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IN OUR SCHOOLS: Edinburg student receives national recognition

Jennifer Johnson

Alyssa Kemp, a soon-to-be ninth-grader in Edinburg, N.D., was recently selected as a semifinalist for a national middle school science and engineering fair competition.

Kemp, who will attend Valley-Edinburg High School this fall, was selected as a Broadcom MASTERS Semifinalist for her science fair project, "How a River Runs—A Study of Channelization," according to UND's School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Kemp was selected from more than 6,000 nominees nationwide, according to the Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science and the Public, which hold the contest.

Finalists for the competition will be announced Sept. 2.

Kemp also won first place in a northeast region and other numerous special awards at the North Dakota State Science and Engineering Fair held in April at UND.

Grand Forks Schools offers reading, writing help

Grand Forks Public Schools will offer a web browser program districtwide this year that helps students who struggle with reading and writing.

English learners and special education students started using Read and Write for Google last year. Now, more than 5,361 district students in third through 12th grade will have access to it, as well as the North Dakota University System, according to vendor Texthelp.

The program summarizes text, offers text-to-voice translation, word prediction and other support for students.

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