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Who Will be Smarter than a 5th Grader?


Who will be smarter than a fifth grader? Well we all found out on May 27, when J. Michael Hartigan, MD and his fifth grade partner, Shafee Rayhan from Eagle Bluff Elementary School in Onalaska answered the final question to become the reigning champions on Saturday. What a great "fun"draising event. 16 teams of community celebrities and fifth graders from La Crosse, Onalaska and Aquinas Catholic schools squared off at Valley View Mall for the second annual RSVP Who Will Be Smarter than a Fifth Grader fundraiser.

We extend our thanks to our Founding Partners, our sponsors, all of the donors who "voted" for the contestants, our host Valley View Mall and to everyone who assisted us in making this event a huge success; Nancy Sikorsky, Ruth DeJarlais, Jenny Ruetten and Linda Hansen from the School District of La Crosse; Jac Lyga, Stephanie Rice and Molly Ferris from the Onalaska School District and Kay Berra, Dennis Ross, Linda Birkle, Marge Weiske and Maureen Grenisen from Aquinas Catholic Schools.

Each of these individuals helped in the selection of the students and preparing the questions that challenged the knowledge of our contestants as well as those in the audience. Thanks also Ruth, Stephanie, and Jenny for agreeing to be judges this year, and we would be remiss if we didn't give a shout out to Mr. Memory, Brad Williams for being a fantastic host. To Brandon Holt and Dan Weise, what would we have done without your audio visual expertise? You both did an awesome job in helping us to not only look good, but sound good as well. Eric Sabo, thanks for videoing and Steve Kopp, thanks for your computer expertise. Thanks also to Amanda, Heather and Julie; together each and every one of you made it work. Thanks!

Congratulations to our Grand Prize winners, J. Michael Hartigan and Shafee Rayhan. Mike received a $500.00 travel voucher courtesy of Travel Leaders, and a gift certificate courtesy of Edwardo's Pizza Wagon. Shafee received a $75.00 gift certificate to Target, donated by UCare, a La Crosse Loggers Party Package, courtesy of the La Crosse Loggers, prizes from Pepsi, a Pizza Doctor's Pizza Party courtesy of Pizza Doctor's, a gift certificate from Quillin's IGA, and a $500.00 cash prize for his school. Runner-ups received prizes courtesy of Quillins IGA, Wal-Mart of Onalaska, Marcus Theatres of La Crosse, and Three Rivers Lodge. Congratulations.

We are excited to continue this event next year and if you think you are "smarter than a fifth grader" and want to be a contestant, let us know, we'd love to have you!

Thank you to our Founding Sponsor!

Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader 2010 Contestants

Aquinas Catholic Schools

Blessed Sacrament
Mikaela Schlesinger & Dr. Ken Merkitch (Gundersen Lutheran)

St. Patrick's
Abbie McDonald & Joe Kruse (Vice President, Franciscan Skemp Healthcare)

La Crosse School District

Coulee Montessori
Sara Brekke & Kay M. Mazza (Store Manager, Herberger's)

Devyn Martinez & Kara M. Burgos (Attorney at Law, Moen Sheehan Meyer, Ltd.)

Elizabeth Caya & Lee Rasch (President, Western Technical College)

Mackenzie Klaeser & Gregg A. Cleveland (Fire Chief, La Crosse Fire Department)

North Woods International
Daniel Volden & Dr. Rick Artman (President, Viterbo University)

Conner Hansen & Dr. Penny A. Reedy (Principal, Longfellow/SOTA II Middle School)

State Road
Ben Short & Cheryl M. Gill (Attorney, Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC)

Kelsey Paulus & Judy Bouffleur (Community Volunteer)

Southern Bluffs
Asya Her & Dyanne Brudos (Vice President - Private Banking, U. S. Bank)

Tyanna Washa & Jen O'Brien (Program Director/Middays, Z93)

Onalaska School District

Eagle Bluff
Shafee Rayhan & J. Michael Hartigan, MD (Riverfest Commodore 2008)

Irving Pertzsch
Zoe De Boer & John Burnett (Superintendent, School District of Onalaska)

Northern Hills
Ruth Hallstead & Scott Hackworth (WXOW News 19)

Holmen School District

Sand Lake
Hunter Hefti & Dirk Gasterland (Coulee Bank)

Ella Shively (Coulee Montessori)

Jenny Ruetten, La Crosse School District
Ruth DeJarlais, La Crosse School District
Stephanie Rice, Onalaska School District

Student Runner Up:
$15 Gift Certificate-Quillin's, $20.00 Wal-Mart Gift Certificate, Pepsi – Beach Towel & Frisbee, 2 Movie Packages from Marcus Theatres of La Crosse

Student Runner Up:
$15 Gift Certificate-Quillin's, $20.00 Wal-Mart Gift Certificate, Pepsi – Basketball & Hat, 2 Movie Packages from Marcus Theatres of La Crosse

Grand Prize Student:
$15 Gift Certificate – Quillin's, La Crosse Loggers Package, Gift Certificate to Pizza Doctors, $75 Gift Certificate-Target (UCare), Pepsi – Backpack & Can Cooler

Grand Prize Student/School:
$500(purchase of school/LMC materials)

Adult Runner Up:
$50.00 Three Rivers Lodge Gift Certificate

Adult Runner Up:
$50.00 Three Rivers Lodge Gift Certificate

Grand Prize Adult:
$500 Travel Voucher courtesy Travel Leaders/Goli's Avenue of Travel, $30.00 - Edwardos

Mall Drawing
1 - $100 Gift Certificate-Valley View Mall (during the event)

1 - $100 P.M. Sleep Center Gift Certificate

All Students will receive a Certificate of Participation (Digicopy), a Are you Smarter that a 5th Grader board game (Fox 25/48) and a T-Shirt (Ad Aids)

All Contestants will receive a T-Shirt (Ad Aids) and Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader activity books (Fox 25/48)

Sample Questions
(Click the question to get the answer.)

  1. A lion kills and eats a zebra. Which animal is the predator?
    A. lion
    B. zebra
    C. both
    D. neither

  2. A. lion

  3. What takes place in your stomach and intestines?
    A. fermentation
    B. digestion
    C. respiration
    D. reproduction

  4. B. digestion

  5. Which is the largest planet in our solar system?
    A. Jupiter
    B. Neptune
    C. Mercury
    D. Saturn

  6. A. Jupiter

  7. What is a toad?
    A. amphibian
    B. mammal
    C. reptile
    D. insect

  8. A. amphibian

  9. What is a simple machine consisting of a wheel and a rope called?
    A. gear
    B. pulley
    C. lever
    D. scale

  10. B. pulley

Upcoming Events

Gundersen Health System is in need of Walker Bags (15 1/2 x 9 1/2) and Wheelchair Bags (20 1/2 x 15). If you have made these in the past or would like a pattern stop by the office anytime.

La Crosse County Historical Society is looking for Historic House museum guides Tuesday - Saturday, 9:30-2:30. Training provided. Call RSVP at 608-785-0500 for more information or to volunteer!

La Crosse County Home delivered meals is in need of help delivering meals on Wednesdays at 10:30 and takes about 2 hours. Call RSVP 608-785-0500 to volunteer.

Local sites that could use your help. Children's Museum, Family and Children's Center and La Crosse County Admin Building. If interested contact RSVP at 608-785-0500

Be part of the healing process, Gundersen Gift Shop is looking for help on Thursday and Friday afternoons, from 1-4 or 1-5. If interested call RSVP 608-785-0500

Great Rivers United Way - Read to Success at Central High School is looking for a tutor/mentor on either Wednesday or Thursday from 2:30-3:30. If interested call RSVP 608-785-0500

Bethany-Riverside Nursing Home is looking for volunteers to assist with their Warm Program, assisting residents who can't feed themselves. Lunch or Dinner times available. Call RSVP 608-785-0500.

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