Education briefs

Outstanding music performers announced

Outstanding performers from the area at the state Class A music festival held April 30 in Jamestown include a vocal duet from Minot High School performing “Sous le dome epais from Lakme” and a girl’s vocal solo by Hannah Wollenzien, a senior at Minot High School-Magic City Campus.

Outstanding performers from the area at the State Class B music festival held in Minot on May 4 at Minot State University were a tenor sax solo by Natalie Stivers from Glenburn High School; a 12-member mixed instrument performance of “Fisherman’s Tale” by a group from Hazen; a six-member girls’ vocal performance of “Sigh No More Ladies” from Maddock; a tuba solo performed by Caitlin Gunderson from Powers Lake; a French horn solo performed by Rachel Mack from Rugby; a four-member French horn performance of “Allegro” by a group from Rugby; a saxophone trio performing “Scherzino” from Starkweather; and an alto saxophone solo by Nicholas Valenzuela from Watford City.

Students to be brought into French society

Minot High School students will be initiated into the Societe Honoraire De Francais 2013 during a ceremony at 7 p.m. on Monday in the humanities resource area at Magic City Campus.

Initiates include Casey Brey, Alexandria Hamm, Nicholas Hatfield, Jacob Johnson, Taylor Johnson, Samantha Hansford, Samuel Nelson, Kelli Schmidt, Brooke Schaefer, Earl Parker Scott, Liam Thrailkill, Joby Walter, Hanna Wentz, Melissa Williams and Mandi Zavalney.

Graduating seniors are Ashley Backes, Erin Bliss, Emily Borud, Elizabeth Engh, Miranda Fenner, Alexis Getzlaff, Haley Hanna, Breanna Lien, Cally Sessions, Krista Sipin, Hope Tschaekofske, Lane Vendsel, Haley Wentz, Peter Wilson and Hannah Wollenzien.

The aim of the organization is to stimulate interest in the study of French. Membership is based on scholarship in general and scholarship in French in particular, leadership in French activities and interest, either in a group or as an individual.

Arbor Day celebration at Annie’s House

The North Dakota Forest Service and Bottineau Winter Park are partnering to celebrate the 2013 State Arbor Day and Ann Nicole Nelson’s birthday in Annie’s House at the winter park on Friday. The public is invited to attend.

Arbor Day in North Dakota is typically celebrated the first Friday in May, but the event this year is being held on May 17, which is Nelson’s birthday. Annie’s House, a year-round adaptive recreational sports facility, was built to honor Nelson, of Stanley, who perished in the World Trade Center attacks in New York on Sept. 11.

The joint celebration will begin at 1 p.m. with introductions by emcee Tom Claeys of the North Dakota Forest Service. Other groups involved are American Legion Post 42, American Veterans Post 25 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8688, Bottineau High School choir, Wally Brandjord and Cedric Jacobson of the winter park board, musician Jordan Thornberg, Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk of the N.D. Army National Guard, state forester Larry Kotchman and Ann’s parents, Gary and Jenette Nelson.

Following a ceremonial tree planting, there will be a release of 42 balloons for Ann’s birthday and refreshments.