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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New Richmond students in kindergarten through eighth grade participated in the third annual History Fair held at the New Richmond Middle School gymnasium on Thursday, March 8. Elementary projects were given feedback from high school students enrolled in the Advanced Placement History class. Middle School projects were judged by New Richmond teachers. Middle School projects are eligible to move on to the regional competition at UW-Eau Claire on March 29.
Ellen Junko and Megan McCarthy have been named New Richmond High School's valedictorians for the 2011-12 school year. The two girls hold 4.0 GPAs, earning them the valedictorian titles, and will both be awarded the school's academic excellence scholarships, $2,500 per year for four years, which can be used toward tuition at any Wisconsin college. These scholarships are awarded to seniors with the highest GPA.
Lindsay Greening just happened to be at Mall of America in 2007 when they announced that Bloomingdales was searching for models for an upcoming Teen Vogue fashion show. On a whim she attended the casting call and of all the girls who applied to be part of the fashion show, she was chosen. From there, Greening knew modeling would be part of her future. Since her stint at the Mall of America, Greening, 21, has modeled in shoots for various photographers.
In an effort to raise $3,500 for Special Olympics Wisconsin, New Richmond schools blew their goal out of the water - raising more than $4,500 instead. The motivation behind the fundraiser, other than raising money for a good cause, was to see the five building principals - Jeff Moberg, Doug Hatch, Mike Ballard, Andy Hoeppner and Frank Norton, Superintendant Morrie Veilleux and Special Services Director Sue Curtis jump in a frozen lake as part of the 2012 Eau Claire Polar Plunge that took place on Feb. 26.
Students and staff at New Richmond schools are hoping they get to tell school administrators something that most don't get to tell their bosses - "Go jump in a lake." All five schools are currently fundraising for Special Olympics Wisconsin. Anthony Hartung, special services teacher at Paperjack Elementary, said he and Cassie Plante, special services teacher at Starr Elementary, organized a team to fundraise and participate in the Feb. 26 Polar Plunge in Eau Claire.
A portion of New Richmond Middle School's roof needs replacement, but district officials hope to put the project off for another year to catch up on other needs. "Bob (Parent) will do some patching to keep it another year," Brian Johnston told the school board on Monday night. "We were going to replace it this year but Bob said he'd rather do a lot of the little things he's been putting off and do the roof over the next two years." The roof project is expected to cost $600,000 between the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. There are 40 capital projects slated for the 2012-13 school year.
Those hoping to open enroll in another school district now have more time to apply. The law, signed by Gov. Scott Walker last week, will extend the application deadline from just three weeks to three months. Traditionally, children in Wisconsin are assigned to school districts based on the location of their parents' home. Since legislation was passed allowing public school choice, interest in open enrollment has continued to grow.
New Richmond High School students, along with several community volunteers, helped package 21,816 meals for Kids Against Hunger on Wednesday, Feb. 8. All the meals, which are packaged family-style in sealed plastic bags, will feed 60 children one meal per day for an entire year, said Scott Anderson, director of packaging operations for Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization. Each bag of vitamins, vegetables, soy and rice can feed six people, Anderson said. About 90 New Richmond students gathered at 1 p.m. on Feb. 8 to begin the packing process.
There are always fun and interesting classes to take though New Richmond Community Education, but every now and again something unique pops up. This year, Karen King's "Introduction to Home Cheese Making" is one of the curious additions to the Community Ed catalog. King is teaching two classes on four different dates in New Richmond. "Introduction to Home Cheese Making," which is scheduled for Feb. 18 or March 24, will include opportunities to stretch Mozzarella and make fresh cheese curds.
New Richmond High School students Jocque Warner and Shae Armstrong have won $750 for a Community Economic Explorations Project they completed in December. The competition, put on by Economics Wisconsin, was an invitation only contest, Warner said. "Originally I was going to do an econ independent study," he said.