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Philanthropy and Youth Internship Senior Gurtaran Johal completes YWCA internship program.Gurty Johal PaY Speech_web
Gurtaran Johal, Oak Grove Senior 

Gurtaran Johal is a senior at Oak Grove. She has been an active member of Oak Grove’s PaY Committee for two years and is excited to be involved in the program for her senior year. Her summer project was working with the YWCA to develop an online learning curriculum for local women in need.

Avery Zasada PaY_webPhilanthropy and Youth Internship Senior Avery Zasada completes summer internship program.

Oak Grove senior, Avery Zasada joined Philanthropy and Youth (PaY) in the fall of 2015 and took full advantage of her first year of membership. PaY is a student organization sponsored by The Barry Foundation at 22 different schools in the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo, and Detroit Lakes communities. Each school’s PaY committee is given $5,000 each year to grant to non-profit organizations within their community. Throughout the year, students learn about their leadership strengths, research and tour different non-profit organizations, and go through the granting process to decide which organizations they want to grant their $5000 to.

The Barry Foundation has also recently begun the Philanthropy and Youth Summer Internship program. Through this new program, students who are involved in PaY are able to apply for a summer internship. The 16 students who are selected for an internship are placed with a non-profit in the community, given a special project to accomplish for that organization and get the opportunity to see behind the scenes of the non-profit working world. Over the last two and a half months, Avery spent her days working at The Gifted Learning Project with her mentor, Noreen. It was evident based on Avery’s presentation at the Internship Celebration that the summer had transformed her. She spent each day learning and growing into her role, she said “Noreen has taught me how to analyze plant samples, to crowd source and market effectively, and to always view people through a lens of compassion and empathy.”

Avery consistently expresses her gratitude for the opportunities that have been presented to her through PaY and The Barry Foundation and is hopeful that through her experiences she is able to encourage others to join the PaY organization and apply for a summer internship.


Congratulations to Oak Grove Senior Brittany Dixon. The North Dakota Girls 1 Meter Diving Champion!

Oak Grove is proud to announce that senior Brittany Dixon is the North Dakota 1 Meter Diving Champion for the second consecutive season. Brittany's 442.80 points secured her back-to-back win Saturday afternoon. 

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Congratulations To The Oak Grove Volleyball Team For Their Great Season!

The Grovers placed 2nd at the Regional Championship!
"Last night's volleyball game was a hard fought battle by both teams, full of energy and hustle out on the court. It is too bad there had to be only one winner. The girls left everything they had out on the court and represented Oak Grove with outstanding character and determination. It was an honor to be a Grover fan in the stands!" - Proud Grover Fan 

“This season we were blessed with a lot of depth and heart driven athletes. Our success came from the leadership of the seniors and the willingness to work hard on and off the court. We were more than a team, we were a family.”  – Coach Julie Vancura.

Avery Zasada (Jr) and Marley Holt (Jr) were named to the All Region Team.


April 4, 2016: Oak Grove fields first baseball team in its 110 history!


Ashley PerezOak Grove has an ALL-STATE ATHLETE!
Ashley Perez (Junior) placed 5th place in the Class A Girls race with a time of 14:46 on a tough and hilly course. Ashley’s 5th place finish earns her "All State" status at the Class A ND State Cross Country Championships. She was Shanley/Oak Grove/PC's #1 runner on the day and helped pace the team to a 7th Place finish (tied with Fargo North).

Tommy Conmy (8th Grade) placed 119th place in the Class A Boys race with a time of 19:09.  Tommy was Shanley/Oak Grove/PC's #5 runner on the day. He was the 5th best 8th grader in the Class A division

Gavin Sunderland
 (7th Grade) placed 120th place in the Class A Boys race with a time of 19:10. Gavin was Shanley/Oak Grove/PC's #6 runner on the day. 
**Special Note on Gavin: He was the ONLY 7th grade boy to run in the Class A division. 

Tommy & Gavin helped the Boys team place 16th overall.

All three of our OG athletes ran Season Personal Records and will only get better as their careers continue.

The Oak Grove community is so proud of these athletes and their accomplishments from this season and the past weekend.  Its not every year we have ourselves an All-State Athlete!

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The Kjos Early Learning Center dedicated in 2013.

The Chamber Ambassadors and a crowd of 75 people were present for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Special appreciation was given to Monte and Nola Kjos for which the Kjos Early Learning Center was dedicated. The 3rd grade class gave a science demonstration for the media and attendees. There were also iPad and Promethean Active Board demonstrations given.

Honored Guests included:
Mike Slette, President, Oak Grove Lutheran School
Roger Olson, Chairman, Oak Grove Board of Regents
Monte and Nola Kjos, Comstock Land Company.
Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Wohlrabe, Bishop of the Northwestern
Minnesota Synod
Josh Kading, Elementary School Principal
Mona Lybeck, Director of Early Learning Center
Brian Berg, Zerr Berg Architects
Oak Grove Parents Jordan and Gina Schumacher with their
children Spencer and Teagan

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Mr. Carlson's sixth-grade math class is making some noise in the investment world.
To get the full story, check out the Associated Press article that appeared in the Washington Post

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All of Oak Grove Elementary welcomes back Jordan & Jesse Peterson with open arms and high fives!

Arriving in style in a bright yellow NDSU Bison fire truck, Jordan & Jesse were greeted by all of Oak Grove Elementary on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. Surrounded by classmates, Jordon was the guest of honor at the student assembly, which featured students reading special bible verses and personal messages. Surprising Jordan was special guest NDSU Head Coach Craig Bohl welcoming Jordan back to school! "Jordan is very happy to finally be back with his friends at school, and even looking forward to playing hockey this season. We've all been looking forward to Jordan getting back to school so he can run, play and get back to just being a kid again," said Jordan's parents.

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Oak Grove 21stCentury Leadership Class’ Clothing drive for the Dorothy Day Pantry.
21st Century Leadership Students volunteering at the Dorothy Day Pantry in Moorhead, MN.
In April 2014, while the 21st Century Leadership class was volunteering at the Dorothy Day Pantry in Moorhead, MN, the students noticed that the room that held clothing, toys and household items was rather empty.  The students decided to do a clothing and toy drive to support this part of Dorothy Day’s ministry.  A month later, Oak Grove students, Grades Pre-K through 12 have donated and collected close to 5,000 quality items of clothing, books, toys and other useful items for families.

Jim Manly, Director of the Dorothy Day Pantry asked the students if they’d like to take “ownership” of this room.  The students were excited to fill that need at
Dorothy Day.  On behalf of the 21st Century Leadership Class, we’d like to thank the Oak Grove community for supporting this project.  We are excited to continue our relationship with Dorothy Day and hope to volunteer throughout the summer.  If your child, grades 6 through 12 would like to volunteer with other Grovers this summer on a weekly basis, please call Bob Noel at 701.373.7113.

Three Record Setting Grover Seniors!

-Spring 2014

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Left to right: Hannah Kelley, Tatum Holt, Rachel Osmundson

Hannah Kelley

Hannah Kelly has had an outstanding athletic career as a student at Oak Grove Lutheran School.  She has been a starter on outstanding volleyball teams and she is also an honor student and has been a 4 year regular in basketball.

Hannah is 6 rebounds away from the school record of 741 in her outstanding career. When she reaches this she will break the school record which is currently held by Stacy Hildreth who played from 1994-97.  Hannah still maintains the most blocks in Oak Grove School history holding at 202. Hannah is the daughter of Brad and Kim Kelley.  Congratulations Hannah!

Tatum Holt

Tatum Holt has had an outstanding basketball career as a student at Oak Grove Lutheran School.  She has been a starter in basketball since the 7th grade and is also an honor student in the classroom.

Tatum's biggest individual accomplishment to date occurred this past weekend vs. Hillcrest Academy.  Tatum dished out the 391st assist and now has surpassed 400 in her outstanding career on Saturday breaking the school record previously held by Hannah Langseth who played from 2006-2009. Tatum is the daughter of Dan and Holly Holt.  Congratulations Tatum!

Rachel Osmundson

Rachel Osmundson has had an outstanding athletic career as a student at Oak Grove Lutheran School.  She has been a starter on outstanding volleyball teams, has been a regular on the Shanley Oak Grove coop soccer teams that have won one State championship and been runner up twice. She is also an honor student and has been a five year regular in basketball.

Her biggest individual accomplishment in basketball occurred this past weekend vs. Hillcrest Academy.  Rachel scored the 1000th point in her outstanding career on Saturday, becoming only the fifth Grover girl to accomplish this feat.  She joins Jamie Stensgard, Laura Utke, Alex Aarestad and fellow teammate Tatum Holt as the only Grover girls to reach this milestone..  Rachel is the daughter of Todd and Deb Osmundson.  Congratulations Rachel!

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Darwin Gorder, class of 1957 on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.

Mr. Gorder served many roles at Oak Grove over more than 40 years on staff including teacher, principal, athletic director, coach, academic dean, dean of students, interim president and development officer. Even after he formally retired he continued to be a special presence on campus chairing the Hall of Fame committee, attending events and lending a helping hand whenever he was asked. "People looked to Dar as a mentor, a friend, a gentle yet strong leader and a man with a huge heart.  He set a high standard for Oak Grove and lived it himself," said Mr. Mike Slette, President of Oak Grove.

Services for Mr. Gorder will include visitation Monday, Sept. 2 from 5 p.m.  to 8 p.m. at Korsmo Funeral Home in Moorhead. A funeral service will be held at Hope Lutheran Church in north Fargo on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m.  The Oak Grove Concert Choir will participate in the funeral singing "This Is My Father's World" and "Beautiful Savior".

Please keep Mr. Gorder and his family in your prayers during this difficult time.

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

-Matthew 25:21

Darwin Gorder


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Service of Dedication:
Milan Alby Science Center in Arvid Benson Hall

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The dedication was a heartwarming event with members of Milan Alby's family, friends, students, and the Board of Regents in attendance. 

Mr. Milan Alby believed that to study science was to study God's wondrous world in its infinite order and beauty. He shared that sense of wonder by teaching science to generations of Oak Grove students from 1969 to 2005. To honor his memory, these science classrooms shall be known as the Milan Alby Science Center and are dedicated to inspiring curiosity, awe and wonder for generations of Oak Grove students to come.

See You at the Pole!

Student Led Nationwide Day of Prayer!

What is See You at the Pole, or SYATP? See You at the Pole is a completely student led event in which students meet at their school’s flagpole before school on the fourth Wednesday of every September to pray for your school, the students, teachers, government, and our nation. It is important to note that See You at the Pole is not a demonstration or political rally. It is not trying to make a statement for or against any particular thing, but is just a chance for students to get together to pray.

If you want to participate in a can’t miss event that was started by fellow Christian teens, then See You at the Pole is the can’t miss event of the year.

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Middle School Students 
at C4 Ropes Course.

Oak Grove Middle School students spent the day at the C4 Ropes Course in Park Rapids, MN.

Sharpe Farms hosts Oak Grove's Ag Day!

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Loving service throughout the world.
Guatemala Mission Trip!

Mission Trip To Guatemala 2013

Loving service throughout the world Guatemala Mission Trip!

Things are going soooo well and the kids and adults (41 in the group) are learning so much, experiencing so much and growing in faith with each moment we are able to interact with the people of Guatemala. 

Today we had multiple service opportunities. We had two primary groups. The first group stayed at the NPH orphanage to work with the kids and worked on finishing a guesthouse (masonry, concrete work and leveling the lot)

The second group went to a near by town to work with kids at Open Windows, a reading and learning facility for under-privileged children. While a smaller group worked to build a tin house for a mother and her children in the near by town.  We experienced true poverty today, but in the midst of it all the people are so loving.

In the evening we spent time with some orphanage children to just hang out. To say the day was impactful for everyone is an understatement. Our evening devotion time is spent reflecting and learning about each other’s experiences. Smaller group discussions allow us to bond with other individuals in our party while exploring our faith at a deeper level. 

#2 The following day the students divided into their groups. The first group stayed at the orphanage and did various projects.  Some of the kids got to help in the English classrooms, some worked with special needs children, and some worked at the Montessori school (on campus) and yet others continued the building project at the orphanage.

The other group did a major painting project at a local school (some of the paint even found it’s way onto the 
walls). Shane and Errol have formed a special bond with the local carpenter that has turned into a new tin house, an updated tin house, and another project in store for tomorrow.

This evening we shared a bonfire with music and dancing involved. All of the orphanage kids were so outgoing and wanted to dance with us. We have a new saying . . . instead of “dance like there is no one watching”, we now say “Dance like your at a Guatemalan orphanage”. It’s so fun to see the relationships that are forming in such a short time.

A major soccer match preceded our evening devotions.  Tomorrow will be our last day at 
the orphanage and I’m sure it will be a tearful departure.

#3 Update from Guatemala...just some mild stomach maladies along with some bumps and scrapes.  All in all we are in very good health.

We again divided into two groups.  One group went to the “Open Windows” project to tour the village and see the results of some builds that we paid for and assisted in building during the week.  It was incredible to see the results and to feel true gratitude from the recipients.  This group also worked with the kids at Open Windows.  All the kids are so enthusiastic and well behaved.

The second group stayed at the orphanage and continued to work on the building project there while also spending time with the kids, especially the special needs children.  The program they have for special needs is really quite amazing.  This group had to pack the luggage for both groups (Momma Kim and Momma Alice made sure every bag was accounted for)

The two groups met up in Antigua where we at dinner and had our daily devotion.  Half way through the trip it made sense to concentrate on the virtue of patience in our devotions.

It was so hard to leave the NPH orphanage and the people that we have had a chance to experience through Open Windows.  We feel so blessed to have experienced what we have in such a short time.