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Rugby Continues Tradition of Placing 1st in State

By Staff | Apr 17, 2015

Sandy Johnson

Students from Rugby high school showed that the school was more than just basketball by placing 1st in the 47th “Keep North Dakota Clean Poster and Digital Media Contest” in the high school division. It is a great accomplishment for this storied and coveted event.

The Digital Media Contest this year for high school students focused on video clips that promote keeping the North Dakota trails clean. The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department sponsored the event. Six students participated in the contest ranging from 9th grade to 12th grade

The Rugby’s students, who were all in teacher Sandy Johnson’s class “Applied Topics in Science” were Kayleigh Gayle (12th grade), Charles Gayle (11th grade), Jordan Nehring (11th grade), Erica Schneider (11th grade), Aspen Cameron (10th grade) and Michael Lagasse (9th grade) with Ms. Johnson supporting them all the way. The assignment for the contest was to submit a 30 second video, which they wrote, acted in, directed, videotaped, and produced on their own.

There will be an award ceremony recognizing this weight achievement during a luncheon at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn on April 24th. At that time they will receive gold medallions, certificates and $100 cash prize (which they decided to spend on their spring field trip to Fargo in May. The team also wanted to recognize and say a special thank you to Helen Johnson (12th grade) who assisted them with the technology piece.

When their teacher Sandy Johnson was asked what she thought of this accomplishment she stated ” I am very proud of the video my students produced and although I knew it was a winner when they finished it, I am glad it is official so the whole state knows how awesome they all are! We also asked the students how they felt being recognized as best in the state! Jordan said, “I am glad that we won for our video because I really like to see North Dakota clean and everyone pitching in to help.”. Charles (Chuck) commented “I’m surprised that we won the video to keep North?Dakota Clean but it feels like winning state basketball.”. Aspen shared “The video was hard to make but it was fun to do it.”. Michael said “The video was very cool – to save the earth. I think it was nice to be in this.” Erica shared “This video was really fun to do with my classmates. If I was?able do it again, I would.”. And, Kayleigh told us “I was surprised that we made it to first place?for Keep North Dakota Clean. We worked really hard making the video.”

Helen Johnson

This is a great honor for the kids, their teacher and for the school of Rugby. Great job by all and keep up the award winning work.

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