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Schenk Elementary School Student Chosen to Represent Dane County at Brewers Opening Game

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Sharyn Wisniewski: (608) 267-8823

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3/23/2001

Issued By: County Executive
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Michael Lee Johnson-Mossholder, 11, a 5th grader at Schenk Elementary School in Madison has been selected to represent Dane County at the Brewers Opening Night game in the new Miller Park on April 6.

The Brewers Baseball Club is inviting a school-age youth from each of Wisconsin's 72 counties to participate in the pre-game ceremony when the Brewers host the Cincinnati Reds at 7:00 p.m. at Miller Park.

Dane County Executive (and big baseball fan!) Kathleen Falk devised a contest to select the youth. A parent, teacher, friend or the youth himself or herself, had to answer questions describing the volunteer activities the youth has been involved in, and why the opportunity to attend Opening Day would be especially meaningful.

"It was very gratifying to see the ways that all these kids are contributing to their community and schools. They all deserve recognition," said Falk. "Some are volunteering with the Salvation Army, the zoo, and Special Olympics. Others are visiting the elderly, working with the homeless, raising money for AIDS research and, working with Habitat for Humanity." said Falk.

"Our great judges found something special in Michael's nomination, and I am very pleased he will be representing Dane County," said Falk, who presented Michael with a Certificate of Award Monday.

Michael's nomination was submitted by Michelle Bond, a case manager for two high needs elementary aged children at Schenk School.

"Michael has volunteered to work with these two individuals during his lunch and recess, daily, for the last two and a half years," said Bond in making the nomination. "He is very intelligent, gentle, generous, polite and especially kind to children with special needs. If he has completed his school work early, he will ask his general education teacher if he can assist in 'Mrs. Bond's room'," she wrote.

Comments from the judges included:

"Michael sounds like a hero at his school."
"I was impressed by the nature of his volunteer work—helping with special needs children--and by the fact that at the young age of 11 he has been doing this for 2 ½ years."
"I admire his compassion at such a young age."
Serving as judges for the contest were: Karen Gallagher, UW-Madison women's softball coach, Judie Kleinmaier, chief copy desk editor for the Capital Times, Mike McKinney, WMTV news anchor, Jennifer Miller, reporter for WIBA radio, Sly, radio personality at WTDY, and Tom Still, associate editor, Wisconsin State Journal.
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