Namedroppers (April 14, 2018)

The Plains Art Museum and North Dakota State University's Red River Valley Writing Project (RRVWP) have announced the national award recipients of the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing competition.

  • Jakob Bloomquist, Maple Valley High School in Tower City, N.D., received the American Visions Award for his untitled photograph.
  • Olivia Drake, Davies High School in Fargo, received the American Voices award and a gold medal for the short story "First Steps to Freedom."
  • Jude Dill, Davies High School in Fargo, won a silver medal in photography for the work titled "Thoughts."

This is the first time art and writing achievements of North Dakota's youth have been awarded to this degree at the national level since the Plains Art Museum and RRVWP have partnered to be the Scholastic affiliate for the state.
West Fargo Sheyenne High School student Ashley Thies earned a $500 scholarship from Bank of North Dakota's DEAL Student Loan Program. As a scholarship recipient, Thies qualifies for a $3,000 scholarship.

Kelsey Dragosavich, director of bands at Fargo North Dakota School, was inducted into Phi Beta Mu, an International School Bandmaster Fraternity last month. The organization is an honorary, nonprofit fraternity established in 1938, and there are more than 1,200 active members through the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe. To be a member, a person much have a minimum of five years of teaching experience and must have produced and maintained a band program in public schools.

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