Kiwanis Club recognizes outstanding students in PdC schools

Taking home a personalized Golden Ruler from the recent Kiwanis Club recognition luncheon were Prairie du Chien High School seniors (front row, from left) Caitlin Harris, McKenzie Banasik, Cheyanne Sadler, Kristen Hanson; (back row) Brad Smock of the Kiwanis Club, Jack Feye, Austin Roach, Taylor Elliot, Ellen Antoniewicz and Kiwanis President Chad Abram.

Earning themselves the Terrific Kids designation and a thumb drive from the Kiwanis Club were Bluff View Intermediate School students (front row, from left) Josie Eastman, Kate Muilenburg, Erin Amdahl, Abigail Feye, Claire Fritsche; (back row) Brad Smock of the Kiwanis Club, Divontae Davis, Jacob Mallat, Creighton Groom and Kiwanis President Chad Abram.

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Kiwanis Club met earlier this month for a special luncheon during which 16 Prairie du Chien students were recognized for their strong character traits, involvement in school, good grade point averages and outstanding nature. Eight seniors received Golden Ruler honors, and eight students in grades 2 through 8 received the Terrific Kids designation—both academic awards selected by their teachers and sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.

Award winners included seniors Jack Feye, Austin Roach, Taylor Elliot, Ellen Antoniewicz, Caitlin Harris, Cheyanne Sadler, McKenzie Banasik and Kristin Hanson, as well as Bluff View Intermediate School students Josie Eastman, Abigail Feye, Kate Mullenburg, Jacob Mallat, Claire Fritsche, Erin Amdahl, Creighton Groom and Divontae Davis.

“Just as you walk around with a lot of pride in your school, you should also take pride in winning this academic award from your teachers,” said Brad Smock, a member of the Kiwanis Club, during the luncheon. “It’s a great accomplishment.”

According to Kiwanis President Chad Abram, who is also the Prairie du Chien police chief, students in grades 2-4 and 5-8 at Bluff View and grades 9-12 at PdCHS who are chosen as Students of the Month by their teachers come away with Golden Ruler and Terrific Kids honors from the club. With the club’s emphasis being on youth, Kiwanis members want to help local students succeed in school, therefore, the additional club acknowledgement is to hopefully further boost the kids’ motivation and achievements. The recognition also helps to encourage student membership in the PdCHS Key Club and potentially even Circle K Club in college. Currently, Prairie du Chien has about 35 high school students belonging to the Key Club.

To be eligible for the Golden Ruler and Terrific Kids marks of distinction, students must have a good grade point average, be involved in school activities, display good character traits, and have no infractions. The Kiwanis recognize these outstanding students twice per school year—once in the winter and once at the end of the school year.

In addition to lunch at Ft. Mulligan’s GrillPub, the students receive small token gifts and a certificate from the PdC Kiwanis Club. Recipients of the award have their picture posted on a recognition board at the school and in the Courier Press.

At the Kiwanis’ recognition luncheon, Lieutenant Governor Charles Price attended. He spoke highly of the Prairie du Chien Kiwanis Club, stating it has the highest percentage of growth within the division he leads.
Abram, who is a former Key Club member himself, said the PdC club generates funds through a variety of successful yearly fundraisers, such as its Pancake Supper (coming up March 10), Corn and Brat Feed, raffle and golf tournament. The club is not afraid to spread its funds out throughout the community, with a focus on benefiting youth. Recipients of Kiwanis Club donations have included Reality Check, Girl Power, the Easter egg hunt, Cecil Smith Field, Little League, 4-H, the Crawford County Fair, the Childrens Ranch, Skills USA, Operation Santa, Cannons at the Fort, high school scholarships and more.

To find out more about the Kiwanis Club, Key Club, Golden Rulers or Terrific Kids, contact Abram at 326-2421.

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