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Johnson grad and Battle Creek teaching assistant saves family from a burning house
Donnell Gibson, a Johnson Senior High School graduate and special education teaching assistant at Battle Creek Middle School, is being called a hero after he rescued an East Side family from a burning house. Gibson told the Star Tribune that he knew he had to do something when he saw the fire — and the children.

Harding Senior Admitted to All Ivy League Schools, 20 in Total
Congratulations to Washington Technology Magnet School’s first state high school science fair participants. Aimee Vang, Rebecca Lindau and Browerti Koffah qualified for the state science fair after scoring high at the regional fair. The students were mentored by Washington Tech science teacher David Quosig, with help from Washington Tech teachers Mary Jurney and Meagan O'Brien.

Washington Tech students qualify for state science fair
Congratulations to Washington Technology Magnet School’s first state high school science fair participants. Aimee Vang, Rebecca Lindau and Browerti Koffah qualified for the state science fair after scoring high at the regional fair. The students were mentored by Washington Tech science teacher David Quosig, with help from Washington Tech teachers Mary Jurney and Meagan O'Brien.

Harding seniors head to State History Day competition
Congratulations to Harding Senior High School seniors Lay B. Paw, Ki Ki Paw and Gken N. Moo who won the the Senior Exhibit Board category during the Regional History Day Competition last month at Harding Senior High School. The title of their research project is "Saw Ba Oo Gyi and the Karen Civil War in Burma, 1949-2015." They will compete in the State History Day competition at the University of Minnesota on May 2.

Linwood Monroe Arts Plus first grade team will receive two agriculture grants
Congratulations to the Linwood Monroe Arts Plus first grade team (Julie Manthe, Ann Griffin, and Mary Morgan) for receiving two grants. The first grant, from Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom, includes the purchase of 13 new books that explain how food from the farm gets to our tables. The team also will be growing edible plants in their classrooms.

The second grant, from the University of Minnesota's Monarch Lab, is to revitalize school gardens near the front entrance of Linwood Monroe Arts Plus to include more plants for pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. The first graders will take an active role in planning, planting and maintaining the garden.