We are thrilled to announce that the SWWC Foundation was able to raise $43,275 from your generous donations and grants for the 2022-23 Student Enrichment Program! You are making a positive impact on the future leaders of our region. 




Events held from February through May are highlighted below. 

Spelling Bee Winners

Across the region, nearly 3,700 students participated in local spelling bees, with 22 advancing to the Regional Spelling Bee. The top four at the Regional Spelling Bee advanced to the Multi-Region Spelling Bee in Fergus Falls, with the winner of that competition advancing to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

First place winners

Eighty-four students from across the region submitted one or more entries for the Creative Writing Contest. Entries could be fiction, nonfiction or poetry. At the Awards Banquet on April 23, guest speaker Lauren Carlson shared her journey to becoming a published author. She then presented 21 students with first through third place medals ... with nine of these students receiving more than one medal! This contest is a partnership between SWWC and the SMSU Creative Writing Department. 


The Schwan Culinary Skills Challenge was held on April 19 at SMSU in Marshall. Over 250 students participated in interactive sessions and/or competitions. Competition categories included Baking Science, Cake Decorating, Culinary, Food Art, Knife Skills, Menu Design and Place Setting/Napkin Folding. Interactive session topics were Cooking with Maple Syrup, Smoked Pizza, New Orleans Beignets, Spring Rolls and more. 

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keynote presentation
Culinary team
cake decorating
interactive session

Senior High Knowledge Bowl (SHKB)

Sixty-eight teams from across the region (over 360 students) competed in SHKB this year. The teams pictured below advanced to the State SHKB Competition in April at Cragun's near Brainerd. 


State SHKB Results:

Class A: RTR 8th

Class AA: GSL 4th; Montevideo 8th; JCC 9th; Marshall 11th

Class AAA: Holy Family 7th

Congratulations to all teams on a successful year!

Region 6 winners
Region 8 winners
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The Science and Nature Conference was held on Tuesday, May 9 at SMSU in Marshall. Over 630 students from across the region were dazzled by keynote speaker, Dazzling Dave Schulte, National Yo-Yo Master. Students then attended three hands-on breakout sessions led by 25+ presenters. It was an awesome day of learning!  

Discovering solar session
Virtual cadaver session
keynote speaker
rocket blast off session

We are thankful for all the businesses, foundations and individuals who support our mission.


We invite you to continue your support so we can make an impact on even more students in 2023-24!

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SWMN Workforce Development Board logo
Southwest Initiative Foundation logo
Monogram Foods Loves Kids Foundation logo
UW McLeod County logo
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UW Nobles County logo
UW of Pipestone County logo
Great River energy logo
Otter Tail Power Company Foundation logo
Lyon Lincoln Electric Coop logo
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MSU Resources Foundation logo
Redwood Electric Cooperative logo
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Brown County REA logo
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Shelly Maes

SWWC Foundation

1420 East College Drive

Marshall, MN 56258

Shelly Maes

Executive Director