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PIERRE – February is National Career and Technical Education Month. As part of the celebration, 37 student leaders went to Pierre, Feb. 4-5, for the South Dakota Career and Technical Student Organizations’ Legislative Shadow Day. Among the students who attended were Devyn Senska-Thompson, of Forestburg and a senior at Sanborn Central, and Nathan Linke, of Woonsocket and a state FFA officer attending SDSU.

Activities included a social for students, legislators, cabinet members, and state agency staff. Students also shadowed legislators at committee meetings and observed House and Senate floor sessions. 

“When students engage in career and technical education, they experience hands-on learning that helps prepare them for high-demand careers,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “These groups are great ways for students to expand on their classroom learning, meet peers from across the state, and develop valuable leadership skills.”

Students representing the following CTSOs attended this year’s event: Educators Rising; Future Business Leaders of America; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; FFA; SD HOSA, a group for students interested in health sciences; and SkillsUSA, an association of trade, technology, and health occupation students.

By participating in CTSOs, students can apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom through competitive events; develop leadership and employability skills; and serve their communities.

Career and technical education seeks to equip students with core academic skills and the ability to apply those skills for careers and life. CTE emphasizes employability skills like critical thinking, responsibility, and technical skills related to specific career pathways.

…See a photo in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

On Saturday, Oct. 12, Ron Brakke was honored as a recipient of an Alumni Achievement Award from Augustana University at the 67th Annual Alumni Achievement Awards Banquet at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux Falls. He graduated from Forestburg High School in 1958 and from Augustana University in 1963 and has had a long life of success ever since.

Brakke is a Senior Executive Consultant with Brakke Consulting (BC), a firm he started in 1986 and sold at the end of December 2018. BC is the leading consulting firm serving the global animal health, veterinary and pet care markets. 

…Read on and see a photo in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

The bouncy houses and train rides were a popular place for families with young kids during the annual Forestburg Melon Festival on Saturday evening.

On Saturday, Aug. 17, the town of Forestburg was buzzing with the enjoyment of its seventh annual Forestburg Melon Festival. Hundreds of people joined in the fun that included a car show, bean bag tournament, live music, bouncy houses and train rides for kids, a delicious meal and, of course, the selling and eating of melons. A couple of new things added this year were a food vendor from McWhorter Entertainment who sold some of the finest fair food and several vendor booths with people selling a variety of homemade and company-owned goods. 

…Read on in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

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