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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)
Wed
15
Mar

Pops Concert fills MLHS with the sound of music


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)
Wed
08
Mar

Irish choir earns superior rating


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.
Wed
01
Mar

MLHS Speech team takes 3rd at home


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)
Wed
22
Feb

Parochial students pack food for the needy


A total of 96 students and parents went to Feed My Starving Children on Monday, Jan. 30, where they packed 105 boxes of food, which is 22,680 meals.

St. Timothy students, grades three through eight, along with staff and parent volunteers pose for a group picture at Feed My Starving Children.
Wed
22
Feb

Speech team takes second

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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Wed
22
Feb

Principal is taped up for a good cause


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.

Wed
22
Feb

School Board Recognition Week set for Feb. 20-24

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.

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