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Paynesville Press - January 1, 2003

Top 12 Stories of 2002: Students win awards

By Michael Jacobson

Among the students winning awards in 2002, three stood out: junior Hannah Felling taking seventh place at the state speech meet, sophomore Melissa Andrie placing third nationally in Business Professionals of America (BPA), and junior Jessica Andrie taking first in the state with an economics project.

Felling, the daughter of Richard and Brigid Felling, became the first PAHS student to place at the state speech meet since 1983. She took seventh in discussion, a category where students discussed aspects of juvenile justice. Melissa Andrie also competed at the state speech meet in April 2002 but did not place.

In May 2002, Andrie, the daughter of Jim and DuDonne Andrie, placed third at BPA nationals in Chicago. In verbal communications prepared speech, Andrie gave a presentation about handling criticism in the workplace. Senior Jen Bruntlett also competed at nationals but did not place.

In June 2002, Jessica Andrie, also the daughter of Jim and DuDonne Andrie, learned that she had placed first out of nearly 2,000 entries in a statewide economics contest. The project asked students to study and write a paper about a commodity, and Andrie's winning entry was a 52-page paper about crude oil.

(Editor's Note: the Press has identified these 12 stories as the top news in the Paynesville area for 2002. For the top accomplishments in sports, see the 2002 sports review.)

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