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Who Will be Smarter than a 5th Grader?


Fantastic, Awesome, Amazing, Exciting and Fun. That is how to describe the 2012 RSVP “Who Will be Smarter than a 5th Grader?” fundraiser held on Saturday, May 19th. 16 fabulous fifth graders and courageous community celebrities matched wits and wisdom at Valley View Mall for the chance to be “smarter than a fifth grader” and this year’s event again proved to be the best “fun”draiser yet.

Congratulations to the winning team of Gundersen Lutheran Foundation Director, David Amborn his fifth grade partner, Sophie Baggett of Emerson Elementary School.
As the Grand Prize winners, David received a $500.00 travel voucher courtesy of Travel Leaders, gift certificates to Dublin Square, Three Rivers Lodge, and Festival Foods. Sophie received Pizza Doctor’s Pizza Party, passes to Shenanigan’s, gift certificates to Target, Festival Foods, a Pepsi Cooler and Brewer’s hat, along with Loggers tickets, a Marcus Theater Movie Package and a check for her school for $1,000.00. Way to go David and Sophie!

Congratulations also to the People’s Choice Award Winner, Joe Laux of River States Truck and Trailer. Joe raised the most money ever for a single contestant, highest ever “vote” recipient; raising over $7,000.00. 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, and Valley View Mall; our Platinum Sponsors- Mathy Construction Company, Kaplan University School of Professional and Continuing Education, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Foundation, River States Truck and Trailer, and Trucks of Bismarck. Our Gold Sponsors, Cleary-Kumm Foundation, Inc., Dahl Automotive, DigiCopy, Engelson & Associates, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation, Hawkins, Ash, Baptie & Company, Inland Printing & Marketing, Market & Johnson, Steven C. Mathy, Merchants Bank, Mooresmiles Dental, Schomburg Refrigeration, John & Karla Stanek, The Insurance Center and Mary Jo Werner.
Thanks to our celebrity judges – Kay Berra, John Burnett, Nancy Matchett, and Kim Novak; 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 the best “Who Will Be Smarter than a 5th Grader?” ever.

Thanks to our Question Sponsors and in kind donors for supporting this event, and everyone who came out to cheer on the contestants. We could not have done it without your help.

Founding Partners


Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

Foundation, Inc.
Steven C. Mathy
John & Karla Stanek
Mary Jo Werner

Who Will be Smarter than a 5th Grader 2012 Contestants

Aquinas Catholic Schools

Blessed Sacrament
Peter Glodosky & Mary Ann Gschwind, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration

St. Patrick's
Lizzy Sutton & Jan Brock, Community Volunteer

Holmen School District

Evergreen Elementary
Elise Grokowsky & Kristina Smaby Schoh, Community Relations Manager, Courtesy Corporation McDonald’s

La Crosse School District

Coulee Montessori
Anna M. Jansson & Cindy Prindle, Training & Development, Hawkins, Ash, Baptie and Company

Sophie M. Baggett & David Amborn, Senior Director, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation

Thaying Vang & Forrest Moe, President, Schomburg Refrigeration Co., Inc.

Jordan Schreier & Bill Sherry, CPA, Engleson and Associates, Ltd.

North Woods International
Ethan Hanewall & Steven Kopp, Hawkins, Ash, Baptie and Company (Heidi Blanke, WAFER)

State Road
Charolotte Kline & Edward Przytarski, Festmaster 2010, Xcel Energy

Caitlin Coffey & Alex Kirchner, Daybreak Meteorologist, WXOW News 19

Southern Bluffs
Ethan Hundt & Karla Stanek, Director of Career Services & Academic Advising Center, UW-La Crosse

Nathan Janvrin & Nancy J. Sikorsky, Retired, School District of La Crosse

Christopher Donahue & Matt Skradie, 95.7 The Rock (Brian Simpson, 95.7 The Rock)

Onalaska School District

Eagle Bluff
Harrison White & Joe Laux, River States Truck and Trailer

Irving Pertzsch
Gabe Jiorle & Dr. Jane Bentz, Orthodontic Specialists of the Coulee Region

Northern Hills
Ian Janzen & Dawson Strutt, Director of Bands, Onalaska High School

Kay Berra, Principal, Blessed Sacrament
John Burnett, Retired, Onalaska School District
Nancy Matchett, Retired, La Crosse School District
Kim Novak, HPL Specialist, La Crosse School District

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

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

Click here to view a wrap up of
"Who Will be Smarter than a 5th Grader?" 2011.

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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