Braham receives trophy for supermileage car

Braham Area High School students received second place for one of their cars that competed in a supermileage competition last week.

From left: Brian Nelson, Tyler Sitz and Justin Ellis proudly display their plaque and trophy. They were three of eight students who participated in the competition.

From left: Brian Nelson, Tyler Sitz and Justin Ellis proudly display their plaque and trophy. They were three of eight students who participated in the competition.

From left: Industrial technology instructor Luke Becker, Justin Ellis, Brian Nelson, Tyler Sitz and mechanist and community coach Cory took home two awards in the high school’s first time participating in the supermileage car competition. Superintendent Greg Winter congratulated them in a meeting on their success, adding that the best class he took in high school was a small engines course. He said it taught him about problem solving and how things work. Photos submitted by Luke Becker

From left: Industrial technology instructor Luke Becker, Justin Ellis, Brian Nelson, Tyler Sitz and mechanist and community coach Cory took home two awards in the high school’s first time participating in the supermileage car competition. Superintendent Greg Winter congratulated them in a meeting on their success, adding that the best class he took in high school was a small engines course. He said it taught him about problem solving and how things work.
Photos submitted by Luke Becker

High school students Brian Nelson, Tyler Sitz, Josh Grauel, Matthew Roepke, Kenny Mitchell, Kyle Pieper, Justin Ellis and Kole Grumman brought two cars to the Minnesota Technology and Engineering Educators Association Supermileage Challenge at Brainerd May 12.

The competition ended May 14, and Braham’s ethanol car, an E-85 class, came in second place in its class. The team’s second car, a stock car, placed 10th out of 44 cars.

“For being a first-year school, to be placed that high in two different areas is pretty impressive,” said BAHS Principal Justin Sawyer at the Braham School Board meeting Monday.

The stock car averaged 284 mpg and the E-85 averaged 220 mpg.

 

District policies introduced

Four district policies were introduced as a first-reading. Discussion will be held during the June board meeting, and action will be taken in July.

The first, No. 502, is a revision to the search of student lockers, desks, personal possessions and students. It would allow the school to search lockers and desks without notice, at any time, in search of contraband. It would also allow the school to search a student and their possessions if there is reasonable suspicion that they violated school rules or the law.

The second, No. 522, is a sex non-discrimination policy that would ensure equal educational opportunity for all students for any educational program or activity operated by the school district on the basis of sex. It would designate the activities director as the coordinator for the policy and adds procedures for reporting grievances, conducting investigations and taking action.

A policy to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at least once a week was given a first read. The last policy deals with establishing guidelines for investment of school district funds.

 

In other news, the board: 

  • Approved letters of resignation for
  1. School counselor Krista McNally, who has accepted a position at the Brooklyn Center School District. Her resignation will be effective at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
  2. Assistant Principal and activities director Tim Malone, who has accepted a position at the Stewartville School District. His resignation will be effective June 30, 2014.
  3. Paraprofessional Tina Engberg, effective at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
  • Approved renewing its membership to the Minnesota State High School League.
  • Approved continuing a Student Assurance Services Inc. policy, which allows parents an opportunity to purchase insurance through the Stillwater-based company Student Assurance Services Inc. The program has been available for many years, and at most 20 students have been enrolled annually.
  • Heard from kindergarten teachers who reported successful improvements from implementing all-day, every-day kindergarten. Teachers Lori Auers, Roxanne Kirby, Candi Lund and Dawn Olson stated they saw above-average letter recognition after the change, stating that they see all the children and can get good feedback. They are looking into changing the report card to better reflect improvements.
  • Heard an activities report from Malone that Braham High School football will likely not be changed next year.
  • Was informed that MCA testing was completed by both the elementary and high school. Official results will be available in August.
  • Learned four high school seniors were recognized April 30 for their academic achievement in St. Cloud. Honorees were Jenna Winter, Ariel Ramstad, Rachel Eskuri and Lindsey Stormy Husnick.
  • Accepted bids that totaled $274,000 for a high school toilet remodel and roofing projects.
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