Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, March 2, 2001

HT student chosen to attend state inventors' congress

Together with 322 other student inventors from around the region, five students from Holy Trinity School, Winsted, attended the regional Minnesota Student Inventors' Congress in St. Cloud Feb. 27.

From the Central Minnesota Region, 23 inventions were chosen to advance to the state congress in Redwood Falls June 8-10, including the invention of Holy Trinity sixth grader Grace Hertel, daughter of Jim and Kathy Hertel of Winsted.

Hertel's invention, a "Dud Be Gone," consists of two bowls put together, with the inside bowl having holes in the bottom. The inside bowl is filled with popcorn, shaken, and the "old maids" fall through the holes into the bottom bowl. This eliminates broken teeth when people eat popcorn and mistakenly bite an upopped kernel of corn.

Holy Trinity students attending the St. Cloud regional congress were Jessica Vealetzek, Matt Laxen, Joshua Remer, Hertel, and Karissa Remer, along with their teacher, Lois Danielson, and parents.

The Inventors' Congress provides a rich educational opportunity for students to display talents by focusing on creativity, problem solving and higher-order thinking skills.

Beginning at the local level Jan. 15, with all fifth and sixth grade students participating, the inventions were judged and five students were chosen to compete at the regional level.

Hertel's "Dud Be Gone" will be on display at the state congress June 8 in Redwood Falls.

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