St. Wenceslaus School students make presentation to MN Zoo

Patrick Fisher, The New Prague Times

St. Wenceslaus School students Garrett Lusignan, Jesse Benner, and Matt Egan make their presentation on Red Panda Mobile. (Photo courtesy of Ann Christy)

Students from St. Wenceslaus School in New Prague worked on a challenge from the Minnesota Zoo to get their red panda, Min, out and about more.

Red pandas are omnivores, but can also exist on a bamboo diet, and are native to Asia’s high forests and are unfortunately an endangered species. Red pandas are slightly larger than a domestic cat with a bear-like body and thick russet fur.

St. Wenceslaus School’s two fourth grade classes participated in the challenge. The students broke up into teams creating 14 projects. Four of those projects were submitted to the Minnesota Zoo and two were selected for the finals. Unfortunately the St. Wenceslaus students did not win, but their teachers were proud of them.

“I was thrilled that we had two teams in the finals,” said St. Wenceslaus teacher Ann Christy. She explained the Minnesota Zoo puts forth a challenge each year for students in grades three through 12. Usually the challenge is a way to get an animal more active in their environment. The two teams from St. Wenceslaus School that made the finals were Garrett Lusignan, Jesse Benner, and Matt Egan with their project Red Panda Mobile and Mya Gullickson and Peter Smyth with Climbing City.

The other two teams included Gardner Gorr and Blakely Gregor with the project The Min Mister and Kaylee Kraus and Coco Benner with their project Hanging on Like Min. In this year’s challenge there were...

To see more on this story pick up the April 8, 2021 print edition of The New Prague Times. 



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