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Thursday, March 17,2011 Students f3 Youth Tri-County News Kimball, MN History Day to be held at SCSU History is not just for textbooks anymore. Through their work for History Day events, thousands of students throughout the state are delving into topics of their own choosing, relying on their own research and creativity to put a face on events of the past. The Central Minnesota Regional History Day will be held from 9.a.m. to 3 p.m. Satur- day, March 19, on the campus of St. Cloud State University. It is sponsored locally by the St. Cloud State History Department and is part of a statewide program co- sponsored by the Minnesota His- Society and the University of Minnesota history department. More than 260 students from schools in Central Minnesota will gather in Atwood Memorial Cen- ter to present their exhibits, docu- mentaries, and performances. The 2011 theme, "Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, and Consequences," is merely a starting point for stu- dents&apos; projects. There is an infi- nite variety of topics from which to choose, from national and inter- national treaties, to the debate over Civil Rights, students become the expert on local, national and e i ............................................................. e We e k !!Andrea Welter lil School: Kball Elementary !i Subject(s) ! teach: 2nd grade :i;!iii i Number of students I teach: 23 ii Your student teacher or T.A.: We are iiiucky tO have a Foster Grandparent, :iGrandma Gwen who helps us three iil days each week. il was born in: Minneapolis, lived in ii Shakopee from age 3-16, then moved to ii Annandale where I graduated from. iii One of my favorite memories of school iilS: when Iiwas in Kindergarten and it ..... was Halloween, so we all wore cos- mines, My morn had put a 2-foot hem on an old dress of hers, and made me a crown and wand with card- ; board wrapped in aluminum foil. 1 literally felt like a real princess at "schooi anall the boys wanted to sit by me. i In hgh school, I also remember'how terrified I was my first day at i my new school, and then being told that they didn't have a locker for me yet. I went to my first class carrying everything that I had, and ::y:so! sudies teacher took pity on me and offered up space in his cupbOid Ontil I had a locker. That little gesture made a real impact on me andAaught me that teachers can have a profound impact on :l::gtdnt i ' small ways that they probably don t even realize. My favorite subject in school: in elementary, was reading; in high sehooI, it s math and social studies. ii When I was little, I wanted to be: I honestly never really thought about it until I was in high school. I knew I wanted to go to college and tfien work, but I didn't have my mind set on any one career. But l did play"sChool" a lot with my sisters when I was little, and I was usu- :atl:the teacher. My college{s) and degree(s): St. Cloud State University (major in Edu- ::ctton, minor in Speech Pathology); St. Mary's University (Master's in Education); Hemline University (K-12 Reading License). 'ii I chose to become a teacher because: I enjoyworking with kids and  geig the k faces when they really understand something for the first time. i think teaching is the most important job in the world, ii} and I wanted to do something that made a difference. My favorite teacher was: Mrs. Patterson, because she let me stay after school to help her, which made me feel very special. In retro- ii spect, I don't think she needed my help at all, she just sensed that I needed a liitle extra TLC. iilf.I wasn't: a teacher: When I first started college, I thought I was iii going to be a physical therapist. I think if I wasn't teaching, I would !i be d0ing something in the medical field. : I've been aching for: 22 years. The best part of teaching is: the kids! They make my day when they  rtih up angive me a big smile and tell me all about their latest event. My famdy: J have a boyfrmnd named Rick who works for Subway in .St. Cloud.  have four younger sisters and a younger brother, as well  as nine nieces and nephews. My hobbieg and interests outside of school: I love watching base- 'Baiil especially the Twins! In the summer, I like to swim in my lake and relax, floating on an air mattress or in my hammock and watch ii:the sunset at night. I like to go for long walks on my gravel road. I like ii spending tme with my sisters, brother, and nieces and nephews. I [ March events. | F< lS:,00raoke hyena. Sat, 00h19, | "Pandemic. Wed., March 23, Bologna Day, |Norm Koshiol; Sat., March 26, Bar Run Bingo,  [ Every Friday evening during Lent: [ all-you-can-eat fish! ............................................................................ ............................................................ Knowledge Bowl world history topics. The event involves students in grades 6 through 12 who attend public, private, charter, and home schools in the region. Winners at the regional events will advance to State History Day on Sunday, May 1, at the University of Minne- sota. State winners are eligible to go on to the National History Day competition in Washington D.C. in June. qualifies By Dennis Abernathy The Kimball Area High School Varsity 1 team qualified for Regionals Friday march 11, after placing in the top 6 of 16 teams at Sub-Regions. The team actually placed fifth and was one point out of third. The team members include Dustin Opatz, Jon Bisila, Katelyn Lichte, Erin Diffley, and Ben Ser- bus. The team will compete Wednes- day, March 16, at St. John's University. Zipoy finalist in contest Kimball youth chosen as =No Name Original Kid of the Year" contest finalist Hannah Zipoy, 16, of Kimball was announced today as a final- ist in the No Name Original Kid of the Year TM contest. Six finalists were selected from a pool of essays submitted to No Name by their par- ents describingtheir child's school performance, community service and involvement in extracurricular activities. One Grand Prize winner will be chosen this weekend. In her nomination letter, Zipoy was described as vibrant, friendly and engaging. She's a three-sport athlete and participates in band, speech, FFA, student govern- ment and the Congressional Youth Leadership Council. As a true tes- tament to artistic self-expression Zipoy paints, draws, takes photos and plays the piano. Zipoy and five other final- ists will be honored during a cen- ter ice ceremony at the Minnesota Wild game on Sunday, March 20, against the Montreal Canadians. At that time, one grand prize win- ner will be named No Name Orig- inal Kid of the Year rM and receive a $3,000 donation to their school, a year's worth of No Name products and a party at the Xcel Energy Cen- ter for 100 friends with an appear- ance by a Minnesota Wild Player. "We feel it is important to rec- ognize kids who are out making a positive difference in their com- munities," said Mandy Kennedy, brand manager at No Name. "Each of our finalists has been work- ing hard and making an impact at school, extra curricular activities arid within their communities. No Name is proud to partner with the Minnesota Wild to reward these kids and many others like them who are out making a difference." Other finalists in the con- test are lake Daninger, 14, Ando- ver; Derek Docherty, 16, Buffalo; Alyssa Lewis, 16, Apple Valley; Dylan Roiger, 7, Monticello and Emily Seelen, 17, Buckman. Classroom of the Week: Page 9 Summer Session registration at Ridgewater Students interested in taking credit courses at Ridgewater (Will- mar and Hutchinson) this summer will be able to register beginning Monday, March 14. A wide vari- ety of general education courses are offered each summer at Ridge- water, along with some courses in some of the college's popular tech- nical programs. Summer semester runs May 31 through Aug. 5. Summer courses at Ridgewater are often popular with students who are studying at a university, but are living "at home" over the summer. They find these courses a great way to complete some gen- eral education credits that count toward their degree requirements and save hundreds of dollars at the same time. To search a complete sum- mer semester course schedule, visit, and click on the "programs and courses" link. Financial aid is available for students who qualify. Sum- mer courses are offered on a first- come, first-served basis. Ridgewater College is a com- munity and technical college with campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson. For more informa- tion, visit Left to right: Marissa Johnson, Lexi Rose, Mr. Liedman, Jaren Thell, Kristina Stuve, Rebecca Frank, Luke Merten, Mitch Klein, Shelby Schiefelbein, Stacy Hurrle, Tabby Cress, Dean Hendrickson, Matt Donnay, Megan Bisila, Hunter Schreifels, Erin Diffley, Austin Schiefelbein, Cameron Hunt, Karlee Beehler, Kim Fennema, Hollie Donnay, and McKenzie Dammann. Geometry is the study of points, lines, and planes. This is Euclidean Geometry which is taught in schools today. This year's class of Freshmen enrolled in Geometry is approx- imately the top 40 percent of the class. Students are selected to take the so called "excelled track" and have taken Basic Algebra as 8th-graders. They will take Advanced Algebra as soph- omores, college algebra and col- lege trigonometry as juniors, and college calculus as seniors at Kimball Area High School. This will entitle those students who complete calculus to have 16 college credits in math upon high school graduation. This year's excelled class has been an exceptional group to work with. They are a hard work- ing and also a very congenial group to work with. They help each other like no other class I've ever witnessed.