Archive - Dec 26, 2012
Special to the Times-Record
Erik Johnson, a 8th grade student at Valley City Jr. High won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on December 14th and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. Eighth grader, Hunter Olstad, was first runner-up. The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 25th annual National Geographic Bee. This yearâ€™s Bee is sponsored by Google.
Nadine VanDyke has been named 2012 Mercy Hospital Auxilian-of-the-Year by fellow volunteers at the Valley City Hospital, said auxiliary Vice President Diane Heuser.
The award was presented by Donna Nelson, 2011 Mercy Hospital Auxilian-of-the-Year, Heuser said.
Heuser said the award was only created a few years ago, a suggestion of her own.
The wife of hospital administrator Keith Heuser, Heuser said, â€śWhere we were before (coming to Mercy), they always had this type of thing (awards for volunteers).â€ť
Betty Jorissen, who volunteers to listen to students read at Jefferson Elementary School, said good-bye to her students for a few months last week.
Jorissenâ€™s last day volunteering for the year was Tuesday, and the students had their last day of school Friday, but Jorissen wonâ€™t return right away in the new year.
â€śWe just had a tearful goodbye because I go away for the winter,â€ť she said. She heads south from January through March.
But Jorissen plans to return as long as sheâ€™s able.