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About 120 Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota high school students learned about cooperatives and honed their leadership skills recently at Cooperative Network’s annual Co-ops Yes! Youth Leadership Conference in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Thirty area cooperatives fully sponsored the students,...
Students at Springfield Elementary School recently had the opportunity to test their music knowledge and skills with fun activities.  Organized by Springfield Public School Instrumental Music Instructor Lauren Generous, there were 20 stations in the gymnasium and students spent about 4-5 minutes at...
The River Valley speech team competed at the Subsection speech tournament on Friday, March 27, at Montevideo High School.  The team received recognition as Subsection Champion, earning 123 team points.  
Little Scientists — fourth,  fifth, and sixth-graders at Springfield Public Elementary School, who participated at the local Science Fair: front, from left: Fara Weber, Kaleb Wenisch, Jordyn Plaster, Lexie Groebner and Brenna Pabst.  Second row:  Ethan Louwagie, Carter Hillesheim, Rylan Geis, James Coffland and Caleb Hauger. Back: Josh Molden, Justin Kettner, Eva Weber and MaKenna Cook.
Fourteen students from Springfield Public School grades 3-6 participated in the local Science Fair and have earned the opportunity to advance to the Southern Minnesota Regional Elementary Science Fair at Minnesota State University Mankato on April 25.  The science fair project is the culmination of...
Trophy and ribbon winners at Marshall Tournament —
 front, from left: Sarah Dunn, Elizabeth Klabunde, Grace Pingeon, Samantha Richert, Meriah Kirscshstein and Brittany Rogotzke. Middle row:  Hannah Johnson, Elijah Kirschstein, Kaitlyn Vogel, Jocelynn Hayden, Briana Schmidt and Harley Braun Back: Ella Bartz, Katie Schwartz, Lyvia Bartz, Molly Dunn, Ross VanDerWal, Joe Pieschel and Ben Runck.

The River Valley speech team attended their final regular season tournament this past weekend at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.   The team brought home a team trophy for placing third in the large team division.  Several individuals made final rounds and received trophies for...
The Springfield High  School Band, directed by Lauren Generous, and the Springfield High School Choir, directed by Julie Prechel, will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the performing arts auditorium. The students musicians — vocal and instrumental music — will perform the numbers...
Fifteen students from Springfield High School will enter Business Professionals of America competition in Minneapolis.  They  competed in Region 8 BPA Competition at Granite Falls  to earn a trip to state.   Pictured, front: Katie Rosenstengel, Hannah Johnson, Mariah Hoyt, Amanda Roiger and Carissa Evers. Back: Ella Bartz, Callie Wersal, Ashley Larson, Kate Quesenberry, Kaelyn Platz, Natalie Timm and Michaela Leonard.   Not pictured Zach Groebner, Cody Horman and Jaden Marks also advance
The BPA pledge states: “We are met in a spirit of friendship and goodwill as we prepare for careers in a world-class workforce.  We work together to develop professionalism and leadership through Business Professionals of America and pledge our loyalty to our nation.”  Advisor, Laura Prescott,...
River Valley Speakers at Worthington Tournament — front, from left: Katie Schwartz, Mariah Hoyt, Hannah Johnson, Anna Plotz, Jackie Reindl and Amy Davis. Back: Samantha Richert, Grace Pingeon, Ella Bartz, Ben Runck and Joe Pieschel.

The River Valley Speech team started their tournament season with a large group attending Saturday’s Worthington Trojan tournament.  
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Meriah Kirschstein correctly spells the word, university, to claim the title of spelling champion at Springfield Public School.
Meriah Kirschstein, a seventh-grader, is spelling champion at Springfield Public School. She emerged winner from 16 top spellers — four from each of grades 5, 6, 7 and 8, who participated in the spelling bee Friday afternoon. She is the daughter of Matt and Kathy Kirschstein. Maddie McCone, a sixth...
Participants from left, Sarah Kottke, Lexie Groebner Dalton Langseth, Jordyn Plaster, Christopher Thram, Nick Peterson, Connor Scholten, James Coffland. Middle row: Andrew Baumann, Curtis Tauer, Karena Johnson, Meriah Kirschstein, Ethan Langseth, Kendall Kelly, John Ombaye and Ethan Johnson. Back: Jennifer Cook, Hunter Mathiowetz, Sarah Dunn, Elijah Kirschstein.
Twenty students from grades 4-8 at Springfield Public School participated in the 2015 National Geography Bee School Level Competition January 16. The 20 students were determined by a preliminary test with four of the top-scoring students from grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 competing in the local bee that...

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