MLHS senior, Charlie Stejskal, was among the tourney’s 21 returning medalists when he brought home his 7th place award in Extemporaneous Speaking from the 2015 Class A State Speech Tournament this past weekend, prompting the renaming of the Good Luck Bear to Lucky 7.Pictured is Charlie lounging in the arms of his fellow speech team members. Back Row (standing): Mary Beth Barder (assistant coach), Abby Bentley, Tyler Russell, Ashlee Martie, Maddie Nelson, Eric Meyer (speech coach), Sam Neutz and Kyle Pilger. Front Row (kneeling): Lexy Medley, Emily Miller, Victoria Rollings and Catie Medley.
The Maple Lake Elementary wrapped up February’s “I Love to Read” month with a visit from author/illustrator Gary Harbo. The 1st thru 6th grade students drew along with Harbo as he demonstrated simple step-by-step lessons in drawing characters and making them unique to the person drawing them. Harbo provided many choices mixed with a good sense of humor. This lesson builds self-confidence and allows children to explore talents that may have been hidden under a blanket of frustration. For the kindergarten class, he read one of his books, "Where is My Sister" and showed them how to draw some of the characters.
Sponsors: The V by HH, American Legion Post 131 and Dingmann Funeral Care
Parents: Eric and Leah Ortiz
“I am running for Maple Lake Ambassador to meet new people, experience new things and grow as a person through this organization,” said Ortiz.
Her favorite part of the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is the parade, seeing everyone dressed up and on their floats. Her hobbies include soccer, volleyball and yoga and enjoys volunteering with Wills for Heroes.
Ortiz plans on pursuing a degree at the University of Minnesota with an emphasis in pre-law.