Celebrating Character!

The 2012-2013 Youth and Community Character Awards Banquet will be held at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday on the third floor of the Minot State University Student Center. Tickets were sold in advance. The deadline for buying a ticket was Jan. 25.

National American Youth Character Award Recipients are Julia Beck, an eighth-grader at Jim Hill Middle School; Kelsey Krill and Zach Krill, both eighth-graders at Erik Ramstad Middle School; Thomas Burke, a senior at Bishop Ryan High School; Natalie Couture, a freshman at Minot High School-Central Campus; and Monica Olson, a junior at Minot High School-Magic City Campus.

Kelsey Krill and her twin brother Zach Krill, the children of John and Kim Krill, are both good students who are involved in school and community activities. School counselors note that both Kelsey and Zach have helped students who are in the school’s special needs classroom, are kind to other students, stand up to bullying and are school role models. Both also helped with flood recovery efforts.

Burke, the son of Don and Jean Burke, attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and currently serves as a junior assistant Scout master. He’s active in school activities and as a community volunteer.

Olson, the daughter of James and Nancy Olson, is active in the Girl Scouts and has completed Counselor-in-Training requirements. She has also helped out at Girl Scout and Bible camps and executed her own summer camp in August called “Science and Math Spectacular-a-thon.”

Couture, the daughter of Michael and the late Colleen Couture, is a top student who is active in student council and on the Minot High swimming team and also stepped up to help care for her mother during her mom’s long illness and for her two younger siblings. Her mother passed away in October but Couture has remained active in school life.

Beck, the daughter of Steven and Lisa Beck, lives with a hearing loss and wears hearing aids, is active in her school, volunteers in the community and displays good character.

Winners of the American Youth Character Awards are Luke Naser, Benjamin Mayer and Abbey Steckler, all seniors at Bishop Ryan High School; McKayla Flom, Cassandra Stauffer and Peter Wilson, all seniors at Minot High School-Magic City Campus; Kasidi Scott, a freshman at Minot High School-Central Campus; Ashlyn Kossan and Jason Putt, both eighth-graders at Erik Ramstad Middle School; Taylor Benno and Thea Bonebrake, both eighth-graders at Jim Hill Middle School; Hailey Espe, a sixth-grader at Jim Hill; Ethan Hinkle, a freshman at Our Redeemer’s Christian School; Sabrina Richard, a sophomore at Our Redeemer’s; Sarah Peterson, a junior at Our Redeemer’s; and Grace Rose Davison and Michael Two Hearts, both sixth-graders at Dakota Elementary at Minot Air Force Base.

2012-2013 Community Character Builder Awards will go to Minot State Beavers Hockey, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Minot High School-Magic City Campus Character Counts! Club and Nancy Langseth, former Minot school board president.

Jim Olson of KXMC will serve as emcee and Chuck Kramer will be the guest speaker. The Minot High School Air Force Junior ROTC students, under the leadership of CMSgt. Clark Culbertson and Capt. Scott Evans, will be presenting the colors. The Minot High School Change of Pace singers, under the direction of Lindsey Kerzmann, will provide the national anthem and musical entertainment.