HYPE Briefs: Youth achieving success and blazing trails

Rogers DECA store earns gold certification

The Rogers High School School-Based Enterprise (SBE) is among the 137 DECA school stores in the United States achieving Gold Level Certification this year.

DECA students Emily LaCount, Taylor Lynch, Kendra Burr, Sarah Kornovich and Gabby Moter will be recognized in April.

Students Sarah Kornovich, Gabby Moter, Courtney Steeves and Taylor Lynch and adviser Shalaine Seymour will be recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah,(See photo on jump page) April 28 through May 1.

The DECA store has operated since Rogers High School was built nine years ago. To earn the Gold level certification the Rogers team submitted extensive documentation showing how they achieved set standards that are outlined in the certification guidelines.

According to Seymour, the Rogers DECA program was recognized for the following:

•Store Goals: the goal of the One Stop DECA Shoppe is a learning lab for students to learn more about marketing, business and finance as well as to earn a profit while selling school spirit merchandise.

•Student Accountability and Involvement: All students in the advanced marketing class participate in school store operations.

•Merchandising Promotions: Students create store merchandise promotions weekly to draw in customers.

•Best Practices within our school store: Designated managers ran the store and had training for the store during the summer. The main goal is the entire advanced marketing class is involved, so everyone in the class participates in overall school store operations.

A national review committee evaluated the documentation to determine the level of certification.

Elk River math team to compete at state

The Elk River math team will compete March 12 in the state math tournament after another really good year.

The Elks had three top finishers in the conference and came in second to its nemesis, Maple Grove, in the nine-team Twin City Suburban West Division. The team did, however, beat Maple Grove in two of its five meets this year. It also won a meet this year.

Finishing second to the same team got it an invite to the state tourney, provided they finished in the top 50 schools. This year’s math team finished in 26th place out of 171 teams in the state in the state.

“Our goal is to beat them at state,” said Curt Michener, the coach and adviser for the team.

Individual performers who did well were Cole Konczal (third in the division), Jordan Haack (fifth in the division), and Blake Thompson (seventh in the division).  There were over 150 students competing in our division.

Those competing at state will be Konczal, Thompson, Haack, Alex Hickman, Will Strei, Matt Brisbin, Jacob Wisniewski, and Hunter Gulbranson.

Kaleidoscope kids reach state science fair

Fifteen projects advanced from Kaleidoscope Charter School’s science fair on to Central Minnesota’s Regional Science Fair on Feb. 25.

Of the 15, six projects were able to attend the regional fair. Ali O’mara and cooperative project Andrew Piehl and Tristan Phipps were awarded Merit awards on Saturday.

Merit award winners included Mack Tharaldson, Mary Okematti and cooperative project Alisa Johnson and Maya Falls.

Mary Okematti also won the United States Air Force Certificate of Achievement for an outstanding science or engineering fair project as well as the Official of Naval Research Naval Science Award awarded by the United States Navy and Marine Corps.

Kayla Mueller and Camille Ashfled’s project, What is a Dog’s IQ?, won the Broadcasters Masters Award as well as a position in the state competition in March at Doubletree by Hilton March 18 – 20.

Salk students find  success at SCSU

Nineteen students from Salk Middle School joined over 300 middle and high school science students from their region to compete at the 62nd annual Regional Science and Engineering Fair at St. Cloud State University.

Salk students presented their science fair projects to multiple judges, all of whom hold advanced degrees in the topic of study. Judges evaluated creative thinking, use of the scientific method, attention to variables and controls, and the students’ ability to communicate data and conclusions clearly.

Project scores were then compared to others in the same category. Salk students “competed” against other middle and high school students, and their work was recognized as being exceptional.

This year, Salk Middle School will send Vinayak Rajesh, Max Wiczek and Josh Ekman to the Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair this month.

Vinayak, Josh and Max were also honored to receive “Rising Star Awards,” celebrating their aptitude for the STEM disciplines. The Marine Corps recognized Max Waite for his outstanding research related to an environmental management project.

Rachel Dorff and Jarod Gill earned honorable mention ribbons, and Jadyn Anderson, Pippa Cockcroft, Max Friese, Jerrik Walker, Alex Wiczek, Sydney Heinen, Max Waite, Erika Kovar, Emily Kafka, Teagan Merrifield, Michaela Martin, John McClay, Alex Pribula and Chelsea Turner earned Blue Ribbon Merit Awards.

Elks culinary team take state contest title

The Elk River High School culinary team is the Hospitality Minnesota Education

The 2012 Elk River High School culinary team of seniors Josh Walbolt, Emily Coomer, Stephanie McGuire and junior Tori Newbauer won first place. They are coached by Kathy Ellefson.

Foundation Sysco ProStart Invitational state champions. The team, coached by Kathy Ellefson, won the overall title March 1 against seven other state teams.

With the championship, members of the team will represent Minnesota at the National ProStart Student Invitational in Baltimore, Md. April 27 – 29. The state title is Elk River’s fourth (the team placed second one year and did not compete another year) in the six years of the competition.

The 2012 culinary team of seniors Josh Walbolt, Emily Coomer and Stephanie McGuire and junior Tori Newbauer won first place. They had one hour to prepare a three-course meal and were judged on skills, teamwork, sanitation, menu presentation and taste. The team won with a menu of Walleye Mousseline on Daikon slaw, Garam Marsala lamb chops with coconut polenta cake and vegetables and for dessert, banana Sabayon. Coomer also received a high quality set of knives for her skills during the culinary completion.

The Restaurant Management Team of seniors Walbolt, Katrina Dufresene and Sam Mackner placed second. They were judged on their knowledge of the hospitality industry by developing a written and oral business proposal for a new restaurant concept.

As the state champions, members of the Elk River team have been offered scholarships to the following institutions:

•The International Culinary Schools at the Art Institute — $3,000 renewable

•Johnson & Wales University — $1,000 renewable

•LeCordon Bleu Minneapolis-St. Paul — $5,000

• Louisianan Culinary Institute — $3,000

•New England Culinary Institute — $15,000

•Southwest Minnesota State University — $1,000

• Sullivan University —$6,000.

The judges were among the “Who’s Who” in the Minnesota culinary industry. They included Tim McKee from La Belle Vie, Michael Autenrieth from The Art Institutes International Minnesota, Jamie Malone from Sea Change, Tim Murray from Murray’s Restaurant and Todd Bolton from Parasole Restaurant Holdings. Tom Kavanaugh, from Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort, sent Ellefson an e-mail after the competition saying he was resigning as a judge so that he could mentor the Elk River team for nationals.

Ellefson was the Minnesota’s ProStart Teacher of Excellence in 2010 and the ISD 728 2010 Secondary Teacher of the Year. She also was a Fox 9 Top Teacher 2009 award winner and won the Outstanding Educator Award from the Minnesota Association for Career and Technical Administrators 2008. She plans to retire after this school year.

“Kathy is one of our best instructors,” said Minnesota ProStart Coordinator Betty Fisk. ProStart is a two-year educational program supported by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation in partnership with state restaurant associations. The career-building program blends classroom learning with mentored work experience to teach high school students the management and culinary skills needed for a career in the restaurant and food service industry.

Parker, Meadowvale win chess tourney

Students from Parker Elementary School placed first in two divisions and Meadowvale Elementary School won the third division at the third annual Meadowvale Chess Tournament.

Approximately 40 students in kindergarten through fifth grade, representing six elementary schools, participated in the event.

Troy Hinz of Parker won the Grade 3-4 Division, and Josiah Lundy of Parker won the Grade 5-6 Division.

Meadowvale’s Logan Braley won the K-2 Division in which three other Meadowvale students finished second, third and fourth.

Otsego also had two students place in the top four in the 5-6 Division.

Students from Parker, Otsego, Meadowvale, Westwood, Hassan and Lincoln participated in the event. Following are the top four finishers in each division:

Josiah Lundy, Tyler Weinmann, Gavin Lien and Ben Greni were the winners in the oldest bracket. Submitted photo

Kindergarten through 2:

•First Place – Logan Braley, Meadowvale

•Second Place – Ethan Andresen, Meadowvale

•Third Place – Isabelle Silvola, Medowvale

•Fourth Place – Ryan Weatherly, Meadowvale

Grades 3-4:

•First Place – Troy Hinz, Parker

•Second Place – Eric Ulrich, Meadowvale

•Third Place – Noah Schaber, Meadowvale

•Fourth Place – Gunnar Anderson, Parker

Grades 5-6:

•First Place – Josiah Lundy, Parker

•Second Place – Tyler Weinmann, Meadowvale

•Third Place – Gavin Lien, Otsego

•Fourth Place – Ben Greni, Otsego