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Who Will Be Smarter than a 5th Grader?

Join us on Saturday, May 9, 2015! Only -1317 days left!

10:00 a.m. ~ 12:00 p.m. at Valley View Mall, Center Court

Class of 2014

'Who Will Be Smarter than a 5th Grader?' Class of 2014

Grand Champions
Amber Nguyen, St. Patrick School & Tim Johnson, Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare

Runner Ups
Austin Baletta, Northside Elementary School & Deb Johnson, D.R. Johnson & Associates, LLC
Kyrstin Rochester, Coulee Montessori Charter School & Michael Richards, Gundersen Health System

The "Who Will Be Smarter than a 5th Grader?" Class of 2014 proved yet again to be another successful and exciting fundraising event for RSVP. On May 10th at Valley View Mall, 16 fabulous fifth graders and competitive community celebrities all with their eyes on the prize, put their collective knowledge and talents to the test for the opportunity to be the team to have bragging rights as the 2014 "Who Will Be Smarter than a 5th Grader?" champions.

Taking the honors this year as the 2014 "Who Will Be Smarter than a 5th Grader?" Champions was the team of Dr. Tim Johnson, CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare and Amber Nguyen from Aquinas Catholic-St. Patrick Elementary School. Not only was Dr. Johnson the Grand Champion, he was also the People's Choice Award winner for raising the most money, over $6,000.00 in support for RSVP. Congratulations to Dr. Johnson for making it to the finals both academically and financially.

As the 2014 "Who Will Be Smarter than a 5th Grader?" Champions, Dr. Johnson received a $500.00 travel voucher courtesy of Travel Leaders, Owned and Operated by Goli's Avenue of Travel, a Mississippi River Cruise, a Coca-Cola Big Ten Pop Up Tent, gift certificates to Macy's, Diggers, and Wettstein's, and tickets to the La Crosse Community Theatre. Amber received a La Crosse Logger's Package, a Pizza Doctors Pizza Party, gift certificates to Valley View Mall, and Wal-Mart, a Marcus Theater Movie Package, season tickets to the La Crosse Community Theatre and a $1,000.00 check for her school.

We extend our congratulations to the other Team Johnson; Deb Johnson-D.R. Johnson & Associates, LLC and her student Austin Baletta of Northside Elementary School and Congrats to Mike Richards-Executive Director of External Affairs-Gundersen Health System and his student, Kyrstin Rochester of Coulee Montessori Elementary School for rounding out this year's top teams. Kyrstin and Austin received many great prizes and new this year, each received a check for $250.00 to take back to their respective schools.

Thank you to our Founding Partners - Midwest Family Broadcasting, Travel Leaders, Coulee Bank, Valley View Mall, and Fox 25 48; Media Sponsor WKBT - TV News 8; Platinum Sponsors - Bremer Bank, Dynamic Recycling, Financial & Investment Management Group, Ltd., Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Gundersen Health System, Kaplan Professional Education, La Crosse Community Theatre, La Crosse Magazine, Lyche Family, Market & Johnson, Inc. of La Crosse, Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare, Merchants Bank, Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Foundation, Inc., Don & Roxanne Weber Family. Gold Sponsors - Altra Insurance Services, CenturyLink, Cleary - Kumm Foundation, Inc., Dahl Automotive La Crosse, DeBauche Truck and Diesel, Inc., DigiCOPY, D.R. Johnson & Associates, LLC, Hawkins Ash CPAs, LLP, Inland Label & Marketing Services, LLC, - A proud partner of the La Crosse Design Institute, Steven & Lynnetta Kopp, Seven Bridges Bank, a Branch of Bank of Galesville, T.I.C., Inc, Dale Walter, and Webteam.

A huge thank you to our judges - Kay Berra, Aquinas Catholic Schools, Courtney Morris, Onalaska School District, Kim Novak, School District of La Crosse, and Melissa O'Neill, Onalaska School District; and to Dan Wiese and the School District of La Crosse's Technical Support team for their expert audiovisual assistance. Thanks also to our ever faithful game show host and announcer, Mr. Memory-Brad Williams. Many thanks to all of our sponsors and in kind donors for the support given to WWBS and thank you to the community who so generously supported the contestants and RSVP, and everyone who came out to cheer on the contestants, we couldn't have do it without your help.

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," students, and schools who participated and helped us raise over $68,000.00. Thanks for making this another record-breaking fundraising event. It was amazing.

Media Sponsor

Founding Partners

Platinum Sponsors
Anonymous Donor
Anonymous Donor
Bremer Bank Dynamic Recycling
FIM Group Fransiscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
Gundersen Health System - La Crosse, Wisconsin
La Crosse Community Theatre (LCT)
The Lyche Family
Market & Johnson
Merchants Bank
Don & Roxanne Weber Family

Gold Sponsors
Altra Federal Credit Union CenturyLink Cleary-Kumm Foundation
Dahl Ford DeBauche Truck and Diesel, Inc DigiCopy
D R Johnson & Associates LLC Hawkins Ash CPAs Inland Printing
Kathy Klock Steven & Lynnetta Kopp Seven Bridges Bank
T.I.C., Inc.  The Insurance Center Dale Walter Webteam, Inc.

Who Will be Smarter than a 5th Grader 2014 Contestants

Aquinas Catholic Schools

Blessed Sacrament School
Allison Bakalars & Sr. Linda Mershon, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration

St. Patrick School
Amber Nguyen & Tim Johnson, Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare

Bangor School District

Bangor Elementary School
Karissa Adams & Mike Seichter, Market & Johnson, Inc.

La Crosse School District

Coulee Montessori
Kyrstin Rochester & Michael Richards, Gundersen Health System

Emerson Elementary
Evan Baines & Cory Malles, WKBT

Northside Elementary – Franklin Campus
Austin Baletta & Deb Johnson, D.R. Johnson & Associates, LLC

Hintgen Elementary
Avery Rox & Dale Walter, Bremer Bank

North Woods International School
Anika Nystrom & Miles Harter, Dynamic Recycling

State Road Elementary
Eden Winga & Amy Marcou, Coulee Bank

SOTA I: School of Technology & Art
Ellie Dingel & David R. Kilpatrick, La Crosse Community Theatre

Southern Bluffs Elementary
Katie Murphy & Samantha Strong, Midwest Family Broadcasting

Spence Elementary
Emily Dalton & Mayor Tim Kabat, City of La Crosse

Summit Environmental School
Megan Abraham & Robert Abraham, La Crosse Police Department

Onalaska School District

Eagle Bluff Elementary
Victor Spaeth & Steve Christiansen, Merchants Bank

Irving Pertzsch Elementary
Madelyn Degenhardt & Linda Lyche, Community Volunteer

Northern Hills Elementary
Will Geister & Patti Lokken, Operation Homefront

Kay Berra, Principal, Blessed Sacrament School
Kim Novak, HPL Specialist, La Crosse School District
Melissa O'Neill, GT Coordinator, Onalaska School District
Courtney Morris, GT Coordinator, Onalaska School District

Click here to view a wrap up of
"Who Will be Smarter than a 5th Grader?" 2013.

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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