Sartell Middle School students participate in Regional Envirothon Competition
Twenty seventh- and eighth-grade Sartell Middle School students recently participated in the Region 2 Junior Envirothon competition held at the Prairie Woods Environmental Center in Spicer. The competition is sponsored by the Soil and Water Conservation District’s of Area IV. The Envirothon is a competitive event for middle school students (grades 6-8) who work together in teams of four to five members to compete in natural resources knowledge during a hands-on field day event. Resource subject areas included Wetlands/Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife and this years current events topic was “Non-Point Source Pollution/Low-Impact Development.”
SMS participants worked together with guest speakers to practice for the competition. Sartell Middle School teams brought home trophies for first, second, fourth and sixth place in the overall competition.
First-place team members included: Jadon Ludewig, Turner Kuhn, Jarret Janu, Austin Grundhofer and Alex Bertsch.
Second-place team members included: Greta Borgeson, Emily LeClerc, Brittany Stredelman, Rory Spanier and Dean Amundson.
Fourth-place team members included: Alexis Koltes, Elana Johnson, Kylie Zochert, Kate Bunde and Raija Layne.
Sixth-place team members included: Ricarda Salk, Matt Eichler, Parker Wassen, Jason Lieberg and Elliot Edeburn.
The middle school teams were supervised by Lori Dornburg, academic extensions coordinator, and Gina Anderson, seventh-grade science teacher.
Sartell High School was represented by one team under the supervision of science teacher Ben Hoffman. The SMS team of Taylor Idland, Katie Christopherson, Katherine Rose, Samantha Deans and Eleanore Stang placed fourth overall. Dustin Schrammel and Bridget Maas were alternates.
Pictured are all members of the Sartell Middle School teams.
Alex Hanson, a student from St. John’s University, Collegeville, was recently accepted into the Theta of Minnesota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Hanson is the son of Ron and Michelle Hanson of Sartell. He is a junior individualized major at SJU and was among 12 juniors of 75 upperclass students selected. The criteria for being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa are grade-point average (3.75 for juniors, 3.65 for seniors), a liberal arts major and the breadth and depth of the student’s program and other achievements, such as a thesis or other research.
Elizabeth Gerads and Andrew Carr, both of St. Peter, Minn. announce their engagement.
Parents are David Gerads of Sartell, Edith Gerads of St. Stephen and David and Kelley Carr of St. Peter.
Gerads is a 2008 graduate of Sartell High School and currently attends Minnesota State University, Mankato. Carr is a 2008 graduate of St. Peter Senior High School and a 2013 graduate of MSU, Mankato. He is employed by Best Buy in Mankato.
A June 22 wedding is planned.
Bria Lanners and Ryan Christensen, both of Fargo, N.D., announce their engagement.
Parents are Todd and Tammie Lanners of Alexandria, Kelly Thomton and Jeff Barron, Minneapolis, and the late James Christensen.
Lanners is a 2007 graduate of Jefferson High School in Alexandria and a 2010 graduate of North Dakota State University in Fargo. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management with a minor in psychology. She is currently employed at a commercial underwriter at Auto Owners Insurance in Fargo.
Christensen is a 2009 graduate of Sartell High School and is currently attending North Dakota State University majoring in construction management with a minor in business administration. He will graduate in December.
A July 27 wedding is planned at Alexandria Covenant Church in Alexandria, with a reception to follow at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria.
Dana Scheppmann and Alex Wieme, both of St. Cloud, announce their engagement.
Parents are Al and Cathy Wieme, Sartell, and Sue and Dave Scheppmann, both of Fairmont, Minn.
Scheppmann is a 2005 graduate of Fairmont High School, a 2009 graduate of the College of St. Benedict and in 2012 earned her doctorate of physical therapy at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is currently employed at CentraCare, St. Cloud.
Wieme is a 2005 graduate of Sartell High School and a 2009 graduate of St. John’s University. He is currently employed at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in St. Cloud.
A May 11 wedding is planned at Blackberry Ridge Golf Course, Sartell.