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24th Annual Polar Bear Dip Held with Air Temperature of 29˚ and Water Temperature of 19˚

According to the Polar Bear Dip organizer and owner of Meadville, Kasey Soles, said this was the 24th year for the event. This year it was held on Saturday, February 30th with 37 dippers. Very little ice, approximately 2 inches, was present and the dippers had to go out about 12 feet to be able to go completely under the 19˚ water. Security ropes were tied to each dipper

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1st Grade: 1st place - Sophia Schroedl, 2nd place - Gracie Gillespie and 3rd place - Elsie Graff.

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5th - 8th Grades: 2nd place - Emma McMurtrey, 1st place - Kaitlyn Fernau and 3rd place - Mason Painter.

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4th Grade: 1st place - Addilyn Doke, 2nd place - Bailee Rea and 3rd place - Kristofer Hitchcock.

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2nd Grade: 1st place - Landre Stephen, 2nd place - Ursula Morales-Olvera and 3rd place - Trypp Schmitz.

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3rd Grade: 1st place - Paul Denny, 2nd place - Leighton Konkoleski and 3rd place - Callen Pierce.

Ainsworth Community Schools Holds Written and Oral Spelling Bees

Ainsworth Community Schools held their 1st - 8th grade Spelling Bee on Friday, January 29, 2021, in the Learning Center. Students took a written test the previous Wednesday to determine the finalists. The students who advanced to the Oral Bee were:

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AHS Speech Team took second place out of 11 teams at the Gordon-Rushville Speech Invitational. AHS team members are (Front Row - Left to Right): Dakota Stutzman, Ellie Welke, Brandt Murphy, Josie Ganser and Cody Scott; (Middle Row - Left to Right): Coach Heather Lutter, Eden Raymond, Alyssa Erthum, Taylor Allen and Maren Arens; and (Back Row - Left to Right): Cody Kronhofman, Sophie Wilson, Ben Flynn, Logan Hafer and Cole Bodeman.

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Bringing home medals from Gordon-Rushville for the Bulldogs were (Front Row - Left to Right): Taylor Allen, Dakota Stutzman, Brandt Murphy, Maren Arens and Josie Ganser; (Back Row - Left to Right): Alyssa Erthum, Cody Kronhofman, Ben Flynn and Eden Raymond.

Ainsworth Brings Home 2nd Place from Gordon-Rushville Speech Meet

On Saturday, January 30th, the AHS Speech team competed in the Gordon-Rushville Invitational. This all-varsity tournament offered a preview of the district competition, with five of the eight schools in Class C1-6 participating. The team competed well and brought home the runner-up plaque for Class C/D schools, as well as claiming the 2nd spot overall.


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