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Malone student named national winner for current events

Walker Lenz is pictured with his parents, Chad and Denise, along with Randy Meier from Fox 9 (Twin Cities), who presented Lenz with his medal Thursday. -- Photo by Jason Schulte

PRESCOTT--Malone Elementary School student Walker Lenz was named a National Student Leader by the National Current Events League Thursday during a school assembly in Prescott.

Lenz earned the honor by having the top cumulative score nationwide over the 2012-13 year. Gifted and Talented Director Kelly Johnson said Malone has never had a Student Leader in 10 years of competition before.

"Walker is so faithful," she said. "He watches the news every night and often takes the lead in discussion."

Lenz, a fourth-grader in Mr. Ridgeway's class, replied during the assembly Thursday he tapes ABC World News at 5:30 p.m. every night and his favorite newscaster is Diane Sawyer.

Johnson said students were tested four times over the year, on a 30-question multiple choice exam in which they have 25 minutes to complete. Lenz was hanging around fifth or sixth most of the year until the last test, which shot him to the top. To compare, Johnson noted an average score for teachers is 24-out-of-30.

Some of the questions on previous tests included General David Petraeus resigning on Nov. 9 as director of which agency because of an affair (CIA) or which country played a major role in the cease fire negotiations which took hold across the Gaza border (Egypt).

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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