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Freshmen earn awards through Link Crew

On Wednesday, Jan. 30, the freshmen of Detroit Lakes High School were celebrated for their outstanding efforts during second quarter of the school year.

Paul Lakin, freshman science teacher, opened the assembly with a "joke of the day." Eric Martinez, assistant principal, then gave a brief congratulatory address.

Teachers found creative ways to reward students for their efforts. For example, Trescha Mitchell recognized students from the agriculture classes who demonstrated excellence across the course of the quarter.

Kathy Larson recognized students who achieved honors in choir, and Beth Leighton awarded certificates to students who exhibited hard work and positive attitudes in her physical education classes. Cassandra Thomasson presented several Spanish honors.

Awards were also given in math, science, social studies and English. A grand total of 163 awards were given. These awards highlighted students for academic turnarounds, effort, attitude and achievement as well as miscellaneous "Mr. Fode" awards for noteworthy and somewhat dubious honors.

As another part of the assembly, students' names were randomly drawn for prizes donated by local area businesses including Wells Fargo, Pizza Hut, Papa Murphy's, A&W, Dairy Queen and Cinema 5. The Detroit Lakes High School donated one free pass to the Snoball dance and the counseling staff donated cookies.

In closing, Mike Labine, a freshman math teacher, issued a challenge to students to raise the average grade point average of the freshman class from a 2.78 for first semester to a 3.0 for third quarter. Freshman teachers agreed to sit in the dunk tank and let students take turns attempting to dunk them on Day of Caring if they achieve their goal.

"Students need to look at their grades and ask themselves, 'what can I do to help make this happen,'" said Labine.

"I would enjoy sitting in the dunk tank for such a worthy cause," said Anne Anderson, freshman English teacher. This sentiment seemed to be echoed by all of the freshman teachers.

The next awards assembly will be held in April on a specific date yet to be determined.