Submitted Photo - - Five generations of the Ella O'Shea family gathered recently for this photo. Seated is Ella, Bismarck, holding her great great granddaughter Leslee Gustafson, Minot. Standing, from left, are Leslee's mother Natalee Opperude, Minot, Natalee's mother, Denise (O'Shea) Wolf, Minot, and Denise's father Terry O'Shea, Velva.
'Brides on a Budget' benefit show planned
A bridal show for those planning a wedding on a limited budget will be held April 14 t Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Minot. Booths will be open at 10 a.m. and the bridal show will begin at 12:30 p.m.
Tickets are $5. Proceeds from the show will go to the Minot Area Homeless Coalition.
The booths will include new and used wedding dresses for purchase, along with bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses, ring bearer suits and mother of the bride or groom dresses. Information packets from area churches will be available, along with information about places to host receptions, dinner and dances.
Organizers would like to offer packets for the program, scripture readings, music, reception places, places for dances and family gatherings. They have booths available to people who are interested in taking part in the event by donating/consigning wedding attire, church and reception decorations, photographers, people who enjoy making wedding cakes and reception desserts, cater dinners, and provide music for wedding ceremony and receptions, bands or DJ for wedding dances.
A booth is $10. People who are interested or want more information should contact Cindy Clark at 838-3265.
Online voting open for Chevy Scholar finalists
Ten students from across North Dakota and western Minnesota have been chosen as finalists for the Chevy Scholar program. Four of the finalists will receive $5,000 scholarships from the West Dakota Chevy Dealers and Heartland Chevy Dealers. Winners will be determined by the number of online and text votes the student receives from their friends, families, peers, teachers and communities from March 6 until March 19.
The 10 student finalists are Michaela Current, Grand Forks.; Cassandra Fick, Litchville; Austin Mack, Dickinson.; Cara Mund, Bismarck.; Kaylee Scott, Belcourt.; Sadie Sondeland, Edinburg.; Brandon Swanson, Devils Lake; Jay Turner, Ashby, Minn.; Dustin Vigstol, Minot; and DeeAnna Ziegler, Hazen.
More than 250 students applied.
To vote online, go to (www.chevyscholar.com/finalists), sign in, choose the name of the student you'd like to vote for from the list of finalists and click "submit."
To text your vote, go to (www.chevyscholar.com/finalists) and find the code for the finalist you would like to vote for. Then text that code to 27126.
Academic All-State winners recognized for Class B
Area high school students have been named members of the North Dakota Association of Secondary School Principals 2012 Academic All-State Teams Class B.
Gold team members from the area include Lauren Nelson and Meghan Battest, both Beulah, and Cameron Kerbaugh, Tioga. Silver team members include Joel Niewoehner, Bottineau; Marie Jepsen, Bowbells; Braeton Traiser, Hazen; Kaylee Scott, Rolette; Anja Selland, Rugby; Drew Kamrath, Washburn, and Aerryn Bohnstedt, Watford City. Bronze team members are Emily Engelhard, Berthold; Chloe Smith, Bottineau; DeeAnna Ziegler, Hazen, and Alexander Monk, Velva.
Honorable mentions went to Joshua Haugen, North Star of Cando; Julia Wold, Carrington; Jayden Mosbrucker, Center-Stanton; Zeb Dawson, Des Lacs-Burlington; Ashley Brodehl, TGU-Granville; Taylor Boster, Halliday; Amber Feickert, Harvey; Ashley Barnhart, Kenmare; Lewis Keller, Killdeer; Sean Charley, Minot Ryan; Cassidy Weber, New Rockford-Sheyenne; Brooke Billadeau, Parshall; Zachary Baker, Ray; Trea Gustafson, St. John; ReeAnn Mehus, Stanley; Kylee Nelson, Surrey; Bethany Ganje, TGU-Towner; Taylor Sorenson, Underwood, and Kali Walsh, Wolford.
The students were nominated by their high school principal and competed for the honor on a state-wide basis in the Class B division. Student selection was based on overall grade-point averages, ACT or SAT test scores, extra curricular activities, community involvement and leadership qualities.
Registration open for design challenge
The registration deadline for The STEMazing Design Challenge at Minot High School-Central Campus is Wednesday, March 14. Registration can be done online at (www.tinyurl. com/STEMazing). The event will be March 17. Among other activities, girls in grades 8-11 will spend the day designing flood protection for a portion of Minot using CAD software and will build model dikes that will be judged by a panel.
Four winners will receive college savings bonds. The event is funded by a state "Preparing Students for Nontraditional Fields" grant and was designed by Central Campus science instructors and STARBASE staff. For more information, contact Arlene Eslinger at 420-1804.
Earth Day activities planned in Bottineau
BOTTINEAU Dakota College at Bottineau will hold Earth Day activities April 22-24. This year's theme is "Agriculture: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" and will explore agricultural practices and how they affect the earth.
The kick-off event will take place on Earth Day: April 22 at 3 p.m. at Thatcher Hall. There will be a 5K Walk/Run. All participants will receive a T-shirt and medal. Beverages and snacks will be available.
At noon April 23 Will Weaver, author of "Sweet Land," will be on campus to speak to students. The community is welcome to attend a presentation at the Centennial Alumni Center in Thatcher Hall at noon. At 7 p.m. April 23, the film "Sweet Land," based on one of Will Weaver's stories, will be shown at the Holwell Auditorium.Weaver will answer questions following the film, and refreshments will be provided in the Multi-Purpose Room.
On April 24, in lieu of regular classes, students will attend a variety of breakout sessions throughout the day. Weaver will give the keynote speech in the morning, and the day will end with a panel discussion on "Agriculture: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow." Topics of the breakout session include the following: "When Horses Were Horsepower," "Saving Dirt," "The New Small Farm," "Trees in Agriculture: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," "Organics: What is it? Past, Present and Future for North Dakota," "Is the Earth Warming?" "The Story of Agriculture in North Dakota,' "Ethnic Traditions in North Dakota," "North Dakota Local Foods," "Pesticide Regulation, Enforcement and Stewardship," "Sam Ting," and "TV Farming." Community members are welcome to attend the events. More information is available on the college website at (www.dakotacollege.edu) or by contacting Deb Syvertson at 228-5454.
Computer-based GED?testing available
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and the GED Testing Service has began offering the GED Test on computer. Registration and scheduling was available beginning March 5 and testing began March 7.
The computer-based test will initially be offered at Sheyenne Valley Area Career and Technical Center in Valley City and at Williston State College in Williston People have to show up in person at an authorized GED testing center, but will be able to take the test on computer as well as on paper there. They can also pre-register online for the test. Locations for the computer test will eventually be expanded. Test takers interested in taking the test on computer should go to (www.GEDcomputer.com)
The new computer-based GED test is the same test content offered currently on paper versions of the test. According to a press release issued by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, some of the benefits of a computer based test include flexible testing appointments for test-takers, instant test scores, one-stop online registration and scheduling, and enhanced test security.
More information about the GED test in North Dakota can be found at (www.dpi.state.nd.us/adulted/ged/policy.shtm).
Students place in DECA events
BOTTINEAU Three members of Dakota College at Bottineau's Collegiate DECA chapter attended the 2012 State Career Development Conference in Fargo on Feb. 12-13.
Seth Serhienko, Bottineau, and Kirby Braybrook, Virden, Man., placed third in the business ethics case study event. Serhienko also qualified in the accounting business simulation event. James Odneal, Pontiac, Mich., competed in the travel and tourism business simulation event.
Serhienko and Braybrook qualified to compete at the International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City in April. Both will travel to Salt Lake City with their adviser, Keri Keith, to represent Dakota College at Bottineau. The conference allows students to network with thousands of students, advisers and business leaders from around the world, as well as compete at the international level.
The mission of Collegiate DECA is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.