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Education notes: Grand Forks students’ skills shine at conference

Several Grand Forks Central and Red River High School students competed at recent career and technical education conferences at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D., according to the district Friday.

The SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference and the North Dakota HOSA-Future Health Professionals Leadership conference allow students to compete in a variety of skill areas. HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America.

Of the nine students who placed first through third place at the event, Red River students Aidan Matheney, Brett Peterson and Joshua Pierce are eligible to compete at the National Leadership and Skills Conference, June 23 to 27 in Kansas City, Mo. Each won a $1,000 scholarship, too.

Several students from both schools also placed in the HOSA-Future Health Professionals conference. Central students Whitney Bergum, Maddie Comeau, Andrew Hape, Autumn Lafferty, Mandy Matthias and Red River students Britany Innes and Logan Keitzman placed first through third place and now are eligible to compete at the national conference June 25 to 28 in Orlando, Fla.

Other news

  •  Friends of the Campbell Library is offering scholarships to East Grand Forks Senior High, Sacred Heart and homeschooled graduating seniors who will pursue a post-secondary education. Applicants must type and double space a 400- to 500-word essay on the theme “What book has influenced your life and how?” Complete guidelines can be found at
  •  Valley Middle School has been named a winner in the Fuel Up to Play 60 North Dakota School Champions Reward Contest and will receive $1,000. The contest was created by the Midwest Dairy Council to reward students for engaging in healthy eating and physical activity behaviors. 

More info: Share K-12 education news at; include “K-12 notebook” in the subject heading. To see more K-12 education news, visit the websites of Grand Forks Public Schools and East Grand Forks Public Schools. Herald Staff Writer Dani Meyer contributed to this column.

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson is the K-12 education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald.  Contact her if you have any story ideas or tips and visit 

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