May 24, 2016

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Cody Witt Lidgerwood 2nd Grader TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 Published for the Red River Valley and Adam and Jennifer Mauch, Mooreton VOL. 129, NO. 21  High Low Outlook May 24 73 49 Mostly cloudy May 25 69 51 Low clouds May 26 71 50 Mostly cloudy May 27 76 54 Sunshine May 28 78 51 Periods of rain May 29 74 59 T-storms May 30 77 45 Mostly cloudy $1.00 A6 B1 is Week's Weather Look for chance of thunderstorms all week with cloud cover Student Art Classifieds A8, A9 Comics B2 Dakota Estates A5 Editorial A4 News from Past A2 Question of the Week A2 School Calendar A6 School Menus A6 Senior Menus A6 Sports B1 Valedictorians, salutatorians A7 Worship A6 Remember exactly who we honor on Memorial Day. — Opinion. A4 Inside Today Rising Stars in Laura Gutzmer and Jessica Kuchera Fairmount 1st responders honored by Richland County SEE TOWNSEND, PAGE A10 INSIDE WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR AREA GRADUATES? Lidgerwood residents think long and hard about what advice they would give to the graduating class of 2016 as area high schools prepare for this all important high school send-off. VALS AND SALS FOR 2016 Fairmount, Hankinson, Lidgerwood and Wynd- mere high schools release the names of this year's valedictorians and salu- tatorians. These seniors have been active in their schools and communities as they prepare for college. — page A5 Kenny Clark of Lidgerwood has a grandson, Hunter Nelson, who is graduating Friday from Lidgerwood High School. Clark's advice to grads is to find some occupation that they will enjoy since it won't feel like work then. 'Try to achieve what you enjoy doing,' is Clark's heartfelt advice to area high school graduates. KAREN SPEIDEL NEWS-MONITOR Townsend is named N.D. High School Principal of the Year FRANK STANKO | NEWS-MONITOR Tracer Bowar and Whitney Welder are graduating from Wahpeton High School Sunday, May 29. Both said this community has helped give them every opportunity for future success. Fairmount given reason to celebrate BY KAREN SPEIDEL It doesn't feel like work to Jay Townsend each day he walks through the doors at Fairmount Public School. He is the principal of 99 students in grades K-12. He loves the school district and the unique relationships the teachers are able to build with stu - dents. T h a t was appar- ent early T h u r s d a y afternoon when Fair- mount stu- dents were i n f o r m e d during an informal cer- emony that Townsend is this year's High School Principal of the Year by the North Dakota Associa- tion of Secondary School Principals. He received a standing ovation from enthusiastic students gathered in the multipurpose room. Townsend is honored by the award. In fact, he said this is "pretty cool," to be exact and is still shocked that he received this prestigious award. "The school culture is great here and the staff and kids are awesome. This is a direct reflection of them," he said. The announcement comes on the heels of longtime science and math teacher Yolanda Luick being named an "Educator of Excellence." Townsend said there is a noticeable family atmo - sphere at Fairmount Pub- lic School, something he said works so well. "You can develop rela- tionships here. I mean, I know their parents, I know their grandparents, I know a lot about the stu- dents so the connection makes the school spe- cial," Townsend said. Describing Fairmount School is easy, he said. "I use the word family quite a bit to describe it — to - getherness, caring, lov- ing," he added. Second grade teacher Making their mark inety-nine seniors are expected to graduate from Wahpeton High School on Sunday, May 29. In that group are Tracer Bowar and Whitney Weld- er, described by principal Ned Clooten as real joys to work with and two people who refuse to avoid their work, but almost seek it out. Planning to become a doctor, Welder will attend Min- nesota State University Moorhead, Minnesota. She'll study biology and business in the fall. It's a career path N Editor's Note: This contin- ues a year long series called 'Point of View." This month we look at students who are making their mark at their respective schools and across the state. POINT OF VIEW BY FRANK STANKO SEE POINT OF VIEW, PAGE A10 Townsend

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