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NRMS seventh-graders enjoy day of fun during annual Amazing Race

New Richmond seventh-graders take off from the middle school to take part in the annual seventh-grade Amazing Race event on Wednesday, June 3. (Photos by Jordan Willi)1 / 3
A team of seventh-grade girls throw bean bags at a target to earn points toward their final score as part of the Amazing Race event that had seventh-graders running around New Richmond throughout the day on June 3. 2 / 3
A team of seventh-graders tries to catch a fish at Mary Park during the annual Amazing Race event on June 3. 3 / 3

After being forced to cancel last year’s seventh-grade Amazing Race due to mass illness of students, New Richmond Middle School seventh-graders were extremely excited to get the chance to take part in the annual event.

“We were excited to have the race back this year since the cancellation last year,” said seventh-grade teacher Ryan Stowers. “It went very well and despite finishing in the rain all groups involved did an outstanding job. We received a lot of positive feedback from parents, students, and the community.”

A total of 48 teams made up of two to four students took part in the Amazing Race events, which included fishing and bean bag tossing as well as a variety of other fun physical and mental activities. The students received a certain number of points for completing each event depending on how each activity leader scored them.

“This gives the kids the opportunity to prepare and work together using the skill of teamwork,” Stowers said. “The kids get to use a variety of skills to complete and solve challenges at the different sites. It brings together parents, school, and the community.”

The first place finishing teams for the North and South routes were “The Nerds,” (South Route) made up of Jessica Hampton, Zoe Davis and Kaylee Birch; and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” (North Route) made up of Dave Miller, Cooper Eckardt, Brandon Dennis and Micah Connelly.

Finishing in second place on the South Route was “Super Squad,” -- made up of Taylor Berquam, Chloe Demulling, Kayla Dolezal and Erika Emerson -- while “C.A.C.N,” -- made up of Colleen Rogers, Anna Dornbush, Claudia Jorgensen and Nevaeh Brewer -- took third place. Taking second place on the North Route were the “Pink Panthers,” -- made up of Erik Moberg, Garrett Thomas, David Anderson and Robert Peirson -- while “The Mustaches,” -- made up of Joey Kidder, Tommy Dorenbush, Cooper Eral and Nolan Eckert -- finished in third place.

“Kids enjoy all the prep work leading up to the race,” Stowers said. “Making team posters, working on teamwork tasks, planning uniforms. They enjoy the competition of the day and of course awards day the following day.”

“The Incredibles,” -- made up of Katey Eickhoff, Abigail Growth, Ariana Devereux and Eliana Fall -- took home the Spirit Award, while the Best Dressed team was made up of Abby Denucci, Abby Brinkman, Zoe Christiansen and Mariana Giannini. The Speed Demon Award went to Jade Berget, Hannah Jensen, Mia Bakke and Gracie Getsschel.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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