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Helmut Schmidt, Published October 11 2013

Patriotism, state pride top list of suggested names for new West Fargo school

WEST FARGO – Patriotism and state pride figure prominently among the 16 submissions that are finalists for the name of the West Fargo School District’s next elementary school.

The School Board will try on Monday to choose the consensus favorite name for the school, which is being built at 3700 54th St. S. in a Fargo section of the district.

The top suggestions are:

E The high-minded: Allegiance, Courage, Independence, Justice, Patriot and Veteran.

E State references: Dakota, Flickertail, Meadowlark and Prairie Rose.

E Distinguished personages: Anthony W. England (former U.S. astronaut), Rosa (Parks, a well-known figure in the U.S. civil rights movement), William Guy (former North Dakota governor), David Flowers (current West Fargo superintendent of schools) and Sakakawea (the Native American woman who helped guide the Lewis and Clark Expedition).

E Orion, also known as the Hunter, for fans of constellations and Greek mythology.

“I think we have a good crop of names. I really like the direction that we’ve gone in by opening up the name selection process to the community,” Board President Kay Kiefer said Friday.

Kiefer said the naming process helps cement the sense of community ownership.

“I really appreciated the local pride names,” Kiefer said. “I think we have some great names to choose from.”

The 16 finalist names were drawn from 179 unique suggestions, a board memo states.

The School Board went with patriotic names for the last two new construction schools: Liberty Middle School and Freedom Elementary School, both located along or near Veterans Boulevard.

The board decided that Sheyenne 9th Grade Center would become Sheyenne High School with its expansion into a grade 9-12 comprehensive high school.

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Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583