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5/24/2006 – News

Volume 123, Number 16             Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

Award scholarships
Scholarships have been awarded to six honor students of the 2006 graduating class of the Leeds School from the Bennett and Marie Medhus Scholarship Fund. Those receiving the awards were: Laura Hausmann $400; Ashley Smith $300; and Cody Biby, Tiffany Broden, George Herman and Bryce Zietz, $200 each. The Bennett and Marie Medhus Scholarship Fund was established in 1979 with money received from the Bennett Medhus Estate. Each year scholarships are awarded to graduating honor students from the money received from interest on the fund. The first scholarships were awarded in 1980. Since that time 215 students have received scholarships totaling $77,300. A five-member committee administers the fund. The present members are Jim Braun and Evadean Baglien representing the community; Corinne Risovi, a faculty member; and Linda Young and Randy Silliman, Leeds School Board members.

Poster winner
Leeds fifth grader Josh Blegen holds his prize-winning poster for the ND Tar Wars poster contest.

Music winners
Three Minnewaukan students qualified for the State Music Festival held in Bismarck May 6 by receiving star ratings at the regional festivals. Jordan Callahan performed a vocal solo entitled "Into the Night" by Clara Edwards. She received a "1" rating. The woodwind trio, composed of, left to right, Alyssa Erickson, Katrece Thompson and Jordan Callahan, performed "American Folk Suite" arranged by R. Hervig. They were awarded a "star" rating.

Perfect attendance
Oberon students who had perfect attendance for the last six weeks of school went on a field trip May 16 to New Rockford and had ice cream treats. Left to right, back row, are Lacey Brown, Sarah Hook, Cody Greywater and Myron Wanna Jr. In the front are Thomas Brown, Louis Blacklance Jr. and Jason Feather.

Maddock FFA holds annual banquet
The A.S. Gibbens FFA Chapter of Maddock held its annual parent-member banquet on Monday, May 22. The annual banquet is held to honor Maddock FFA members for achievements during this past year and to thank parents, school staff and the Maddock Community for their support.
Brian Bubach gave the welcome and stated his appreciation for the leadership shown by Maddock FFA members. The meal was prepared by parents of the members and served by the Maddock FCCLA youth group, Terry Yri, advisor.
Michelle Olson received the Star Greenhand Award and Jordan Backstrom received the Star Chapter FFA Award. These are awarded to FFA members in the 10th and 11th grades who have participated in leadership career development activities and are developing or continuing a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program. Elisa Buehler received the Phillip Bingham Memorial Scholarship for outstanding FFA participation and scholarship during her four years of high school.
J.T. Rice received the DeKalb Award for outstanding leadership, scholarship and an outstanding Supervised Experience Program during his four years of high school and FFA membership.
Jared Peterson, Northeast Region FFA Vice President from Lakota, brought greetings from the State FFA Office. Jerry Lunde, plant supervisor for Summers Manufacturing, was awarded an Honorary Chapter FFA Award for his help in providing plant tours for 9th grade ag mechanics students and providing scrap metal for welding practice.
Becky Wald was awarded an Honorary Chapter FFA Award for her support for past years in providing cookies and bars for FFA workouts and trips.
The senior officers, including J.T. Rice, president; Elisa Buehler, vice president; Renae Slater, secretary; Kassandra Griffin, reporter; and Heidi Simon, sentinel, thanked their parents for their support during their years of FFA membership.

Left to right are members of the A.S. Gibbens FFA Chapter of Maddock who were honored at the annual parent-member banquet May 22: J.T. Rice, DeKalb Award winner; Elisa Buehler, Phillip Bingham Scholarship winner; and Michelle Olson, Star FFA Greenhand.

Left to right are Northeast Region State FFA Vice President Jared Peterson and officers of the Maddock chapter, J.T. Rice, President; Renae Slater, secretary; Kassandra Griffin, reporter; Heidi Simon, sentinel; Michelle Olson, treasurer; and Elisa Buehler, reporter.

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