RHINELANDER - When's the last time you pulled out a thesaurus? In the news we use this reference a lot, so on National Thesaurus Day we decided to quiz our local elementary students.
Our first question: Would kids in a digital age even recognize a thesaurus?
"You know, we had a couple say it was a dinosaur..." say's Central Elementary's Library Para-Professional, Laurie Lenten
During a "JEOPARDY!" style game with kids at Central Elementary School, we found out old-fashioned book smarts are still essential for tech-savy youth.
"I think we have kids that, you know, they're texting, so they're using "text language" and it even slips into papers," says Lenten.
"A lot of our language is lost in the ‘LOL's' and the abbreviations," says fourth grade teacher Jenny Prom.
Flipping through a thesaurus may feel like an ancient task for kids more familiar with Google, but a commanding vocabulary can give strength to student's voices.
"I want to show them that there's more ways than just saying something is ‘nice'," says Prom.
And students seemed to agree. They shared many of their favorite reads, including ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians'. The also participate in "writing cafes" where they're encourage to cook up saucy stories.
CRESCENT - Some people decided to bring their snowmobiles and ATV's out on the ice a little too early this season. One man had to recover two of those vehicles after they sunk in lakes. Tom Quandt own Bull Dog Off Road Removal. He got his first recovery call of the season Saturday, and a second Sunday. He says getting two calls in two days is abnormal and that it's too early to bring vehicles out on water.
MERRILL - It only takes a couple seconds to drop in some spare change or a couple dollars into a Salvation Army Red Kettle during the holiday season. One person, in those couple seconds, managed to make a big impact on Merrill's Salvation Army with their donation.
"It was unbelievable," said Salvation Army bell ringer volunteer Denise Ziech.
TOMAHAWK - A dance group in Tomahawk gets a second opportunity to show thousands of people what small town dancers can do. The Tomahawk Dance Team will perform at the Liberty Bowl half time show in Memphis In two weeks. "We get to go out with a bang," said 17- year- old dancer Emma Gane. At the end of the year seniors Emma Gane and Morgan Dischen will walk away from the dance team that brought them together four years ago.
"It's emotional to think about how fast things have gone," said Dischen. However, first they'll step on stage in front of more than 60 thousand people. "It's taking girls from this small town and putting them on this national platform," said Tomahawk Dance Team Coach Marina Olson.
On December 30 the 11 girls on the Tomahawk Dance team will perform during the Liberty Bowl Halftime Show in Memphis Tennessee. "It's just going to be different from our everyday small town life," said first year dance team member Semra Marquardt.
RHINELANDER - Eighth-grader Alexx Huff doesn't practice half-court shots much.
At the end of basketball practice, he's usually too tired to try and make 40-footers. But Huff had plenty of energy two weeks ago, when he stepped onto the court during halftime of a varsity basketball game in Rhinelander.
"I'm really nervous, I'm really shaky," Huff said, remembering the night. "There's a lot of people watching."
Huff was randomly selected to take part a shooting contest held during every game. The contest ends with a half-court shot.
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