Colfax schools news briefs: Accelerated Reader, Science Olympiad, tech ed, forensics, top 10 percent

COLFAX  —  The Colfax Board of Education at the March 22 meeting learned about the following news regarding Colfax students. 

Accelerated Reader

All together, 377 students in Colfax are participating in the Accelerated Reader program. They have passed 20,504 quizzes amounting to 19,938.1 points that students can use to earn incentives. The average quiz score is 90.8 percent. Students have read a combined total of more than 94 million words this year. Colfax has 17 students who have read more than one million worlds; three students who have read more than two million words; and two students who have read more than three million words.

Science Olympiad

The freshman-laced Science Olympiad team competed at the Western Regional Competition in Menomonie. Despite missing three of their team members, the six Vikings managed to still compete in 11 events including towers; optics; anatomy and physiology; forensics; ecology; microbe mission; disease detectives; write it/do it; wind power; rocks and minerals; and material science. The team placed out of the medal round, but team members realized what it will take next to be competitive with perennial powerhouses in this area. Even though this was the first year of Science Olympiad competition for the freshman team, they had many successes and learned concepts pertaining to science, technology, engineering and math.

Tech ed

The technology education students attended the Chippewa Valley Technical College Manufacturing Show on Thursday, March 2. The following students attended: Cole Hill, Braden Lemler, Chace Peterson, Austin Zebro, Boden Bergeson, Phil Taylor, Jacob Jensen, and Brad Thompson. The students learned about the manufacturing program offered at CVTC along with the equipment. The students also had the opportunity to compete in a welding competition against students and adults from other schools. Junior Cole Hill was the winner of the competition and was presented with a state-of-the-art welding helmet. Jamie Buchholtz was the advisor who took the students to CVTC.

Forensics

The following Colfax High School students will be competing in Forensics in Menomonie April 1: Kaely Rieck and Hannah Yingst, play acting; Tate Russell, solo acting; Napoleon Nosker, oratory; and Leslie Ritenour and Tiffany Tetzlaff, group interpretation.

10 percent

The top ten percent of the Class of 2017 and the Colfax High School educator of the year will be recognized for their accomplishments by the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, April 12: Napoleon Nosker; Megan Schleusner; Ally Heidorn; Hannah Yingst; Michael Lyrek. Patrick Furey will be receiving the teacher award.