Perham Focus staff
Somebody we know said it best when describing Giving Hearts Day, "Give a little. Give a lot. Give from the heart." Giving Hearts Day is a day where non-profits celebrate and share their missions with communities to raise awareness and funds so their organization can continue to positively impact the people they serve.
Last weekend, the Perham Speech team traveled to Apple Valley, MN to compete at the Star Tribune Eastview Lightning Classic. This meet was split between two different levels, Open competition (less experienced speakers, or 9th/10th graders), and Championship competition (more experienced speakers, or 11th/12th graders). Seven Perham individuals competed at the Open competition and 16 students competed at the Championship level. With over 1,000 competitors and 300 judges, Perham is proud to present Olivia McNair, who broke in the final round and placed 5th in Creative Expression.
Students pursuing careers in the healthcare field are eligible for Perham Health's Healthcare Career Educational Scholarship. Five scholarships of $1000 each will be available to qualifying high school seniors from New York Mills, Frazee, Perham, Battle Lake, and Henning schools, as well as to students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at a two or four-year college program or one-year technical program and who are, or have been, residents of the Perham Hospital District.
Students in grades 4-6 competed in the National Geographic GeoBee competition this past week. This year's school winner was Leelou Novotny.
On Feb. 2, 2019, the Perham Speech team competed at the DGF speech meet in Glyndon. Perham placed 5th out of 22 teams. After three rounds of competition, the following individuals placed: Creative Expression Olivia McNair - 2nd place Discussion Andrew Jacobson - 1st place, Jack Anderson - Superior ribbon Duo Titus Mycke & Ethan Siira - 3rd place, Abby Fisette & Catilina Ramirez- Excellent ribbon Humor Emily Kirchenwitz- Excellent ribbon, Colton Myers- Excellent ribbon Poetry Kira Johnson - Excellent ribbon Prose
Chelsey Torgerson, who recently gave birth to their second son, shows off her newborn wrapped in one of the handmade blankets from New Creation Lutheran Church, which was given to her at Perham Health.
Dianne Rohde-Szarke, Regent and Fuzz Hammers, members of Court St. Rita #409 Perham Minnesota attended a dinner on Jan. 14, sponsored by Catholic Daughters Court St. Cabrini of Fergus Falls, Minnesota. The event was in celebration of the dedication and blessing of the 18th Minnesota Habitat for Humanity house in Fergus Falls.
Empowering Kids Perham received a grant from Walmart Giving through the Detroit Lakes Walmart. This funding will be used to provide scholarship to families in need. Empowering Kids staff and board said they greatly appreciate the Walmart Foundation for supporting children and families affected by autism and social challenges.
The Perham Lakes Lions recently sponsored its annual Youth Outreach poster contest to local sixth grade students. According to Chairperson Lion Pat Hendrickx, the contest offers students a chance to express their views on drug awareness, volunteering, self - esteem, recycling, etc. The schools involved included St. Henry's Area School and St. Paul's Lutheran School. The club offers cash prizes to the top three entries and the first place poster is then taken to the Lions 5M9 Midwinter convention to be voted on by those Lions attending the convention.
Court St. Rita #409, Perham, Minnesota of the Catholic Daughters of the America's sponsored the 32nd annual Celebration of Life Mass on Jan. 18, 2019 at St. Henry's Catholic Church. The celebrant was Father Matthew Kuhn assisted by Catholic Daughter Chaplain Deacon Richard Quistorff. St. Henry's school students participated at Mass as servers, lector, gift bearers and rose presenters. In recognition of the sanctity of life from before birth to death, the different stages in life were recognized and presented a red rose, a symbol of life.