Students at Maple Lake Elementary School celebrated renowned children’s author Dr. Seuss' birthday, Thursday, March 2. The day traditionally brings to a close, February's "I Love to Read Month.” Above, Nick Jost dressed up as Thing 2 and Nathan Zander was Thing 1, characters from Dr. Seuss' "The Cat in the Hat." With them are Isabelle Lewis, left, and Sarah Jensen. (Photo submitted)
Maple Lake junior and high school bands held the annual Pops Concert on Monday, March 6, at the high school gym. Fifth- through eighth-grade bands, plus the senior high and jazz bands, performed music from “Indiana Jones” “Les Miserables”, “Toto,” “Jurrasic Park,” Pirates of the Caribbean” and more. Above, Anna McClelland keeps the beat on her drums at Monday’s event. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)
Maple Lake High School’s 9th through 12th grade choir received three superior ratings at a Minnesota State High School League sanctioned Large Group Contest at Watertown-Mayer on Wednesday, March 1. The choir performed “Come to Me, O My Love” by Allan Petker and “Will You Teach Me?” by Victor C. Johnson for three judges. Each judge gave a rating on the following categories: intonation, rhythm, balance/blend, tone quality, attacks/releases, interpretation/musicianship, diction, choice of literature, facial expression and other performance factors. The choir received a superior rating from each judge. Pictured are, front row, from left, Mara Hayes, Alyssa Bergeron, Nikki Wilson, Kora Fuller, Anna Becker, Andrea Peterson, Audrey Berndt, Callie Maki and Saige Lindahl. Second row, from left, Emily Jude, Keiara Anderson, Hannah Budke, Kaitlyn Murphy, Avery Triplett, Natasha Raymond, Caitlin Johnson and Katelyn Fuller. Third row, from left, Katie Treadwell, Megan Wassermann, Eric Jude, Collin Giebenhain, Ben Rivers, Ben Clapp, Samantha Wassermann, Anna Zaske and Lindsey Paumen. Fourth row, from left, Dylan Neska, Trenton Miller, Colton Christopherson, Josh Pettit, Michael Ness, Kyle Scherber, Daniel Goelz and Noah Zander.
The Maple Lake Irish speech team finished third at an 18-team home meet on Saturday, Feb. 25. They are, front, Victoria Rollings; second row, from left, Gabby Fritz, Katie Goelz; third row, from left, Sami Hayes, Calli Hadler, Mary Miller, Madeline Gindele, Abby Deyo; fourth row, from left, Maya Heeralall, Mia Cochrane, Caleb Beneke, Lucy Greenhagen, Emily Miller, Anna Zaske, Claire Carlson, Alayna Jude, Hope Jude, Mara Hayes, Alyssa Hadler; back row, from left, Ashley Schmitz, Ashlee Martie, Emma Carlson, Tyler Russell, Sam Neutz, Linsey Hanson, Brady Tongen, Natalie Neumann, Kayla Hanson, Josie Wagner, Lexi Hanson, Ivan LaTour, Abby LaTour, Josh Medley.
At left, Victoria Rollings, left, and Tyler Russell get onstage for the awards ceremony. Rollings accepted the team’s third-place trophy and Russell received an award for his first-place finish in great speeches. At right, Emma Carlson received an award for finishing sixth and second, respectively, in the “informative” category during a Saturday, March 25, home speech meet.
(Photos by Bob Zimmerman)
The Maple Lake High School Speech team took second place at Norwood Young America Saturday, Feb. 18.
The Irish came away with several first, second, third, fourth and fifth place finishes in various categories.
Joshua Medley finished first in Storytelling; Linsey Hanson was first in Discussion; Tyler Russell was first in Great Speeches; Emma Carlson was second in Informative; the team of Ashlee Martie and Tyler Russell were second in Duo Interpretation; Ashley Schmitz was third in Discussion; Lucy Greenhagen was third in Extemporaneous Speaking; Sam Neutz was fourth in Discussion; Caleb Hagen was fifth in Discussion; Brady Tongen was sixth in Informative; Mary Miller was sixth in Great Speeches and Abby Latour earned an Honorable Mention in Drama.
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Elementary Principal Andy Sawatzke was duct taped to the wall by his students last week as a reward for a successful fall fundraiser.
(Photo submitted by Kath Heffron)
All the work students did for the Parent-Teacher Association’s fall fundraiser was rewarded, Tuesday, Feb. 14, when they had the opportunity to tape their principal to the wall.
If students sold five or more items in November they got to place a piece of duck tape onto Elementary Principal Andy Sawatzke.
“It took collaboration (to work together with another person or group to achieve something) with students and staff to get him stuck to the wall,” Kath Heffron of the Elementary Media Center said. Collaboration was also February’s Word of the Month. The money earned from the fundraiser goes toward purchasing student planners, and library books, hosting lyceums and I Love to Read Month activities.
The Minnesota School Boards Association has designated February 20 through February 24 as School Board Recognition Week in Minnesota. The Maple Lake Public School District is joining school districts throughout our state in celebrating School Board Recognition Week and honoring our local school board members for their commitment to Maple Lake and our children.
David Stokman is a MLHS 2015 graduate.
(Photo courtesy of Rachel Ketz)
Saint John's University sophomore guard David Stokman, of Maple Lake, was named to the five-man CoSIDA Academic All-District V men's basketball team on Thursday, Feb. 9.
Stokman and the other Academic All-District honorees are now eligible for Academic All-America distinction, which is scheduled to be announced Tuesday, Feb. 28. Stokman was joined by Macalester senior post Kareem Ismail on the five-man Academic All-District V team.
An economics and philosophy double-major with a 4.0 GPA, Stokman is currently tied for fourth in NCAA Division III (through games of Feb. 8) in three-point percentage (.500, 63-for-126) and is 12th in free-throw percentage (.888, 79-for-89; minimum 85 attempts). He leads the MIAC (all games) in three-pointers (63) and three-point percentage (.500), is second in free-throw percentage (.888), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (2.5, minimum 70 assists) and fifth in scoring (17.1 ppg.).
Maple Lake eighth grader Noah Beffel won the Maple Lake School District Spelling Bee that took place Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the high school auditorium. He was among 19 students to compete. As winner, he qualified for the Regional Spelling Bee on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Sartell.