by Dennis Dalman – email@example.com
The Sartell Student Council has been honored with a “National Gold Council of Excellence Award” from the National Association of Student Councils.
It is one of 180 high-school councils nationwide honored by the NASC, but only 163 of those, including Sartell Student Council, earned the highest “Gold” award.
The Sartell council was cited for meeting a wide range of award criteria, which include having a written constitution, holding regular meetings, maintaining a democratic election process, leadership training for council members, teacher/staff appreciation activities, student-recognition programs, school- and community-service projects, goal-setting, financial planning and participation in state and national council associations.
“I am very proud of them,” said Karrie Fredrickson, social-studies teacher and council advisor. “They work so hard all the time, including in the summer. And their leadership skills are spread to other students.”
Sartell High School Principal Brenda Steves also expressed pride in the council’s award.
“I am very proud of the Sartell High School Student Council,” Steve said. “They continue to provide leadership for our students and are integral to several activities and programs that happen at our school. They are deserving of this award for their high-quality work, dedication and service.”
NASC promotes leadership development that helps students serve their schools and cities. NASC is a program of the National Association of Secondary-School Principals. The NASSP also sponsors the National Honor Society.
CMAB/McKnight artist awards go to nine local artists
Nine CMAB/McKnight Individual Artist Award recipients were recently announced. A panel of six professional artists volunteered more than 29 hours reviewing applications and art samples before making a recommendation to the CMAB board of directors who accepted the panel recommendations at their March 13 board meeting.
The IAA program awards outstanding artists in the region who have demonstrated prominent artistic achievement. The $5,000 Established Artist Award is designed for artists with a history of exhibition, performances, publications or other notable contributions to their local arts community through personal creative output. The $3,000 Emerging Artist Awards recognize and encourage outstanding artists in various stages of their careers.
Established Artist Award recipients were Mary Bruno, St. Joseph, letterpress printer; and Douglas Wood, Sartell, author of children and adult books.
Emerging Artist Award recipients included the following: J.D. Jorgenson, St. Joseph, wood-fired ceramics; Stephen Zapf, Sauk Rapids, wood-strip canoes; David Paul Lange, O.S.B., Collegeville, figurative sculptures; Dan Mondloch, St. Cloud, water-media landscape paintings; Glenn Quist, Elk River, acrylic paintings; Andrea Fedele, St. Cloud, oboe musician; and Kao Lee Thao, St. Cloud, vinyl and ink paintings.
For more information and to view samples of the artist’s work online, visit the Central Minnesota Arts Board website at www.centralmnartsboard.org.
Sartell students excel at Math Meet
by Dennis Dalman – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sartell students scored several triumphs at the 46th annual Math Meet April 4 at St. Cloud State University, with two top team awards and an individual award.
Both the Sartell-St. Stephen seventh-grade and eighth-grade teams scored first place in their grade categories. The seventh-grade team is comprised of David Anderson, Nicholas Juntunen and Cindy Zhang. The eighth-grade team members are Morgan Gugger, Joshua Maricle-Roberts and Bryn Rogers.
Rogers also garnered a third-place win in eighth-grade individual competition. In that contest, a student from Willmar placed first, and a student from Champlin was second.
In the seventh-grade team competition, teams from Osseo and Lino Lakes earned the second- and third-place awards, behind Sartell. In eighth-grade competition, teams from Willmar and Anoka were second and third, after Sartell.
More than 2,000 students from 46 schools throughout Minnesota, grades seven through 12, competed in the event.
Area schools that also earned honors at the Math Meet are St. Cloud Tech, St. Cloud Cathedral and St. John’s Prep School. Mounds View High School won the most awards, individual and team, at the event.
United Way difference made in Sartell
Employees of Sartell businesses contributed $125,999 to this year’s United Way of Central Minnesota campaign. Throughout the year, UWCM partners with community employers, individuals and organizations to address community conditions through employee campaigns, fundraising projects and volunteerism. The need is great, and the response to this need by the Sartell community is just as great.
Last year in Sartell: 2,231 children and adults received food, clothing, resided in an emergency shelter or transitional housing, received short-term financial assistance or other basic necessities; 1,091 children between birth and age five received books through United Way’s Imagination Library program; and 69 households increased their level of financial stability and understanding of budgeting basics to help them move forward in their lives.
This year’s UWCM campaign has so far raised a total of $3.7 million of our $4-million goal. On behalf of the United Way board, the staff and the numerous volunteers who conduct the UWCM work and projects in our community, thank you for your support and generosity. The Sartell community truly knows what it means to Live United.
St. Cloud Federal Credit Union announces results of board election
St. Cloud Federal Credit Union, a community credit union with assets of $100 million, with offices in Sartell and St. Cloud, recently announced its volunteer board and supervisory (audit) committee members for 2013. Following a recent membership election, the board of directors includes Andrew Johannes, chairperson (elected by the board); Rick Wurst, first vice chairperson; Jackie Schoenfelder, second vice chairperson; and Paula Erdmann, Larry Keenan, Barry Kirchoff and Melissa Johnson, directors. Board-appointed supervisory committee members include Rod Heiser, Gary Gillitzer, Jill Hoffmann, Luke Seifert and Jon Grahek. The credit union website is https://stcloudfcu.coop. Everyone who lives, works or worships in Stearns, Benton or Sherburne counties is eligible to become a credit-union member.
Honor Society inducts members, elects officers
by Jack Hellie – email@example.com
The Sartell High School chapter of the National Honor Society held its annual banquet April 8, elected officers and inducted members for the 2013-14 school year.
The executive board for next year will be co-presidents Mary Lindell and Grace Kuhl, secretary Janessa Engelmeyer and treasurer Shawn Sullivan.
Thirty-four current members of the honor society will graduate at the end of this school year. Forty-five new members from the class of 2014 and 2015 were inducted at the banquet. They are Hosam Alkhatib, Haley Anderson, Amelia Barkley, Ben Bierscheid, Collin Campbell, Michaela Connoly, Samy Czeck, Mackenzie Dockendorf, Laurana Deuel, Greta Evavold, Megan Franz, Miranda Garman, Mitchell George, Kia Grindland, Gaby Hagen, Jacob Huen, Riley Isaacson, Seth Jenkins, Matthew Jurek, Carter Kasianov, Spencer Kight, Haley Klundt, Jason Koopman, Ryan Kororll, Alysha Lohn, Jacob Lund, Clay Mackenthun, Lindsey Martens, Rowan McDonnell III, Anna Neeser, Aiden Nelson, Mackenzie Nies, Alayna Paulson-Trombley, Grace Peterson, Jackie Pinkerton, Anna Poplinski, Tianna Raden, Kendra Raths, Ginessa Ross, Austin Rutten, Avalon Schlect, Brandon Snowberger, Abby Spanier, Rachel Stroh and Jessica Warzecha.