Faces for Feb. 23, 2020



The University of Wisconsin-Superior has been designated a Military Friendly® Silver School, which is awarded to schools who meet the requirements and score within 20 percent of the tenth ranking in their school category. This honor recognizes the university’s efforts to assist military personnel, veterans and their family members in completing a college education. UW-Superior received high marks for its academic policies and compliance, admissions and orientation and culture and commitment. It is the only university in the UW System to receive a Silver School ranking. UW-Superior features a Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center that provides a wide range of support programming for veterans of all ages.


  • To celebrate National Children’s Dental Health month in February, the Oral Health Task Force held a poster contest for kids to demonstrate how to have healthy teeth. Four winners were selected out of a total of 14 submissions. Congratulations to the following winners:

      Kindergarten to 2 nd Grade (Four total submissions): Lucy Kartes, Birch Grove Community School – 2 nd Grade and Ezme Mundell, Great Expectations School – 2 nd Grade

      3 rd-5 th Grade (10 total submissions): Lilija Smith and Isabella Olson – 4 th Graders at Sawtooth Mountain Elementary and Roland Stoffel, 5 th Grade at Birch Grove Community School

    Winners received a $25 gift card to the Cook County Whole Foods Coop and an electric toothbrush, and the winning posters will used in Oral Health Task Force communications at a variety of locations over the next year.

  • South Central Service Cooperative and the Minnesota State Arts Board announce the state finals for Poetry Out Loud. The competition, presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. Two local students, Angelina Dodge from Duluth Marshall and Scout Weinandt of Harbor City International School, will compete at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Poetry Out Loud state finals at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnnesota.

(L to r): Emily Wallgren,Taylor Neil, Dr. Michael Buckand Katelyn Becker performed at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Honor Band.


  • Minnesota Intercollegiate Honor Band performed on Feb. 15 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Emily Wallgren, a 2016 graduate of Proctor High School and a senior at St. Scholastica, is one of the students and this was her last Honor band. There were 19 different colleges represented at this event.

One of the best parts of Wolf Ridge is the challenge to scale the rock wall and kiss the stuffed goat at the top.

The favorite part of the winter survival class is making a fire, melting snow in a pot, and making hot chocolate.

Our Willow River fifth graders, teachers, and chaperones celebrate three days of Wolf Ridge memories.

  • Cold temps and piles of snow were no match for Willow River Area School's fifth graders who bundled up and met each challenge during three cold days at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland. Students, teachers, and chaperones learned about winter survival, snowshoeing, rock climbing, and ice fishing. The biggest obstacle is always the ropes course, but most students gave it a try to make it to the zip line. Willow River and the fifth grade students thank the community sponsors who helped make this happen: Willow River Commercial Club, Sturgeon Lake Lion's Club, American Legion, and the Northern Pine Riders. This support helps make this event possible year after year for our students.

  • The UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences has announced that more than $731,000 in scholarships has been awarded to more than 180 UND medical students for the 2019–2020 academic year. Funds for the scholarships come from private sources, endowments, and other awards, and have helped the School lower SMHS medical student debt from well above the national average to below the national average compared with all other U.S. medical schools. Recipients include: Nicholas Hopkins of Cohasset was awarded the Anderson Scholarship; Jordan Mallery of Cloquet was awarded the Botsford Family Scholarship; Jordan Lindholm of Mountain Iron was awarded the Dr. Brett and Jon Pinkerton Scholarship; Thomas Paull of Moose Lake was awarded the Dr. Walter Wasdahl and the Dr. Robert & Kay Hedger Scholarship.

  • Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Student Scholarship, Teacher Fellowship and Principal Leadership program has announced recipients of the 312 Herb Kohl Foundation awards for Wisconsin students, teachers and principals. Awards in the amount of $6,000 are being made to 100 teachers, 16 principals, and their schools, and $10,000 scholarships will be given to 193 graduating high school students. Winners of the 2020 Herb Kohl Education Foundation Student Excellence Scholars include: Kelton Couperus, Mellen Public School, Mellen; Nel Hanson, Hayward High School, Hayward; Jackson Morgan, Hayward High School, Hayward; Haydn Suske-Funk, Homeschool, Washburn; Joseph Tuttle, Drummond High School, Drummond; and Connor Abric, Hayward High School, Hayward. The 2020 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Teacher Fellows include: Jennifer Gierczic, Lake Superior Primary School, Ashland; Jennifer Laird, Hayward Community District Office, Hayward; Michelle Simpson, Lake Superior Intermediate School, Ashland; Anne Sullivan, Bayfield District Office, Bayfield; and Karen DePerry, Bayfield High School, Bayfield. 2020 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Student Initiative winners include: Cayleigh Burdick, Superior High School, Superior.

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