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Academic pep rally set for Magic City Campus

Minot High School-Magic City Campus Renaissance will sponsor an academic success pep rally with a theme from the popular book “Hunger Games” at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday.

Honorees include fall athletic teams who received team scholar awards (cross country boys, cross country girls, football, girls golf, boys soccer, girls swimming, boys tennis and volleyball), students who earned a 4.0 grade point average, students who have significantly improved their grade point average this year, academic clubs and organizations as well as their clubs and advisers, staff new to Magic City Campus and staff with 20, 25, and 30 years of commitment to education.

Earlier in the week, there will be theme days. Monday was “District Training Day” and people wore sweatpants or high school club shirts; today is Capitol Day and people are wearing “far-out” clothing with bright colors, exotic hairstyles or makeup. Wednesday is “District Day.”

Teacher Mike Gessner has been drafted to act the part of “President Snow,” principal Scott Faul is playing the “Gamesmaker” and Magic City Campus staff are “Capitol citizens.”

Prizes will be given but people must be present to win.

Darwin Day festivities return to Minot State

After a year’s hiatus, Darwin Day returns to Minot State University Feb. 13-15. The focus of MSU’s Darwin Day, celebrated through a confluence of humanities, science and art, is evolution’s relevance to everyday life.

Heidi Richter, alumna and scientific illustrator, will open Darwin Day Feb. 13 with her presentation “Visualizing evolution” in Cyril Moore 213, 1 to 2 p.m.

Feb. 14, Richter will discuss “Art applied to science” in Hartnett 202E, 9-10 a.m. That evening from 7 to 8 p.m. in Cyril Moore 16, Smithsonian and North Dakota paleontologist Tyler Lyson will talk about “How dinosaurs lived and why they went extinct.”

Feb 15, Richter will demonstrate live scientific illustration in the Beaver Dam, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with music provided by local bands. Josh Hoeks, ecological interactive sculpture artist, will present “Collaboration” in Aleshire Theater, noon to 1 p.m. Lyson will speak about “Origins of turtles and their shell” in Cyril Moore 213, 1 to 2 p.m. And Andrea Donovan, assistant humanities professor, will discuss “Why Art and Science Can Co-Exist” in Aleshire Theater, 2 to 3 p.m.

“We’re celebrating evolution’s role as it pertains to many facets of life, everything from art to science,” said Chris Beachy, biology professor and Darwin Day 2013 organizer. “We strive each year to make this a humanities event for the general public.”

“What does evolution mean to you?” an artists’ exhibition, will be displayed in the Beaver Dam Feb. 15, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Then, it will be moved to 62 Doors Gallery for that evening’s Darwin Day reception and award ceremony, 7 p.m. to midnight.

Art and writing contests with cash prizes are featured in this year’s Darwin Day. These cash-prize contests include restricted divisions for high school and middle school students.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information on the schedule of events for DarwinDay2013, please visit (

Carnegie Association reschedules reorganization meeting

The Carnegie Association has rescheduled the reorganization meeting that had been planned for Thursday in the Carnegie Center, located at 105-2nd Ave. SE in Minot.

The meeting will be rescheduled for a later date. For more information, call the Carnegie Center at 839-1993.

Andrea Johnson

Visine scholarship program to benefit 10 students

The Visine Students With Vision Scholarship program will grant a total of $50,000 to 10 students who demonstrate a clear and unique vision, strong ambition and determination to bring their goal to life.

Applicants must showcase their perseverance to achieve their unique vision through an essay or video submission. Scholarship recipients are selected based on academic achievement, school and community involvement, financial need, and demonstrated vision or goal.

Graduating high school seniors and current college students with a minimum GPA of 2.8 may submit an online application through March 1. Winners will be announced in mid-July.

More information about the program is available at (

Voyager Learning to award summer school grants

Voyager Learning’s Summer School Grant Program will award grants to schools and districts that demonstrate a strong commitment to offering high-fidelity, results-driven summer programs that are supported by professional development. More information about the program, which provides qualifying districts with substantial grant awards to support the implementation of research-driven summer school solutions, can be found at (

summerschoolgrant). Online applications are due on April 1.