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Helmut Schmidt, Published February 13 2011

K-12 Notebook: Shanley wins trip to New York to debate ‘Elite 8’

Fargo Shanley High School has advanced to the “Elite 8” round of an international debate contest, earning an all-expenses-paid trip to New York and a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize.

The team will take part in the finals of the Bickel & Brewer/New York University International Public Policy Forum on April 9.

More than 340 high schools – representing 42 states and 36 foreign countries – registered for the 2010-11 competition.

The finals event is focused on oral advocacy.

The “Elite 8” teams are Shanley; Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, Calif.; Korean Minjok Leadership Academy, Republic of Korea; Lakewood High School, Lakewood, Colo.; Plano Senior High School, Plano, Texas Silver Lake Junior/Senior High School, Silver Lake, Kan.; Harvard-Westlake School, North Hollywood, Calif.; Nixa High School, Nixa, Mo.

Young scientists

Fargo Oak Grove Lutheran School is sponsoring a Science Fair for seventh- and eighth-grade students Monday in the Scheels Center for the Performing Arts, 124 N. Terrace.

An open forum for parents, families and the public is scheduled from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. to view the entries, followed by an awards ceremony.

Winning entries will compete in the regional science fair at North Dakota State University.

All-City Band Concert

The band departments of the West Fargo schools are presenting an All-City Band Concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in the West Fargo High School gym.

Nearly 600 band students in grades six through 12 will perform. There is no charge for admission.

The concert will conclude with a grand finale in which all the students will perform together.

The band directors are Amy Johnson, Nadine Roach, Jason Carlson, Karen Morrison, Sue Jordahl and Mark Berntson.

On top of the world

Horizon Middle School student Sam Wallert won the Moorhead school’s Geography Bee on Jan. 13. Second place went to Luke Lillehaugen. Nick Wiesmann placed third. Wallert has taken a qualifying test for the opportunity to compete in the Minnesota State Geographic Bee.

‘Hairspray’ at WFHS

Performances of the musical “Hairspray” by the West Fargo High School theater department are scheduled today and Thursday through Saturday.

Today’s show is at 2:30 p.m. The remaining performances are at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for students. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the box office at (701) 356-2050.

The company has more than 100 students in its cast, crew and orchestra. The director is Adam Pankow.

The show is sponsored by Essentia Health.

The theater is in the school at 801 9th St. E.

Spelling it out

Sam Wallert of Moorhead Horizon Middle School placed first among the 18 best sixth- through eighth-grade spellers in the district’s spelling bee.

Second place in the Feb. 3 event went to Ethan Smith. Hailen Ackerman took third. Wallert and Smith advance to the Region IV Spelling Bee in Fergus Falls, Minn. on Feb. 22.

The winner of the sixth-grade bee was Ackerman. Alex Huff and Alex Volk tied for first in the seventh-grade bee, and Elisabet Samonides-Hamrick won the eighth-grade spelling bee.

Knowledge masters

The Horizon Middle School Sixth Grade Knowledge Master Team placed second among 16 Minnesota teams in the winter Knowledge Master Open on Jan. 18.

Nationally, the Moorhead school’s team placed 26th out of 250 schools.

Team members are Hailen Ackerman, Christian Carlson, Preston Degerman, Madi Dierling, Konner Doucette, Alex Dougherty, Jacob Halvorson, Morgan Hansen, Jessica Heazlett, Hannah Hendrickson, Katherine Riendeau, Trevor Schmidt, Ethan Smith, Claire Twedt, Mysha Wenzel, Linka Wintersteen and Caroline Wirries. The team is coached by Lois Brown.

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