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Donkey basketball planned

Fargo North High School's Student Council is hosting a donkey basketball game at 7 p.m. Monday at the SpartanDome. The event is a fundraiser for the FM105.1 Christmas Wish program.

Fargo North High School's Student Council is hosting a donkey basketball game at 7 p.m. Monday at the SpartanDome. The event is a fundraiser for the FM105.1 Christmas Wish program.

Four teams will play from the backs of burros:

- The "High Speed Hee-Hawers," a Fargo celebrity team including Superintendent David Flowers, Fargo Police Chief Keith Ternes, Cass County Sheriff-elect Paul Laney and WDAY-TV sports announcer Steve Hallstrom.

- The "Donkey Kongs," a North student team.

- The "Dominating Donkeys," a North teachers' team.

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- The "Bucking Bruin Burros," a Fargo South High School student team.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door and can be bought from North Student Council members or at the North or South High offices.

Musical performance

Students from Robert Asp Elementary in Moorhead are performing in Prairie Fire Children's Theatre's musical version of "Tom Sawyer." Performances are at 7:30 tonight and 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Robert Asp gym.

Ticket sales start 45 minutes before each performance. They are $3 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under.

Students in grades 2 to 5 participated in the weeklong theater production. The students are working with professional actors on the musical version of Mark Twain's classic tale. The Robert Asp Parent Teacher Advisory Council is sponsoring the event.

Jamestown jewel

Lynette Patrick, a third-grade teacher at Louis L'Amour Elementary School in Jamestown, N.D., has won a Milken Family Educator Award.

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Patrick will receive $25,000 from the Milken Family Foundation, which was created to celebrate and support top-flight teaching professionals. The awards will be given out this spring in Los Angeles.

This is the 14th year North Dakota has taken part in the awards program.

State band, choir

The Lakota High School Band and the Bismarck High School Concert Choir are the North Dakota 2006-07 Governor's State Band and Chorus.

The Lakota High School Band has 46 students in grades 9 to 12 and is directed by Ken Hoerth, an Ashley, N.D., native who has been Lakota's music director for 30 years.

The Bismarck High School Concert Choir is an auditioned group of 100 students under the direction of Michael Seil.

The band and chorus will perform Jan. 3 at the opening ceremony of the 2007 legislative session.

High achievers

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The West Fargo School Board recently honored 18 students in grades 3, 4 and 5 at L.E. Berger Elementary School for exceptional achievement on Measures of Academic Progress tests.

Out of the 266 students at the school, 49 scored well, said Principal Dennis Howitz. Of that group, 18 scored 85 percent or higher in math, reading and language.

Grade 3 honorees are Skyler Angeles, Grace Bailey, Stephanie Carter, Stephanie Fosness, Deion Heinen, Austin Le, Jack Olson, Jacob Quinton and Mayim Stith.

Grade 4 honorees are Kelsey Flanery, Brady Heath, Kayla Olson, Samantha Pickard, Carley Rortvedt and Alyssa Sogge.

Grade 5 honorees are Brianna Carsen, Claire DeJong and Breeon Rosendahl Hoffman.

Patriotic voices

The Fargo Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary have named the winners of their "Voice of Democracy" oral essay and "Patriot's Pen" written essay contests.

The "Voice of Democracy" contest is open to grades 9 to 12. The winners are:

- First place, Sarah Osman, grade 12, Fargo South High School, $100 from the post and $25 from the auxiliary.

- Second, Kelsey Gustafson, grade 12, Fargo North High School, $75 from the post and $15 from the auxiliary.

- Third, Molly Brenner, grade 11, Fargo Shanley High School, $50 from the post and $10 from the auxiliary.

The "Patriot's Pen" contest is open to grades six to eight. The winner is Whitney Krabbenhoft, grade 8, Sullivan Middle School in Fargo, $100 from the post and $25 from the auxiliary.

Readers can reach Forum reporters Tracy Frank at tfrank@forumcomm.com and Helmut Schmidt at hschmidt@forumcomm.com

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