Students from the Jamestown region in the news

From honor rolls to competitive academic events, students from schools in the Jamestown area receive recognition

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Several students from the Jamestown Middle School Choir auditioned to participate in the NDACDA Honor’s Choir. Abbi Boehm, left, was accepted into the treble choir, under the direction of Melanie Popejoy, and Eden Ellingsen, right, into the mixed junior high choir, under the direction of Cristi Cary Miller. They joined other North Dakota students who auditioned on Feb. 3-4 to rehearse and perform a concert in the Bismarck High School auditorium.
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Barnes County North Bisonettes host invite

The Barnes County North Bisonettes hosted their first dance invite at the Barnes County North School on Jan. 7. Along with the BCN Bisonettes were the Hazen-Beulah Highlights, Carrington Cardinaires, Northern Cass Rosettes, Central Mclean County Cougars and Mandan Motion.

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The Barnes County North Bisonettes hosted their first dance invite at the Barnes County North School on Jan. 7.
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The Bisonettes family and friends hosted this invite to raise money for the Bisonettes to participate in nationals in March that will be held in Florida. The BCN dance team is a club, not a school sport, so all expenses need to be out of pocket and raised through fundraising or community service to participate in competitions.

Results from the competition:

Middle School: First place, Mandan Motion

Kick: First, Carrington Cardinaires


Jazz: First, BCN Bisonettes; second, Carrington Cardinaires; third, Central Mclean County Cougars

Pom: First, Carrington Cardinaires; second, BCN Bisonettes; third, Northern Cass Rosettes

Hip Hop: First, BCN Bisonettes; second, Northern Cass Rosettes

Cleghorn named to chancellor’s list

CROOKSTON, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Crookston announces that Kendra Cleghorn of Jamestown is among students who were named to the fall 2022 chancellor's list recently released by the Office of the Registrar. To qualify for the list, students must complete 12 or more letter-graded (A-F) credits while attaining a 4.0 grade point average.

University of Mary announces dean’s list

BISMARCK — Jamestown area residents are among the 973 students named to the 2022 fall semester dean’s list at the University of Mary in Bismarck. This number includes students in Mary’s undergraduate program and in adult education (University of Mary Online).

To qualify for the honor, traditional undergraduate students must earn a 3.50 or better grade point average while carrying at least 12 credit hours.

Students enrolled in the UMaryOnline program must earn a 3.50 or better grade point average while at a full-time adult learner status.


The students are:

Ashley: Caitlin Molter

Berlin: Anastasia Swiontek

Dawson: Garrett Jangula

Edgeley: Tess Hanson

Fessenden: Kalyn Keller

Jamestown: Katherine Horgan, Maleeka Kramlich, Haley Nelson, Alexis Smith

Linton: Kaylee Werlinger


Napoleon: Ashley Schmitt

Oakes: Shayla Novak

Wimbledon: Kendra Greshik

Listul named to college dean’s list

SAINT PETER, Minn. — Jonathan Listul of Jamestown is among students named to the fall semester dean’s list at Gustavus Adolphus College here. The list comprises students who have earned a 3.7 grade point average (based on a scale in which 4.0 = A) or higher for the semester ending in December 2022.

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Jamestown High School speech team members competed at several events in January. From left: Emma Hoke, Sophia Bilowith, Lizzy Nihill, Matthew Motschenbacher, Eden Wells, Trinity Cross, Cece Maulding, Rebecca Lloyd, Autumn Roberts and Anja McDermid. <br/><br/>
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JHS speech team competes at events

The Jamestown High School speech team began its 2023 season with a meet in Valley City on Jan. 14. JHS competed against 17 Class A and B schools, placing second overall. The team had a successful first meet with Will Nelson placing first and state qualifying in impromptu, and Anja McDermid placing first and state qualifying in poetry and extemporaneous programmed reading. Individual results are as follows:

Dramatic Interpretation – Ross Motter third, Eden Ellingson, seventh


Extemporaneous Speaking - Will Nelson, second, Haley Mathias, third

Humorous Duo – Motter and Brooke Wickens, second

Impromptu Speaking – Nelson, first (state qualifier)

Serious Prose – Motter, third

Extemporaneous Programmed Reading - Anja McDermid, first (state qualifier), Nevaeh Romfo, seventh

Speech to Inform – Tyler Piehl, fifth

Poetry - McDermid, first (state qualifier)

On Jan. 21, the team traveled to Linton High School in Linton to compete against 14 Class A and B schools. JHS had seven more state qualifiers. Individual results are below:


Dramatic Interpretation – Eden Ellingson, first (state qualifier)

Humorous Duo – Cece Maulding and Trinity Cross, second (state qualifier), Emma Hoke and Lizzy Nihill, third

Humorous Interpretation – Hoke, fourth

Impromptu Speaking – Sophia Bilowith, fourth

Poetry – McDermid, fourth

Radio Broadcasting – Nihill, fourth

Serious Duo – Ellingson and Autumn Roberts, second (state qualifier)

Serious Prose – Maulding, third, McDermid, sixth


Speech to Entertain – Hoke, second (state qualifier), Sophia Bilowith, eighth

Speech to Persuade - Matthew Motschenbacher, first, (state qualifier), Rebecca Lloyd, eighth

Storytelling – Motschenbacher, first (state qualifier), Roberts, fourth

JHS speech traveled to St. Mary’s High School on Feb. 11, Fargo South on Feb. 18 and West Fargo High School on Feb. 25.

JHS speech is coached by Laura Weis and Madison Solwey. Jamestown Middle School speech is coached by Gabi Oberg.

Stutsman County 4-H holds Communication Arts and Project Expo

Stutsman County 4-H held the Communication Arts and Project Expo events on Feb. 12 at the Stutsman County Extension Office. There were eight participants for Project Expo and nine participants for Communication Arts. Judges for the Communication Arts event were Jason Rohr, Warren Abrahamson, Tina Bryn and Laura Weis, and the judge for the Project Expo was Eunice Sahr. Helpers were Kathryn Hetletvedt, Allison Bryn and Martha Bjorgaard. The results for the event are as follows:

Project Expo

Participants: Lane Olson, Lorenzo Collazo, Cayson Collazo, Violet Olson, Emmi Odenbach, Cassidy Williams, Knoah Weber, Riley Widman

Cloverbud: ane Olson

Junior: Violet Olson, Reserve Champion; Emmi Odenbach, Grand Champion

Senior: Knoah Weber, Reserve Champion; Riley Widman, Grand Champion

Communication Arts

Participants: Kennedy Schlecht, Cayson Collazo, Emmi Odenbach, Lorenzo Collazo, Maci Lautt, Reanna Schlecht, Violet Olson, Cassidy Williams, Chloe Smith

Cloverbud: Kennedy Schlecht

Demonstration Junior: Violet Olson, Reserve; Reanna Schlecht, Grand

Demonstration Senior: Chloe Smith, Grand

Interpretive Reading Junior: Reanna Schlecht, Reserve; Violet Olson, Grand

Impromptu Speech Junior: Emmi Odenbach, Grand

Prepared Speech Junior: Maci Lautt, Reserve; Violet Olson, Grand

Electronic Presentation Junior: Violet Olson, Reserve; Emmi Odenbach, Grand

Electronic Presentation Senior: Chloe Smith, Grand

Mass Media Presentation Senior: Chloe Smith, Grand

Illustrated Talk Junior: Cayson Collazo, Honorable Mention; Violet Olson, Reserve;

Emmi Odenbach, Grand

Illustrated Talk Senior: Cassidy Williams, Reserve; Chloe Smith, Grand

High Point Junior: Emmi Odenbach

High Point Senior: Chloe Smith

NDSU announces fall graduates

FARGO — Students from the Jamestown region were among students graduating from North Dakota State University in fall 2022. NDSU awarded 829 degrees to students.

Students are listed by hometown. The list includes their major and degree received. An asterisk indicates students who graduated with honors. A student must earn a 3.50 grade point average or higher to graduate with honors.

Courtenay: John Schoeler, Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, construction management

Edgeley: *Bailey Anderson, Bachelor of Science, business administration; Payton Brandenburg, Bachelor of Science, criminal justice; Westen Ellingson, Bachelor of Science, general agriculture

Enderlin: *Twyla Gross, Bachelor of Science, biological sciences; *Jessica Utke, Bachelor of Science, English

Jamestown: Andrew Haugland, Bachelor of Science, journalism

LaMoure: *Ana Mart, Bachelor of Science, finance

Lisbon: Karly Schultz, Bachelor of Science, accounting

Medina: Seth Moser, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, electrical engineering

Napoleon: *McKenna Johnson, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, nursing

New Rockford: *Jared Hartl, Bachelor of Music, music

Nortonville: *Olivia Buckeye, Bachelor of Science, agricultural education

Oakes: Samantha Roehrich, Bachelor of Science, criminal justice

Haley Visto, Master of Science, plant sciences

Sykeston: Sean Nichols, Bachelor of Science, accounting

Valley City: *BeaDepra, Bachelor of Science, business administration; Madison Kamstra, Bachelor of Science, animal science; Mickaella Langer, Master of Science, advanced athletic training; *Megan Roswick, Bachelor of Science, marketing; Kyle Triebold, Bachelor of Science, general agriculture

Students named to VCSU honor rolls

VALLEY CITY – Valley City State University has released its president’s honor roll, dean’s honor roll and honor roll for fall semester 2022. Students from the Jamestown region are on the list.

President’s honor roll

The president’s honor roll recognizes students who completed 12 semester hours or more of VCSU classes for which grade points are earned with a 4.0 grade point average.

The students are:

Ashley: Alexis Kempf

Buchanan: Breean Hanson

Cooperstown: Anna VErickson, Jaycee Andel

Dazey: Clara Wieland

Edgeley: Sydney Carlson

Fort Ransom: Kasen Anderson

Fullerton: Alex Muggli

Grace City: Mariah Topp

Jamestown: Frances Pinlac, Jacey Alber, Lindsey Elaine Kiecker, Millisa Jean Kukowski, Morgan Rae Bossingham

Jud: Kaitlyn Homola

Kathryn: Amanda Torborg

Kulm: Gracie R Tjernlund

LaMoure: Calen Paul Rode, Rachel Anne Hoff

Lehr: Josie J Dallman

Linton: Jaycee J Richter, Sierra Rose Bosch

Lisbon: Mackenzie Renee Johnson, Piper Mary Hanna

Litchville: Dane Terry Lebahn

McHenry: Cassidy Kay Hoyt

Oakes: Hunter Todd Greenmyer, Sadie Laine Hansen

Pettibone: Elijah D Leik

Spiritwood: Alyssa Ames

Valley City: Alora Woodruff, Amber Houck, Austin Rogelstad, Austyn Thornton, Avery John Thorsgard, Benjamin Lee Schuldheisz, Benjamin Reece Carter, Bennett Rogelstad, Casey Young, Caylyn Therese Makoff, Chaser Alan Atwood, Daltyn D. Huber, Dylann Jo Diegel, Elizabeth Gazeley, Emma K Nielsen, Graham Michael Schmidt, Hallie Jo Wenaas, Hannah C Aberle, Hope Ishizaka, Jacob Theodore Pfeifer, Jalynn Jean Anderson, Jennifer Luehring, Jessalyn Rose Langemo, Jessica Ann Gylden, Joelle Renee Lamontagne, Karsyn Rae Maine, Keaton Kvilvang, Kennedy Jane Brown, Liberty Cleveland, Lindsey Carly Noeske, Lindy Marie Bjurstrom, Lydia Jacqueline Watkins, Madelynn Jo Langemo, Madison Joy Yoder, Madison Marie Schwartz, Madison Wilhelmi, Madison Zander, Marcus Vinicius Sousa Santos, Michelle Renae Krahn, Mikayla Ann Nelson, Rachel Baker, Riley Michael Gerhardt, Samantha Nelson, Sean R Beilke, Sophia Boe, Taryn Dieterle

Wishek: Keagan Dailey

Dean’s honor roll, honor roll

The dean’s honor roll recognizes students who completed 12 semester hours or more of Valley City State University classes for which grade points were earned with a grade point average of at least 3.50.

These students were also named to the honor roll, which recognizes students who completed 6 to 11 semester hours of Valley City State University classes for which grade points are earned with a grade point average of at least 3.50.

Binford: Anthony Bertolino

Ellendale: Isabel Grueneich

Fort Ransom: Kenna Sorby

Gackle: Megan Carrizales

Hannaford: Mckinley Putnam

Jamestown: Daniel Flores, Ella Roaldson, Jacen Eissinger, Zachary Hanson

LaMoure: Wyatt Meisch

Linton: Kathleen Vetter

Lisbon: Ann Marie Olson, Ayriel Lyons, Kendra Odegard, Mason Nelson

Montpelier: Makenzie Knight

Oakes: Isabelle Haring

Sanborn: Cara Van Bruggen

Spiritwood: Chloe Carlson

Steele: Bryndyn Rode

Valley City: Abby Ann Haberman, Alyssa Lee Hiles, Braylen Robert Bruns, Camden Schwarzkopf, Derek Bear, Erik Peterson, Isaac David Eichhorst, Jacob Knapek, Jocelyn Marie Kriewald, Karissa Yturralde, Kaylynn Ann Siedschlag, Kylie Patrice Ward, Lexi Elizabeth Leroux, Macy L Olstad, Mason Fletcher Wurst, Matthew Michael Schlottman, Melissa Kathleen Miller, Mitchel Jon Taylor, Peyton Zaun, Reagan Kenneth Andeen, Reagan Kenneth Andeen, Robert Jackson Ingstad, Stetson Dakota Scott, Tate Joseph Hebrink, Toriana Rose Berg, Vismaya Theres Jacob

Wimbledon: Grace Mueller

Students graduate from UND

More than 800 students were eligible to cross the stage during 2022’s winter commencement ceremonies Dec. 15-16 at the University of North Dakota. Students from the Jamestown area who graduated include the following:

Carrington: Willow Johnson, Bachelor of Accountancy and Bachelor of Arts

Jamestown: Isaac Bargamian, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Education; Jenna McDowell, Master of Education; Jose Molina, Bachelor of Arts; Joseph Roehrich, Bachelor of Business Administration; Allie Struble, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Linton: Kole Glass, Bachelor of Science in Social Work**

** graduated magna cum laude

Students named to UND honor lists

The following students from the Jamestown area have been named to the dean’s list and the president’s roll of honor at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, for the fall semester.

To qualify for the UND president's roll of honor, a student must have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.80 or higher. The student must also have earned a minimum of 30 semester hours and have completed a minimum of 12 hours at the close of the semester, eight of which must be for traditional letter grades.

The dean’s list comprises students whose grade point average are in the top 15 percent of the enrollment in each of the university's degree-granting colleges and schools. A student must have completed no fewer than 12 semester hours of academic work for the semester, of which eight or more hours must be graded work rather than "satisfactory/unsatisfactory."

President’s roll of honor

Carrington: Kenzie Edland, Addison Hoornaert, Marah Schmitz

Enderlin: Zane Gruba

Jamestown: Jessa Anderson, Daniel Lureen

Jud: Lucas Nitschke

LaMoure: Sammi Weber

Lisbon: Amanda Saxerud

Medina: Derek Reister

New Rockford: Cassie Longnecker

Oakes: Claire Wagner

Valley City: Catherine Deaver, Isabella Plagens, Owen Plagens, Eliza Schueneman

Dean’s list

Bowdon: Madison Jones

Carrington: Kenzie Edland, Lucas Hendrickson, Addison Hoornaert, Marah Schmitz

Cooperstown: Jaxon Gronneberg, Krysten Sherlock

Ellendale: Nickolas Seefeld

Enderlin: Zane Gruba, Nicolle Peterson

Fort Ransom: Caleb Olson

Jamestown: Tyler Bjorgaard, Kayleigh Buchanan, Kaylee Erickson, Jenna Fischer, Caden

Heinert, Johnna Hildahl, Zachary Lunde, Daniel Lureen, Anjali Nayar, Mia Pfeiffer, Tara

Reddy, Ciarra Sayler

Jud: Lucas Nitschke

Kensal: Dylan Helm

LaMoure: Sammi Weber

Linton: Callie Hase

Lisbon: Payton Lund

New Rockford: Mya Cudworth, Cassie Longnecker

Oakes: Samantha Hermes, Claire Wagner

Valley City: Christian Gordon, Brinklyn Johnson, Morgyn Maine, Owen Plagens, Eliza Schueneman, Kelsie Wagar

Watson, Dreher receive writing awards

FARGO – The Red River Valley Writing Project at North Dakota State University and Plains Art Museum announced regional award recipients of the 2023 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. It is the country’s longest running and most prestigious recognition program for creative students in grades 7-12. This year, 90 creative teens from North Dakota received regional honors, including Gold Keys, Silver Keys, honorable mentions and/or American Visions and Voices nominations from the local Scholastic Awards Affiliate.

Students from the Jamestown area recognized were Highley Watson, Steele, and Abigail Dreher, Midkota, who each received the Silver Key honor.

University of Jamestown holds blood drive

JAMESTOWN — The University of Jamestown hosted a blood drive with Vitalant on Jan. 31 at the university which collect 48 units of blood products for patients in need.

Fifty-one individuals volunteered to donate blood, and 41 individuals were able to successfully donate. Seven donors also gave Power Red Cells (2RBC), where two units of red blood cells are collected while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution to the donor. Two people volunteered for the first time.

Vitalant expressed its gratitude to Skya Brandon, who coordinated the drive, Sheri Gunderson who advised, the Nursing Student Association which sponsored the blood drive, and UJ, as well as others who assisted with the drive: Ema Lee, Grace Mulcahy, Kylie Vining, Paige Erbstoesser, Emma Pickrel, Allison Lucas, Lexi Page, Paige Maynard, Kaelyn Matthews, Jenna Remenar, Lou Poland, Delanie Finck, Reece Floyd, Gentrey Turin, MacKenzie Johnson and Megan Oswald.

Student named to WSU honor roll

WICHITA, Kan. – Kong Liang Ni is among students named to the Wichita State University dean's honor roll for fall 2022.

To be included on the dean's honor roll, a student must be enrolled full time (at least 12 credit hours) and earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Students graduate from BSC

BISMARCK -- Bismarck State College announced the following area students who have completed the coursework to graduate in fall 2022. Fall graduates are eligible to participate in BSC's 83rd Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 12, at the Bismarck Event Center.

Area graduates include:

Napoleon: Noah Becker, Associate in Science

Steele: Diederick Coetzee, Certificate of Completion in Emergency Medical Technician

Cooperstown: Kennedy Hannesson, Associate in Arts

Nome: Katelyn Tingley, Associate in Arts

Wendel overall showman at Little International

Rose Wendel, a freshman in liberal arts from LaMoure, North Dakota, was named the overall showman at the 97th Little International at North Dakota State University on Feb. 11. Wendel is the daughter of Mike and Shari Wendel. Noah Helgoe, a sophomore in animal science and crop and weed science from Cavalier, North Dakota, was named reserve champion.

The 97th Little International was organized by the NDSU Saddle and Sirloin Club and held at Shepperd Arena on the NDSU campus.

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Rose Wendel, center holding trophy, of LaMoure, was named overall showman at the 97th Little International at North Dakota State University on Feb. 11.
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“The Little International Livestock Show is the largest student-run event on the NDSU campus, involving over 300 students,” said Lydia Lyons, Little I publicity chair and a senior in agribusiness from Lisbon, North Dakota. “The show features showmanship classes of beef, dairy, sheep, swine and goats as well as ham curing and public speaking contests.”

The overall showman is determined using a round-robin contest where each species’ overall showman is required to show all other species.

Winners of each species and other Little I competitions from the Jamestown region are as follows:


  • Reserve Champion – Hope Willson, Wimbledon, senior in animal science, daughter of Joel and Kristi Willson


  • Reserve Champion – Kasi Holm, Ashley, junior in human development and family science, daughter of Barry and Roxanne Holm


  • Reserve Champion – Alexis Vanderberghe, Cleveland, junior in animal science, daughter of Paul and Lori Vanderberghe

The show also included a novice division of showmanship for individuals who have never competitively shown their species. Novice winners from the Jamestown area were as follows:

  • Dairy – Madison Feiring, McHenry, freshman in animal science, daughter of Janell Feiring
  • Sheep – Madison Scott, Spiritwood, freshman in animal science, daughter of Susan and Tim Scott
  • Swine –Erika Anderson, Rogers, sophomore in crop and weed science, daughter of Shawn and Linda Anderson

Other contests that took place before Feb. 11 included:
Public speaking – Students prepared a speech about this year’s Little I theme, Leaving a Legacy.

  • First – Isaac Huber, Jud, senior in agriculture systems management, son of Bryan and Emmy Huber

Christoferson among students qualifying for DECA event

WAHPETON, N.D. — Kierra Christoferson of Litchville, North Dakota, is among a team of students from a team of students from the business management program at North Dakota State College of Science to place in the 2023 North Dakota Collegiate DECA State Conference in Fargo.

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Kierra Christoferson
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Christoferson, part of a team with Madison Syvertsen, placed third in Marketing Communications Team. The two along with 16 other students, qualified for the international competition in April in Orlando, Florida.

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From left, Gavin Kratcha, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Will Nelson pose for a picture in Washington, D.C. Kratcha, of Hankinson Public School, and Nelson, of Jamestown High School, met with Hoeven while attending the United States Senate Youth Program as North Dakota's delegates.
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Nelson meets with Hoeven

WASHINGTON — Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., met with two North Dakota students representing the state the week of March 5 at the 61st annual United States Senate Youth Program.

Gavin Kratcha, a junior at Hankinson Public School, and Will Nelson, a senior at Jamestown High School, were chosen to represent North Dakota as delegates to the USSYP. The program brings students from across the country to Washington, D.C. to meet with senators, the president, a Supreme Court Justice and cabinet officials.

“We congratulate Gavin and Will on being selected as North Dakota’s Senate Youth Program delegates and appreciate their dedication to their studies and service to their communities,” said Hoeven. “This is a highly competitive, merit-based program that provides students with opportunities to learn more about the federal government, while also awarding them with scholarships to continue their education.”

Nelson attends Jamestown High School, where he serves as the student body president. He is captain of the swimming and diving team, a representative on the North Dakota State Superintendent’s Student Cabinet, a member of the North Dakota Department of Health Youth Advisory Board, and has held student government positions for the past four years. He is active in Academic Olympics, speech, National Honor Society, marching band, concert band, pep band and football.

Created in 1962 by Senate Resolution 324, the USSYP has been sponsored by the Senate and fully funded by The Hearst Foundations since the program’s inception.

Each year, 104 of the most outstanding high school students — two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity — come to Washington, D.C. for an intensive weeklong study of the federal government and those who lead it. The program’s mission is to help instill within each student delegate a more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service.

The Hearst Foundations also provides each student with a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs. Transportation and all expenses for Washington Week are also provided by The Hearst Foundations.

The chief educational officer in each state selects the delegates after nomination by teachers and principals. This year’s delegates were designated by Kirsten K. Baesler, North Dakota superintendent of public instruction.

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