Play staged with talented students [UPDATED]Published 9:29am Thursday, May 16, 2013 Updated 11:30am Thursday, May 16, 2013
Congratulations to the students and directors for their performance of “A Piece of My Heart,” by Shirley Lauro. It is a play depicting the experiences of six women who served in Vietnam.
The cast of six women and two men was made up of all juniors and seniors, with our very talented group of seniors performing for the last time as students at KSS. The cast included seniors Morgan Fylling, Ben Haugmo, Abby Kiefer, and Brooke Wallington; and juniors Danielle Crowe, Cassandra Eerdmans, Allyson Godel and Connor Murphy.
The Fergus Falls Public Schools would like to thank Glende-Nilson Funeral Home for sponsoring the seventh grade honors breakfast for the ninth consecutive year. Congratulations to the 50 seventh grade students who were honored on May 8, for their academic achievements.
Student, teacher honored
Senior Austin Sandmeyer was selected for a $10,000 scholarship by Coca-Cola. As part of his scholarship, he was given the opportunity to honor an influential teacher in his life, for which he chose Ms. Elizabeth Abrahams, his social studies teacher.
His comments included, “Mrs. Abe’s: In the past four years, I have been fortunate enough to have you as an educator and friend. You have shown me my true potential and I have seen you unlock countless other students.
“For myself and those unnamed, I thank you. You have always believed in me, and pushed me to become better, day in and day out, whether you know it or not.
“Thank you so much in helping with the seemingly endless college and scholarship applications. I hope one day I inspire someone in the future as much as you have inspired me.
“That being said, you were my clear pick in designation for the 2013 Coca-Cola Scholars Program Educator of Distinction Award. Thank You Mrs. Abes.”
On Friday, May 3, a group of juniors and seniors from Ms. Appert’s business class attended the M-State (Detroit Lakes Campus) Business Program Expo. The students learned about the business programs available at M-State, listened to a speaker from Lakeshirts in Detroit Lakes, and participated in a scavenger hunt activity and a T-shirt design contest. It was exciting to hear that a group of Fergus Falls High School students won both the scavenger hunt and the T-shirt design contest.
The T-shirt contest winners were awarded M-State jackets for their efforts, but even more fun was the fact that Lakeshirts will be printing the design and providing all participants with a finished T-shirt as well as providing extras to sell in the M-State Bookstore.
distinguished alumni, staff
On May 6, the Fergus Falls High School held its annual award ceremony for seniors, distinguished alumni and the Hall of Fame.
I would like to thank the Activities Department, Gary Schuler and Sue Thorsen, for the evening’s success. I would also like to congratulate all of the new inductees:
• As a research scientist, 1986 graduate Heidi (Kennedy) Manning has a continuing role in the American space program and currently teaching physics at Concordia College in Moorhead.
• Donald R. Cressey, 1937 graduate, was a penologist, sociologist and criminologist who made innovative contributions to the study of organized crime, prisons, criminology and white-collar crime.
• Roger Johnson began teaching at Fergus Falls High School in 1965, after graduating from Augsburg College. Forty-eight years later, he continues as a substitute teacher and general manager of the Otters boys’ hockey team.
Before retiring from full-time teaching in 1999, he taught American and world history for 34 years.
• Following college graduation, Jadee Dahlen taught high school math, science and art and coached basketball for two years in North Dakota before joining the Fergus Falls School District as an art teacher.
• Greg “Fuzz” Noren graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1967. He worked for the school district until 2010 as a custodian and groundskeeper and was the district’s certified pool operator. For 16 years he served as assistant track and field coach.
• Battle Lake native Roger Olson joined the Fergus Falls School District in 1969, and during his 42-year career taught math at many levels and served as dean of students and the district’s staff development coordinator.