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Helmut Schmidt, Published January 30 2011

K-12 Notebook: Shanley students hold poetry contest

Say it loud, and say it proud.

Fargo Shanley High School is holding its Poetry Out Loud finals Monday.

All of the school’s English students were required to memorize a poem and present it in class.

The top six English students will present their poems to the student body. The winner goes to the state Poetry Out Loud competition.

In the first five years of the Poetry Out Loud competition, Shanley students have been state champions four times, moving on to the national competition in Washington, D.C., according to Todd Mickelson, development director for the Fargo Catholic Schools Network.


Students, faculty and administrators at Shanley High School will test their skill in the school’s 8th Annual Dodge Ball Tournament on Wednesday, Mickelson said.

The event features five-minute dodgeball games and will serve as a fundraiser for the Central Asia Institute, which was co-founded by American author and humanitarian Greg Mortenson (“Three Cups of Tea” and “Stones Into Schools”).

‘Music Man’ workshop

The Trollwood Performing Arts School will hold an audition workshop 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 6.

The class, which is free to students in grades eight through 12, will be held at the Bluestem Center for the Arts, 801 50th Ave. SW, Moorhead.

Students will learn the ins and outs of a Trollwood audition. Included will be a tour and explanation of the audition process, help with audition preparation, song selection and song performance. The workshop is geared toward each attendee’s needs, beginner to advanced.

Fishing for readers

F-M Walleyes Unlimited is donating more than $800 in children’s books to the Fargo Public Schools’ elementary libraries.

Club members will deliver the books to the schools with this message: Enjoy the outdoors and enjoy reading about the outdoors.

The books are a three-part fictional series by Minnesota author K.J. Houtman that focus on the fishing, camping and hunting adventures of 11-year-old Gus Roberts. They are targeted to readers in grades two to six.

Free admission

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is offering free admission to the Hjemkomst Center museum to 2,000 students whose teachers reserve a class visit tied to three new exhibits.

The exhibits are “Becoming American: Teenagers and Immigration,” “Coming to Clay County: 150 Years of Immigration,” and an auxiliary exhibit called “My Journey, My Story,” about local teen immigrants or children of immigrants.

Teachers should contact Visitor Services Coordinator Markus Krueger to reserve a spot. Krueger can be reached at (218) 299-5511 extension 6738 or by e-mail at Markus.Krueger@ci.moorhead.mn.us.

The free admission is subsidized by the Smithsonian Community Grant Program, which is funded by MetLife Foundation.

Science winners

Park Christian School in Moorhead recently held its science fair for seventh-, eighth- and 10th-grade students.

The winners were:

Seventh grade: First, Jordan Fevig; second, Molly Jasperse; third, Rachel Lewis; honorable mention, Julia Boe and Morgan Nepstad.

Eighth grade: First, Lexi Madlom; second, Josiah Militzer; third, Dan Stone; honorable mention, Christian Borgen, Noah Moberg, Cailey Nelson and Gage Stromme.

Tenth grade: First, Allie Bedore; second, Michael Morse; third, Beth Errett; honorable mention, Hannah DeKrey, Ricky Feir, Kimberly Harmelink, Kaatla Hoiberg and Josh Stenerson.

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