Grand Forks Public Schools students recently won awards for the 2014-2015 North Dakota Juried Student Art Show, according to the district.

Jurors selected pieces for the Governor's Award, the State of the Arts Award, the Northern Visions Award and the Congressional Art Award. Grand Forks Public Schools was the only district this year to have entries win in each of the categories, stated a news release.

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Red River High School student Raven Hernandez was selected as a Governor's Award winner; Valley Middle School student Jaylin Perrault was selected as a Northern Visions Award winner and Red River High School student Alexandra Mindeman was selected as a Congressional Art Award winner. Three students - Central's Isabel Dillon, Red River's Angie Blacknik and Valley Middle School's Ayden Carey - were selected as State of the Arts Award winners.

Other News

• Scheels and the Grand Forks Read Every Day program have partnered for a book drive.

The Columbia Mall Scheels location will accept gently used children's books Friday through April 23 at a donation station in the front of the store. The books collected for "Building Strong Bodies and Strong Minds" will be distributed to elementary students for summer reading.

• Valley Middle School Teachers Shana Lindeman and Lisa Vojacek were recently selected for The LearnZillion Dream Team, a nonprofit that helps teachers meet the educational needs of students, according to the district.

The teachers, selected among 140 others nationwide, will work virtually with other members to create resources based on the Common Core State Standards.

• Five Grand Forks students won awards last month at the 65th annual North Dakota State Science and Engineering Fair, according to the district.

The fair, held at UND, featured middle and high school students selected as top competitors at regional science fairs held throughout North Dakota earlier this year.

Elroy Schroeder Middle School students Aidan Fire, Nicole Kohlmeier, Claire Leach, Jade Steinkamp, and Central High School student Sophia Nelson won awards.

•  Red River High School student Francie Shaft was recently selected as a member of a new student cabinet that will offer state Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler its opinions and advice on educational policy, according to the state Department of Public Instruction. The 20-member cabinet includes students in grades four through 12 who attend public and private districts statewide. Students will serve 15 months.

• Cavalier (N.D.) Public School District is hosting First Lady Betsy Dalrymple on Friday, according to Superintendent Jeff Manley. She's a guest speaker for the Marketplace for Kids event hosted by the school. The event encourages student entrepreneurship and is expected to draw about 600 kids from the region.

• Grand Forks Air Force Base recently hosted a STEM career event to brief students on math and science careers, according to school liaison Kelly Painter. The second annual event allowed students from Grand Forks and East Grand Forks high schools to gain hands-on experience with unmanned aerial vehicles and learn about educational requirements for different fields, she said.

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