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Who Will be Smarter than a 5th Grader?


Awesome, Exciting, Nail biting, Educational and Fun. There is no better way to describe the 2013 RSVP "Who Will be Smarter than a 5th Grader?" fundraiser held on Saturday, May 18th.

16 fantastic fifth graders and courageous community celebrities matched wits and wisdom at Valley View Mall for the chance to be the 2013 Who Will Be Smarter than a Fifth Grader Champions. Congratulations to the winning team of Midwest Family Broadcasting’s Host of La Crosse Talk PM on WIZM, Mitch Reynolds and his fifth grade partner, Tommy Lenz of Emerson Elementary School.

As the grand prize winners, Mitch received a $500.00 travel voucher courtesy of Travel Leaders, Owned and Operated by Goli’s Avenue of Travel, a Mississippi River Cruise, gift certificates to Radisson and Freight House, a Pepsi lawn chair, and a Green Bay Packers t-shirt and bag.  Tommy received a Pizza Doctors Pizza Party, gift certificates to The Big E, Smith’s Cycling, and Coalition Drum, a Pepsi water bottle and lunch bag, two Coalition Skate Park passes, a Marcus Theater Movie Package, and a check for his school for $1,000.00.  Way to go Mitch and Tommy!

Congratulations to the People’s Choice Award Winner, Sandra Cleary, Vice President of Cleary Management.  Sandra raised over $5,000.00 in support of RSVP.  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. This year’s event again topped previous years, raising over $50,000 in donations.

Thank you to our Founding Partners – Midwest Family Broadcasting, Travel Leaders, Coulee Bank, Valley View Mall, and Fox 25 48; our Platinum Sponsors- Cleary Kumm Foundation, Inc., DeBauche Truck and Diesel, Inc., Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik, Gundersen Health Plan, Kaplan Professional Education, La Crosse Magazine, Steven C. Mathy, Mayo Clinic Health System, Midwest Fuel, River States Truck and Trailer, Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Foundation, Inc., and WXOW TV 19. Our Gold Sponsors - Sandra G. Cleary, Dahl Automotive La Crosse, Dairyland Power Cooperative, DigiCOPY, Hawkins, Ash, Baptie & Company, LLP, Inland Label & Marketing Services, LLC, A proud partner of the La Crosse Design Institute, Steven & Lynnetta Kopp, Market & Johnson, Inc. of La Crosse, Merchants Bank Onalaska/La Crosse, Mooresmiles Dental, State Bank Financial, and T.I.C., Inc.

Thanks to our celebrity judges – Kay Berra, John Burnett, Nancy Matchett, and Amy Schneider; to Brandon Holt and Dan Wiese for their audio visual 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 Silver Sponsors, Question Sponsors and in kind donors for supporting this event, and everyone who came out to cheer on the contestants. We couldn’t have done it without your help.

And a final thanks to our previous winners who came back to match wits again Terry Collins & Maddie Von Muchow, J.Michael Hartigan & Shafee Rayhan, Nick Grunseth & Andrew Runde, and David Amborn & Sophie Baggett. While they were all winners, Nick & Andrew proved once again, they still had the right stuff. Congrats and thanks for helping us celebrate our fifth year.

Founding Partners

Platinum Sponsors
Foundation, Inc.
De Bauche Truck and Diesel - La Crosse, Wisconsin
De Bauche Truck & Diesel, Inc.
535 Fanta Reed Place
La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54603
Gundersen Lutheran - La Crosse, Wisconsin
Steven C. Mathy


Gold Sponsors
Sandra G. Cleary
Steven & Lynnetta Kopp

Who Will be Smarter than a 5th Grader 2013 Contestants

Aquinas Catholic Schools

Blessed Sacrament School
Ryan Schwartz & Peggy Herlitzka, Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik Law Firm

St. Patrick School
Kayla Bahr & Joan Weisenbeck, FSPA, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration

Holmen School District

Viking Elementary
Mason Palmer & Peter Hughes, Mayo Clinic Health System

La Crosse School District

Coulee Montessori
Jadrian Lor & Mel Hoffman, Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Emerson Elementary
Tommy Lenz & Mitch Reynolds, Midwest Family Broadcasting

Northside Elementary – Franklin Campus
Jake Genz & Dave Solie, WXOW News 19

Hintgen Elementary
Rohit Vurity & Mike Stuhr, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

North Woods International School
Levi Magnuson & Traci Weber, 4 Sisters Wine Bar and Tapas Restaurant

State Road Elementary
Russell Heise & Sandra G. Cleary, Cleary Management

SOTA I: School of Technology & Art
Leiba Schwalbe & Randy Nelson, School District of La Crosse

Southern Bluffs Elementary
Adian Roth & Bryan Erdmann, Gundersen Health System

Spence Elementary
Destiny Krause & Brian Rude, Dairyland Power Cooperative

Summit Environmental School
Marlie Voigt & Adam Weissenberger, Sloopy’s Alma Mater

Onalaska School District

Eagle Bluff Elementary
Taylor Edwards & Jennifer Kloehn, The Waterfront Restaurant

Irving Pertzsch Elementary
Jordan Grider & Steve Berg, Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse

Northern Hills Elementary
Henning Hanson & Mayor Joe Chilsen, City of Onalaska

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

Click here to view a wrap up of
"Who Will be Smarter than a 5th Grader?" 2012.

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

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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