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Helmut Schmidt, Published May 15 2011

K-12 Notebook: Dickinson students tops in auto competition

Two Dickinson (N.D.) High School students were crowned North Dakota’s top high school auto technicians on Thursday.

Jared Meduna and Austin Tysver won the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills State Finals in West Fargo.

They won scholarships valued at $30,000. Their instructor is Brian Woehl.

They’ll represent North Dakota in the National Finals and compete for additional scholarships and the chance for a job-shadow experience with premier racing team Roush Fenway Racing.

Second place went to Cassidy Denning and Ross Stanley, with instructor Tim Sheldon, from Bismarck Technology Center.

Third place went to Jordan Steffens and Pattrick Griffin, with instructor Charles Campbell, from Southeast Regional Career and Technology Center.

Engineering champs

Northern Cass High School in Cass County is the “Best in State” winner of North Dakota’s Junior Engineering Technical Society’s 2011 TEAMS competition.

The engineering colleges at North Dakota State University and University of North Dakota host the annual competition, which includes schools from North Dakota and Minnesota.

The high school students worked to solve the global energy “supply and demand” problem that’s been highlighted by the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill and events in the Middle East.

The competition encourages students to pursue engineering by showing how it affects everyday life and how engineers solve social and community problems.

Northern Cass is rated 12th nationally in Division 1 (schools with 12th-grade enrollments under 75).

Masters of math

Nineteen teams from the area participated in individual and team competition at the Grade 5 Regional Math Masters Tournament recently in Moorhead.

Math Masters of Minnesota is a competition that challenges students to use higher-order thinking skills and problem-solving abilities in mathematics and recognizes academic effort and achievement.

Team results:

Individual winners:

Winners of the Fact Drill Awards:

Learn why you buckle up

A rollover demonstrator will be at West Fargo’s Sheyenne Ninth Grade Academy on Monday, the West Fargo Police Department announced.

Demonstrations will take place at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:25 p.m. and 2 p.m.

The demonstrations aim to increase seat-belt use among youth. It coincides with the nationwide “Click It or Ticket” seat-belt campaign.

In North Dakota, a driver under the age of 18 can be pulled over for not wearing a seat belt.

Playground upgrades

Centennial Elementary in Fargo has received a $40,000 Toolbox for Education grant from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.

The funds will be used to replace and expand playground equipment.

The improvements are designed to enhance the health and fitness levels of third-, fourth- and fifth-graders. The playground will also get handicap accessibility and safety improvements.

Making hearts stronger

Oak Grove Lutheran School in Fargo has received a $19,000 Giving Hearts Day grant from Dakota Medical Foundation to support the school’s Health and Wellness Initiative.

Oak Grove Lutheran School placed second in the fourth annual Giving Hearts Day online event held Feb. 10.

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