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Education Briefs for February 17

BHS Math League to compete in St. Paul

BEMIDJI – The Bemidji High School Math League team finished the regular season with a victory Feb. 12.

Going into the final competition, Bemidji was tied with Alexandria for division points. They were leading in total points, but needed to finish first in the last competition to claim the section title for the fifth year in a row.

Senior captain Brody Dreyer finished with 14 points and as the top individual in the region. He will compete in a special invitational event at the State Math League tournament. Dreyer and eight other BHS students will compete for the state title March 11 in St. Paul.

BSU students to teach in China

BEMIDJI – Four Bemidji State University students will be traveling to China later this month to teach in accelerated English language development programs.

The students have been hired by CIBT, a Vancouver-based company that entered into a partnership with BSU in the fall of 2012 to help the university bolster its international recruiting efforts and its opportunities to allow students and faculty to study and teach abroad. The group will work at Beihai  International College, which is a joint venture between CIBT and Weifang University – where BSU signed an articulation and exchange agreement during a fall visit to China.

Michaela Willer, a senior in business administration from Bemidji; Tia Ellies, a junior in music education from Bemidji; and Alexander Gray, a senior in nursing from Hermantown, Minn., will be working for CIBT from Feb. 20 through Aug. 31, for one Chinese semester. Kevin Kimlinger, a senior in creative and professional writing from Rochester, Minn., will spend a full year with CIBT, beginning Feb. 20.

The four are among the first BSU students to benefit from the university’s efforts to expand opportunities for faculty and students to teach and learn in China. They will have opportunities to see other BSU students who are participating in activities in China, including the Department of Music’s Voltage electronic music ensemble, which will be spending a month at Weifang University beginning in May.

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Local students tour with Concordia Choir

BEMIDJI – Concordia College students Tanner Dockendorf, Jennifer Johnson, and Daniel Willis, all of Bemidji, will be touring with the Concordia Choir this year.

The tour includes performances in  Des Moines, Iowa; Kansas City, Mo.; Fort Smith, Ark.; Waco, Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Austin and Plano, Texas; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Topeka, Kan.; Lincoln, Neb.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Duluth, Virginia, Moorhead and Minneapolis, Minn.

Composer and conductor Rene Clausen conducts the 74-voice a cappella choir and is the artistic director of the Emmy winning Concordia Christmas Concerts.

This year’s program ranges from J.S. Bach to Moses Hogan and includes Baroque selections, double choir harmonies, a set of Clausen’s own evocative pieces and traditional folk songs, hymn and spirituals of the Christensen tradition.

For more information on the tour visit the Concordia College website,