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Red River, Central students named Presidential Scholar nominees

Eight local senior high school students have been named district nominees for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Career and Technical Education Program.

They are Grand Forks Central High School students Adrian Cummings, Alexander Elliot, Molly Feland and Brianna Moncada and Red River High School students Brittany Gratton, Jackson Holm, Samuel Schumacher and Cal Wigestrand.

Their names have been submitted to the North Dakota Department of CTE for consideration for the award, said Eric Ripley, director of CTE for Grand Forks Public Schools.

Each of the students has completed a CTE plan of study or career pathway, has a minimum 3.0 grade point average overall and 3.25 grade point average in his or her CTE studies and has demonstrated technical competence, employability skills, ingenuity and creativity.

The state CTE department will review all applications before selecting up to five state applicants to advance to the Commission on Presidential Scholars, which will choose 60 applicants to be named as semifinalists on the national level.

The school qualifies to advance in the competition; if named the North Dakota state winner, the school will receive a $25,000 Samsung technology package.

The Green Wave Robotics Team will host its first VEX Robotics Competition Tournament on Dec. 20 at East Grand Forks Senior High School.

About 120 students in 24 teams from Fisher, Kittson Central, Lancaster, Mahnomen, Sacred Heart, Ada Borup, Red River and Marshal County Central middle and high schools are expected to participate in the event.

The teams are working toward a bid to compete in the state tournament, said Jared Sanger, a teacher at East Grand Forks Senior High.

The tournament begins with an opening ceremony at 9:45 a.m. The elimination bracket will end about 5 p.m., Sanger said

Guests are welcome to attend but may need to park in a church lot one block west of the school, he said.

In the spirit of "the 12 days of Christmas," the Grand Forks Foundation for Education will honor and thank 12 donors who have made a difference for Grand Forks students and schools in the past year.

Beginning on Monday, the generosity of individuals and organizations will be featured on the foundation's social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

"We take this time during the holiday season to thank donors," said Emilia Hodgson, the foundation's executive director. "Without their generosity, we would not be able to do what we do all year long."

It's not just the largest donations that will be featured, she said, but those of varying amounts that support an array of different programs and events sponsored by the district.

In addition to monetary gifts, "we also thank, on one of the days, all our volunteers who are giving their time and talent," Hodgson said.

"It's important to point out that every gift matters, and we're so appreciative."

For more information, contact Hodgson at (701) 787-4866.