Several Manhattan-Ogden students placed in the Kansas History Day competition and will be going the National History Day competition in College Park, Maryland.

Eight students from three schools placed first or second and qualify to go to Maryland June 9-13 to show their work on Kansas History Day. Additionally, three more groups placed third and are eligible to go to nationals if the first or second place in their category are unable to compete.

Advith Natarajan from Marlatt Elementary placed second in the Junior Historical Paper category for “Nikola Tesla: Master of Lightning.”

Kael Arasmith, Cole Castor and Lynden Auckly, all from Woodrow Wilson Elementary, placed second in the Junior Group Exhibit for “Triumph and Tragedy of the Manhattan Project.”

Trevon Knox, Nathan Roelofs and Jack Wood, all from Marlatt Elementary, placed first in Junior Group Website for “Chemical Warfare in World War I.”

Connor Buchanan from Susan B. Anthony placed second in Junior Individual Website for “When Triumph and Tragedy Meets Its Waterloo.”

Claire Smith, Olivia Stuckwisch and Ayla Floersch, all from Marlatt Elementary, placed third in Junior Group Website for “Indian Boarding School and Haskell Institute.”

Mia Hamm, Mari Carey and Ellyn Campbell, all from Marlatt Elementary, placed third in Junior Group Exhibit for “Vietnam War Dogs.”

Alonna Brisco and Aubrianna Smith from Woodrow Wilson Elementary placed third in Junior Group Performance for “Schuyler Sisters.”

Teachers included Terry Healy and Lisa Bietau.

Sriya Puvvada of Washburn Rural Middle School placed first in Junior Individual Exhibit for “Justice Among the Grass: From Wreckage to Reconciliation.”

Annika Peterson of Washburn Rural Middle School placed first in Junior Individual Website for “Tiny Stitches: The Triumph and Tragedy of Vivien Thomas.”

Nicolas Navarro from Washburn Rural High School placed first in Senior Individual Website for “Triumph and Tragedy of the First Philippine Republic.”

Teachers for Washburn included Lindsey Dowell, Alice Bertels and Brian Meredith.

Kansas Teacher Hall of Fame

A late former Manhattan-area educator will be inducted into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame in June.

Rose Marie Hoerman is one of eight educators in the class of 2019 inducted into the hall of fame in Dodge City. This is the 43rd class to be inducted. The ceremony will be June 1 at Dodge City High School.

Hoerman was born on Feb. 6, 1929 in Hoxie, and was the sixth of ten children.

She entered the convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Concordia at age 16, where she was educated to become a teacher.

Hoerman received her bachelor’s degree from Marymount Catholic College in Salina, a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Detroit and a master’s degree from the College of Education at Kansas State University.

She taught at schools across the country, including in Damar, USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden, Flint Hills Christian School and Plainville Schools in Kansas. She met her husband, Stanley, while teaching 11th-grade religion class at Luckey High School in Manhattan.

She also served as principal in Boonville, Missouri, and Gladstone, Michigan.

Hoerman died on July 29.

State champs

The Manhattan High School Envirothon Team is the Kansas state champion.

At the state competition April 24 at Camp Wood in Elmdale, MHS placed first out of 14 teams. Envirothon is an outdoor environmental high school competition where students learn about and are tested on soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and current issues.

The students also give oral presentations. The Kansas Association of Conservation Districts sponsors the competition.

MHS team members include Dominykas Metlevski, Garson Gido, Alex Andresen, Allen Zhang and Brian Dudley. Teacher Noah Busch serves as coach.

Donations, grants

The Manhattan-Ogden Board of Education accepted $32,032.01 in grants and donations at its May 15 meeting.

LifeTouch donated $630.71 to Theodore Roosevelt Elementary for classroom projects.

The Theodore Roosevelt Elementary PTO gave $1,399.30 to the school for field trips.

CivicPlus Inc. donated $1,000 to Manhattan High School for BPA travel expenses.

The Marlatt Elementary PTO gave $29,002 to the elementary school for playground equipment.

FIT Closet

The FIT Closet will remain closed through June 30 to give volunteers some time off this summer.

The closet for USD 383 families will reopen Monday, July 1, with limited hours. The summer hours will be 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and 3 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Beginning Aug. 5, the closet will resume its regular hours.

The FIT Closet will not take any donations until July 1, as the shop will be undergoing renovations during the summer.

Next year, Coordinator Tracy Emery wants to have a volunteer who speaks Spanish for different shifts, including Monday mornings and all day Thursday to work with Spanish-speaking families.

Anyone who wants to volunteer and has availability in particular on Wednesday mornings or anytime Thursdays can contact Emery at