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Rooting for intelligence

State standardized testing (called MCAs) began this week at the New York Mills Elementary School. To encourage all the test takers, last Friday the school held its first MCA Pep Fest. In a variety of cheers, jokes, skits and music, students in third through sixth grades were encouraged to do their best. (Above) Kindergarten students Shyann Smith, Leighton Olsen, Alyssa Korkowski and Nolan Berndt yell We can do it! during a special cheer.  First grade student Morgan Kline (left) gives a T during a cheer. Coach Greg Esala (far above) took the stage for a pep talk, as part of a skit with teachers called The Big Test.  read entire story. . . .