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 last few years, Terrence Lizakowski has been teaching and working as an administrator at various non religious schools throughout the Twin Cities metro area. But one day, while sitting in church, Lizakowski decided that he wanted to get back to teaching at a religious institution, such as St. Mary School in New Richmond. “I was in church one day and there was a children’s choir singing and I thought that I wouldn’t mind helping out the church again,” Lizakowski said. “I wanted to go back to use my skills as an administrator and teacher to develop a community.
The New Richmond Tigers softball team was able to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the late innings of Tuesday's game to claim a 6-3 win over visiting Altoona. With the win, the Tigers advance to face Baldwin-Woodville on the road in the third round of the WIAA Division 2 Girls Softball regionals on Thursday, May 29. The Tigers trailed Altoona 3-1 heading into the bottom half the fifth inning of the regional playoff game but they were able to load the bases with no outs to start off the inning.
On Friday, May 23, 174 members of New Richmond High School Class of 2014 walked across the stage in the gymnasium, received their diplomas and shook the hands of Principal Tom Wissink, District Administrator Jeff Moberg and one of the members of the New Richmond School District Board of Education. A total of 180 students graduated from New Richmond High School this year at the 128th Commencement Exercises.
On Friday, May 23, the New Richmond High School graduated the Class of 2014, which was made up of 180 students, including 174 who participated in the 128th Commencement Exercises in the high school gymnaisum. See next week's New Richmond News for a full story and more photos from the NRHS 2014 graduation ceremony.
From April 29-30, five New Richmond High School students took part in the 41st annual SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. “It is a program for tech ed students to showcase their skill in the technology fields,” SkillsUSA advisor Tom Leque said. “It is more than just job skills, it is about also leadership and helping form a coherent, professional workforce.” SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.
At its May 19 school board meeting, the New Richmond School District Board of Education discussed at length a pair of new developments for the Community Commons. The first of those developments was the possibility of the City of New Richmond being interested in using the Commons site as the location for a new library on the condition that the 1926 portion of the building be razed to allow for the new building to be built from the ground up. “One of the thoughts that has come up lately is would the library be willing to come here if the 1926 portion was taken down?” sa
Before taking part in the National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) challenge last November, New Richmond Middle School eighthgrader Aubrey Berning didn’t have much interest in writing of any kind. However, after completing the challenge and receiving her five free printed copies of her novel, titled It Started with a Rose, Berning feels like writing is something she wants to do for a living. “In November, I just thought it would be cool to have a challenge, but now I really love writing,” Berning said.
On Friday, May 16, New Richmond High School students got to take a break from their regular routine at the high school to take part in the annual Service Learning Day. On Service Learning Day, high school students, staff and volunteers spread across New Richmond and the surrounding communities to help with a variety of projects. Projects included working on the Community Garden, singing and playing music at area nursing homes, a kids carnival and the Friendship Games, which took place at the high school.
New Richmond High School Principal Tom Wissink loves his job. He loves getting to interact with the students, teachers, staff and the New Richmond community while also continuing to learn new things on a daily basis. “This job really keeps you young,” Wissink said at the end of the day. “There is no other job like it and it is never dull. There are no two days alike.”
The New Richmond sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders performed their spring concerts on Thursday, May 8, at the middle school (sixth-graders) and high school (seventh- and eighth-grade).