MSU to host Futurepalooza
Minot State University will host Futurepalooza from 9:15 a.m. to noon on Sept. 18 in the MSU Dome.
The event gives high school students an opportunity to learn about career and educational opportunities offered by businesses and post-secondary schools. Presentations and informational booths will be free and open to students, parents and community members.
Laura Entzel, coordinator, Students Loans of North Dakota will be the keynote speaker. A roundtable session will have 40 presenters.
Professionals from 16 career clusters will sit down for three 18-minute sessions with the students, according to a press release issued by MSU. The presenters will talk about their educational backgrounds and the steps they took to be successful in their professions.
Thirty-eight post-secondary schools from across the region will also exhibit at the event. These include colleges, universities, institutes or academies from North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Manitoba, Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming.
Organizers expect Futurepalooza to be even bigger than last year, with more than 600 students from 18 area schools planning to attend.
Tea Party to conduct contest
The North Dakota Tea Party Caucus has announced it will award two $500 college scholarship in an essay/video contest for youth.
One contest is open to any North Dakota high school senior and the other to any college student who is a resident of North Dakota. Entries can be either an 800 to 1,000 word written essay or a 2 minute 30 second video on the meaning of the U.S. Constitution and liberty in today's world.
Entries must be submitted by Oct. 25. Winners will be announced Nov. 6. Five members of the caucus will serve as judges.
For more information on how to enter, contact Perry Schumacher of West Fargo at 367-3039 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Zimmerman to appear at event
Devils Lake native and author Dwight Jon Zimmerman will be the guest author of the North Dakota Chautauqua 2012 in Devils Lake. He will deliver a lecture, open to the public, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in Lake Region State College's Chautauqua Gallery. A book signing will follow.
Zimmerman co-authored bestselling author and television anchor Bill O'Reilly's "Lincoln's Last Days: The Shocking Assassination That Changed American Forever."
"Lincoln's Last Days" is the young adult adaptation of "Killing Lincoln," O'Reilly's bestselling account of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
Zimmerman began his career writing superhero comic books for Marvel Comics. He has written more than a dozen critically acclaimed, award-winning books on military history as well as hundreds of articles on the subject. He is the host of the monthly radio program "At Ease" nationally broadcast on the Veterans Radio Network. In 2010 Zimmerman received from the Military Writers Society of America the Founder's Award for his book "Uncommon Valor: The Medal of Honor and the Warriors Who Earned It in Afghanistan and Iraq."
Zimmerman is a graduate of the North Dakota State School of Science. He currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Carrington gets nat'l award
Carrington Elementary School and Thompson Public School have received the U.S. Department of Education's 2012 National Blue Ribbon School Award for outstanding academic achievement toward excellence in education.
This award is designed to highlight and give recognition to schools that are producing outstanding results for all students regardless of race or socioeconomic status.
The award is given to "exemplary improving schools" with at least 40 percent of its students from disadvantaged backgrounds that have reduced the achievement gap by making the most progress in improving student performance in reading and mathematics on state assessments or tests or to "exemplary high performing schools" that are ranked among the state's highest performing schools on state assessments in reading and math.
National Blue Ribbon Schools are honored each year at a recognition ceremony in Washington D.C.