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The Westby Area Historical Society announced its 2018 “Grandmother of the Year.” This year’s winning entry was submitted by Westby Elementary School student, Autumn Somerfeldt, honoring her grandmother, Diane Langaard.

Diane is married to Lars Langaard. She grew up in the Viroqua area and has two children who attended school in the Westby Area School District. With blended families, Diane has 15 grandchildren and she was selected for the honor from a nomination letter written by her granddaughter, Autumn Somerfeldt.

Autumn, age 10, spends lots of meaningful time with her grandmother. Autumn also is a member of 4-H, loves to paint pictures of flowers, write poetry and play the piano.

Langaard was a 4-H leader for many years, helping little girls do the very things that she now helps Autumn learn. One of her favorite things to do is help Autumn develop her speaking and writing skills. Langaard believes correct vocabulary is important for every young person to learn.

Langaard has also helped decorate many floats when she was a 4-H leader. One can only imagine how her family will decorate the truck that they will be riding in for the Syttende Mai Saturday Kiddie Parade and the Sunday Big Parade. Watch for the sign on the side of the truck saying “Grandmother of the Year -Diane Langaard- Westby Area Historical Society. “

Westby Elementary School Educator Cathy Cravens annually invites students at Westby to participate in an essay writing contest to explain why their grandparent deserves the title of “Grandparent of the Year.” She said this year they had several very good entries, making it hard to select just one.

The contest is sponsored by the Westby Area Historical Society. Using 100 words or less, students participating in the contest were asked to write, why they think their grandparent should win.

The contest alternates between grandparents. In 2019 students will be able to write an essay nominating a “Grandfather of the Year”.

Kathy Anderson contributed to this story.

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Dorothy Robson is editor of the Westby Times. Contact her at 608-637-5625.

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