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Bowbells Students of the Month
Harley-Ann Bowring, daughter of Cory and April Carlberg, was chosen as the April Student of the Month for the high school.

Harley-Ann is involved in speech and golf.
In her spare time, Harley-Ann enjoys singing and dancing.

Harley-Ann describes someone as caring if he/she is nice to people, helping, and looks at them when they are speaking.
Harley-Ann cares about her mom, dad and friends.

Ann Crosby was chosen as the April Student of the Month for the elementary. She is the daughter of Mark and Kiara Crosby.

Her parents are role models in her life who demonstrate caring because they have taught her it’s good to help someone and spend time with them.

Ann states, “Caring means to help someone. You can show friends that you care by playing with them. If someone was feeling sad, you could help by trying to cheer them up.”
Ann is involved in dance, 4-H, T-ball and Sunday school.

She enjoys reading, art, dance, singing, playing Lego friends, playing with dolls, and playing “adventure” outside.

Ann feels education is important because you learn and you have fun, “Education is important because then you can know stuff.”

This month’s character pillar that was used to determine students of the month was caring.

Powers Lake FFA Holds
Annual Banquet

On Friday April 4, the Powers Lake FFA held their annual banquet.
Zac Hall of Bismarck was the guest speaker.
Logan Klitzke was top salesman for the year, Grace Hove was Star Greenhand, Levi Hoiby was awarded the Dekalb award, and Jonathan Rosencrans received the Star Chapter Farmer.

Twelve members were awarded FFA letters, seven Greenhands and six sophomores received their degrees and six senior officers retired and new officers were installed.

FFA chapter donated $250 to local food pantry.

Submitted by Tate E., Reporter

Burke County Dominates Region 9 Speech Meet
Twelve students advance to State –
Aufforth named Coach of the Year
Burke County brought home the Region 9 Speech Championship trophy, and the numbers sum up the win: 27 speakers earned 230 team points by placing 38 entries and advancing 12 students and 17 events to the State Speech competition.

Taking second place was Ray with 81 points and third was Watford City with 75 points.
“It truly took a team effort to earn so many points.

Sometimes hard work pays off,” said Beth Aufforth, speech coach.
Burke County speakers captured first in eight of the 14 individual events.

Placing first and re-qualifying for State were Douglas Winzenburg in Serious, Taylor Mahlum in Entertain, Taylor Peterson and Taylor Mahlum in Serious Duo, Sabrina Kremer in Inform, and Lexi Mahlum in Poetry.

Also placing first and qualifying for the first time were Taylor Peterson in Storytelling, Lexi Mahlum in Persuade, and Taryn Schmit in Dramatic.
“Taylor is fun to watch as a storyteller,” said Coach Beth Aufforth. “She uses her voice and body to bring the story to life; she performs the story.”

Schmit’s dramatic selection is from the short play “Asylum” by Dennis Bush. The character, August, suffers from agoraphobia, the fear of open places.

“It is a very difficult piece,” said Aufforth, “and Taryn has put in a lot of extra practice time to develop the character.”

“Lexi’s persuade is about saying ‘No’ not just to things a person shouldn’t do, like illegal drugs, but also about saying ‘No’ to friends and family who pressure teens into their idea of what is best for someone,” said Aufforth.

In second place and requalifying for State were Douglas Winzenburg in Impromptu and Colton Gandrud in Radio. But second place finishers who qualified for the first time were Dylan Benge in Extemporaneous Speaking and Madison Deckert in Dramatic.

“Extemporaneous Speaking is a difficult event and Dylan is up to the challenge. He is so knowledgeable about current issues,” said Coach Aufforth. Judges complimented Benge on his clear and focused organization.

Madison Deckert’s Dramatic is a short piece called “I Can’t Stop Thinking Today,” by Annie Evans. She portrays a woman who is distracted from daily life because her thoughts keep returning to the death of a friend, hence the title–I can’t stop thinking today. Judges said that Deckert did a good job of developing character.

In addition several third place speakers also qualified for state due to ties or over nine entries in the particular category.
In third and qualifying for State were Keirra Hawkins in Serious, Heidi Knutson in Entertain, Taryn Schmit in Programmed Reading, and Harley Bowring in Dramatic.

Other third place finishers were Lexi Vandegraft in Poetry, Kaylee Knutson in Extemporaneous Speaking, Brandon Kremer in Persuade, Haley Beeter and Madison Deckert in Serious Duo.
In fourth place were Sabrina Kremer and Heidi Knutson in Humorous Duo (qualifying due to a tie), Austin Deckert in both Inform and Persuade, Anna Pace in both Programmed Reading and Serious, and Colton Gandrud in Impromptu.

Finishing in fifth were Zack Beard in Inform, Aleyah Fettig and Samantha Baumann in Serious Duo, Fettig in Poetry, Sara Nelson in Dramatic, and Haley Beeter in Radio.

Sixth place awards were given to Lexi Vandegraft in Programmed Reading, Robby Cooper in Radio, Aleta Gamble in Poetry, and Micah Nelson in Storytelling.
And in seventh place were Avery DeMint in Storytelling, Dani Koppelsloen in Serious, and Robby Cooper in Humorous.

“A team trophy can only be won by being strong in as many events as possible, and we placed two or more people in 12 of the 14 events, and in Humorous and Humorous Duo we only placed one entry in each. The willingness of these speakers to try a second event that they maybe wouldn’t have chosen on their own is the biggest reason why the team did so well at regionals,” explained Aufforth.

Mrs. Beth Aufforth was also honored by her peers with the Coach of the Year award.
The State Speech contest is in Mandan on April 26.

Outdoor Tales


Not long ago Braden turned four and with that birthday has come a plethora of great stories I could tell. I have been trying to keep a good balance of outdoor thoughts and ideas, along with more Braden chronicles, the past few months.

A couple weeks back he gave me a story that any dad would be proud of and a follow up to a story from last year all in the same day.

If you recall last year I shared a piece with you called “A Star is Born” that was about Braden joining my buddies and me on Devils Lake for our annual “Pike Party.” He held up all weekend in cooler than normal temperatures and deep snow. He was featured in the Grand Forks Herald about his time on the ice and there was a photo of him dipping out a hole with a toy truck in the foreground.
Fast forward one year, the weather was awesome, unlike last year, and the boy was ready to do some ice fishing.

The first day was a lot like last year in that he was excited to dip out the holes but didn’t grasp the concept of the catching fish part. He just played on the ice and ate snacks as we were catching fish.
It was day two that it all came together for him.

I started setting tip ups for the day and he came up to me and started picking the tip up out of the box and telling me that was going to be his rod.

I set the depth and he put it in the hole. He was so excited to help his dad.

Once the lines were set he was enjoying some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fruit snacks on the ATV. I asked him if he knew what to do if a fish bit. His response shot back quickly, “We all yell FLAAGG!”
When I asked him then what the response was “WE RUN!”

Ok, that is pretty funny when you hear it (I wish it was on video).

Just then a flag popped up and someone yelled “FLAG” followed by Braden yelling “FLAG,” jumping off the ATV and running to it. I caught that first fish that day and there were many more. He chased every flag that day.

It became very apparent to everyone that he got the concept of tip up fishing on day two and he had a blast.

At one point he had laid down for a nap on the trailer and someone yelled “FLAG.” He popped right up and chased that flag too.

It is so rewarding to see a kid grasp a new outdoor concept and have so much fun with it. He was so happy to be outside and being part of the group, eating fruit snacks and fishing.

I guess the saying is true, no kid ever remembers a day in front of the TV.

Until next time get outside and make some memories.


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