The Lake Park-Audubon Family Career and Community Leaders of America chapter will send a massive contingent to the service learning organization's national competition in Nashville in July.

Last month, 54 students competed at the state convention in Bloomington, Minn. All 54 LP-A students qualified for the state contest by sailing through a regional competition with presentations on subjects as diverse as homelessness, date rape, childhood obesity and cultural diversity.

In Bloomington, 25 of those students won gold medals and advanced to nationals. The LP-A chapter also received recognition for raising the most funds for the national Feed the Children program.

Participation in the LP-A chapter has grown rapidly in recent years under adviser Cheryl Hogie. Last year, 13 students traveled to the national finals in Orlando.

Construction champs

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Northern Cass High School students are the only North Dakota students represented at next week's Construction Challenge finals.

The national competition Wednesday through Saturday at the University of Tennessee brings 46 teams of students from across the country to compete for scholarships and prizes.

Kinder Plus registration

Moorhead Area Public Schools is accepting registrations for next school year's Kinder Plus program.

Kinder Plus is an extended-day program for the district's kindergarten students offered through Moorhead Community Education. It merges a half-day of traditional kindergarten curriculum with another half-day of enrichment activities. The enrichment half of the day is fee-based.

Parents can save $25 by registering before the end of June. For more information or to register, call (218) 284-3400 or visit https://communityed.

moorhead.k12.mn.us.

Music to their ears

The Fargo South High Wind Symphony, Concert Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra received first place recently among 40 other ensembles at the Music in the Parks Band and Orchestra Festival in Chicago.

The Symphonic Band received second place at the festival.

Northern Cass finalist

Northern Cass junior Anna Andersson was among four finalists for the North Dakota High School Activities Association/US BANK Distinguished Student award.

She received a $500 scholarship for being one of the finalists of the 52 juniors statewide who were nominated.

Healthier school lunches

Two Valley City elementary schools are among five schools in North Dakota recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for taking steps to have healthier programs.

The USDA will present gold awards Thursday to Jefferson and Washington elementary schools in Valley City for meeting the HealthierUS School Challenge.

The program challenges schools across the nation to make changes to their school nutrition environment, improve school food quality and provide students with more nutritious choices.

The other winners were the Elgin School District, Lone Tree No. 6 School District and Ward County.

No Minnesota schools qualified.

Readers can reach Forum reporters Kelly Smith at (701) 241-5515 and Mila Koumpilova at (701) 241-5524