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Page 12 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS ° WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015 Photo: Submitted Above: Front row: (L to R) Daniel Onstad, Ifedayo Omotunde, Kid Kaste, Levi Cudmore, Casey Solseng, Annie Welch and Jenna Zavalney. Middle row: Spencer Rehovsky, Rylann Setness, Jordan Johnson, Isak Johnson and Albert Irvine. Back row: Hope Jehlicka, Sami Blixt, Claire Welch, Alexa Thompson, Emily 7ikmund, Kristin Whaley, Emily I_aaveg, Kaitlyn Nelson, Mandy Seim, Edn Kovarik, Peyton Cole, Hannah Swartz and Courtney Clemetson. PRA students into National H(xK00r' Sodety PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Daniel Onstad, Ifedayo Omo- tunde, Kiri Kaste, Levi Cudmore, Casey Solseng, Annie Welch and Jenna Zavalney recently were selected to become members of the National Honor Society at Park River Area High School• Current members at Park River Area include: Spencer Re- hovsky, Rylann Setness, Jordan Johnson, Isak Johnson and A1- , bert h'vine, Hope Jehlicka, Sami Blixt. Claire Welch, Alexa i Thompson, Emily Zikmund, Kristin Whaley, Emily Laaveg, Kaitlyn Nelson, Mandy Seim, Erin Kovarik, Peyton Cole, Han- nah Swartz and Courmey Clemetson The National Honor Society was created in1921 to recog- nize outstanding students and according to the NHS Constitu- tion, "To create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a de- sire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop char- acter in the students of secondary schools." Flasher, N.D., she had no idea that she would one day be meeting with the governor and other major lawmakers on behalf of the students of North Dakota, but here she is. She started as a teacher's aide, then a fifth grade teacher, and a li- brary media tech expert, then vice principal while raising thee boys in Mandan, N.D., constantly contin- uing her education for the next op- portunity. She said that she got to the point in her career where she made a choice. "I thought 1 was going to be a lobbyist for education," Baesler said. She said it was around that time when she got a call asking her to run tbr the State Superintendent for the Department of Public Instruc- tion. She said that she made a connection through volunteering who thought she would be good tbr the job. "'Most of the greatest opportu- nities will come from things you don't get paid foe," she said. She told the students that the rea- son she makes visits like these is to find out what the students across the state really think about the educa- tion system what is going what and what can be done better. She asked the students what they thought of the possibility of an all year schedule of nine weeks on and two weeks off a suggestion, which brought a resounding no. Baesler laughed adding that so close to summer vacation might be a bad time to bring that idea up. One of the big changes in the near future for the sophomore class as decided on by the legislature is Photos: Larry Biri Above: North Dakota Superintend- ent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler speaks to the sophomore dass at Valley-EcJnburg. Right: Val- ley-Edinburg High School Principal Michael Kaiser took Superintendent Baesler on a tour of the school on Tuesday, May 12. that they will be required to pass a civics exam to graduate. Baesler said that those born in the United States should know as much as an immigrant who has to work ibr it. Hesitant as first, the sophomore stu- dents quickly tbund they had noth- ing to fear, as they knew most of the answers to the questions Baesler posed. She also ad&'essed oppor- tunities that the students would be eligible for including the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Schol- arship available to all students in North Dakota and the newly formed Student Cabinet, which will offer openings once again during their senior year. Baesler told the sophomores the best thing they can do for their future is prepare now by taking the courses that fit with their goals.and planning ahd..  ..... "It is time to really start planning now." she said. "Get yourself pre- pared." Baesler also made a quick stop to speak with some of the juniors and seniors and asked them about their recent experience taking the state assessment. The consensus among students present was that the test itself was challenging, but shorter task based questions were better than what Baesler described as the regurgi- tation fill-in-the bubble system of previous years. The biggest chal- lenge was that there were countless glitches in the electronic system that students used to take the test, which resulted in more than a few fiustrations. Baesler currently is trying to an- swer the question about whether the state assessment is working. "I put together a task force to ask people those questions," she said. She said that her biggest concern is making sure they do right by the students she serves. Baesler was elected in Novem- ber 2012. Since taking office she has visited more than 40 schools across North Dakota. Valley-Ed- inbm'g Superintendant John Oistad said that in all his years with the dis- trict this was a first for him. za ,9o. Come help John Hankey celebrate his 80th birthday. Open house at 124 Wadge Avenue Sunday, May 24 from 1-3 No gifts please. Notice of 12th Annual Meeting _.._ Cavalier - Neche - Park River Tuesday, June 2, 2015 Cavalier Agronomy Center 8:30 am Breakfast 9:00 am Meeting • Annual audit report will be presented • Election of two (2) directors • Any other business to properly come before the meeting will be transacted • Door prizes By order of the Board of Directors Matt Foerster, Secretary - ------ Photo: Courtesy of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction Above: Peyton Cole speaks at a news conference held during a meeting of Superintendent of Public Instruclion Kirsten Baesler's Student Cabinet at the North Dakota state Capitol. of distraction, as well as opportuni- ties for learning." Baesler appointed the Cabinet's 20 members in March. They will serve until June 2016. The group in- cludes high school, middle school and elementary school students. During their first policy discus- sion, the students responded to questions about the Legislature's support for education, an early childhood education initiative, a new civics exam that high school students must pass to graduate, and their own suggestions about new laws that could improve Nolh Dakota education. They were asked to write doaa things they wanted Baesler to knm; and responded in a variety of ways. They asked for more advanced classes and advice on helping trou- bled classmates. One told of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse among young people. The Cabinet's next meeting will happen this summer. Members have been asked to fill out surveys ask- ing where they would like to meet, what they would like to discuss and whether they would be interested in hearing presentations from speakers. "We want the students to drive er at Rita Murphy Elementary, Bis- marck • Molly Farstveet, a sixth grad- er at Lincoln Elementary, Beach • Grace Vetter, a sixth grader at Cathedral Grade School, Bismarck • Skyler Strand, a seventh grad- er at Wachter Middle School, Bis- marck • Isaac King, a seventh grader at Horizon Middle School, Bismarck • Maggie Oberlander, an eighth grader at Valley City Junior/Senior High School, Valley City • Sophie Lind, an eighth grader at Mandan Middle School, Mandan • Thomas Iken, an eighth grader at Wachter Middle School, Bis- marck .. • Hannah Iron Eyes, a ninth grader at Century High School, Bismarck • Francie Shaft, a ninth grader at Red River High School, Grand Forks • Lynna Ngo,'a 10tb grader at South High School, Fargo • Dawson Schefter, a 10th grad- er at Langdon Area High School, Langdon • Peyton Cole, an ! 1 th grader at Park River Area High School. Park this process," Baesler said. "We River want to talkabout e " t at are • Cole Garman, an 11 th grader at ................. ..,th :g ,. .......... .,....... , ...... .... .,.. , imp ot to them)s is their op- ; Madan H!,..Scoo, M@n. The members of the Student Cabinet are: • Bryer Samuelson, a fourth grader at Sunnyside Elementary, Minot - • Ethan Wood, a fourth grader at Lincoln Elementary, Lincoln • Delaney Vilhauer, a fifth grad- son • Collin Poolman, an 1 lth grad- er at Century High School, Bismarck • Philip Meidinger, an 1 lth grad- er at KenmarePubtie Schobt, Ken- mare • Lindsey Pouliot, a 12th grader at Beulah Igh Sch .1, Beulah For Sale on Bids: The Park River Volunteer Fire Department is offering for sale a 1979 Ford 9000 tandem axle truck with a 3,000 gallon fiberglass water tank. Rear dump for dumping into a drop tank. 4,000 gallon potable drop tank is included with truck. If sold to a fire department truck will be equipped with an emergency light bar& siren. Truck has a Detroit 671 diesel engine with a 13 speed manual transmission. Please submit a sealed bid labeled "Truck Bid" on the envelope to: Park River Volunteer Fire Department, PC Box 297, Park River, ND 58270 by June 15, 2015 where bids will be opened at 7:30 PM. We reserve the right to refuse or reject any or all bids. Call Bob @ 701-331-9422 or Kelly @ 701-331-0986 with any questions or to set up a time to view truck prior to bidding. Help Wanted Part-Time (0.4) Pre-Sch0ol Speech Pathologist Must Meet State Credential Requirements If interested please submit a letter of application to or call: John J. Oistad, III, Supt. Valley-Edinburg Public Schools Box 6, Edinburg, ND 58227 Phone 701-993-8312 Fax 701.993.8313 i