Shawn Laudenbach’s parents and brother gathered with Shawn’s teachers at Kimball Elementary School last week to informally dedicate a colorful bench donated in Shawn’s honor. Shawnwould have completed the eighth grade this year, but he died in August 2012 at only 12 years old; he had bravely fought cancer for four and a half years. The bench was donated by Landscape Structures, a family-owned playground equipment company based in Delano; they are installing new equipment at the school and donated this bench. Pictured are Shawn’s 5th-grade teacher Mrs. Theresa Niemi, 6th-grade teacher Mrs. Patti Bauerly, Julie Laudenbach, Scott Laudenbach, Jeff Laudenbach, Shawn’s 4th-grade teacher Mrs. Deb Schmidt, and his 3rd-grade teacher Mrs. Denise Nusbaum. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.
The Kimball Cubs of the Month have been selected for honors. They are, from left to right, in front row, Isabelle Salzbrun, Sebrina Mains, Taylor Libbesmeier, Zoe Mertens, Haylie Saukkola, Joshua Zipp, and Ella Lyrek. In the middle row are Corban Elznic, Peyton Hooper, Annalisa Hendrickson, Natalie Loehrer, Ashton Hanan, and Bailee Fischer. In back row are Riley Spoden, Justina Niemi, Lexi Myers, Lucas Jurek, and Ellie Wicker. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.
Drawing with chalk provided an inspirational message for high school honorees
While chalkboards are probably a thing of the past for most classrooms, the chalk drawing performed by Bob Upgren was definitely a unique message to the audience. The 27th Annual Studentsof Excellence Banquet and Recognition Ceremony was Wednesday, April 30, at the
River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud with close to 600 attending the event.
The evening was dedicated to honoring the top 150 high school seniors from more than 38 Region 7 high schools. The honorees were nominated by their school or district and received a plaque recognizing their accomplishment and a certificate from Governor
Dayton. Over the past 27 years there have been 4,224 honored seniors. While attendees waited for the doors to open, animated conversations in the crowd revolved around upcoming prom, graduation and plans for college.
The KES fourth-grade class winners are receiving their root beer floats for having the most kids showing up for the Booster-sponsored Bleacher Creature nights last winter. The Booster Club paid for the elementary kids’ gate fee for one Boys’- and one Girls’-basketball games last winter, and the grade that had the most kids show up won root beer floats for their whole class. As they sat in the bleachers they also received foam fingers, hats and blue and gold beads. Boosters’ president Bob Merchant, along with vice president Brian Becker served the fourth-grade class last Thursday, May 22, at the Kimball Elementary School. Submitted photo.
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: