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SENTINEL TRIBUNE EDUCATIO?q Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Page 8 Greeting Charger Land! The WWG Elementary is working hard preparing for the MCA State Test coming up at the end of April. All third through sixth grade students will take a math and reading test. Fifth graders will also take the science test. Once testing starts in the second half of April, we ask that parents get their children to bed early for a good nights rest. This often helps in many ways. The WWG Cub Scouts were busy last week buying groceries at Maynards and picking up bags of grocer- ies donated by the communities to the food shelf in Westbrook. The scouts had a blast and look forward to doing this again next year. The WWG Cub Scouts are always looking for a community project to do. Please call the Walnut Grove School at 507-859-2141 if you are in need of our help. Kindergarten and Preschool Round-ups are on Thursday, April 7, at 6:00 p.m. at the Westbrook Walnut Grove Elementary School building located in Walnut Grove. Please call the WWG Elementary at 507-859- 2141 if you have not received your notification in the mail. The WWG K-3 Elementary Spring Music Concert is also scheduled that same night, Thursday, April 7, start- ing at 7:00 p.m. Six WWG spellers will head to Slayton on Saturday, April 9, to participate in the 5th/6th grade Regional Spelling Bee. Ryan Cummiskey, Caitlin Lohre, Kyle Kuehl, Xeng Vang, Matthew Deprez, and Miranda Ankrum will represent WWG very well. They have been studying hard since the Spelling Bee finals. They are all eager to bring home some hardware from the Regional Spelling Bee. The Westbrook Walnut Grove Preschool Screening will take place on Tuesday, April 19. Packets and post- cards have been sent out. If you did not receive a packet and/or are new to the community, please call the WWG Elementary in Walnut Grove to get signed up (507-859- 2141). This screening is for all 3, 4, 5 year aids who have not yet been screened in Minnesota. .WWG Community Education is usually posted in the Sentinel once every month. If anyone would like to sign- up for a class or has an idea for a class, please call the Walnut Grove School at 507-859-2141. Don't forget to check out the Elementary Webpage at Make sure you check out 'Vhat's Happening at Westbrook Walnut Grove Elementary". It is full of pictures and articles for parents and community to enjoy. Please remember, if you have questions or concerns about school or community education, do not hesitate to call. i Weekly 5cmence Quiz by Douglas Clark Mysteries of Mercury NASA's MESSENGER probe successfully began orbiting Mercury earlier this month, and as a result some of the enduring mysteries associated with this planet may be solved in the near future. Insights gained by this mission could shed light on how planets were formed in our solar system. MESSENGER stands for MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging, which is NASA's clever way to tie the mission to Mercury with the Roman messenger of the gods. Launched over six Another mystery regard- ing Mercury's core: why is it so large for such a small planet? Scientists believe that its iron core takes up about three fourths of the planets diameter, which is roughly twice that of Earth. Perhaps impacts over billions of years have stripped away Mercury's surface, leaving only the inner mantle and core untouched. MESSENGER will analyze the planet's geology which should shed some light on how it evolved. Temperatures on Mercury reach a blistering 425 C, yet at the poles there are deep craters that are permanently shielded from sunlight, and there might be ice deposits COLLEGE -WWG Speech Team participates at NEWS SMSU Speech Tournament in Marshall Dan Wahl receives scholar- ship Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN, announced that Dan Wahl of Walnut Grove, MN, has been selected to receive the Geneva Emblen Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year. Recipients of this scholarship are recognized for their aca- demic accomplishments and outstanding leadership abili- ties. Wahl's planned major field of study is Secondary English Education. Kelsey Mischke awarded schol- arship Kelsey Mischke was among those receiving a Distinguished Collegiate Scholarship from Northwestern College, Orange City, IA for the 2011- 2012 academic year. The winners were selected from those who participated in a scholarship competition in January and February. Three types of honor schol- arships were awarded. The Distinguished Collegiate Scholarship provides $10,000 per year; the Distinguished Presidential Scholarship pro- vides $12,5000; the Peale Scholarship provides $15,000 annually. Cottonwood County student art show opens The Cottonwood County Historical Society invites you to attend the exhibit reception of the Cottonwood County Student Art Show on Sunday, April 3 from 2-4 p.m. in the Remick Gallery. Light refreshments will be served throughout the after- noon. Free admission. The exhibit features art work by senior high students from throughout Cottonwood County including Mountain Lake Public School, Red Rock Central Public School, Westhrook Walnut grove Public School, Red Rock Ridge Alternative Learning Center, Windom Area Public School and area home schoolers. More than 40 works of art will be dis- played with a variety of mediums and themes. Come and vote for your favorite! The exhibit runs for tree weeks from April 3 - April 23. The Cottonwood County Historical Society is located at 812 Fourth Avenue in Windom, They are open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, contact the museum at 821-1134. From left: Elsie Vue, Zuag Pai Her, Kennedy Her, Amelia Malmberg, Marki Hubin, Deziree Koenig, Xai Lai Xiong, Sawyer Helgeson, Justin Neuenfeldt, Malleysa Yang, Caleb Dusek. Submitted photo Speakers find tough com- petition with over five hun- dred speakers from twenty- eight schools The WWG Charger Speech Team traveled to SMSU in Marshall on Saturday, March 19. The WWG speakers found them- selves up against some very tough competition with over five hundred speakers from grades 7-12 and representing twenty- eight schools within SW Minnesota. The following eleven stu- dents represented WWG in three rounds of competition: Elsie Vue, Kennedy Her, Zuag Pai Her, Amelia Malmberg, Marki Hubin, Deziree Koenig, Xai Lai Xiong, Sawyer Helgeson, Justin Neuenfeldt, Malleysa Yang, and Caleb Dusek. Following three rounds of competition, an awards cere- mony was held on the cam- pus of SMSU. The following WWG speakers were recognized at the awards ceremony: Sawyer Helegson, Desiree Koening and Zuag Pai Her. The team traveled to Luverne High School on Saturday, March 26 for their f'mal invitational prior to the sub section tournament which will be held at Pipestone Area High School on Saturday, April 6. WWG has fifteen speakers regis- tered for the sub section tour- nament. WW' i C hc'rg' i00l',Cnaler spe,:: al rec003gn Rachel Christians 2011 Outstanding Supporting Role as Dixie Dish in Hotel Minnesota Karleyn Deprez 2012 Outstanding Character Role for Nora in Hotel Minnesota Chang Her 2011 Outstanding Character Role as Slink Mama in Graycie Chanel Madson 2011 Outstanding Character Role as Gina Dijon in Hotel Minnesota Amelia Malmberg 2012 Outstanding Character Role as Dr. Harmony in Hotel Minnesota Kelsey Misehke 2011 Outstanding Lead Role for Outstanding Character Role as Vogue Elliot in Hotel Minnesota Elsie Vue 2011 Outstanding Character Role as Sadie in Graycie 24 Kong Meng Vue 2011 Outstanding Character Role as Gen. Spragmorton in Murderous Mansion years ago, MESSENGER's trip has included 15 orbits around the sun and flybys of Earth, Venus and Mercury in order to slingshot into posi- tion where, after a 15 minute bum of its main thruster to slow down, it finally settled into orbit on March 18, 2011. Mariner 10, the first and only other probe to approach Mercury, made three flybys from 1974 to 1975. Mariner was able to image 45% of the planet. It also unexpectedly discover that Mercury has a magnetic field. It is thought that planets generate mag- netic fields because they have molten iron cores that spin quickly, but Mercury only rotates once every 59 day. Plus it's so small that its core should have cooled off long ago. MESSENGER will ana- lyze Mercury's magnetic field which should yield insights about Mercury's core. One thought is that Mercury's core is shrinking as it slowly freezes. The plan- et's surface is marked with mile-high cliffs that stretch for hundreds of miles and suggest that the planet is indeed shrinking. MESSENGER will look for more such evidence. hidden away. If so, 24 Pinkie Blue in Hotel Jimmy Woelber 2014 MESSENGER will be able to Minnesota Outstanding Character Role detect such an unlikely Nathan Olsem 2011 as Remme in G-raycie 24 source of water, not unlike SENIOR HIGH POINT Xai Lai Xiong 2011 finding an ice cube in an AWARD - The Golden Outstanding Character Role oven. The probe will collect Hammer! as Cousin Rascal in Hotel data for one year, and I will Sara Schoborg Minnesota be publishing updates as this 2012 Malia Yaug 2011 data gets interpreted and Special Technical Outstanding Lead Role in shared with the public. Achievement Award Graycie 24 1) True or false: Mercury Pa Nou Vang 201 has been thoroughly ...... explored. 2) It is thought that planets SOCIAL SE(SURITY need to have a mag- netic  a) a solid iron core b) a liq- uid iron core c) a rapidly rotating iron core d) both b) and c) 3) True or false: MESSENGER has detected ice at Mercury's poles 4) Mile-high cliffs on Mercury are thought to be evidence that the planet is a) shrinking b) very hot c) small d) both b) and c) 5) The first probe to visit Mercury was (Answers on page 2) Copyright (C) 2011 Weekly Science Quiz All rights reserved. CLASSIFIED ADS SMALL PRICE BIG RESULTS WW.G..Ch..arger 4th Grade 15asKelDall leam The WWG Charger 4th grade basketball team won first place at the Wabasso Tournament this past weekend with a 3-0 record for the day. Members include (Back Row): Ben Olson, Andrew Quade, Wyatt Christians, Spencer Lien (Front Row): Jacob Kleven, Parker Freeburg, Sam Helmet, Nathan Ross. Not pictured: Coaches Carter Ross and Chad Freeburg. Submitted photo PETS MADE EASY. GOVERNMENT MADE EASY. I"CSA Your offlclal source .gay for federal, state and I (800) FED-INIaO local government Info. III I II III General Question: Do I need a Social Security card? I want to get a summer job and my dad can't find my card. Answer: If you know your number, you probably don't need to get a card. If you t'md out that you do need a replacement card, you can download and complete the application for a replacement at our website. Then, take or mail the application to your local Social Security office with the required documenta- tion. The web address is www. socialsecurity, gov/ ssnumber. If you do get a replacement card or find the original, you shouldn't carry it with you. Keep it in a safe place with your other impor- tant papers. Question: Can I get a new Social Security number if someone has stolen my identity? Answer: We do not rou- tinely assign a new number to someone whose identity has been stolen. Only as a last resort should you consider requesting a new Social Security number. Changing your number may adversely affect your ability to interact with Federal and State agen- cies, employers, and others. This is because your finan- cial, medical, employment and other records will be under your former Social Security number. We cannot guarantee that a new number will solve your problem. To learn more about your Social  Security card and number, read our online publication on the subject at www. pubs/10002.html.