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Webcast top prize for report

Katie Morehouse, a ninth-grader at Jamestown (N.D.) High School, will take part in a live webcast titled "Jamestown Live" to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of Jamestown, Va.

Katie Morehouse, a ninth-grader at Jamestown (N.D.) High School, will take part in a live webcast titled "Jamestown Live" to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of Jamestown, Va.

Morehouse is North Dakota's only representative at the event, which will be in early November. She earned the honor for her outstanding performance at National History Day in June at the University of Maryland. She will join ambassadors from every state taking part in the webcast, which is designed for students in grades four through 11.

Her National History Day project was "Taking a Stand for Faith, Women and Equality: Olympia Brown, Activist and First Ordained Female Minister." She earned a spot at the national competition by winning at the state level April 3.

"I was really excited" about winning, Morehouse said. She added that no one so much as hinted that she won the "Jamestown Live" prize. "I think they wanted it to be a really big surprise."

Teacher honored

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The 2007 National History Day theme is "Triumph and Tragedy in History."

A Moorhead elementary school teacher has been honored for her efforts and contributions to students with disabilities in the area of developmental adapted physical education.

Kim Koeck, adaptive physical education teacher at S.G. Reinertsen Elementary School, received the 2006 Allen Burton DAPE Leadership Award from the state DAPE Leadership Committee.

Koeck was honored for her contributions to students and commitment to colleagues by providing training at state conferences and regional workshops.

Creative condiment

Nothing says creativity like a pack of ketchup - at least, that's what the folks at H.J. Heinz Co. think.

The firm is encouraging students in grades one through 12 to enter their original ketchup-related artwork, with each of the 12 winning pieces of art to be printed on at least 16 million of the 200 million-plus ketchup packets the company plans to make in 2007.

Entries will be taken through Dec. 31, with three winners from each of four categories: grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.

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Each winner's school will get $750 in art supplies and $750 in free Heinz ketchup.

To learn more, go online to www.ketchupcreativity.com .

Top teachers sought

Education Minnesota, the state teachers union, is accepting nominations for Minnesota teacher of the year.

The 2007 teacher of the year will be named at a ceremony May 6 and becomes the state's candidate for national teacher of the year.

Public and private school pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers are eligible as long as they hold a baccalaureate degree and a Minnesota teaching license. They also must have completed three years of teaching by the nomination deadline and plan to teach during the 2007-08 school year.

Nominations are due Nov. 15 and can be submitted online at: www.educationminnesota.org .

Anyone may nominate a teacher. Self-nominations are also accepted.

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

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