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Who Will Be Smarter than a 5th Grader?

Fabulous, Fantastic, Fun, and Simply amazing is the best way to describe the 2015 RSVP “Who Will Be Smarter than a 5th Grader?” fundraiser held Saturday, May 9th.

16 phenomenal fifth graders and competitive community celebrities together combined their wit and wisdom at Valley View Mall for the opportunity to hold the title of Champions of the Class of 2015 “Who Will Be Smarter than a 5th Grader”? Congratulations goes to the winning team of Dr. Jennifer Kirsch, Anesthesiologist, Medical Director of Government Relations at Gundersen Health System and her student, Therin Smith of La Crosse School District SOTA 1: School of Technology & Art.

As the 2015 “Who Will Be Smarter than a 5th Grader?” champions, Dr. Kirsch received a $500.00 travel voucher courtesy of Travel Leaders-Owned and Operated by Goli’s Avenues of Travel, a Mississippi River Boat Cruise, La Crosse Community Theater Lyche Season Ticket Package, Gift Cards from Macy’s, Huck Finns, Marcus Cinemas, and a Big 10 Pop Up Tent from Coca-Cola. Therin received a $1,000.00 cash prize for his school, SOTA 1, a La Crosse Loggers Gift Pack with jersey, cap, ball and tickets, Coca-Cola Pop up Tent, Marcus Cinemas movie package, Pizza Doctors Pizza Party, Pepsi Chair, Valley View Mall Gift Card, and La Crosse Community Theatre Youth Package. Not only was Dr. Kirsch a champion academically, she was also the champion on the fundraising side; Dr. Kirsch was the People’s Choice Award Winner, raising almost $12,000.00 the most ever for any contestant. Thank you to Dr. Kirsch and all of her supporters.

Congratulations are also in order for Nicole Mydy, Innovation Manager for Organic Valley and her student, Lily Zeng from Eagle Bluff Elementary School and Dr. John Morrissey, Orthopedic Surgeon at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare and his student, Connor Johansen from Northern Hills Elementary School. Dr. Morrissey and Nicole each received gift certificates to area merchants, La Crosse Symphony Tickets and Marcus Movie Tickets. Lily and Connor each received $250.00 for their school as well as gift certificates to Texas Roadhouse, Pla-Mor Lanes, Marcus Cinemas, and a La Crosse Community Theatre Package.

Thank you to our celebrity judges-Kay Berra, Aquinas Catholic Schools; Jodi Brueggeman, School District of La Crosse; Kaitlyn Hundt and Mellissa O’Neil, Onalaska School District; David Kilpatrick, La Crosse Community Theatre; Dana Erickson of Interstate Sound, and Dan Wiese –La Crosse School District for “taking us Hollywood”, Laurie Cafe, Marketing Manager Valley View Mall, Mike Roske, Operations Manager-Valley View Mall, and of course our host and announcer, Brad Williams-Mr. Memory from Midwest Family Broadcasting.

We also would like to extend our thanks to our Media Sponsor – WKBT News 8, our Founding Partners for their continuous support of “Who Will Be Smarter than a 5th Grader: Midwest Family Broadcasting, Travel Leaders, Coulee Bank, Valley View Mall and Fox 25-48. Platinum Sponsors: Altra Insurance Services, Bremer Bank, Cass Street Pharmacy, Cowgill Dental, Dahl Automotive, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Gundersen Health System, Honda Motorwerks, Kaplan University, Kwik Trip, La Crosse Community Theatre, La Crosse Magazine, Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare, Mueller Media, Christy Olesevich, Mark Platt, State Bank Financial, Vantage Architects and The Weber Family.

Gold Sponsors: CenturyLink, Cleary Management Corporation, Jansen Dahl, DeBauche Truck & Diesel, Dickinson Family Funeral Homes, DigiCopy, Susan Drahos, Fowler & Hammer, HG Orthodontics, Inland, Interstate Sound, Jay Kirsch, The Lyche Family, Macy’s, Merchants Bank, Mooresmiles Dental, David & Denise Ring, Seven Bridges Bank, TIC-The Insurance Center, The Remainders, Webteam and Shawn & Mary Jo Werner.

Thanks also to our Silver and Question sponsors and our in-kind donors for the huge support given to RSVP, and a sincere thank you to the community who gave so generously to the contestants and RSVP and those who came out to the mall, the school districts of La Crosse, Onalaska, Bangor and Aquinas Catholic Schools, the students and parents. You all made it happen.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers of Coulee Region RSVP, we extend an enormous thank you to all of you who played a major role in helping to raise over $83,000.00. Congratulations to the Class of 2015-Another Record Breaking Year!

Simply Amazing!


Media Sponsor


Founding Partners


Platinum Sponsors

Altra Federal Credit Union
Bremer Bank Cass Street Pharmacy
Cowgill Dental Dahl Automotive
Dynamic Recycling Fransiscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
Gundersen Health System - La Crosse, Wisconsin Honda Motorwërks
Jay Buckley's Baseball Tours
Kwik Trip Stores La Crosse Community Theatre (LCT)
Mueller Media State Bank Financial
Vantage Architects, Inc.
The Weber Family

Gold Sponsors

Anonymous CenturyLink Cleary Management Corporation
Commercial AV Systems Jansen Dahl DeBauche Truck and Diesel, Inc
Dickinson Family Funeral Homes DigiCopy Fowler & Hammer
HG Orthodontics Inland Printing Jay Kirsch
Steven & Lynnetta Kopp The Lyche Family Macy's
Merchants Bank Mooresmiles Dental
The Insurance Center The Remainders Webteam, Inc.
Shawn & Mary Jo Werner    

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

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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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