Pictured above are first-place winners Grace Heying and Thomas Jude, who will go on to district competition, along with runners-up Ellie Jude, Olivia Paumen and Megan Carlson.
Pictured at right are Bellah Scheutte and Logan Weninger, who were honorably mentioned for their essays.
Five students from Laurie Hajny’s class at St. Timothy’s School and two students from Jennifer DesMarais-Holland’s class Maple Lake Elementary placed in this year’s local Patriot’s Pen contest.
Patriot’s Pen is a nationwide youth essay contest sponsored by the VFW. It gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy with the prospect of winning U.S. savings bonds. More than 112,000 students participated in 2012. The top 46 national winners all received at least a $1,000 savings bond. The first-place award is currently a $10,000 savings bond plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the winner and a parent or guardian.
This year Maple Lake had almost 95 students enter. The local contest is sponsored by Maple Lake Senior Connections/Chair Person Ginger O’Loughlin and the Ladies Auxiliary.
Pictured at the Leaders in Educational Excellence Awards ceremony were Maple Lake Elementary Principal Kris Harlan, LEEA winner Carol Tongen, Maple Lake High School Principal Dave Hansen, LEEA winner Nichole Rengel, Resource Training & Solutions Executive Director Rob Cavanna, LEEA winner Annie Jost, Superintendent Mark Redemske and LEEA winner Amy Voigt.
(From left) Count Dracula (Dylan Schlueter), vampiress (Miranda Powers), vampiress (Hailee Mali-chek), Abraham Van Helsing (Benjamin Brinza), Mina Murray (Chelsie Weege), Dr. Petra Seward (Lexy Medley), Artura Murray (Hayley Goelz), and vampiress (Skylar Manka).
Maple Lake High School students will bring “Dracula” to life, starting at 7:01 p.m. on Nov. 14, 15 and 16 in the high school auditorium. At right: Vampire hunters are surprised to find Artura's sister has been transformed into a vampiress.
Heidi Goelz, second from left, and Margie Isaacson, second from right, were honored at the third annual Leadership in Educational Excellence support staff event hosted by Resource Training and Solutions. Goelz, who works in the district office, and Isaacson, a paraprofessional at Maple Lake Elementary, are pictured with Maple Lake High School Principal Dave Hansen, Resource Executive Director Robert Cavanaugh, Maple Lake Superintendent Mark Redemske and MLE Principal Kris Harlan. “Margie is so deserving of this award,” Harlan said. “Not only is she a valuable paraprofessional who works with great patience and kindness with our special education students, but she does a thousand other things for our school community. She serves as the representative for our paraprofessional group on our Building Leadership Team.