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Wed
03
May

Presenting MLE kindergartners in concert


Performing “Grizzly Bear” are Annie Dumphy, Kylie Frost, Lydia Hughes, Reece Erdahl and Alivia Paumen circling Avi Sailer on the floor. The students performed a musical adaption of the children’s book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin Jr.

From front to back are Carter Marquette, Grady Schilplin and Lillian O'Donnell playing instruments as “five little speckled frogs.” 

Maple Lake Elementary School held its first-ever kindergarten concert, Thursday, April 27, under the direction of Abby Hoselton at the high school auditorium. Above, from left, are, Kayelynn Bellingar, Sophia Patton and Briella Welch. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)
Wed
26
Apr

Elementary artwork climbs to new heights


In February, as part of I Love to Read Month, students in grades kindergarten through sixth were given a piece of paper size 24”x24” on which they were instructed to draw and color their favorite book cover. The drawings were judged and one was selected from each classroom to be ceiling tiles in the Elementary Media Center. Winners started painting their artwork on the ceiling tiles on Monday, April 17, with the guidance of volunteer art teacher Mary Zillman and other volunteers. Winners are, front row, from left, Reece Erdahl, Jack Uecker, Maggie Oravetz, Avery Como, Trent Lipinski and Abby Gindele. Second row, from left, Avery Larson, Max Beffel, Alivia McClanahan, Brooklynn Skreen, Avery Kolehmainen and Tyler Reinke. Third row, from left, Joanna Hall, Makenna Wetch, Sydney Breimon, Morgan Pastorius, Erin Uecker, Anna McClelland and Kayla Paumen. (Photo submitted)
Wed
26
Apr

Grim Reaper is silent teacher of dangerous driving


As a further reminder that bad driving decisions can have deadly consequences, students at Maple Lake took part in The Reaper event last week, put on by the Irish mentors. Two students played the role of The Reaper and 16 students played car crash victims. During the day, The Reaper would enter a classroom, point at the pre-selected victims and take them away. The teacher then read the story of how the students died to the rest of the class. Victims' lockers had a black drape and copy of the death story put on them. Victims make-up was applied and they went back to their normal school routine, except they were not allowed to speak or interact with anyone. Above are Irish Mentors in victim costume and makeup behind The Grim Reaper. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)
Wed
26
Apr

Students learn consequences of distracted driving


Hunter Malachek tries to stay between the cones as he attempts to text and drive his pedal cart at the same time. (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

In an effort to end distracted driving, the Maple Lake High School's Irish Mentors program, along with Safe Communities of Wright County, put on an event last week that was meant to show students first hand, the dangers of driving while texting. Students were given the task to drive a pedal cart through an obstacle course while texting a message on their phone.

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Wed
19
Apr

MLHS track teams are first and second


Mackenna Brown leaps to a second place finish in the long jump. She went 14 feet, 7 inches, helping the Irish girls’ team to a first place finish out of eight teams. (Photos by Chris Fobbe)

At right, Aaron Reese competes in the 110-meter hurdles at NY-A last week.

The Irish girls finished first and the boys were second at a track and field meet, Thursday, April 13, at Norwood-Young America.
On the girls’ side, Maple Lake started off with a big win in the 4x800 meter relay. Halle Geyen, Sophie Pribyl, Bionca Peterson and Ava Mergen were a part of that team.
“Ava had a slim lead over the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted anchor runner, who is very good. The HL-W-W girl got right on her tail, but Ava was able to pull away. It was a gutsy performance and shows that Ava's off-season training is paying off,” coach Ben Youngs said.

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Wed
19
Apr

Singers win awards


Students of the Maple Lake High School choir participated in the Vocal Solo and Ensemble Contest in Annandale, Monday, April 10. Alyssa Bergeron received an excellent rating for singing "Send Forth a Song" and Andrea Peterson received an excellent rating for singing "American Lullaby." Audrey Berndt and Anna Becker received a superior rating for their duet performance of "Homeward Bound." The girls ensemble that consisted of Keiara Anderson, Anna Becker, Alyssa Bergeron, Audrey Berndt, Hannah Budke, Kora Fuller, Katelyn Fuller, Mara Hayes, Caitlin Johnson, Emily Jude, Mikayla Koss, Kaitlyn Murphy, Lindsey Paumen, Andrea Peterson, Natasha Raymond, Katie Treadwell, Avery Triplett, Megan Wasserman and Samantha Wasserman received two very exciting ratings. The ensemble received a superior rating for their performance of "Changes" by Audrey Snyder. The song was performed a cappella and incorporated rhythmic hand percussion. The girls were also awarded Best in Site. They were chosen as the best performance in their room by their judge. (Photo by Nick Pawlenty)
Wed
12
Apr

Medley wins state speech berth


Joshua Medley will compete in the State Speech meet on Saturday, April 22.. (Photo by Bob Zimmerman)

Joshua Medley will represent Maple Lake High School at the state speech meet after his performance at the Section 4A meet in Watertown-Mayer, Saturday, April 8. Medley finished third in Storytelling for the right to advance to the prestigious event which will be held on Saturday, April 22, at Apple Valley High School. Other finalists from Maple Lake were Tyler Russell who placed fifth in Great Speeches; Linsey Hanson who was sixth in Discussion; Emma Carlson who was sixth in Informative and Lucy Greenhagen who placed sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Wed
12
Apr

Students rock the house at sixth grade musical


Colton Ellingson jams on his saxophone.

From left, Brianna McClanahan, Jordana Jude, Skylyn Johnson and Maddie Clapp hold a pose during the song “Rock and Roll Forever.” (Photos by Bob Zimmerman)

Audrey Beffel pretends to play the piano during the song "Rock and Roll Forever."
Wed
29
Mar

Irish take second at CMC speech meet


Maple Lake speech coach Eric Meyer presents Josie Wagner with a medal. Wagner placed third in extemporaneous reading.

The Maple Lake speech team tied for second place at the Central Minnesota Conference meet, Thursday, March 23, in Maple Lake. 
Placing for the Irish were:  Linsey Hanson, third place in discussion; Olivia LaTour and Josie Niemec, sixth place in duo interpretation; Caleb Hagen and Ivan LaTour, fifth place in duo interpretation; Emily Miller and Katie Goelz, conference champions in duo interpretation; Josie Wagner, third place in extemporaneous reading;  Lucy Greenhagen, fifth place in extemporaneous speaking; Mary Miller, sixth place in great speeches; Emma Carlson fourth place in informative speaking; Kayla Hanson sixth place in serious drama; Claire Carlson, fifth place in serious poetry, and Alyssa Hadler, third place in serious prose.

Wed
22
Mar

Reading and loving it


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)

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