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Wayzata Free Senior Slideshow from Senior Recognition Night May 17. 2009
Greenwood Elementary teacher Bridget Iliff has been named a winner of RBC Wealth Management’s Tribute to Teachers contest, sponsored by RBC Wealth Management and the University of Minnesota hockey team.
The contest asked students and parents to submit a 150-word nomination honoring their favorite teacher, explaining how he or she has made a difference in their own or their child’s academic experience.
“This recognition is long overdue! Bridget is a gifted teacher. She is that rare combination of nurturing and strict, creating a safe environment for all kids to learn and develop,” wrote Iliff’s nominator. “We attribute our son’s time with Bridget as a pivotal year in his development, which has allowed him to go forward and become the successful and happy kid that he is today.”
Iliff was awarded $500 in “classroom cash” to put toward educational materials, as well as two tickets to a future Golden Gophers hockey game, where she will be recognized for her commitment to making a difference in the classroom. Goldy the Gopher helped present the award to Iliff in her classroom on Monday, May 18.
“We knew that there were many deserving teachers in the area,” said Martha Baumbach, director of community affairs for RBC Wealth Management. “Both the impressive number and quality of nominations that were submitted proves that special teachers are shaping the lives of young people each day in the Twin Cities.”
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The Annual Ferndale North Rummage Sale is scheduled for Thursday 9-5 and Friday May 9-8 15th, 2009. According to Dolores Urban, a resident of the neighborhood, the sale will included items such as “bikes, books, baby stuff, designer clothers, electronics, antiques and much, much more.
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Jeff Zhang is a 13 year old Minnesota-born young pianist and currently studying at Wayzata High School. Jeff competes locally and nationally with his established music repertoires and has won top prizes. He has been studying his piano with Mr. Alexander Braginsky.
Wayzata native Kate Spilseth has been featured in a KARE 11 piece that details her return from Mexico as a school teacher. She tells us about the way Mexico City has been basically shut down due to the Swine Flu scare that is gripping both that country and the United States.
By Ben Brewster, Wayzata.com Guest Columnist
Watertown Mayer High School student and wheelchair athlete Josh Scanlon has, at 17 years old, already reached an elite level of competition, competed all over the country and won 18 gold medals.
In July, he will be traveling to Switzerland to compete on an international stage.
A former gymnast, Scanlon shattered his T12 vertebrae while vaulting in his living room August 16, 2004. The accident left him paralyzed from the waist down.
“I spent one week in Intensive Care where I had my T11 and T12 [vertebra] rebuilt and fused together and two steel rods bolted to my spine,” Scanlon said in an e-mail interview.
Along with gymnastics, he also participated in wakeboarding, wrestling, basketball and baseball before his accident.
Scanlon said the sports he used to play carried over into the sports he plays now.
“The transition wasn’t hard because wheelchair sports teams are very similar to able bodied teams,” he said. For the past three years he has competed in the National Junior Disability Championships (NJDC) as well as with Team USA.
Scanlon joined the Courage Center track and field team the first spring after his accident.
“Courage Center is a Minneapolis, Minn.,-based rehabilitation and resource center that advances the lives of children and adults experiencing barriers to health and independence,” according to the organization’s Web site.
At the Courage Country Championships Scanlon qualified for the NJDC in every track and field event. “NJDC was my first chance to interact with kids in similar situations and experience wheelchair sports competitively,” he said.
In his three years competing in the NJDC, he has competed in the 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 meter wheelchair races, discus, javelin and shot put. He quickly racked up medals, winning eight gold and one silver in 2005, one gold and seven silver in 2006 and six gold and one silver in 2008. He added three more gold and one more silver while competing with Team USA last year in New Jersey.
After his performance with Team USA, Scanlon was one of 23 athletes chosen to compete in the world championships, held in Notwill, Switzerland this July 11 to 20. In Switzerland, he will be competing in the 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 meter races, along with the discus and javelin.
A junior at Watertown Mayer High School, Scanlon also mono skis and is a member of the Jr. Rolling Timberwolves varsity wheelchair basketball team.
He does not anticipate stopping after high school, however. “My plans are to play college basketball,” he said. “I love all of those sports and would love to go to the Paralympics.”
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The Wayzata Historical Society presented the History of Meyer Bros. Dairy on April 16th, 2009 at the Wayzata City Hall. A large audience and several generations of the Meyer Family attended a standing room only presentation.
From Wayzata Public Schools:
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s staff will hold a forum Monday, April 20 at Plymouth Creek Elementary School at 4:30 p.m. in the media center.
This forum is part of a series of education forums throughout the state during April and May to hear Minnesotans’ thoughts on the No Child Left Behind Law, which is up for reauthorization by Congress this year.
Klobuchar wants to know what education reforms at the federal level would best serve Minnesota schools and their students.
The public is also invited to submit suggestions and find out the dates and locations of future forums online by visiting the education reform page of Klobuchar’s Web site at www.klobuchar.senate.gov/nclb.cfm. The public can also access the feedback form from the education reform link the Klobuchar’s homepage.
Plymouth Creek Elementary School is located at 16005 41st Avenue North in Plymouth.
Local singer-songwriter Nina Yasmineh will be performing at The Bookcase of Wayzata on Friday, April 24th, from 7pm-9pm! Her six song EP, Real Good Thing, is now available for sale on iTunes and at CDBaby.com. Bring some friends and come to hear great live music from a new talent!