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IR Board to recognize Odyssey of the Mind winners

By Sarah Lake
DAGSBORO -- School officials plan to spend much of their next meeting recognizing some outstanding students.

"These kids have worked very hard and they deserve some recognition," said Dave Maull, Indian River School District spokesman.

At the March 6 Delaware Odyssey of the Mind competition at the University of Delaware, two Indian River teams captured state championships -- first place state winners in Division II and Division III.

The Board of Education will officially award the winners, as well as those who captured the Odyssey of the Mind Ranatra Rusca Creativity Award.

Thirteen Indian River High School students who qualified for the Business Professionals of America 2010 National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., will also be recognized.

Selbyville Town Manager Bob Dickerson will be honored for acquiring a $1,000 We Stand for Service grant to help offset the cost of the Delaware Wolftrap Program.

Ivan Neal, family and adult education specialist, said Wolftrap is a Wilmington-based nonprofit that conducts art residences in preschools throughout the state.

"They've come once a week since they've begun this partnership with us," he said.

According to its Web site, Wolftrap engages students in music, movement and theater activities designed to increase motivation and enthusiasm for learning, master verbal skills and develop literacy.

Neal said the cost of the program is $2,290.

"We wrote a solicitation letter to several members of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, and Mr. Dickerson helped us acquire that grant," Neal said. "So we're almost halfway there."

Neal said he also recently received a second donation from Delta Sales in Selbyville for $250.

Indian River Superintendent Susan Bunting is expected to present Dickerson with a certificate of recognition.

"We try to give recognition to community members who have made contributions," she said. "(Dickerson) has been the connecting piece with WFSF."

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