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Page The Star \ Februai u, " and eventually finds a new meaning in life. Wallette said it took a week or so to put the story on paper, but the formation of the narrative began about four years ago. “I was in freshman year and I was listening to the Long and Winding Road by The Beatles in choir, and ' this man talking to a higher deity came in mind,” Wallette said. “A few years down the line, more ideas came to me, and it wasn’t until senior year when the scholastic arts and writing competition came up, the same idea of the man talking to the higher deity came to mind, and I thought, ‘I think it’s time for this piece to be written.’ I believe all good stories need time to be constructed, you can’t really force a story to be written.” Wallette said he wrote the story with the scholastic writing competi— tion in mind, but was still hesitant about submitting it. He said the piece takes on a “complicated theme.” Still, like any 18-year-old with limited life experience, Wallette’s imagination powered him through the effort. He said a long list of fac— tors help generate his writing ideas. “Good things, cute things, funny things, meaningful things, things of good, things of evil, sickly things, -AJu- . which many would think to be un- godly, well, maybe not ungodly, but certainly things that would raise peo— ple’s eyebrows for sure, but, I’m only human,” Wallette said. “All to create a good and practical story.” Upward bound writer Winning the Gold Key award came as a surprise for Wallette. Prior to finding out, he thought his work might be good enough for a silver medal. He credited his Upward Bound advisor, Kelly Kennedy, for helping craft the winning entry. “She helped edit the work for me, ‘ j made sure it was all good and gave me some really good pointers,” Wal- lette said. “I wouldn’t be hereif it weren’t for her. “ The news of the major award also was a proud moment for Wallette’s family. He lives with his grand— mother, Julie Azure, and aunt, Tia Azure. His parents are Jordan Wal— lette and Angee Barnum. “My grandma was happy about it,” he said. The University of North Dakota’s Upward Bound serves eight high schools in the area, including Turtle Mountain, St. John and Dunseith. Kennedy said the program recruits students with a strong desire to attend college who might need some help getting there. “Julian is a perfect example of the Upward Bound student smart, cre- ative, bright, inquisitive, and with a c drive to succeed,” Kennedy said. “Upward Bound is always looking for opportunities for students to stretch their capabilities, to try new ' Award Winner (Continued from Page 1) //’ Jleian versity and Plains Art Museum. Wallette sketched-this p things, and for scholarships the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards checks all of those boxes.” Kennedy said she “really pushed” Julian to take part in the competition again this year. The duo worked on the piece via Zoom sessions. “Julian came in with a fantastic story - I was just there to help him fine-tune,” Kennedy said. “Oneof the most rewarding aspects of my job is working with students like Julian, being able to connect to students who are excited for and passionate about working toward their goals.” After hearing of Julian’s Gold Key Award, Kennedy said she was ecstatic to see his hard work pay off. “It was so gratifying,” said said. “He put so much time and energy into creating a vibrant world and a story that feels both timeless and modern. I am so proud of his willingness to put himself out there, and to apply himself to editing and submitting the best possible tstory.” Kennedy said the Upward Bound program encourages students to push themselves out of their comfort zones and participate in things such as the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She added that the idea goes beyond the competition. , “Winning is great, but just the ex— perience of preparing, revising, and submitting is excellent practice for future scholarships, college applica- tions, job applications,” Kennedy said. “It also helps them see them- ' selves differently, as someone play—‘2‘ ing on a larger field than just their own school or state.” A ‘strange’ feeling Due to COVID-19, the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards state ceremony will take place Virtu- ally on Saturday, March 13. All stu- dents, educators, judges, families and friends are invited to attend. The win- ‘ners of North Dakota State Univer- sity’s new scholarships in art and An excerpt from Julian Wallette's Geld Key award winning science fiction/fantasy story Alterfia Dareon pushed onward, no matter how hard the icy weather may bite. A prickly winter storm as harsh as Dareon had ever witnessed numbed his body. The cold stone walls aided in keeping his balance, but the wind would have it’s way and he would be thrown into the pillowy snow. When he looked at the the tips of his fin- gers, they were black. Time and place were figments, and only when did he reach the peak did he realize he was at the top of the high mountain. He witnessed the world being bent and thei clouds shrouding the ground nu- merous miles down. Dareon’s legs collapsed, and tilted his head at the sky. The stars and the moon have never been so bright, he thOught. And he continued staring until the sun was centered in the sky, and with his body dark and mortified he was blinded by light. But soon in time uncounted, the light was dispersed by shadows leaving > only cavities in the gloom. Belgarde and Schoening earn NDSU degrees Two local high school graduates were among the students to graduate ’ from North Dakota State University in fall 2020. NDSU awarded 987 de— grees to students. " Students are listed by hometown. The list includes their major and de- gree received. ' Belcourt: Mishaye Belgarde, bachelor of science in Criminal Jus- tice - Rolla: Karson William Schoen— ing, bachelor of science in Crop and Weed Sciences Dareon was still kneeling, feel- ing neither tired, sad, nor of life. Just comfortably heavy. Slowly, the cavi- ties swirled together in the center of Dareon’s vision, leaving only noth- ing in what Dareon could only as- sume is the final hours of death. When they merged together as one, multi-colored stars and nebulas bloomed and filled that nothingness, and Dareon became content in awe of it’s beauty. The weight was soon, up— lifted; leaving Dareon on top of a shimmering floor dazzling with frag- ments of stars and gems undiscov-l ered. Beyond, from where the colors and all of the elements of space de- rived, left a white tear smoldering un- fittingly in the vibrant ethos. The tear grew larger across the galactal plain, quenching fear in Dareon though knew not why. He stayed content and stepped closer. Only then did he re— alize the tear was closer than per— ceived. He waited as it lengthened. From within the stretched paleness arose a stark silhouette in many shapes and forms slowly unshroud- ing into seeable features. One may see a lion, one an eagle,\another a unicorn, a demon if unfortunate, or an orb of luminescence, but what Dareon saw was a beautiful woman with skin of morphing colors, with stardust hair flowing behind her oval' head, and garbed with clustered pol- ished stars covering her body. She towered over the small man, and if the woman had a shadow it would have covered Dareon in a blinding darkness. Her eyes were closed, but Dareon felt her glaring at him all the same. It did not threaten him, did not scare him, her presence somehow re- laxed him. AGENDA ROLETTE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS February 2, 2021 0 9:00 AM 9 am Nathan Gustafson, Sheriff- Jail Committee report 9:30 am St. John City Council — Contract Policing '10 am Mark Miller, Weed Board Other: January Minutes —- Approval Road Department Motor Grader Replacement NDDOT — Coronavirus Response & Relief Supple- mental Appropriations Act -— Funding Northern Plains RC&D — County Dues $300 1. Reports from the following committees a. Sheriff/Jail Committee b. Housing Authority Board c. Board of Health d. Mountain Lake Human Service Zone Report Join Zoom Meeting https://u502web.zoom.us/j/86857849858?pwd=a1ZvaTA5SDZ KK2phbG51M0h3RnM3UT09 Meeting ID: 868 5784 9858 - Passcode: 07dVF2 writing will also be announced at the ceremony. All Gold Key winners are for— warded to New York City for na- tional adjudication. The national winners will be announced on March 17, 2021. . Wallette said it feels “strange” to win the Gold Key award because of the mixed emotions it has generated. “I was ecstatic for all of this, but truly, to me this is all just a small leap toward my true goal,” Wallette said. “I’m still young, and that will kind of be a disadvantage to me. I still have many barriersto pass through, too many to count.” No matter what happens next month, Wallette said the Gold Key honor has motivated him to continue writing. “I certainly will keep honing my skills as a writer, hopefully, until the day I die,” Wallette said. “I have all of these ideas other than Alterfia that need to be out there to enlighten peo- ple, grasp people andbe loved by people if I’m lucky enough.” " .2; firm Arstein is county’s net veteran’s service officer By John Rosinski Of The Star Rolette County welcomed a new veteran’s service officer late last year. Diane Arstein assumed the posi- tion after learning it was being va- cated by Todd Poitra. Arstein is a veteran herself having served in the US. Air Force for five years and looked at the opening as an opportu- nity. “I have always been an advocate ' for veterans and I’ve always had a real fondness for them,” she said. Arstein is also the ambulance , squad leader in Rolette and thought the opportunity to serve in both roles would be a way to further her out— reach into the area. “I like to help people in a variety of ways and this is giving me an op- portunity to do that.” COVID-l9 has impeded Arsteins opportunities to train for the job. She said she has worked with officials from Fargo virtually and was re- cently able to complete her formal training. Moving forward, Arstein said she wants to find different ways for the veterans in the area to have a pres- ence. ' “I think this is going to be a good fit. I hope to have our veterans par- ticipate in some way in several events throughout the year, including Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Veteran’s Day.” In addition, Arstein said she’s hoping to travel to communities around the county and reach out to veterans in their hometowns. “I want to get into the community because sometimes it’s not about what is more convenient for me but what is best for them. It’s up to me to find a way to better accommodate them.” nor LocAL. EAT Loom..- _ernn Arstein is available via email at darstein@nd.gov or by telephone at 477-5265. She said she checks for messages several times a week in order to schedule an appointment with any veteran who needs assis- tance in some way. L03“- Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Isolated Snow High: 22 Low: 1 Mostly Cloudy High: 32 Low: 15 Mostly Cloudy High: 10 Lowt-16 High:9Low:—18 Friday Cloudy Regional Temperatures I delivery of your ——"—" Farm Fuel! 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