In order to recognize achievement, outstanding progress, and responsible behavior in our student body, grade-level teams made up of teachers select one Kimball Area High School student in each grade to be recognized as the Student of the Month. The monthly winners are recognized in school, on the school website, and in the Tri-County News. They also receive a Dairy Queen gift certificate and Chamber Bucks from the Kimball Area Chamber of Commerce. Special thanks to the Kimball Chamber of Commerce and a private donor for sponsoring this program. The following students are recognized for May 2014:
Graduation from Kimball Area High School took place Thursday evening, May 29, in the Wirth Gym. Forty-eight graduates received their diplomas before greeting friends and family outdoors. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
Karlee Beehler, daughter of Mike and Jenny Beehler of Kimball, has received two merit scholarships from Bemidji State University. Karlee, an entering freshman in the nursing program received a university scholarship for $2,000, and an academic achievement scholarship of $3,000.
Madelyn Jansky was selected by the Kimball Legion Unit 261 Auxiliary to represent Kimball at the 2014 Girls State.
She will be going to St. Thomas College for one week. Congratulations.
Girls State Chairman
A week ago, Jeffrey DeMars from KARE-11 TV showed up at Kimball Area High School. Apparently, the station got wind of something different going on.
Katie Pettit is the new math teacher this year. She arrived after Bill Liedman retired last year.
The story was about math students who willingly gave up their cell phones for a week.
The reward? No math final.
The hitch? Ninety percent of her classes had to participate or everyone would have to take the final.
As it turns out, all but two (from among 70-some students) happily turned in their phones Monday, May 19. The phones went into a plastic bin for storage.
Apparently, teenagers willingly giving up their phones for a week is news.
“I got the idea after my class watched a YouTube video called ‘Look Up,’” Ms. Pettit says. The short video showed how important it is to put your phone down, look up, and experience life.
While watching the video, Pettit observed many of the students using their phones. She says most of them couldn’t put their phones down for a five-minute video.
“The next day I came to class and asked who would like to not have a math final. Of course the whole class raised their hands. Some of those hands dropped when I told them what they would have to do in order for this to happen, though: Turn in phones Monday morning, and get them back Friday after school.”