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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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).
Thanks to a grant from the New Richmond Area Community Foundation, children’s author David LaRochelle was invited to speak to New Richmond kindergarten through third-grade students about writing and illustrating. LaRochelle was at Starr Elementary on Monday, May 12, talking to the students about writing, drawing and telling them about his many stories. LaRochelle also made appearances at Hillside and Paperjack elementaries. (Photo by Jordan Willi)
At its May 6 board work session meeting, the New Richmond School District Board of Education held elections for board officers and board appointments, in addition to approving the hiring of new Starr Elementary Principal Daniel McGuire. After the elections, the officers remained the same for all positions, with Rick Hinz staying on as board president, Paula Kolbeck being re-elected as vice president, Chris Skoglund being elected as school board clerk and Marty Wold remaining as the board’s treasurer.
On April 15, the New Richmond High School Forensics team was awarded the prestigious “Excellence in Speech Award” by the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association, which is given to the top 5 percent scoring schools competing at the state Speech Festival at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “It works out to be the top 18 schools get this award, but we don’t know who those schools are because they don’t break it out,” said Danette Tellijohn, who coaches the team along with Sarah Fastelin. “That is out of 351 schools in the state.