25-27.

The community service trip will be led by the group Students Today Leaders Forever and stops in Alexandria, Minn., and Minneapolis. Cheney teachers will be supervising.

The cost to attend is $150 per student, which includes transportation, food and lodging. Scholarships are available.

To learn more, go to www.stlf.net.

A parent informational meeting will be 7 p.m. Thursday in the middle school theater. Those interested can also contact Alissa Helm at (701) 499-1750.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583