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Community support is awesome [UPDATED]

Published 10:39am Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Updated 12:41pm Wednesday, March 19, 2014

“I love our fans!”… these were the exact words Coach Strand stated as the Albany Huskies accepted their second place Section 8AAA trophy and received a rousing applause from the Otter fans.

I have to agree — it doesn’t matter what activity, our fans and our community support our students. There was an estimated crowd of 3,500 at MSU-Moorhead last Friday night and it was my guess that 2,500 were Otter fans.

The students had a lot of fun during last Friday night’s game. They were yelling, “We can’t see you,” to the camouflaged Albany students, alternating “Marco-Polo,” and playing “Where’s Waldo.”

The combination of Fergus Falls and Albany fans made for a great atmosphere.

It’s important to our community, school and coaches that we support our teams in a positive manner, which is a reason why our teams receive so many conference sportsmanship awards.

Congratulations to the Otter Girls’ Basketball team for winning their third consecutive Section AAA title.They play at 10 a.m. today vs Kasson-Mantorville. The winner of that game plays at 2 p.m. on Thursday. Go Otters.


Otter Outlet store an asset

The Fergus Falls High School and community are fortunate to have an enterprising school store named the Otter Outlet.

The Otter Outlet is a student-operated store that specializes in designing and selling clothing and fan gear. They recently had a booth at the local Business Expo to show the community their original designs.

The students operate the store in real time and gain experience in store management, record keeping, marketing and customer service. At the same time students may branch out into design, production and inventory control as the products provided by the store are researched, designed and created by the students.

This hands-on experience gives students the opportunity to apply real world skills in a controlled setting where mistakes are expected and learning is enriched daily.

If you are interested in ordering items, please contact Cindi Appert at or call 218-998-0544 x2108.


M State Art Show

winners recognized

Congratulations to Avalon Hoff, Hayden Bach, and Mike Ervin for being named as Merit Award Winners at the M State Annual High School Invitational.

Mr. Butenhoff is their high school art teacher at Kennedy Secondary School.


MS academic challenge

students do well at regionals

Vera Carlson, MS Academic Challenge Advisor, shared the following news:

Tuesday, March 11 was an exciting day for the Middle School students involved in National History Day. All students were awarded at the Regional Competition at MSU-Moorhead after presenting to judges as to why and how they created their projects.

This year’s theme was “Rights and Responsibilities in History.” Shane Stangvik and Isaac Grindstaff earned an honorable mention with their Second Amendment exhibit board. Alex and Mason Hastings and John Runningen will be going to state with their board on the same topic. Other state-bound participants include Maddiey Weinrich and Hailey Budke with an exhibit board on Freedom of Speech, First Amendment; and Jacob Marvel with his website presentation on the Minnesota Mining Strike.

The first team of the Middle School Math Masters placed 11th out of 41 teams. Students’ ranks – starting with highest score – include: Owenn Hegseth, Jade Zierden, Jocoby Bolgrean, Takaira Sheldon, Zach Hauge, Andrew Starzl, Jacey Johnson, Treyton Soydara, Haylie Stach and Sam King.


Pi Day celebrated

Pi Day was celebrated at the high school last Friday. Real pies were eaten and T-shirts were worn to celebrate math. The website had the following information…

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.





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