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Helmut Schmidt, Published April 03 2011

K-12 Notebook: Moorhead elementary wins Healthy School prize

Moorhead’s Ellen Hopkins Elementary School won a $3,000 grand prize in the Healthy School Makeover Contest of the Fuel Up to Play 60 “Show Your Spirit” Challenge.

The event, sponsored by the Midwest Dairy Council and Cass-Clay Creamery, encouraged health-minded students to create a video, song, commercial or cheer that inspires everyone to get involved in making their school a healthier place.

Midway Public School in Inkster, N.D., won the other $3,000 grand prize.

North Plains Elementary on the Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base and Montpelier (N.D.) Public School both were awarded $2,000 first-place prizes.

The funds can be used for cafeteria upgrades or for physical fitness equipment.

Other participating schools included Harwood (N.D.) Elementary; Central Middle School in East Grand Forks, Minn.; Schroeder Middle School in Grand Forks; and Cheney Middle School, in West Fargo.

Up to the challenge

The Moorhead High School Economics Challenge Team placed first at the Heartland Regional Economics Challenge on March 24 in St. Cloud, Minn.

Team members are Andrew Carlson, Jarrod Anderson, Maija Lindaas, Jonathan Haglund and Henry Dobbs, district Communications Coordinator Pam Gibb said.

Carlson placed first in individual competition and Haglund placed second in individual, Gibb said.

The team advances to the state tournament April 14 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis.

Denton takes 2nd

Carl Denton, an eighth-grader at Fargo’s Ben Franklin Middle School, took second place in the recent North Dakota state Scripps Spelling Bee.

Denton was eliminated in the 19th round of the spelldown when he misspelled the word “planisphere.”

The winner was Elliott Stone, an eighth-grader at Shiloh Christian School in Bismarck.

Third place went to Lydia Odenbach, an eighth-grader at Medina Public School.


Jack Olson, a seventh-grader at Fargo’s Sullivan Middle School, won the school’s Geographic Bee and competed this weekend in the state event in Bismarck.

Second place went to eighth-grader Hannah Keogh.

Other finalists included sixth-graders Jake Fritz and Jimmy Reynolds; seventh graders Matthew Brock, Will Kenney, Sam Magnotto and Mason Ostern; and eighth-graders Greg Beauclair and Aidan Hartness.

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