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Middle School students compete in Amazing Race

The stop at New Richmond Area Ambulance Service required Amazing Race teams to perform CPR on a dummy and load it into an ambulance. Pictured above, Team Sparkle, consisting of Becca Thon, Nelly Sabby and Kaiya Fox, work on the dummy.1 / 5
At the New Richmond cemetery, students were tasked with identifying the graves of veterans and recording their birthdays and date of death. Pictured above, the Glitter Gang (Hanna Johnson, Peyton Casey, Ruslana Gutsal and Alexis Miller), reviews a grave owned by the Johnson family.2 / 5
At Bernard's Chrysler Dodge Jeep, students were required to wash cars. Pictured above, Daniel Peterson, with The Cash Monkeys, works to complete his task.3 / 5
At a "roadblock" at the Heritage Center, students were challenged with identifying historic items. Blake Minkle, Kyle Massey and Logan Ross, of the Pink Panther team, had a hard time with this task.4 / 5
New Richmond Fire and Rescue participated in the annual Amanzing Race event by sponsoring a "roadblock" optional challenges the students could complete for extra points. Pictured above, The Oranges (Evan Derrick, Anthony Belmont, Robert Kelley and Joe Smallidge) work together to attach a fire hose to the truck.5 / 5

New Richmond seventh-graders took to the streets on Thursday, June 6, in the fourth annual New Richmond Amazing Race.

The race, launched in 2010 by a few of the district's teachers, is designed as a fun way for students to use the skills they've learned all year in the classroom.

The middle school teachers came up with the idea after hearing about Wausau's race.

New Richmond's race is broken up into two routes - north and south. The northern route reached as far north as Doyle's Farm and Home and the south route dipped as far as Heidi's Hallmark.

Teams and chaperones, working in groups of four or five, traveled by foot from business to business where they completed tasks in order to receive their next clue and continue on their way. Tasks ranged from physical activities to writing exercises to fishing to researching graves at the cemetery.

Teams were also able to complete optional "roadblocks" for extra points.

Some examples of a roadblock include a race to attach fire hoses to a fire truck and identifying historic items at the Heritage Center.

Each activity earned the group a certain number of points and the two teams -- one from each route -- with the best time and highest score was named the winner.

Most teams were unified by a common theme or color. Many chose to wear similar colors, matching sports jerseys or, in the case of the Glitter Gang, matching tutus and purple hair dye.

In the end, the team of Isaac Olson, Molly Hassler, Elizabeth Offerosky, Hannah Schwenke and chaperone Amy Belmont were crowned the winners of the north route. Sydney Hasleu, Emily Hawkins, Samantha Paulson, Emily Noye and chaperone Linda Hawkins were awarded first place for the south route.

Second place went to Lorin Bauer, Greta Bakke, Alli Preece, Izzy Adams and chaperone Amy Bakke for the north route; Sam Christenson, Blake Getschel, Clayton Van Dyk, Austin Raymond and chaperone Dylan Novitzke for the south route.

Victoria Fox, Abby Shortell, McKayla Rey, Harmony Adler and chaperone Lori Johnson were awarded third place for the north route; Julia Miller, John Haasch, Tyler Blattner, Shawna Larson and chaperone Aaron Larson for the south route.

Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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