2013-05-02 / Top News

Area students place in AMVETS Americanism Contest


Linton Elementary School students who placed in the 2013 AMVETS Post #9 Americanism Contest were back row (left to right), Callie Hase (3rd grade-1st place), Boston Gefroh (4th grade-4th place), Bailey Sletten (3rd grade-3rd place), Kylee Gartner (4th grade-2nd place) and ShayLee Bosch (2nd grade-4th place); front row, Robyn Huizenga (2nd grade-3rd place), Gracyn Holzer (1st grade-3rd place), Allie Dockter (1st grade-1st place), JayCee Richter (3rd grade-5th place), Teegan Scherr (3rd grade-2nd place) and Emily Kelsch (4th grade-1st place). Linton Elementary School students who placed in the 2013 AMVETS Post #9 Americanism Contest were back row (left to right), Callie Hase (3rd grade-1st place), Boston Gefroh (4th grade-4th place), Bailey Sletten (3rd grade-3rd place), Kylee Gartner (4th grade-2nd place) and ShayLee Bosch (2nd grade-4th place); front row, Robyn Huizenga (2nd grade-3rd place), Gracyn Holzer (1st grade-3rd place), Allie Dockter (1st grade-1st place), JayCee Richter (3rd grade-5th place), Teegan Scherr (3rd grade-2nd place) and Emily Kelsch (4th grade-1st place). Twenty-five area students placed in the 2013 AMVETS Americanism Essay Contest. The contest is open to students in grades K-12, and the theme of this year’s contest was “Why is it Important to Vote?”

Winners in each grade received cash prizes for first ($100), second ($75), third ($50), fourth ($25) and fifth ($15) place. Linton Public School had 14 place winners, while Strasburg Public School had 11 place winners in the contest. All of the place winners were invited to attend an awards ceremony at the AMVETS Post #9 in Bismarck on April 18.


Strasburg School students who placed in the AMVETS Americanism Contest and attended the awards ceremony at the AMVETS Post #9 in Bismarck were back row (left to right), Holly Krumm (senior-3rd place) and Emme Hulm (senior-1st place); third row, Kasey Vetsch (8th grade-3rd place), Taylor Ryckman (junior-3rd place), Trent Mattern (junior-first place) and Kayla Haak (junior-2nd place); second row, Logan Kramer (sophomore-2nd place), Kendall Scherr (sophomore-1st place) and Jordan Nieuwsma (sophomore-3rd place); front row, Michelle Wikenheiser (5th grade-4th place) and Coleman Nieuwsma (5th grade-5th place). Strasburg School students who placed in the AMVETS Americanism Contest and attended the awards ceremony at the AMVETS Post #9 in Bismarck were back row (left to right), Holly Krumm (senior-3rd place) and Emme Hulm (senior-1st place); third row, Kasey Vetsch (8th grade-3rd place), Taylor Ryckman (junior-3rd place), Trent Mattern (junior-first place) and Kayla Haak (junior-2nd place); second row, Logan Kramer (sophomore-2nd place), Kendall Scherr (sophomore-1st place) and Jordan Nieuwsma (sophomore-3rd place); front row, Michelle Wikenheiser (5th grade-4th place) and Coleman Nieuwsma (5th grade-5th place). In the first grade division, Allie Dockter (daughter of Jack and Connie Dockter) won first place, and Gracyn Holzer (daughter of Terry and Kate Holzer) was awarded third place. Allie and Gracyn are both students at Linton School, and their teacher is Mrs. June Larson.


Linton Middle School students who placed in the AMVETS Americanism Contest were, from left, Payton Holzer (6th grade-1st place), Raymond Vetter (6th grade-2nd place) and Jack McCrory (7th grade-2nd place). Linton Middle School students who placed in the AMVETS Americanism Contest were, from left, Payton Holzer (6th grade-1st place), Raymond Vetter (6th grade-2nd place) and Jack McCrory (7th grade-2nd place). In second grade, Linton’s Robyn Huizenga (daughter of Clint and Kellie Huizenga) and ShayLee Bosch (daughter of Bruce and Dixie Bosch) placed 3rd and 4th, respectively. Their teacher is Mrs. Joan Hettich.

Callie Hase (daughter of Bruce and Heather Hase) of Linton won first place in the third grade division, while her classmates Teegan Scherr (daughter of Troy and Shari Scherr), Bailey Sletten (son of Reggie and Jessica Sletten) and JayCee Richter (daughter of Jon and Jaime Richter) placed 2nd, 3rd and 5th, respectively. Their teacher is Mrs. Jaime Richter.

Linton’s Emily Kelsch (daughter of Mike and Jodi Kelsch) and Kylee Gartner (daughter of James and Tina Gartner) placed first and second, respectively, in the fourth grade division, and their classmate, Boston Gefroh (son of Glen and Lori Gefroh) placed fifth. Their teacher is Mrs. Sandy Feist.

In the fifth grade division, Strasburg’s Michelle Wikenheiser (daughter of Don and Deloris Wikenheiser) placed 4th, and Coleman Nieuwsma (son of Kenny and Shannon Nieuwsma) placed 5th. Their teacher is Mrs. Dana Kramer.

Three Linton Middle School students placed in the AMVETS contest. Sixth-graders Payton Holzer (daughter of Terry and Kate Holzer) and Raymond Vetter (son of Arnold and Rosie Vetter) placed first and second, respectively, while seventh-grader Jack McCrory (son of John and Lisa McCrory) was the runner up in his division. Their teacher is Mrs. Melinda Mattheis. Kasey Vetsch (daughter of Tony and Tracy Vetsch) of Strasburg placed third in the eighth grade division. Her teacher is Mr. Brian Grove.

Strasburg also had eight place winners in the high school (grades 9-12) divisions. Their teacher is Mr. Brian Grove.

Kendall Scherr (son of Ken and Nyla Scherr), Logan Kramer (son of Mark and Dana Kramer) and Jordan Nieuwsma (son of Todd and Carrie Nieuwsma) finished 1-2-3 in the sophomore division; and Trent Mattern (son of Harvey and Yvonne Mattern), Kayla Haak (daughter of Renold and Paula Haak),and Taylor Ryckman (daughter of Rob Ryckman and Marci Ryckman) finished 1-2-3 in the junior division.

Emme Hulm (daughter of Andy and Lisa Hulm) won first place in the senior division, and Holly Krumm (daughter of Francis and Kelly Krumm) placed third.

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