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Week of Nov. 21-25

MONDAY, Nov. 21 - Chicken patty on a bun, baked beans, fries, fresh apple, milk variety.


TUESDAY, Nov. 22 - , milk variety.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23 - , bread slice, milk variety.

THURSDAY, Nov. 24 - No school. Thanksgiving.

FRIDAY, Nov. 25 - No school.

The end begins with me - bully prevention program begins this month

By Wendy Templin

BHS Principal

Encourage dignity -- Empower determination -- Embrace diversity -- Be A Drake

Students in the high school and the elementary will participate in individual bully prevention programs during the month of November.

The high school program began with a Rally Day Nov. 8 in the large gym to begin to understand the affects that bullying

causes for young people.

By using music, video, power points and true stories, students will learn the facts and myths of bullying, along with the definitions of a bully, a victim and a bystander. Teachers will meet with students during their first hour classes to reinforce the affects of bullying in our society and school today.

Other topics to be covered are rumors, cyberbullying, relational aggression, consequences of bullying and the law, as well as many other student generated thoughts. Cyberbullying will be covered with the new program produced by Josten's called, "Pause Before You Post."

We will implement a "Bully Box" for students to report a bully or victim if they feel uncomfortable in personally reporting it.

On Nov. 18, the student council, the district marketing committee and the high school staff will support Unity Day which encompasses students wearing orange t-shirts (provided for them through a grant from the Blandin Foundation), sign the petition, "Make it Orange -- Make it End", attend the Hunter's Ball Dance (seventh-12th students) and bring a food item for Homeless and Hunger Month for the local food shelf.

The elementary is involving students in presenting information to other students through skits, puppet plays, videos and assemblies.

"Who Are You? Buddy or Bully" is the focus of the elementary program. Classroom presentations will help students identify the bully, the victim and the bystander. Students will be encouraged to be involved bystanders who through appropriate actions help victims and effectively show that bullying is not allowed at our school. Joining the High School in "Hands United" will a visual reminder that everyone is working together to make Blackduck School a safe place to be and learn.

The finale of this program will be Nov. 30 at 3:00 p.m. on First Street. We invite community members to join us in Hands United as we created the largest "Stand Together Wave" to end bullying.

Honor roll

First Quarter Honor Roll at Blackduck High School are:

A Honor Roll -- Grade 12: Cody Bergquist, Kaye Bodien, Galen Martin, Aaron Nissen, Rebeccalyn Richardson and Alexandra Ziegler. Grade 11: Dominic Anderson, James Bruno, Shane Fenske, Morgan Jung, Tatum Mistic, Katie O'Rourke, Madison Stelten and Avery Waskul. Grade 10: Colton Bales, Jodi Grundmeier, Stephen Jones, Jacob Krabbenhoft, Taylor Levy, Maria Maksakova, Caleb Mostad, Jenna Nestberg, Mailie Olson, Matthew Patch, Kristie Slindee, Michael Tate, Alexandra Tindell and Trey Volk.

Grade 9: Benjamin Anderson, Julia Bogucki, LeAnn Brambrink, Michaela Holmgren, Cooper Jedlicka, Hannah Korpela, Brittany Martin, Andrew Nissen, Alexandra Pfannenstein, Madison Stomberg, Tanner Templin, Linnea Tracy and Aaron Ware. Grade 8: Hunter Cocking, Tanner Depew, Levi Dexter, Breanna Enger, Julianna Fernandez, Andrew Grundmeier, Carla Grundmeier, Isaac Gustafson, Tobey Haluptzok, Jami Mistic, Hattie Notsch, Ceana Olson, Alexey Pfannenstein, Tucker Rockis, Charli Schocker, Timothy Schocker, Kyle Solberg, Sydnie Sorheim, Emma Stelten and Ian Willborg. Grade 7: Ian Cease, Elissa Cleveland, Zakary Crunden, Morton Eckstrom, Austin Field, Kendall Fussy, Madelyn Hall, Adam Jacobi, Brandi Kilde, Morgan Levy, Skyayla Love, Farrah McElmury, Michaela Sparby, Sierra Stroeing, Kari Sydow, Isaac Volk and Kassandra Zanter.

B Honor Roll -- Grade 12: Tanesha Bird, Haley Bodien, Zechariah Bradach, Allesha Dobmeier, Peter Fraley, Jacob Goldschmidt , Tyler Mistic, Douglas Palmer, Oxana Pfannenstein, Jessica Smith, K'La Sorquist, Allison St. Sauver and Arthur Wirkus. Grade 11: Andre Bell, Joseph Coller, Valerie Ferdig, Brady Gross, Matthew Jedlicka, Zachary Jones, Skyler Knotts, Brad Kusper, Garrett Naughton, Clara Notsch, Caitlin O'Brien, Mitchell Sparby and Garrett Theisen.

Grade 10: Zachary Bodien, Dylan Dexter, Jared Eckstrom, Toni Ferdig, Nickolas Grundmeier, Carissa Houck, Logan Hower, Nathan Jablonski, Harley Keers, Madison Liapis, Kristi Mills, Brooke Mistic, Kristina Napieralski, Michael O'Reilly, Elena Pfannenstein, Sadie Radke and Cynthia Veazey. Grade 9: Antuan Bell, Elizabeth Dufault, Paul Eckstrom, Logan Gesell, Nicole Granger, Anthony Grotberg, Garret Hentges, Kyle Michalek, Andrew Moris, Meghanne Nattrass and Mackenzie Stenson.

Grade 8: Logan Adams, Nathan Affield, Wyatt Brands, Colton Brown, Chelsea Dobmeier, Keilah Dufault, Mason Frenzel, Courtney Hedlin, Alexandria Heide, Trevor Hentges, Austindale Iceman, Tyler Jablonski, Jonathon Napieralski, Danisha Sells and Rose Thompson. Grade 7: Angello Bell, Daniel Benson, Courtnee Bjerkness, Devon Carmack, Brian Denny, KourtneyDobmeier, Austin Duda, Larry Favela, Allysia Ford, Austin Gesell, Mariza Guzman, Nicolas Jones, Olivia Keers, Lillian Knotts, Jakob Meixner, Kyle O'Rourke, Savannah Page, Brianna Patch, Kaitlin Richardson, Kimberly Rodgers, Austin Rowe, Shawn Sherwood and Sara Waller.

Scholarships available

Scholarships available in the high school office:

American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota Scholarship: Seniors who are sons, daughters, grandsons, or granddaughters of a veteran. Deadline is March 15.

American Legion Auxiliary Past Presidents Health Care Scholarship: Seniors going into any health care field. Deadline is March 15.

American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students: Non-traditional students who are a member of The American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of the American Legion. Deadline is March 1.

American Legion Auxiliary Children of Warriors National President Scholarship: Seniors who are daughters, stepdaughters, sons, stepsons, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons of veterans who served in the Armed Forces during eligible dates.

American Legion Auxiliary spirit of Youth Scholarship -- for Junior Members: Seniors and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Deadline is March 1.

Farm Credit Service Scholarship: Seniors who are from an actively farming or ranching family OR planning to pursue an agricultural. Deadline is March 1.

Heart Research Scholarship: Minnesota seniors, college freshman, sophomores, or juniors with an interest in the health science area.

St. Thomas Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarships: Seniors applying to St. Thomas. Deadline is Dec. 1.

AXA Achievement Scholarship: Seniors who are active in their community, have led a project that benefits others and overcome personal challenges. Apply online at Deadline is Dec. 15.

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship: Seniors who show ambition and drive, respect for self, family and community and ability to succeed in college. Download an application at Deadline is Feb. 1.

Important dates

Nov. 21: 8:30 a.m. Representative from Dickinson State University

Nov. 29: 10 a.m. Representative from Bemidji State University

Community Ed

30-Hour Classroom Driving Instruction begins Nov. 28. This is for anyone age 14 and up and the fee is $120.

Wednesday Night Volleyball will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the high school gym. This is for anyone age 16 and up and the fee is $3 per night.



Week of Nov. 21-25

MONDAY, Nov. 21 - Chili, meat sandwich, vegetables, orange, milk.

TUESDAY, Nov. 22 - Turkey dinner.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23 - Pizza, vegetables, sandwich, apple, milk.

THURSDAY, Nov. 24 - No school. Thanksgiving.

FRIDAY, Nov. 25 - No school.

Christmas Concert

The dates of the Christmas concerts are Dec. 8 in Northome for K-12 and Dec. 15 in Kelliher for K-12. It will be here before we know it!

Students do exceptionally well at solo contest

By Megan Halverson

The Mustang Express

The Northome/Kelliher students all did very well at solo contest in Walker Nov. 2. All of the students who went recieved a single star rating or higher.

There were eight students who competed from Northome and one student who competed from Kelliher. There were a total of seven vocals and two instrumental.

The overall performance is graded out of 40 points. Any score higher or equal to a "30" denotes the rating of excellent and a single star. A certificate is is recieved for recieving this rating.

Junior Cyril Weidenborner sang, Star of the County Down, senior Kristen White sang, Follow the Dream, senior Rebecca Dreher sang, Instrument of Peace junior Danette Geiser played Christening Music and all received single stars.

A double star is given when the student scores a "35" or higher and recieves a superior rating. Upon recieving this rating, a certificate and a medal is recvieved.

Senior Megan Halverson played, Jolly Coppersmith senior Danielle Nistler, Kelliher, sang Ma Bella Bimba, freshman Jeanette Frenzel sang, The Water is Wide junior Autumn Rankin sang, Remember My Song and all received double star ratings.

Junior Travis Olafson sang, Poor Wayfaring Stranger and received a perfect score of 40 points.

"That doesn't happen very often," said choir teacher Miriam Kindem.

Band instructor Teri Nissen said they are "very proud of our students and so pleased to see the good ratings. Congratulations students!"

National Honor Society and student council head military supply drive

By Hollea Boquist

The Mustang Express

The Northome chapters of the National Honor Society and Northome School Student Council are sponsoring a drive for goods that will be donated to military families.

Most of the products donated will go to the service men and women and then they will then send some of them to their loved ones for the holidays.

Boxes will be in the alcoves in front of the office the week of Nov. 28- Dec. 2.

When the Northome VFW contacted the school to see if any groups would be interested in participating, NHS and student council said, "Yes!"

All items get sent to military members deployed from Minnesota. The Northome Post Office is creating an opportunity to send the items to the deployed military members for the holidays during the Fourth Annual Shop, Ship and Share event.

The money to pay for shipping cost is coming from the penny war that the student council is putting on for the Thanksgiving food drive. Donations of money are welcome.

The items that they are asking for are include seasonal treats, instant coffee packs, iTunes gift cards, "good" coffee (ground and whole bean), K-cups for Keurig coffee makers, flavored coffee creamers (not liquid), lotions (nice smelling), lavored drink mixes, calling cards, breakfast/cereal bars, fruit roll-ups, dark chocolate, freezie pops, beef jerky (all flavors).

Items can also be brought to the Northome Post Office between Dec. 2-4. If you want to volunteer to help pack boxes, contact Jean Henning at jean.m.henning@usps.gove or at 897-5233.

For an entire list of items, go to the National Honor Society page under the Activities menu of the Northome School website.



Week of Nov. 21

MONDAY, Nov. 21 - Enchiladas with mild sauce and cheese, green beans, Rice Krispie bar, pears, milk.

TUESDAY, Nov. 22 - Chicken nuggets, scalloped potatoes, peas, cherry dump cake, milk.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23 - Mini corndogs, hashbrowns, peas and carrots, raisin oatmeal cookie, applesauce, milk.

THURSDAY, Nov. 24 - No school. Thanksgiving.

FRIDAY, Nov. 25 - No school.

Community Ed

Deer Camp, The Musical! will be held Jan. 5 from 4:30-11 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Miles Reif Center. Dinner will be at the Forest Lake Restaurant at your own expense. The bus leaves Kelliher at 4:30 p.m. returning at approximately 11 p.m. The fee is $34 (includes ticket and transportation. 20 people are needed for this event and registrations must be in by Nov. 21. There are no refunds for this trip unless someone else takes your place.

Zumba will be held every Wednesday night from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the little gym. This class is free of charge.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About iPads and Kindles will be held Nov. 29 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the media center. The fee is $5.

Pioneer staff reports