Congratulations to all our 2008 Spelling Bee participants and winners!
On January 9, we had 39 school qualifiers from Forestview Middle School and Family of Christ Schools take part in a written spelling test for sixth, seventh and eighth grades. The top 17 spellers advanced to the district oral competition on January 23. They were: six grader Laura Smith; seventh graders Emily Bukowski, Zach Hanson, Audrey Lothspeich, Brooke Nelson and Naomi Swanson; eighth graders Taylor Finger, Nick Greatens, Matt Hammermeister, Elena Hirst, David Jensen, Jordan Kittlesen, Bredan Pelkey, Stephen Raboin, Nicholas Rohr, Anna Swanson and Adam Warren.
The champion and six runner-ups advanced to The Lakes Bee sponsored by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch and the National Joint Powers Alliance held at Thornstrom Auditorium on February 22. They were: Champion, Anna Swanson, 8D; and Regional Runner ups: eighth graders, Nick Greatens, 8D; Matt Hammermeister, 8C; David Jensen, 8A; Adam Warren, 8D and seventh graders: Emily Bukowski and Zach Hanson, 7C.
The final results of the Lakes Bee were: Nick Greatens, first place; Anna Swanson, second place; Zach Hanson, third place.
Nick will go on to represent The Lakes Bee at the 2008 National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC at the end of May. Great job to all of you!
The second through fifth grade spelling bees were held during February. A total of 54 students participated. Winners were:
second grade - first place Laura Wadsten, Lowell school; runner up-Cami Harmer-Baxter School.
Third grade - first place, Lauren Forsythe, Whittier School and runner up Adam Kleist, Lowell School.
Fourth grade - first place, Matthew Majerle, Lowell. Tying for runner up were Cody Jackson, Nisswa School and Luke West, Baxter School.
Fifth grade - first place, Grant Werthman, Forestview, Team 5D and Jordan Kleist, Forestview, Team 5C.
Congratulations to all of you!
A very special thank you to the volunteers who made the 2008 School District Spelling Bees that were recently held in January and February happen. They were pronouncers Kathy Tusa, 6th-8th grade and Brenda Johnson 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades; judges/monitors: Bonnie Armstrong, Mary Casey, Jean Dressell, Bonnie Franzen, Carole Humrickhouse, Paula Mangan, Karen Ogdahl, Terri Tomlinson, Dorothy Uhrinak and Nancy Wangstad; and recorders Terri Tomlinson and Paula Mangan.
I greatly appreciate your time and commitment in supporting this program. See you in 2009.
Susan B Rogers
Spelling Bee Coordinator
Hi, my name is Barry Feltmann. I own the home that burned on Feb. 14th in Baxter.
First off I would like to offer a special thank you to all the fire and rescue that responded to the fire. I understand that fighting a fire is not the safest thing to be doing on a freezing cold day. To find words to say after watching people risking their own lives to try and save someone else's property is hard. All I can say is thank you.
It is really easy to take friends for granted living day to day. During and after the fire I found what friends really can do. I have many people to thank - forgive me if I forget someone.
My parents, sister and brother-in-law - They also had a tough week. During the fire my sister went to the doctor to have her first child and make our parents' and Cory's' parents first time grandparents. On Feb. 15, I had a niece. Congrats!
Rachel, Keith, and family, they opened their home to me and made it as comfortable as possible; Brian, even though he, himself, lost property in the fire he brought me clothes; the people at Tanner Motors that also gave me clothes and daily living needs; Mary and Michele who also donated some clothes and other goods; Doug, Jeremy, J.D., Stew, Dave, April, Bob, Hulk, Ben, Trish, and all my other friends and neighbors that offered me their help and hands; The Diedrich's, Boyd's, and Kurilla's; thank you for your gifts.
Everybody else that offered their help - thank you, and to the Brainerd Dispatch for putting in this thank you for me.
Once again I just want to say Thank You.
Lincoln School would like to thank Sara Klomp and her 'crew' at Applebee's for helping us to have a very successful 'Flap Jack' breakfast fund-raiser last Saturday, Feb. 23.
We served 307 breakfasts between 8-10 a.m. and raised nearly $1600 for our Lincoln Legacy Scholarship. This will enable graduating seniors to receive a Lincoln Scholarship through the year 2020, including this year's kindergarteners!
The Applebee's employees were so gracious to all of the parent and student volunteers. It's very encouraging to see local businesses supporting the Brainerd Public Schools - Together, we continue to make a positive difference. On behalf of the parents, students and staff of Lincoln School, we thank you!
Jeff DeVaney, Principal
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