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Who Will be Smarter than a 5th Grader?


What an awesome day and even more so, an absolutely fantastic fundraiser. The third annual, "Who Will be Smarter than a 5th Grader?" held on Saturday, May 21, proved to be our best "fun"draising event yet; with 16 fabulous fifth graders and courageous community celebrities matching wits and wisdom at Valley View Mall for the chance to be "smarter than a fifth grader."

Congratulations to the winning team of WXOW TV-19 Daybreak Meteorologist, Nick Grunseth and his fifth grade partner, Andrew Runde of Eagle Bluff Elementary School. Congratulations also to the People's Choice Award Winner, Dr. Steve Webster. Steve was the highest ever "vote" recipient; raising over $3,000.00. On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers of the Coulee Region RSVP, our sincere thanks and gratitude to all of the "celebrity contestants" and students who participated.

We extend a sincere thank you to our Founding Partners – Midwest Family Broadcasting, Travel Leaders, Coulee Bank, Fox 25/48 and Valley View Mall; our Platinum Sponsors- Mathy Construction Company, The Remainders and Kaplan University School of Professional and Continuing Education, and our Gold Sponsors, Cowgill Dental, Horizon Management Group, Inc., Dr. Paul & Jane Steingraeber, Mary Jo Werner, Merchants Bank, The Insurance Center and Tracy Pintz. Thanks to all of the donors who "voted" for the contestants and to our celebrity judges – Pete Woerpel, Laurie Kopp, Jerry Kember and honorary judge Amber Wuensch; to Brandon Holt and Dan Wiese for their audiovisual assistance; our thanks also to our great game show host, Mr. Memory-Brad Williams. Together all of you helped make this our biggest and best fundraiser ever.

Again congratulations to the Grand Prize winners, Nick Grunseth and Andrew Runde. Nick received a $500.00 travel voucher courtesy of Travel Leaders and a Gift Certificate to Three Rivers Lodge along with other gifts from Pepsi. Andrew received a La Crosse Loggers Fan package, gift certificates to Target, Pizza Doctors, Festival, Marcus Theatres Movie Package, games, books, and prizes from Fox 25/48, Pepsi and $1,000.00 for his school.

Thanks to all of our additional sponsors and in kind donors for supporting this event. We couldn't have done it without your help.

Great job everyone. Put May 19, 2012 on your calendar to see "Who Will Be Smarter than a Fifth Grader?"

Founding Partners


Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Dr. Paul & Jane Steingraeber Mary Jo Werner
Tracy Pitz

Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader 2011 Contestants

Aquinas Catholic Schools

Blessed Sacrament
Jack Horihan & Dr. Terry Cowgill, DDS (Cowgill Dental

St. Patrick's
Natalie Harron & Dr. Paul Steingraeber (Retired Physician, Franciscan Skemp)

La Crosse School District

Coulee Montessori
Joey Krajewski & Mary Jo Werner, CPA/JD (Partner, WIPFLI, LLP)

Audrey Gerzema & Abbie Leithold-Gerzema (Co-Owner Leithold Music)

Alyssa White & Denise Loveland (President, Horizon Management Group, Inc.)

Brenden Elwer & Dr. Steve Webster (Oktoberfest Past Festmaster)

North Woods International
Alison Foust & Dr. Sig Gundersen III (Surgeon, Gundersen Lutheran)

Sam Patschull & Dr. Silvana Richardson (Dean School of Nursing, Viterbo University)

State Road
Lance Gunther & Howard J. Eglash (Attorney Bosshard Parke Ltd.)

Avery Laffey & Dr. Andrew Temte, CFA (President, Kaplan University School of Professional and Continuing Education)

Southern Bluffs
Maddie Eber & Jeff Fredrickson (Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes & Crematory)

Conner Knerzer & Terri Schlichenmeyer (The Bookworm Sez)

Onalaska School District

Eagle Bluff
Andrew Runde & Nick Grunseth (Daybreak Meteorologist, WXOW News 19)

Irving Pertzsch
Halle Taylor & Mike Hayes (Host La Crosse Talk WIZM AM)

Northern Hills
Emma Harlan & Janet Miller (First Mate, La Crosse Riverfest Commodores/Steven Kopp)

Holmen School District

Prairie View
Shawna Davis & Nancy Proctor (President Village of Holmen)

Jerry Kember
Peter Woerpel
Laurie Kopp

Honorary Judge
Amber Wuensch, Prairie View Elementary

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

You can join in the fun next year on May 19, 2012! Only -2402 days left!

Click here to view a wrap up of
"Who Will be Smarter than a 5th Grader?" 2010.

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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