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Bulletin letters to the editor: VFW open, District 833's promising graduates

VFW still open

The VFW Post 8752 wants to let all of Cottage Grove know that we are still open for business and will continue to stay in business despite the disruption to our business caused by the new Walmart construction.

We still have tacos on Tuesday, karaoke on Friday, a hall we let nonprofits use for free, and charitable pull-tabs to help support veteran programs and local youths. Right now we are trying to raise enough money to build an outdoor patio to further serve our customers.

We will be having a continuous garage sale in the VFW. The garage sale will be open during business hours for the next few weeks. All proceeds from the garage sale will go to the patio fund and other club improvements. Please come to the VFW and check out our garage sale and if you believe in helping veterans bring your donation of a quality used item for us to sell. Please, no clothes and nothing donated that we cannot put up for sell for at least a couple of dollars. For more information on the garage sale, call 651-459-9940.

The VFW would also like to thank the American Legion Post 98 for their fine service on Memorial Day. They did a great job of doing memorial services at each of our local cemeteries.

Michael Martin

VFW Post 8752

Graduates show what's right with District 833

On May 28 three recent graduates of local high schools described their experience gaining admission to America's most selective universities before a packed lecture hall at Woodbury High School.

Kevin Ig-Izevbekhai is a 2012 graduate of East Ridge High School and now a sophomore pre-med major at Yale University. Ashley Longseth is a 2009 graduate of Park High School and senior economics major at Wellesley College. Prithwis Mukhopadhyay is a 2011 graduate of Woodbury High School and freshman biomedical engineering student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was one of 40 Intel Science Talent Search finalists in the U.S. Kevin and Prithwis are home from college and were present in the room. Ashley participated via video conference from Wellesley where she was awaiting commencement.

Discussion was lively with plenty of advice on study habits, class selection and extra-curriculars. Most impressive to me was the level of poise and intelligence exhibited by these future leaders. I have no doubt each will do much to make the world a better place. Their comments were positive and optimistic with the underlying message that District 833's younger students might find similar success with hard work, brains and a little luck.

They credited their teachers and parents for helping them excel, though a couple said they had to do some catch-up work to compete with advanced students once they reached their selective colleges. Prithwis advised younger students to solicit help from high school teachers, even asking for extra reading and study. Kevin advised starting AP classes as soon as possible. Ashley advised focusing on accelerated academic classes. Prithwis said with the benefit of hindsight he now values PSEO more than AP classes and wishes our district would give University of Minnesota classes the same grade weighting as AP courses.

These students are clear examples of educational success in our school district. Something is going right.

The panel was sponsored by District 833's Gifted Education Department in partnership with parents. The moderator was Tina Van Erp, Coordinator of Gifted Education for District 833.

Dan Menken