SES students gather together for a group shot after the Vikings Cross Country Run.

SES students gather together for a group shot after the Vikings Cross Country Run.

SES students shine in Vikings Cross Country

Fifty-one awesome Stettler Elementary cross country runners travelled by bus to the biathlon facility south of Camrose on Sept. 22.

STETTLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL — Fifty-one awesome Stettler Elementary cross country runners travelled by bus to the biathlon facility south of Camrose on Thursday, Sept. 22 to take part in the Viking Cross Country Run.

In the Grade 3 girls’ division, we had seven girls competing in the field of 62. Our top runner was Kylar Cornelssen who won a bronze. Summer Greiner finished fifth with Jenna Fryer, Myriam Barrette and Alecsandra Oprea not far behind. Great work to all of these girls.

In the boys’ Grade 3 division there were 67 runners. Our top runner was Kade Strandquist who went out too fast last week, but paced himself to a 5th place finish this week. Nicholas Pires Silva and Daniel Enyedy also had good runs and finished in the middle of the pack. Ava Greiner won the silver in the Grade 4 girls’ division. The Greiner girls must be following in Grandma Shuckburgh’s footsteps. Mya Prehn also had a great run finishing in 12th place.

The Grade 4 boys had the most runners with 74 runners in this division. Top runner for Stettler was Phillipe Barrette finishing 17th with a fast 7:29 run.

In the boys’ Grade 5 division our top runner, Stefan Oprea, placed fifth in the 2k with a 8:37; only nine-second difference from the second place runner. Koen Hagel ran his first run this year and had an impressive 11th place finish with Hayden Baker five seconds behind in 13th place.

Grade 6 student Reid Shirley completed his 2k in 8:19 to capture the silver medal. Exciting runs by Will Jackson (8:49) and Quin Hansel (8:56) as well. These excellent times had them cross the finish line in 10th and 11th place. Kaden Muhlbach ran an impressive 9:27 finishing 18th in a field of 58 fast runners.

The 13 Grade 6 girls continued to improve their runs. Kate Bradford wanted to finish in the top 10 and she had a 9:11 to finish fifth. Jaime Dickson and Charlee Resch crossed the line at the same time to capture 6th, Zoe Norman finished 17th in the 2k with a 10:11 run, and Presley Ternes was not far behind with a personal best this year of 10:24.

Mackenzie Miller completed the course in ten and half minutes, and working hard and finishing their runs without stopping were Gabriela Oprea, Bianca Brugman, Lexi Standquist and Hannah Kneeland. Hannah Sorensen ran her first race ever and we were also proud of Kristine Miller, Jillian Hushagen, and Jenna Cook for doing their best in spite of many obstacles and challenges, not the least being the crazy hills.

Our next competition is the CARA meet in Castor on Thursday, Oct. 6, for students in grades 4-6. We will continue to practice at noon hours, until that time. Thank you to the moms, dads and grandpas that helped us in Camrose, as things were a little hectic at times.

In other news, Constable McNickle has presented to the Grade 4 classes last week on internet safety, and on Tuesday this week, former RCMP officer, Ralph Cervi travelled from Red Deer to share his expertise on the subject, as well.

The Grade 4 students in Mrs. Boyd’s homeroom have also been taking part in some peer education as the students in 5SN are lending their expertise with the Seesaw App. Mrs. Norman’s students have used Seesaw over the past two years as a digital portfolio which give students the opportunity to share and reflect on their learning.

We will be having a second assembly this week as we get together on Friday, Sept. 30 to prepare for our annual Terry Fox Run. The assembly will begin at 2:00 p.m. and then from there we will head out to the track to all participate in this annual run. As always, parents, grandparents, siblings, and community members are all welcome to join us.

One final exciting event in our week was picture day, on Wednesday, Sept. 28. It is always fun to see the students with hair combed perfectly, dressed in their finest, and smiling their biggest smiles. These photos are priceless as the years go by, but watching the photos being taken is remarkable as well.