A few weeks ago, Mentors Bill Swanson, Darrin Hanson, and Aaron Demuth shared that the FIRST Team #3293, the Fergus Falls OtterBots, bagged and tagged their competitive robot.

Swanson stated, “I’m very proud of what these students accomplished in six short weeks, and especially with a small team. They really deserve recognition and credit for their efforts. One of the unique things about the competition this year is that a 120-pound robot must climb a rope at the end of the match.  It could be a very exciting finish.  I think they have come up with a very effective and creative way to make that happen.”   

He also stated, “I cannot thank the team’s sponsors enough, StoneL and Otter Tail Power. This great program would never be possible without their support.”

If you care to see the game animation it can be found at youtube.com/watch?v=EMiNmJW7enI

Fast forward to this past weekend, which was an exciting one for the OtterBot team. Congratulations to the Fergus Falls High School OtterBots Team #3293 on their second place finish at Duluth competing against 62 other teams. The OtterBots were placed on an alliance with Esko and Litchfield to work together in the competition.

During one of the matches, they set the scoring record for the tournament. The team has been invited to the World Robotic competition in St. Louis, Missouri from April 26-29.

Congratulations state swimmers and divers

On Wednesday, March 1, a send off for the boys’ swimming and diving team was held at 3 pm in the Gold Gym. 

State participants include: Diving – Caleb Neubauer and Evan Erlandson;  Swimming (200 Medley Relay) – Justin Mortenson, Aaron Erlandson, Tyler Hansen and Will Pajari (Alternatives: Will Prody and Tristin Trosvig). The relay team just missed making the finals by .37 seconds. After the first day of diving, Caleb was in 10th place and Evan, 15th place.

Both sophomore divers made the finals, so they competed on Saturday’s final round.  Congratulations to Caleb on his 11th place finish and Evan for finishing 14th.

Music in Our Schools Month

March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM®). This is the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.

MIOSM began as a single statewide celebration in 1973, and has grown over the decades to encompass a day, then a week, and then in 1985 it became a month long celebration of school music.

The purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music.  MIOSM is an opportunity for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community, and to display the benefits that school music brings to students of all ages. Throughout MIOSM, we celebrate the student and all of the ways that music education drives their personal and academic success. 

Here at the Fergus Falls Public Schools, we maintain strong music programs in our band, choir and orchestra programs.  The foundation of our music program lies in the elementary level, with staff teaching music each day.

Our music staff include: Geralyn Lyseng, Everett Jacobson, Joni Wasberg, Laurie Strom, Craig Peterson, Valerie Johnson, Janel Trosvig-Buttke, Michelle Danielson, Scott Kummrow, Josh McGowan, and Denise Wiese.

Please check our school calendar for a list of concerts this month, as I hope you can attend one or more of these events.

Jerry Ness is the superintendent of Fergus Falls Public Schools. His column appears every Wednesday.

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