By Brooke Peterson
Friday, November 11th was the kick off day for this year’s Book Fair. This year’s theme for it was Pirates, and on that day Steph Dannehl and Donna Peterson dressed up as Pirates. They had books for anyone from Preschool kids to High School kids and up.
At the Book Fair were all kinds of fun, entertaining books for a wide range of age groups. They have Christmas books, Lego books, Star Wars books, cookbooks, and sports books. Not only do they have books, but they also had fun, entertaining items for everyone, such as pens, erasers, jewelry, pencils, and giant pointer sticks. Half of the profits from the Book Fair goes back to the BHS library to purchase new books for the library. This year they made $4,500.
“I think it was a pretty successful Book Fair,” says Librarian Steph Dannehl.
With the school year under way, extracurriculars are as common to student life as breathing air. The High Ability Learners (H.A.L.) Program is no exception to extra work outside of school, as they were recently introduced to the Invention Convention Competition by Janelle Jack, Coordinator of Gifted Education at the ESU 11.
These students have about 5 months to come up with an idea for an invention that will fix something that annoys them in their everyday life. Once students decide on an idea, they will design their invention and make a prototype to show what it will look like. Students will also create a tri-fold poster and present their idea to a judge.
The event will be held on March 16th, 2017 in Minden at The Pioneer Village, where over 150 students from other ESU 11 schools in the area will participate. Student will be split up according to grade level and then split up again into smaller “Inventors Circles” categories. First through third place winners are announced for each circle, and then an overall winner is announced from each grade.
The Invention Convention Program itself is operated by a nonprofit organization that encourages students to be excited about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) learning. Originally, it was a program designed for Ohio, but it exploded in popularity and has now been a part of the ESU 11 for twenty-six years.
While the event isn’t until March, expect to see students everywhere looking at everyday parts of their lives in new ways looking for inspiration for a million dollar idea. With so many kids excited about learning due to fun programs such as this, it will be no surprise if they end up changing the world.
By Jade Gonzalez
Bertrand Vikings students showed their enthusiasm for healthy choices during the last week of October, the 24th-28th, known nationally as Red Ribbon Week. During this week students focused on the awareness of making good decisions and the consequences of drug abuse.
To promote anti-drug awareness every day of the week, High School students on the Red Ribbon Leadership team spoke during morning announcements about shocking statistics such as national addiction numbers, facts about certain drugs, and sobering casualties due to driving under the influence.
The week isn’t all focused on the negative, though. A school wide coloring contest was issued, and the winners will receive a prize. The students also showed their support and participated in the week through a “Red Out Day” on Friday. This is when participants all dressed in red to show their support for making healthy choices and their promise to do so. Also, candy was handed out by members of the Red Ribbon Week Leadership team with messages reminding students it tastes good to be drug free.
All of these activities were student organized and run. Students were also able to gain leadership experience through this effort. “I really enjoyed helping with the announcements and the candy because it lets me lead others by example and show kids that drugs aren’t cool and there are bad consequences to doing them”, said Amanda Patterson sophomore and member of the Red Ribbon Leadership Team.
The Bertrand community can sleep peacefully tonight knowing they don’t have to worry about the decisions these kids make. Red Ribbon Week is here to stay and will continue to bring attention to these negative things in life and how to best avoid them.
By Jade Gonzalez