Inver Hills Community College

Holocaust survivor to speak at college

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Month, Holocaust survivor Irene Berman will speak at Inver Hills Community College, sharing the story of Norwegian Jews and their struggles during the Holocaust.

The public is invited to attend the presentation at 4:30 p.m. on April 23 in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 210, at Inver Hills Community College, 2500 E. 80th St., Inver Grove Heights.


Students advance in science fairs

Two Burnsville High School students have been chosen to attend two international science fairs after presenting their research at the recent Twin Cities Regional Science Fair.

Junior Emily Carlson will attend the International Sustainable World Energy Environment Project Olympiad in May in Houston. In addition to presenting her project, “Effects of organic agriculture and grass-feeding on the bacterial content of raw ground beef,” she will get to speak with top students and scientists from the fields of energy, engineering and the environment.

Colton Van Dorpe, a senior, is going to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh in May to present his project, “Low density polyethylene biochemical degradation.” About 1,600 students attend the international competition. They also get to interact with scientists and students. This is the 21st time since 1992 that Burnsville students have been picked to attend.

St. Thomas Academy

School honored for heart safety efforts

St. Thomas Academy is the first high school and middle school in Minnesota to earn the “heartsafe” designation. As part of the public health initiative, all students and staff are taught to recognize signs of a heart attack and trained in the steps to perform during a cardiac arrest, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator. The Minnesota National Hockey League Alumni Association made the training possible and donated an extra defibrillator to the school.

The school was recognized for its efforts at a ceremony in mid-March by Coon Rapids Police Officer Bryan Platz. Michael Schoonover, whose 14-year-old son died of a heart attack while playing hockey in Brainerd, also attended the ceremony.

Erin Adler