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Local educators receive PTA’s Lifetime Awards

People receiving Lifetime Awards at the PTA Founders Banquet held Monday included David Fuller, Minot State University president, awarded by the Minot PTA; Mike Fogarty, by the Bel Air PTA; Janelle Wheeling, by the Bel Air PTA; Joy Walker, by the Edison PTA; Paula Johnson, by the Longfellow PTA; Jim Lunstad, by the Longfellow PTA; Carleen Melton, by the North Plains PTA; and Bryn Iverson, by the Erik Ramstad Middle School PTA.

Lifetime Achievement Awards are given to individuals who have shown distinguished service for the betterment of schools, children, families and the communities. Recipients were chosen by a local PTA unit. The PTA unit has contributed $40 in each recipients’ names to the NDPTA Education Scholarship Fund.

Open house for sophs, juniors at Magic City

An open house for current sophomores, juniors and their parents will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Minot High School-Magic City Campus.

The open house is an opportunity for students and parents to consult teachers in order to make an informed decision when choosing classes for the 2014-2015 school year. Staff from each department will be on hand to answer questions about curriculum, career plans, sequencing of classes or any other questions the student or parent might have.

Students have already received their registration guides and were encouraged to seek parental input. The registration guide may also be found on the school website. Students will make their final registration decisions in school on Feb. 13 and 14 at Central Campus and on Feb. 18 and 19 at Magic City Campus.

Park University offering alternate spring term

On the heels of a successful alternate Fall II 2013 term that was offered to students, many of whom had educational benefits suspended due to the federal government shutdown in October, Park University has announced it will offer an alternate eight-week Spring I term from Monday, Feb. 10, through Sunday, April 6.

This additional term, which will continue through the week of spring break, will allow students to complete a variety of accelerated online courses. Thirteen online-only courses are being offered during this additional term, including courses in communication arts, English, liberal education, psychology, public administration, social work and sociology.

The additional fall term allowed students to secure financial aid, obtain textbooks and attend the first day of class after experiencing uncertainty caused by tuition assistance suspensions during the shutdown. Sequentially, the alternate spring term will provide students an accelerated option to transition from the previous semester.

“As always, Park’s focus is upon student success and doing whatever is needed to assist students with their educational goals,” said Michael H. Droge, Park University president, in a press release. “We are deeply proud to serve multiple student populations, which at Park University include many active duty military service members, their families and veterans.”

Visit ( to view the list of courses. Students interested in enrolling in the alternate Spring I should call (877) 505-1059 or e-mail New Park University students should apply online at ( before enrolling.

Park University has a presence at Minot Air Force Base.

Area schools headed to Science Bowl in Bismarck

Area schools will compete at the regional Science Bowl on Saturday at the University of Mary in Bismarck.

Area teams competing include Carrington High School, Des Lacs-Burlington High School, Leeds High School, Minot High School-Magic City Campus and Mohall High School.

The regional winning team will go on to compete at the national competition in late April. The contest is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science’s National Science Bowl. The competition is intended to interest today’s youth in pursuing careers in science and math.