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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS k/VEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018 Page I I Positive attitud .Q grity, .ability, PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Park River Area School is proud to rec- ognize the following students with the rollPRide Award for the third quarten Avery Goll ,Brady Omdahl, Grace Johnson, Cheyenne Gillespie, Adam Zavalney, and Elaina Swartz. One student was selected from each grade that most consistently demonstrated the character traits of rollPRide (positive attitude, re- siliency, integrity, dependability, and effort). Grade 7 Avery Goll is the daughter of Robert and Amanda Goll. Q: What are some goals you have set for yourself this school year? A: "To do my best and make the Honor Roll." Q: What hobbies or leisure time activities do you enjoy? . A: '"Spending time with my fam- ily and friends, reading and watch- ing Netttix." Q: What does Integrity mean to you? A: "Doing the right thing all the time even when no one is watching." Integrity is something that can be practiced each day. Q: How can thinking about In- tegrity help you as you continue to grow as a young person and as you become an adult? A: "Having integrity will allow me to help people in need." Q: If there is one thing you would like to do in your life that would make a difference in the world, what would it be? A: "To one day find a cure of Type 1 Diabetes." Grade 8 Brady Omdahl is the son of BrelI and Kerry Omdahl. Q: What are some goals you have set for yourself this school year? A: "To finish this year with at least a 3,7 gpa." Q: What hobbies or leisure time Photos: Submitted Above: Park River Area School Students of the Quarter. Top (L to R) Avery Goll, Brady Omdahl, Grace Johnson, Bottom (L to R): Cheyenne Gillespie, Adam Zavalney, Elaina Swaflz. Q: If there is one thing you would like to do in your life that would make a difference in the world, what would it be? A: "Stop Terrorism." Grade 9 Grace Johnson is the daughter of Russell and Barbara Johnson. Q: What are some goals you have set for yourself this school year? A: "I would like the make theA help you learn and mature." Q: If there is one thing you would like to db in your life that would make a difference in the world, what would it be? A: "I would like to change thousands of lives by helping peo- ple." Grade 10 Cheyenne Gillespie is the daugh- ter of Dean and Lindsey Gillespie. Q: What are some goals you Q: Integrity is something that can be practiced each day. How can thinking about Integrity help you as you continue to grow as a young per- son and as you become an adult? A: "integrity will help me pre- pare for situations in the future mad help me become a stronger and bet- ter person." Q: If there is one thing you would like to do in your life that would make a difference in the world, what would it be? A: "I enjoy playing sports and being in the outdoors." Q: What does Integrity mean to you? A: "Doing the right thing when no one is watching." Q: Integrity is something that can be practiced each day. How can thinking about Integrity help you as you continue to grow as a young per- son and as you become an adult? A: "Just thinking about integri- ty can go a long way and can help year? A: "I set a goal to make the A Honor Roll each quarter." Q: What hobbies or leisure time activities do you enjoy? A: "I enjoy petting my dogs and knitting in my free time." Q: What does Integrity mean to you? A: "Integrity means doing the right thing even if no one els.e is do- ing it.'" Q: Integrity is something that can ,activities do you enjoy? Honor Roll each quarter." have set for yourself this school A: "Give donations to people in lead me towards the fight path in ! be praqticed each. day.' How can i A: "Football, Basketball, Base, Q: What hobbies or leisure time year? need." life." ': i 'i thinking about Integrity help you as ball and hanging out with friends, activities do you enjoy?. A: "I have set a goal to end the Q: If there is,0nething you i you continueto' gtow'a ayoung per- Q! What does integrity mean to A: "Volleyball, Basketball, Track year with a 4.0 gpa and make it into Grade 11 would like to do in'your life that son. and as you become an adult? you? and Snacking." the National Honor Society." Adam Zavalney is the son of would make a difference in the. A: "Thinking about integrity A: "Doing the right thing."Q: What does Integrity mean to Q: What hobbies or leisure time, Loren and Anita Zavalney. world, what would it be? will help me be more respectful to- Q: Integrity is something that you? activities do you enjoy? Q: What are some goals youA: "Help and mentor others who wards others, whic.h will help me can be practiced each day. How can A: "Doing the right thing." A: "Vacationing and spending have set for yourself this school are in need." both in college and at a job." .thinking about lntegrity help you as Q: Integity is something that can time with ffiends and family. Ialso' year? Q: If there is one thing you you continue to grow as a young per- be practiced each day. How can enjoy reading." A: "Be a leader on my athletic Grade 12 would like to do in your life that son and as you become an adult? - thinking about integrity help you as Q: What does integrity mean to teams and make the Honor Roll each ElainaSwartz is the daughter of would make a difference in the A: "integrity helps me make the you continue to grow as a young per- you? quarter." Sherry and Andy Currie. world, what would it be? right decisions throughout the school son and as you become an adult? A: "Doing the right thing and be- Q: What hobbies or leisure time Q: What are some goals youA: "To help save animals and year." A: "By doing the right thing will ing honest." activities do you enjoy? have set for yourself this school . volunteer at shelters." By Tracy Laaveg the amount of money we obtain PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Hey from the state. This benefit will be there. I am Tracy Laaveg .and have phased out soon, which will result been a member of the Park River in a decrease in revenue from the School Board for 9 years. As you state (even if the education budget probably know, school board mem- remains the same). As such, the bers are elected, and serve 3-year shortfall must come from local tax- terms. It's a glamour-"less" job, es. because we all have different opin- As a board, we have tried to be ions about our kids, and some are not mindful of the impact ofourbudg- popular, but being a member of Park et on the local taxpayers, and have River Area's school board has been only sought increases when we feel very rewarding for me. Our school it is absolute.ly necessary. We con- boasts a good reputation both locally sider ourselves very foatmate to have and statewide. In addition to our the kind oflocal support we do. We successful athletic teams, we have have tried to be as frugal as practi- academic and fine arts "all stars" as cable with the budget, while main- well. Our school's test scores are taining that level of education for consistently higher than the average which we are known. Our capable when compared to other North administration and staff seek out Dakota schools, and we have done grants and other funding opportu- so at about a $9400 per pupil cost, nities on a continuing basis. All the which is one of the lowest in the board members are taxpayers too, state. If you want additional stats on and know that the increase of prop- that, check out our website: erty valuations, (and the corre- www.parkriverkl2.com. We educate about 400 kids in our sponding tax increases) is hard for school. Our student population has everyone. However; we also know that our achievement comes at a cost remained relatively stable over the past 20 years. About 13% of these As we continue to work to support are kids who open enroll from oth- our mission of"promoting learning er districts. This stability is unusu- for all people in a positive and car- al in rtwal areas, and we are very for- ing atmosphere" we will continue to amate that we are not seeing the kind try to find the best way to get the best of enrollment decline in many areas. "bang" out of your taxpayer bucks. Giving our children a quality edu- It's never easy, so let one of your cation has become somewhat more board members or administrators difficult, however, with the recent fi- know if you have questions, con- nancial issues in our state, cems, or ideas about how to navigate Approximately 18%ofourbudg- this difficult budget landscape. et comes from local property taxes. Thanks. About 3% comes from federal Editor's Note: Laaveg is a di- sources, and 79% comes from the rector on the Park River Area state. When we consolidated with the Schoo/Board. School Board B.log is Adams school ffustrict, our district in- a bimonthly column featuring Park creased our real estate tax base, and River Area School Board member also were given a benefit in figuring perspectives. Award given in ma o y of David J. Niemann celebrates strong work ethic GRAFTON, N.D. -- David Niemann was a good student, he gave back to the community, be- lieved in supporting youth and their activities, and had a strong work ethic. It's not necessarily the one with the highest GPA that makes the best employee or be- comes the most successful per- son, it's the one who isn't afraid of hard work and gets along well with others. The David J. Nie- mann Scholarship is awarded to students possessing these quali- ties. We are pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of $500 each as Sawyer Cudmore - Park River, Kaitlyn Blake - Park River, Spencer Skavhaug - Park River, Julia Koppang - Park River, Elaina Swartz - Park River, Amber Gemmill - Edinburg, Taylor Reilly - Hoople, Marcus Niemann - Grafton and Matthew Niemann - Grafton. Congratulations to these out- standing studentsl The David J. Niemann Scholarship awardees for 2018. Top: (L to R) Sawyer Cudmore - Park River, Kaitlyn Blake- Park River, Spencer Skavhaug - Park River, Middle: Julia Koppang- Park River, E na Swarlz - Pad( River, Amber Gem, nil- Edinburg, Botlom: Taylor Rdl- Iv--Hoode, Marcus Niemam- Grafton Malthew Niemann - Grafton. Photos: Submitted