Little prince and princesses enjoyed a royal party Feb. 11 featuring face painting, manicures, arts and crafts, bingo, games, prizes, cookies, Legos, as well as a grand march at the 9th annual Prince and Princess Party at Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary. Miss Wadena Gabi Ross and WDC Homecoming Queen Lila Lohmiller read books to the little prince and princesses, as well as participated in activities and led the Grand March. The Prince and Princess Party is a fun and festive event for youth 10 and under and families. It's sponsored by Wadena-Deer Creek Youth Community Education.
A father in southeastern Minnesota whose daughter was killed in a texting-while-driving crash is spreading the message to teen-agers about the dangers of distracted driving. Matt Logan's 17-year-old daughter, Deej, died five years ago. She was texting as she was driving home on the first day of her senior year when she slammed into the back of a school bus. She later died at a hospital.
Several Wadena-Deer Creek students were recognized recently for their Lions Youth Outreach Posters. The contest was open to students in grades 6-8 dealing with the following subjects: drug and alcohol abuse/awareness, violence, volunteering, citizenship, peer pressure, as well as healthy and positive aspects of life growing up. Winners chosen by local Lions Club included the following sixth-graders: Anna Guo, Bluffton Lions Club winner with her "Suicide is not the Answer" poster;
Dr. Peter Haberman from Concordia College, Moorhead, spent nearly two hours with the Wadena-Deer Creek High School Concert Band Jan. 24. Dr. Haberman provided technique tips to their music in preparation for the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) State Convention in February. The WDC Concert Band was selected to perform for the MMEA state convention. This is the second time during WDC Band Director Lisa Weniger's tenure the band has been bestowed this honor. The last time was in 2013.
WDC Business Professionals of America (BPA) competed at the Region 6 event in Detroit Lakes recently and several qualified for State BPA on March 8-10 in Minneapolis. State-qualifying students included: Leah Spilman - 1st place for Advanced Spreadsheets and 2nd place for Fundamentals of Web Design Alex Gould - 1st place for Fundamentals of Web Design Cole Pearson - 4th place for Fundamentals of Accounting Grace Hinojos - 5th place for Business Law and Ethics Bereket Loer - 3rd place for Computer Security
Wadena-Deer Creek 8th-grader Madison Packer won the 2018 Wadena-Deer Creek Spelling Bee, Jan. 29 in the 12th round by spelling "incarcerated" correctly. Packer advances to the regional spelling bee at NJPA in Staples on March 7. The winner of the regional bee receives a free trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. "It was wonderful to see all these kids competing at an academic event. I like to tell them it's a chance to compete with your brain," said Lori Grendahl, WDC spelling bee coordinator.
WDC Elementary Principal Louis Rutten announced the recent PAWS recipients who were awarded for positive behavior. They included: Yezel Lopez Arevalo, Lane Beier, Kendal Hastings, Elena Lease, Danielle Lorentz, Jadeyn Malisheske, Tori Mallak, Zaden Minich and Levyn Rousslang. PAWS (Positive Always ready Working together Safe) supports positive behavior for students in grades K-4. A student can be nominated by any staff member, not just their teacher. They are nominated by exhibiting positive behavior and helping others.
Technology Mobile spent three days at Wadena-Deer Creek's elementary and middle school getting kids excited about robotics while visiting with Baxter the Robot, programming robots, and playing with different robots.
Wadena-Deer Creek School District wants to remind everyone that it's National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 16-20. Wadena-Deer Creek school buses will transport students more than 260,000 miles this year. Those miles include 13 daily routes, preschool/head start routes, sports buses, late bus and field trips. In addition, WDC school buses transport nearly 600 kids daily, so every day safety comes first, said Greg Kramer, Wadena-Deer Creek's transportation director.