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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For the fourth straight year, the New Richmond High School Academic Decathlon team, which is made up of nine students competing in 10 different academic categories, took home the UW-Barron County Regional title. "For the fourth year in a row we won, practically lapping the field," said coach Jarrod Hamdorf. "We currently are ranked second in Division 2 and fifth overall in the state.
Somerset With a first place finish in the small varsity, non-tumble division at the "Santa's Cheer Shop" competition at Prior Lake High School in December, the Somerset Competition Cheer Team has already taken steps forward in its inaugural season as a competitive team. "I proposed the idea to the team and they expressed a lot of excitement in wanting to compete. They were eager to have the opportunity to continue into the winter season after football was over and looking forward to being a part of a bigger 'cheer community,'" said coach Tasia Berger.
St. Croix Central School Board Among the topics the St. Croix Central School Board discussed during its Jan. 23 regular meeting was the school's participation in the DPI pilot program for license renewal, changes to the school calendar for the 2017-2018 school year and how the district wanted to handle the summer swimming lesson program.
St. Croix Central Each year the St. Croix Valley Music Educators Association has an honor's festival for choir and band. Each affiliated school, including St. Croix Central, River Falls, Hudson, Ellsworth, Prescott, Baldwin and New Richmond, select students to bring based on their musical merit, work ethic and commitment to the program. Each group is generally around 100 students. This year the festival was held at the River Falls High School Auditorium.
New Richmond A class sign-up night for the Wisconsin hunter education class starting Monday, Feb. 27, at the New Richmond National Guard Armory, will take place in the Westfields Hospital Conference Center (535 Hospital Road, New Richmond) on Monday, Feb. 13. You must have pre-registered for class sign-up night in order to attend the sign-up night. To preregister, contact Mark Schlicht at 989-305-1750.
New Richmond School Board With the old school demolition quote coming in much lower than the $1.5 million the New Richmond School Board budgeted for the project, District Administrator Patrick Olson went to the staff at all of the district's buildings to ask about some of the one time needs that the district could tackle in order to best use those leftover funds.
St. Croix Central With St. Croix Central superintendent Tim Widiker's standing challenge to try and start two new programs at the high school level this school year, Assistant High School Principal, Activities and Transportation Director Jeremy Kerg is already working on putting into motion his plan to bring Panther Production to life.
Every year, school libraries across the state get money from the Common School Fund to help pay for things like books, database usage and other things to help students learn to the best of their abilities. With the recent changes to the guidelines for the useage of the Common School Fund, St. Croix Central library media specialist Amanda Olson decided to further expand student access to helpful resources by purchasing a green screen and an iPad Pro to run the apps needed to use the screen properly.
New Richmond Middle School When an addition was tacked on to the old New Richmond Middle School in 1988 — which included the gym, cafeteria, band room and tech-education rooms — the administration at the time decided it wanted to put together a time capsule to commemorate the occasion and preserve the building's history. A dedication for the new additions to the school was held Sunday, Oct. 23. Following the dedication, the time capsule was placed behind the 1988 cornerstone at the front of the building and was not to be opened until 2088.
Staff Commentary When I celebrated my 27th birthday in November, it also marked my eleventh year of having my driver's license. In those 11 years, I have driven in my fair share of bad weather. Sometimes it was because I had to. Other times it was because I was too stubborn to let the weather and road conditions dictate when I could or couldn't drive.