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Robotics team outstanding

Published 8:18am Thursday, April 5, 2012 Updated 12:19pm Thursday, April 5, 2012

Congratulations to the Robotics Team for their outstanding showing in regional competition, finishin in second place.

The team, which had been preparing for weeks, finished 9-0 in the qualifying rounds and ranked number 1 out of 63 after these rounds.

In order to score points during this competition, a robot must balance on a bridge, make baskets at different heights — the higher the basket the more points you score — while playing defense against others in the competition.

In the autonomous mode, they were perfect in every match — never missed a basket — thanks to Matt Hauge and Aric Cooper.

An additional highlight was Ryan Sorkness, who was excellent as the driver.

The on-field team included Ryan Sorkness, Robbie Darling, Matt Hauge, and Derek Trout. Andy Eerdmans was the scout and strategist. Andrew Lehn, Derek Jennen, Pat Kester, and Ryan Thorsen were the pit crew with Matt Hauge and Aric Cooper serving as programmers.

The team will now wait to hear if they made the MSHSL Championships on May 19.

The team was 13-0 going into the finals and finally defeated by last year’s World Champion from Illinois and eventual champion.

A special thank you to Bill Swanson and Bob Drake, from Otter Tail Power, who serve as team coaches and to StoneL for being a sponsor.


Another breakfast

option at KSS

We all know that is very important to start the day with a healthy breakfast. Our food service is excited to begin offering a “Grab and Go” breakfast at Kennedy Secondary School in conjunction with our regular breakfast program served daily. This option will focus on the older students and will be served out of the concession stands each morning starting April 2.

We are bringing the food to these students because many of our older students will not take the time to go down to the cafeteria. For those students qualifying for the Free/Reduced Breakfast Program, the breakfast will be free.

For those students not qualifying for this program, this breakfast may be purchased for $1.20 and will be charged to the student’s meal account.


Jump Rope for Heart

The MAC (McKinley, Adams and Cleveland) elementary physical education teachers are teaming up with the American Heart Association’s annual Jump Rope for Heart campaign.

The event will take place during the students’ gym class the beginning of April. Gym teachers are kicking off the event with students by sharing a video during gym class and informing them of how they can collect funds for this cause, if they choose to do so. This will also be used as a fundraiser for physical education equipment in the elementary schools.

When children participate in Jump Rope For Heart, they will:

• Learn about the importance of the heart – how it works and how to take care of it through classroom exercises and educational information provided by the American Heart Association.

• Feel good about making a difference in people’s lives! Funds raised support American Heart Association research and education initiatives that save lives in our community. Congenital heart defects are the most common cause of infant death from birth defects. Many children are alive today because of treatments not available even 10 years ago.

Funded research and advancements have changed and saved their lives.

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