Tina Fisk had dreams of becoming a lawyer but a student work study assignment while at the University of North Dakota changed that. "By the time I graduated from college I wanted to be an auditor," Fisk said. "Audit and government finance has always been in my head. This is what I love." Fisk was recently named West Fargo city administrator, replacing Jim Brownlee who is retiring. She had been the city's finance director since 2012. "I see it as a challenge.
Babe Sampson reads as many books as she can with her ears. She's a former teacher who is now legally blind. "I cannot see to read.
Haison Nguyen, an eighth grader at Cheney Middle School, has been elected to the 2015-2016 North Dakota State Student Council Association and will serve as president. As part of the election process, Haison prepared and presented a speech/skit at the state conference and did a question and answer session with student voters. Next year, Haison will lead the middle level state conference along with vice presidents elected from other North Dakota middle schools.
A group of committed West Fargo school supporters are bringing the West Fargo Educational Foundation back to life. The Foundation was started following a school reunion in the 1980s by a group of graduates who wanted to give something back to the district, said Alison Otteson, current Foundation president. Otteson, a 1997 graduate took charge and with the help of other alumni, is moving forward to reinvigorate the foundation. Earlier this year, the Foundation awarded $5,000 mini grants to 10 district teachers. The group hopes to help secure funding for preschool and other programs for whi
It has been 15 months since Sandy Smith moved her North Dakota Autism Center into a new, 6,700-square-foot building at 647 13th Ave. E., in West Fargo. The facility is already bursting at the seams, said Smith, who launched the nonprofit NDAC in 2006 after having difficulty finding services for her son Tyler, diagnosed with autism three years earlier at 19 months old. NDAC is currently providing services to 70 area families affected by autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disabilities.
Kellie Blair Hardt has been homeless, kicked out of high school, earned a master's degree in special education and named 2013 Northern Virginian of the Year. Hardt, who talks about the transformative power of education, personal grit and perseverance will deliver the commencement address to graduates of West Fargo Community High School on May 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the West Fargo High School theater. Hardt's licence plate reads: GED2PHD.
Eighth-grade students at Cheney Middle School recently attended the Senior Engineering Expo Day at the University of North Dakota. The Cheney STEM team of 18 students presented their engineering projects alongside senior engineering students.
The Village Family Service Center in Fargo is looking for anyone who lived in the North Dakota Children's Home or Children's Village to attend a reunion Sept. 8. If you lived in either, contact Village Family Service Center at (701) 451-5033. The Center wants to invite all former residents and their families. The Village Family Service Center was founded as the North Dakota Children's Home Society, a home for orphaned children. In the 1950s, the name was changed to Children's Village and in the early 1970s to Village Family Service Center.
The North Dakota State University College of Engineering is offering its annual summer enrichment experience for third through eighth grade students. Registration is open for a series of STEM Kids 2015 camps, the first scheduled to begin June 15 with the final session concluding Aug. 6. The purpose of the camps is to stimulate children's interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Each hand-on session is one week long and taught by qualified instructors. The sessions are held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Students from the West Fargo High School recreational engines and building trades program competed at the 2015 Skills USA competition held at North Dakota State College of Science on April 19-21. Students who received awards were: Motorcycle technology - Matt Keller, first place, Kasey Bertsch, second and Josh Keller, third; power equipment technology - Derek Turner, first, and Adrian Tirado, third; cabinetmaking - Mason Kuhn second; carpentry - Cody Howe, first. Keller, Howe and Turner will represent the state of North Dakota at the national contest to be held in Louisville, Ky., in June.