Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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For as long as she can remember, Cottage Grove native Elizabeth Weinlick has always wanted to travel internationally with her children.
Woodbury resident Brooke Mischler, who has always wanted to travel, will spend a school year studying in Normandy, France.
Woodbury Community Theatre will be celebrating the power of music with its summer musical.
This past spring, East Ridge High School brought William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to the stage. Then they visited stages in London.
School board members are considering a number of referendum options for November 2013.
The board approved the 2013-14 general fund budget, with no changes, during its June 20 meeting.
School's out for East Ridge High School English teacher Sheila Tschida. Tschida will retire at the end of the year after having spent the past 40 years as a teacher, 33 years of that spent in District 833. "I'm going to miss all the interaction with kids," Tschida said. "It gives me a lot of positives and it makes me have a lot of faith -- there's a lot of good stories coming from here. "I will not miss the papers and the bells, though." Tschida's road to becoming a teacher began at a young age. "I probably knew at age 5 that I wanted to be a teacher," she said.
Early on in his high school career, East Ridge High School senior Kyutae "Alex" Kim set a goal for himself of beating his older brother's class ranking. Well, Kim has done more than that by earning the rank of No. 2 in his graduating class. "I wanted to rank higher than my brother," he said. "I don't even remember where he ranked, but it wasn't two." Kim will graduate June 1 with a GPA of 4.45. He said setting a goal to earn a high ranking helped to push himself further.
East Ridge High School's top student will be trading in her black and gold for maroon and gold when she attends the University of Minnesota next fall. Allie Kobe will graduate June 1 with a GPA of 4.429. Kobe maintained her No. 1 ranking throughout high school. "My mom always said it's good to get to the top and stay there rather than try and fight your way up," she said. Kobe said being ranked at the top of her graduating class was a goal that she set for herself early on since she had a sister who maintained the top spot until her senior year when she slipped from the top.
Both Math and Science Academy and East Ridge High School have proven their robotic skills. The two schools' robotics teams competed April 26-28 in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition World Championship in St. Louis, Mo. The MSA Fighting Calculators placed second in the division finals and the East Ridge Robotic Ominous Raptors (ERRORs) placed 20th out of 100 teams in their division. "It was absolutely amazing," said Will Preska, adviser for the Fighting Calculators.