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Page 10 Students .4&apos; Youth Thursday, December 24, 2009 Tri-County News Kimbl, MN KAHS students inducted into National Honor Society Zipoy receives leadership training 2009 NHS inductees are (front row) Jenna Maus and Larissa Gohmann; (back) Andrew Kieke, David Jo- seph, Brandon Edwards, and Matthew Massmann. Submitted photo. The Kimball Area Chapter of Joseph, Larissa Gohmann, Jenna the National Honor Society has Maus, Matthew Massman, and inducted its new members for 2009- Brandon Edwards. The members 2010. They are Andrew Kieke, David are selected after an application pro- cess that analyzes their character, leadership, and service, after having a qualifying grade-point average at or above 3.45. The selected mem- bers must show previous dedication towards each of the categories. Current and future projects spon- sored by NHS include: Blanket Mak- ing for a Women's Shelter, Bleacher Clean Team, Snow Shoveling for Seniors, senior Helper Program, and Penny Drive. If anyone is interested in utilizing these services or willing to volunteer, please contact Dennis Abernathy at (320) 398-7700 ext. 100. NHS blanket 16, 2010 -m [2:00 pm Set-u pm - 8:00 p  7:00 pm Prizes Chili Entrance Fee. Register" By January 9, 2010 Candy Stewart-James at email KCP at Traditional Adults Includes bowl for chili [ samples, can of pop L and cookie Best Booth Dec. 16, the National Honor Society of Kim- ball Area High School sponsored a blanket-making event after school. The blankets will be donated to the Anna Marie's Battered Women Shelter in St. Cloud. Participants of the event included students Abby Zoller (NHS president and leader of the project), Erin Gilpat- rick, Kristen Kuechle, Karlee Bee- hler, Megan Bisila, Ashlee Ahlrich, Tori Denn, Hannah Serbus, Alyssa Hurrle, Sheila Konz, Kayla Gard- ing, Mckenzie Damann, Law- ren Edwards, Maddie O'Brien, Alec Johnson, Todd Eich, and Tara Mathiesen. Adults who helped include Gretchen Laakso, Cathy Grant, Kim Pelzer, and Kris O'Brien. Donations were made by Pat Dockendorf, John Tritibough, Laurie Hunt, Kim Pelzer, Joe and Deonne Stangle, Linda Roe, Amy Serbus, and the organizations BLT and NHS. Thank you to all who helped, it was greatly appreciated. Sarah Messer National Honor Society  Hannah Zipoy recently com- pleted the Congressional Youth Leadership Council's National Young Leaders State Conference in the Great Lakes Region. This training and development event was held in Minneapolis from Nov. 19 to 22. The conference is designed to distinguish a select group of exceptional students for their scholastic merit and dem- onstrated leadership ability. The training challenges these schol- ars to step forward with con- viction and confidence to grasp the concepts of leadership that were taught and to act upon their dreams of making a difference in their communities. Requirements for nomination and attendance at the National Young Leaders State Conference are strict. Nominees are person- ally selected by those who have directly witnessed their academic and leadership abilities in action: a teacher, educator or other com- munity teader. Hannah was nominated by her teachers, who recognized her as one of a select group of students with the scholastic merit, matu- rity and responsibility to represent Minnesota at this unique lead- ership program for exceptional young leaders. Hannah joined a group of 150 other students from a wide variety of backgrounds across the Great Lakes Region. The four-day event focused on team building, goal setting, communication, decision making, presentation skills con- flict management, project man- agement, diversity and leadership. Upon her successful comple- tion at the conference, she was awarded an official Certificate of Merit as a testament to her hard work and dedication. She has acquired many new skills and is anxious to apply what she has learned. Hannah is the daughter of Tim and Sue Zipoy of Kimball and cur- rently is a ninth-grade[ t Kimball Area High School. CLIMB Theatre to perform at Kimball Area Hish School says Buffy Sedlachek, producer at CLIMB. "Students learn strategies to improve their lives - all while being engaged as an audience." For more than 30 years, CLIMB (Creative Learning Ideas for Mind and Body) Theatre has brought quality character education pro- gramming into schools and other educational settings. Its mission is to create and perform plays, classes and other works that inspire and propel young people toward actions that benefit them- selves, each other, and the com- munity. CLIMB's programming is available in a variety of formats, including plays, interactive class- room activities, and professional development workshops for stu- dents and administrators. For more information about CLIMB, visit <>. CLIMB is funded in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropri- ation by the Minnesota State Leg- islature, a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota, and a grant from the National Endow- ment for the Arts. CLIMB Theatre is bringing its acclaimed programming to Kim- ball Area High School at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13. Professional actors will be in residence per- forming CLIMB's original plays: Lock Down sixth- through ninth- graders. "Our programs reached 450,000 students last year," reports Peg Wetli, founder of CLIMB. "Now in our 35th year of production, I believe the qualityofour program- ming is the best it's ever been." Lock Down is a play that deals with examples of physical, verbal, and social harassment, as well as cyberbullying. It explores the rea- sons why bystanders frequently choose not to take action when they see another person being harassed. Lock Down models pos- itive bystander behavior and to demonstrate both the positive and the negative possible conse- quences of intervention and posit that a motivator for bystander intervention, independent of social status, is positive self-iden- tification "Theatre is a very power- ful tool for promoting change,"