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Eden Valley bowler earns Special Olympics gold medal By lulie Bulau, Staff writer Standing on the medal plat- form, Quin Amundson couldn't hide her excitement as she received her first-place medal. Amunds0n raised her arms high as the gold medal was placed around her neck during the awards ceremony following the Special Olympics Bowling Com- petition Friday, Nov. 9, in Brook- lyn Park. The 2010 EV-W graduate bowled an 83 and 113 to take first place. "She wasecstatic about placing first and receiving a gold medal," said Karen Buermann, one of the Special Olympics coaches. "Quin bowled really well that day and she had a big fan club watching her." The team practiced every Mon- day and Wednesday, and Buer- mann wasn't surprised at Quiffs performance. "She usually bowls really well in practice," Buerman said. Amundson was the only one competing from EV-W. Jordan Jan- sen was also scheduled to bowl, but could not because ofillness. Up next for the EV-W Special Olympics team is the the track and field competition. Practice begins in April with area competition in May and the state competition in June. Quin Amundsen is in center of photo, arms raised, wearing the gold medal she won in the Special Olympics bowling competition. Staff photo by Julie Bulau. Special Olympic coaches include Buerman, Heidi Block, Jane Hennen, Lynette Wagner, Becky Kuechle, Tanya lanssen and Judy Kramer. Classroom of t,00e Week: Mrs' Janssen's 2nd Grade Geislinger named to Honor Choir By JuUe Bulau, Staff writer An EV-W choir member has been chosen to perform in the 2013 American Choral Directors Asso- ciation "Minnesota All-State 9-10 Womens Honor Choir". More than 90 young women from throughout the state are expected to partici- pate in the choir. Heidi Geislinger was selected as one of the outstanding young Minnesota musicians from hun- dreds of auditions. She will be performing at the opening con- cert of the Minnesota Music Edu- cators Convention in Minneapolis Feb. 14, 2013. The ninth-grader knows what to expect. She was selected for a similar honors choir in elemen- tary, as well as junior high, and is lookingforward to the experience. "Everyone is a good singer so when we're all together, it sounds amaz- ing," she said. A soprano I, Geislinger sent in her audition tape with the help of choir director Kathy Pauls. She performed the song "Down by the Salley Gardens," an Irish folk song about unrequited love written by poet William Butler Yeats. While Geislinger loves just about all types of music, her heart is in country music and, not sur- Heidi Geislinger of Eden Valley-' Watkins High School has been1 selected to perform in Honors' Choir. Staff photo by Julie Bulau. " prisingly, artist Taylor Swift is her favorite performer. "I love singing," she said. "I can be loud and pick different songs. There's always a different song for the mood you're in." Geislinger is the daughter of Cindy and Steve Geislinger of Wat- kins. Rock and tree to remember Sarah so that Sarah would always be remembered as part of the class of 2019. Troop members include Megan Braun, Gretchen Burros, Rae Eckefly, Ashley Hansen, Nicole Holthaus, and Kendra Kuechle. The memorial rock was donated by Darwin Monument, and the tree was purchased by Girl Scout Troop 68 at a discounted price from Turck's Trees. This story was submitted to ]ulie Bulau by a Girl Scout parent By lulie Bulau, Staff writer A memorial rock in honor of a young cancer victim was placed in front of the Eden Valley Elemen- tary School Friday, Oct. 12, bylocal Girl Scout Troop 68. The rock was in memory of Sarah Grunewald. Sarah passed away Sept. 18, 2010, after a coura- geous battle with cancer. The Girl Scouts, along with their parents and Sarah's dad Mike Grunewald were on hand for the ceremony. The troop also planted a tree beside the memorial rock Mrs. Janssen's second-grade class. Front row, left to right: Ava Blonigen, Taeven Callahan, Maddie Umana, Lacey Wellman, Troy Geislinger, Phillip Reichert, and Noah Bechtold. Middle row: Amy Host, Logan Kuseske, Tyler Stanwick, Joseph Theisen, Brooke Johnson, Mariah Wojtanowitz, Whitney Jansen, and Savanrah Hoskins. Back row: Mathew Lovell, Billy Weekes, Myles Dziengel, Alec Zadra, McKenna Moehrle, Allyson Pauly, and Mrs. Janssen. There are 21 students in our class this year. Mr. Kinzer is a math volunteer on Wednesdays. We work a lot in math on telling time, making change, and mea- suring. In reading, we work very hard on reading cool stories and answering questions about them. We also write a lot of stories and letters to our pen pals in Paynes- ville. We get to go to a play this spring. We also go to CashWise and the Stearns County History Museum. This is our field trip this year. We love second grade because we have fun while we work and learn. We do a lot of art projects that we are happy to show off. Fill out this form and return it to Arvig: I want to su)port: Name on Arvig Account: Phone Number: Enter the name of the school and the city it's located in Participate and earn your school money each month! Forms can a/so be found at any Arvig Store, online at arvig.com or just call us! ff you already participate, you do not need to flu out this form again aaa..*,maG t arvig It's All Here Girl Scout Troop 68 recently placed a memorial rock and tree in honor of cancer victim Sarah Grunewald in front of Eden Valley Elementary School. Taking part in the ceremony were (from left) Nicole Holthaus, Gretchen Burros, Mike Grunewald, Kendra Kuechle and Ashley Hansen. Not pictured: Megan Braun and Rae Eckerly. Submitted photo: Valley Victors 4-H Club The Valley Victors 4-H club held their November meeting Monday, Nov. 5, at the Mike and Bridget Lux residence. Roll call was name something fun you did today. Tucker and Taylor Maas delivered project talks to the group. Tucker talked about his Lego project and Taylor talked about his potato project. Tim and Greg Lux each gave demonstrations. Tim dem- onstrated his clay pigeon thrower. Greg showed the club how to make a marshmallow gun. Ditch clean- ing went well, thanks to all who helped. The club decided to make salt dough cookie ornaments at the next meeting. Volunteers were sought to help at the library for the Christmas train and the fifth Sat- urday in December. After the meeting members built their own marshmallow guns to take home. The next meet- ing will be Dec. 9, at the Eden Val- ley Library and Event Center. Valley Victors Reporter, Katherine Gathje Signature: Date: