Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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Hill Murray School hires new principal Hill-Murray School has appointed a new principal. David Meyer will be replacing longtime principal Susan Paul, who was recently appointed Hill-Murray School president. Meyer's appointment will take effect July 1. Prior to coming to Hill-Murray, Meyer has worked at Greeley Central High School in Colorado, Faithful Shepherd Catholic School in Eagan and Nativity of Mary School in Bloomington "Mr. Meyer's addition to our leadership team is the latest in a series of positive changes for Hill-Murray,'' said Paul in a press release.
Just two days after the Relay for Life of South Washington wrapped up, East Ridge High School once again alive with walkers Monday for the first-ever senior-class project. Starting at 10 a.m. seniors participated in a walk-a-thon, which had the students walk around the school's track for two hours. There is a community service requirement that senior must complete in order to graduate. This year's project had each senior pledge an amount of money, and a distance of how far they would walk.
Back in 1975 Woodbury High School was still a blueprint, but media specialist John Woodruff was busy planning every detail of its new library. "I ordered the books, ordered the equipment and put everything together," Woodruff said. "You got to do things the way you wanted." Twenty years later Woodruff was at it again, putting the finishing touches on the new Lake Junior High School library. "I got in there and did the same thing," he said. "I built the library from scratch - it was a lot of fun.
Downtown St. Paul has been transformed into an outdoor art gallery for the annual ARTwalk and Red Rock Elementary is represented right in the middle of it. For the second year in a row, Red Rock students have artwork on display for the annual event. The ARTwalk, part of the 2011 Flint Hills International Children's Festival, is an exhibition of young artists' artwork collected from schools and community organizations across the state. The artwork is then displayed in store windows in the area surrounding Rice Park in downtown St. Paul.
Many students take internships during their college careers to introduce themselves to their careers. Woodbury resident Daisha Jensen is taking a unique approach since she will be leaving the country for two months for her internship. Jensen, a University of Minnesota junior studying biomedical engineering, will leave the comforts of Woodbury this summer for Central America - more specifically, Honduras. Jensen leaves today as part of the Duke University-Engineering World Health Institute.
This is Woodbury High School sophomore Brittany Moreno's first year in art, so imagine her surprise when she was notified that her painting, "Looking through Broken Glass," won first place in the annual Congressional Art Competition in the 6th District. "When I entered my painting, I was very doubtful," she said. "I was surprised that I won that I was literally jumping up and down with a big gigantic smile on my face." U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, who represents Minnesota's 6th District, announced the winners on May 20.
A group of Woodbury High School students have taken their artistic talents to the community by designing logos for both the South Washington Watershed District and the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce's Country Mile. Earlier this year, students in Chris Dease's graphic design designed logos for the two organizations as part of a class assignment. WHS freshman Jason Buckeye won the South Washington Watershed District contest and junior Caitlin Bieza won the Country Mile logo contest.
It was a beautiful day for a barbecue last Thursday at Woodbury High School. On May 26, for the fourth year in a row, the school's Community Outreach program held a schoolwide outdoor barbecue. During the event, students enjoyed a lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, cookies and pop. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Susan G. Komen for the Cure is an organization that raises awareness, and money, for breast cancer research. Also during the event, were a student dunk tank, a visit by radio station 96.3 Now and a pop-bottle ring toss.
Cassie Cedarholm Alley Shoppe Treasure Hunt: Cedarholm organized a garage sale of donated items during the annual Woodbury Lions Club Garage Sale and raised $1,500 for Alley Shoppe, an outreach ministry program that provides clothing, cookware and other essentials to the needy in Ramsey County. Additionally, Cedarholm organized a scavenger hunt with the Woodbury High School National Honor Society to locate items during the garage sale to be purchased and then donated to Alley Shoppe. In total Cedarholm filled nine cars with items to be donated.
To many people, Girl Scouts are synonymous with cookies, but that's not all they do, Woodbury resident and Girl Scout member KC Hemstreet said. "Girl Scouts is so much more than cookies," she said. "It's instilling values in young girls and guiding them." A group of eight Girl Scouts from Woodbury -- Hemstreet, Cassie Cedarholm, Jessica Schrimp, Clarissa Odin, Ashley Weeks, Ambika Patpatia, Megan Snyder and Molly Greenshields -- recently achieved the highest honor of earning the Gold Award.