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Community service efforts earn Ellsworth High School students letters

Among letter winners for community service at Ellsworth High School this school term are students who are working on three events: a dodge ball tournament, “Diva Dudes” and a senior citizen prom. In the front are: Jordan Olson, Brianna Davis and Makenzie Anderson. In the back are Spencer Riegelman and Marie Johnson. (Herald photo by Bill Kirk)

Wearing school letters on jackets isn’t just for athletes anymore.

For the second year, participating Ellsworth High School students will get letters for conducting community service projects. A half dozen of them were among those in the final part of the letter-earning process last week.

“At graduation, a special notation will be made next to their names in the program and they’ll be asked to stand up,” Advisor Anne Pechacek said, noting two students were similarly recognized when commencement exercises were held in May of last year.

The students who discussed their efforts Friday have mainly been involved in three projects: a dodge ball tournament, “Diva Dudes” and a senior citizen prom. Spencer Riegelman, who’s heading the tourney, is the only one in this group not a senior, so his recognition will come during graduation exercises in 2015, Pechacek said.

Riegelman said the idea for the tourney, coming up for the fourth time, originated with the 40-to-50-member Just Do Something organization at EHS. The latest version is planned for next Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the EHS gyms.

The organizer who’ll receive a letter had to arrange for use of the gyms and arrange for the concession stand to be staffed (Just Do Something members have been tapped). He sent out letters and posted flyers to promote the event. The first three dodge ball sessions proved highly popular.

“There was a snowstorm last time and we still had a good turnout,” Pechacek said, adding, “school wasn’t held the next day.”

For more please read the March 12 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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