Valerie Doze, a senior at Sacred Heart School, has been selected as one of 723 semifinalists to advance to the final round of the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars competition.
From nearly 3.5 million graduating high school seniors, over 5,100 students were identified as candidates in the program, and 723 semifinalists have been selected from across the country. These semifinalists form the pool from which the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be chosen.
SHS Senior, Valerie Doze, has been named a candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognized some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments. Annually, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from among the nations senior classes, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness from America’s youth. We congratulate Valerie on being invited to apply for the program!
The Sacred Heart Science Club, headed by science instructor Sarina Bauer, has had an exciting first year, taking 4th in the recent Science Olympiad, competing in the regional fair and now sending some of our students to the State competition.
The Science Club had a great day at the Regional Science Fair at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Lily Grossbauer and Kannon Knutsvig received a 1st Place Blue award and are going to State competitions. Knutsvig also received the Sustainability Solutions Award, Broadcom Master’s Award, and the Air Force Top 4 middle school project award.
Receiving Red Awards (2nd place), were Lily Zimprich, Imari Crayton, Daisy Hu and Harrison Punton. Gabby Zimprich also received a Red Award and is a first alternate to State. Hannah Hollcraft & Jade Zimprich received a Red Award and the “Taking the Pulse of the Planet” Award. Kloe Wavra received a Red Award, the Geoscience Excellence Award and t
he Outstanding Achievement in Metrological Science award. Receiving Green Awards (3rd Place) were: Kate Chen and Yuki Guan.
The Sacred Heart Seniors took a day trip to Red Lake on Wednesday Feb. 8th as a part of their Senior Legacy Service Project. Earlier this fall they had an overnight trip to Red Lake in which they spent 2 full days in the school. Fr. Jerry Rogers the pastor at St. Mary’s school wants this project to be “relational.” Fr. Jerry stated, “The best thing these kids could have is someone of high school age to look up to and realize that education is important and finishing high school is attainable. Most of these students do not have older siblings or parents to look up to who have graduated high school.”
The poverty on the Red Lake reservation is daunting… Fr. Jerry goes on to say, “I hope that through building positive mentorship relationships both the Red Lake and Sacred Heart seniors will learn something. They can learn from each other.” The Red Lake 4th-6th graders will be coming for a field trip visit to Sacred Heart in March. The seniors are working to design a fun and faith filled visit for the Red Lake students. Fr. Jerry stated, “We want to help build some positive memories for these kids.”
Congrats to the Science Club who took 4th place at the Science Olympiad in Moorhead. They competed against 14 teams in 14 different science events. Each event was comprised of two team members. Some events were labs that students had to complete, some had tests they had to take, and some required the students to build things before they arrived at the event and had to compete against other teams. Categories included Anatomy & Physiology, Write It, Do it, Remote Sensing, Experimental Design, Chemistry Lab, Ecology, Optics, Wind Power, Astronomy, Invasive Species, Towers, and Robot Arms.
This weekend the science club students are competing in the regional science fair. This is an individual event, so each member conducted their own experiment and will be presenting them to judges. The event is also open for public viewing. It is in Crookston at UMC on Saturday from 9:30-12pm.
For the Science Olympiad, the Club is still waiting to hear about officially going to State. Having already competed and tied, they are now waiting for another region’s competition to see if there will be any more ties before they will know if they will go to State.
Sacred Heart was invited to participate in the North Dakota Know Your Faith State Championship at St. Mary’s School in Bismarck during the heart of Catholic Schools Week. This event pits the Catholic High Schools of Fargo Shanley, Bismarck St. Mary’s, Dickinson Trinity, Minot Bishop Ryan and East Grand Forks Sacred Heart in a Catholic trivia challenge. This was Sacred Heart’s first year participating.
At the school level, each 9-12th student took a test, and the top students from each class competed for the spot to represent SHS at the State competition. The Freshmen team, led by Lucy Bevelacqua, Bella Haas, and Ben Goetz, edged out a win at the school level (view the video of that event and victory HERE).
On Wednesday the freshmen headed to the event, themed “Welcome to the Jungle” at Bismarck St. Mary’s High School. The Know Your Faith Championship is part pep-rally, part dance, and part knowledge bowl on the topic of Catholic history and theology. The event was hosted by Bismarck St. Mary’s School, and Bismarck’s Bishop Kagan led the competition. Events were streamed live on Facebook and on the radio by Real Presence Radio.
Each team, accompanied by lasers, lights, music and epic introductions, was paraded around the gym and in front of their schools before being delivered to their competition tables by jungle themed golf carts. The competition was comprised of three rounds. Between each trivia round there were other games, including arm wrestling, music and dancing. The final round featured a question Bishop Kagan chose himself. Teams were told the subject would be on Saints and Angels and were instructed to wager first, based on their knowledge category. Then Bishop Kagan asked the final question he had chosen: “The word Angel is the English translation of a Greek word meaning what?”
As the teams were deciding on their answer, Fr. Justin Waltz, the Delegate of the Bishop for Catholic Education, and pastor of the Church of St. Leo the Great, in Minot, excitedly greeted students. “You guys are great and you are the future of the Catholic church!… People can say whatever they want about the millennial generation BUT THIS IS THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION! And knowing your faith and working together and believing in Christ and following him YOU ARE GOING TO CHANGE this world back into something CHRISTIAN!” He announced that the 2018 competition would be at the newly remodeled Dickinson Trinity High School.
When the final round answers were revealed, SHS had chosen the answer “Messenger.” The answer, which was correct, and their wager, placed Sacred Heart School in second place to Dickinson Trinity.
Congratulations to Lucy Bevelacqua, Bella Haas, and Ben Goetz who carried us to a SECOND PLACE FINISH with 919 points in our first ever Know Your Faith appearance!
Congratulations to Adam Sczepanski, grade 8, Sacred Heart School’s 2017 Spelling Bee Champion. Adam won the Bee in the 9th round by spelling the word interminableness. Adam will move on to compete in the Regional Spelling Bee held at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls on Wednesday, February 8th. The four top spellers from the region will advance to compete at the Mulit-Regional State Spelling Bee on Tuesday, February 21 in Fergus Falls.The winner of this bee will participate in the Scripps National Spelling in late May early June. We wish Adam the best of luck and know that he will represent Sacred Heart well!
We congratulate our participants representing grades 5-8.
- Carter Fagerholt
- Samara Zimprich
Alternate: Maddie Hart
- Daniel Suda
- Abigail Zwilling
Alternate: Lauren Tran
- Emma Cavali
- Clay LaBine
Alternates: Gianna Hollcraft and Caden Reimer
- Cloe Hanson
- Adam Sczepanski
Alternate: Beau Votava
Gregory Downs, a fourth grade student at Sacred Heart School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 17, 2017. The school-level Bee, where students answer questions on geography, was the first level in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee. The Bee is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.
Classroom champions who competed in the championship round were Gregory Downs & Alexander Keller (Grade Four); Coen Arndt, Benjamin Wharam, & Samara Zimprich (Grade Five); Kaiden Azure & Noah Thompson (Grade Six); Victoria Keller & Kannon Knutsvig (Grade Seven); Andrew Potter & Jacob Kraft (Grade Eight).
The winner of the Sacred Heart School Bee, Gregory Downs, will advance to the next level of competition, a qualifying test to determine up to 100 of the top scores in the state making them eligible to compete in their state bee on March 31, 2017. All state champions are eligible to win the national championship and its first prize, a $50,000 college scholarship, at the competition May 15-16, 2017, held at the National Geographic Society Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“We love Sacred Heart because of the amazing, caring and compassionate teachers! It is such a family atmosphere and we know that our boys are taken care of. The educational experience they are learning in pre-school and kindergarten is by far more than we had expected! It is truly amazing that not only does Sacred Heart School want our children to excel in their classes but they also want to our children to be better members of society by teaching leadership, kindness, manners and faith! It was the best decision we could make for our boys to attend SHS! We look forward to MANY more years here!” – current parent.
“I am a single mom and my income level is low to take care of two kids on my own. Sacred Heart welcomes me and helps me to be able to afford it for my children to be able to attend. They make me feel so thankful that even though I can’t afford much my little one can still have the best education and home at that school no matter what! Love you Sacred Heart and thank you!” - current parent.
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“Sacred Heart School is family!” – former parent and parishioner.
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