Five generations of the family of Eleanor Graupe of Minot met recently for this photo. She is in the front row, seated, holding her great-great-granddaughter, Brinley Bjertness, Minot. Next to them is her great-grandson, Levi Bjertness, Minot. In the back row, left to right, are her daughter, Judy Breiland, Minot; and her granddaughter, Laurie Bjertness, Minot.
Participants sought for Team America rocket competition
The Team America Rocketry Challenge will accept up to 1,000 student teams in grades seven through 12 from any U.S. school, home school or non-profit youth organization. Registration is open through Nov. 30.
Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association, this year's rocket contest challenges teams of three to 10 students to design and build a rocket that will climb to 800 feet with a payload of two raw eggs and stay aloft for 43 to 47 seconds. The eggs must then return to earth unbroken. The 2012 contest rules and registration information are available at (www.rocketcontest.org).
The top 100 TARC teams will be invited to compete at the National Finals on May 12 just outside of Washington, D.C. Student participants compete for $60,000 in prizes, scholarships and the 2012 air show in Farnborough, England, for an international fly-off.
New Town native to moderate conference
LAS VEGAS Denise Juneau, formerly of New Town, will be a moderator for the Project New West 2011 Western Summit in Las Vegas Sunday through Tuesday.
Juneau is the superintendent of public instruction for the state of Montana in Helena, Mont. She will mod-erate a panel on "Finding Common Ground in Education" Sunday.
The summit is bringing together leaders from 11 western states to discuss economic, political and cultural challenges and opportunities facing the region.
When Juneau won the general election for Montana superintendent of public instruction, she became the first American Indian elected to a statewide executive office in that state.
An enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes on the Fort Berthold Reservation, she was an English teacher at New Town High School for grades nine and 10 in the mid-1990s.
Golden Oaks PTA to meet at MAFB
The Golden Oaks PTA will meet Wednesday in Lowe's Printing Parking Lot at 9:30 a.m. to travel to Dakota Elementary School in Minot Air Force Base for the "Using the iPad" program presented by technology director Craig Nansen.
The group will then tour the school with principal Kathryn Lenertz, with lunch to follow at the Minot Air Force Base Officers' Club.
Guests and potential members are welcome to attend.
FFA students earn recognition
Minot High School FFA Chapter members competed at the FFA District Leadership event Sept. 29 at the International Inn.
Chapter officers placed third in parliamentary procedure. President Jordan Peterson, vice president Abigail Shaw, Hayley Horner, secretary, Kali Sivertson, reporter, and Garrett Becker, sentinel, received gold awards individually in the event and treasurer Josh Kauffman earned a silver award. Sivertson and Becker earned the officers of the day award.
Joann Schlienz earned a bronze award in prepared public speaking.
Ashley Reedy earned a bronze award in extemporaneous public speaking.
The team received a gold award overall in the advanced quiz competition. Individually, Ashley Reedy and Cole Hanson both received gold awards; Brock Severson received a silver award and Morgan Page and Steven Milner each earned a bronze award.
The team received a bronze award overall in the greenhand quiz competition. Individually, Ericka Hoff and Jessica Brown both earned gold awards; Michael Lambert, Mason Geller, Dalton Cooper, Remington Peterson and Ashley Falten all earned a silver award; Scott Vantilborg, Breanna Llewellyn, Samantha Schiele, Terrence Kirkland, Jerry Laib, Joann Schlienz, Jaci Card and Aryanna Campbell each received a bronze award.
In the demonstration category, Shonda Gasmann earned a gold award.
In the creed competition, Remington Peterson earned a silver award.
In the job interview category, Abigail Shaw received a gold award.