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Published March 13, 2013, 10:15 AM

Science Fair holds special meaning to students, volunteers

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Around 200 young scientists filled the Benson Bunker Fieldhouse at NDSU today for the Southeast Regional Science Fair. This year was different than most. While students were trying to win the fair, they were also trying to cope with the unexpected loss of their beloved science teacher.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Around 200 young scientists filled the Benson Bunker Fieldhouse at NDSU today for the Southeast Regional Science Fair. This year was different than most. While students were trying to win the fair, they were also trying to cope with the unexpected loss of their beloved science teacher.

Hankinson senior Dre Steinwehr, now a science wiz, was inspired years ago by Mr. Marcus Friskop. He's been entering his exhibits in this fair for 6 years.

Dre Steinwehr – Hankinson Senior: “He had a major impact. I mean, I wouldn't be here without him.”

A week ago today Mr.Friskop suffered a brain aneurysm. He was rushed to a Fargo hospital, and died Sunday - two days before one of the events he loved most, this fair. He had been the fair organizer for 23 years.

Dre Steinwehr: “The thought that he wanted us to present well really gave us the motivation to give it our all for him.”

Although Mr. Friskop isn't here physically, alumni made ribbons to make sure his spirit is felt throughout the fair.

Dre Steinwehr: “It’s him being with us here today.”

Kayla Muehler – Fair Volunteer: “We all called him Mr. So that's why they say Mr.”

Fair volunteer and previous student Kayla Muehler says there wasn't any doubt the fair had to go on.

Kayla Muehler: “He wants us to do this, and I know he's watching today and I know he's with us today and he's got the best seat in the house, because it always used to bother him that he didn't know how his students you know if they were answering their questions correctly and so today I think he can see and I think had be very, very proud.”

There isn’t any doubt the fair will go on for years to come.

Kayla Muehler: “Always going to be in the back of our minds as we are doing this we will carry out this legacy for him.”

Mr. Friskops's funeral will be held tomorrow at Hankinson High School. He'd be proud to know his student Dre took home the grand prize of an $18,000 scholarship.

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