Essay contests announced
The local VFW Auxiliary to Post 742 of Marshall is sponsoring the National Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen Essay contests.
The VOD is open to all students enrolled in public, private, parochial high schools or home-schooled in grades ninth through 12th. The students need to record a three to five minute essay on a cassette tape or CD on this year's theme, "Does My Generation Have a Role in America's Future?
The Patriot's Pen Essay contest is open to students in grades sixth through eighth. The essay must only have 300-400 words and all words count, even single-letter words. The theme for this contest is "Does Patriotism Still Matter?"
All entries in these two contests will be judged on the local level, with winner to go on to the District level, and the winner of that will go on to the Department level. The Department winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. and will be entered in the National level. The National winner will receive a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond. There are awards made on all the other levels also.
Deadlines for both contests are the same - Nov. 1. Entries should be submitted to the local Auxiliary for judging. On Nov. 15, the Auxiliary winning entry will be forwarded to the District Chairman. On Dec. 6, the District winner will be forwarded to the Department Chairman. On Jan. 7, the completion of Department judging and the winning entry will be forwarded to the National Chairman for judging on the national level. Applications for both contests are available by calling Lois Novosad at 532-5236.
VanDenBroeke accepted to Durham University
Allison VanDenBroeke is a 2010 Marshall High School graduate.
She has been accepted to Durham University in Durham, England, and will study English literature.
Six MHS students earn AP Scholar Awards
Six Marshall High School students have earned Advanced Placement Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.
The College Board's AP program provides students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school and to earn college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP exams. About 18 percent of the nearly 1.7 million students worldwide who took AP exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also ean an AP Scholar Award.
The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students' performance on AP exams.
At MHS: One student qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of the exams. This student is Todd Hennen.
One student qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of the exams. This student is Kenneth Deutz.
Four students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of 3 or higher on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of the exams. The AP Scholars are James Linstrom, Nicole noyes, Stephanie Noyes and Kathryn Vogl.
Conference for Young Artists Oct. 12 at SMSU
The 17th annual Conference for Young Artists is Oct. 12 at Southwest Minnesota State University. The conference is for students in grades K-8 and will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and end at 1:50 p.m. Sean Emery will present the keynote speech on circus arts. Emery is a professionally-trained juggler and clown, having started his career with Ringling Bros. Circus.
In addition to the keynote, students will attend three hands-on classes selected from a variety of topics in the area of the visual and performing arts. The early bird registration is Sept. 21 with the final registration deadline Sept. 28. The conference brochure and registration form are available on SW/WC Service Cooperative's website: www.swsc.org/studentactivities.